Setting up a home bar

Nothing says self-respecting adult like your very own bar at home

Time Out gets the scoop from seasoned Shanghai bartenders on the tools, booze and ingredients you’ll need to mix like a pro. 

On where to buy equipment and what you'll need:

Aaron Feder, formerly of Heyday and el Ocho 

‘Bar Bible has a whole tool set in a leather case, but I recommend buying everything you need piece by piece. You don’t need a mixing glass – you can use a pint glass. You don’t need a tin-on-tin shaker – you can use a Boston shaker; you’re limiting your tool set but expanding on functionality.'


Logan Brouse, Logan’s Punch 

‘Where to go for equipment? I’d say HEC [Hotel Equipment Co, aka the Hotel Supplies Market] on Aomen Lu, and right next to HEC is Bar Bible; they have all the basic equipment. You’ll get the basics you need for around 300RMB. All in, it’s going to cost you in the region of 1,000RMB.’ 


Bar Bible is at G5, First Floor, 289 Aomen Lu, near Changhua Lu, Putuo district. See full address details


Yao Lu, Union Trading Company 

‘A shaker, a strainer, a bar spoon and appropriate glassware is really all you need: mixing glasses are nice to have a look at if you have the money, but not necessary for a home bar. You can just use a normal water cup or a pint glass to mix. If you don’t have a bar spoon - improvise with a straight tablespoon, or even chop sticks. Running a bar is all about solving problems.’ 


Additional items shopping list 

Additional bar tools - Glassware (coupe, old fashioned, highball) all from 30RMB per glass; pour spouts, from 4RMB each 

Booze - Bourbon/rye, gin, vodka, white rum, Lillet Blanc, Angostura bitters, sweet vermouth 

Fresh items - Lemons, limes and oranges, raw sugar cubes, sugar for syrup, ice 


See 3 homemade drink recipes to try at home 

Mixing glass, from 100RMB
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Mixing glass, from 100RMB

Bar spoon, from 50RMB
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Bar spoon, from 50RMB

Muddler, 25RMB
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Muddler, 25RMB

Jigger, 10RMB
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Jigger, 10RMB

Hawthorne strainer, 25RMB
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Hawthorne strainer, 25RMB

Conical strainer, 25RMB
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Conical strainer, 25RMB

Boston shaker, 50RMB
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Boston shaker, 50RMB

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