How to start Stocking a Bar

To Setup a bar there are a few basics you will need to get started. Below is a basic list for starter supplies.

Starter Bar

Liquors

A 750 ml. bottle of each.
  • Bourbon
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • Canadian Whiskey
  • Dry Gin
  • Tequila
  • Vodka

Liqueurs

A small (375 ml.) bottle of each
  • Triple Sec
  • Creme de Menthe
  • Amaretto
  • Drambuie
  • Kahlua
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Benedictine
  • Cointreau

Others

  • 1 small bottle dry vermouth
  • 6 bottled regular beer
  • 2 bottles white wine
  • 1 bottle rose wine
  • 1 small bottle sweet vermouth
  • 6 bottled light beer
  • 2 bottles red wine
  • 1 bottle champagne

Advanced Bar

The Advanced Bar includes all above ingredients in the Basic (with some substitutions) plus the following...

Liquors

A 750 ml. bottle of each will do.
  • Light Rum
  • Spiced Rum
  • Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • Tennessee Whiskey
  • Gold Tequila
  • Silver/White Tequila
  • Gold Rum
  • Dark Rum
  • V.S.O.P. Cognac
  • Dry English Gin
  • Pepper Vodka
  • Citrus Vodka

Liqueurs

A small (375 ml.) bottle of each
  • Framboise
  • Kirschwasser
  • Sambuca/Ouzo
  • Galliano
  • Plum or Cherry Brandy
  • Creme de Cassis
  • Peppermint Schnapps
  • Peach Schnapps

Others

  • 1 bottle Campari or Dubonnet
  • a good selection of red and white wines
  • 2 - 3 bottles champagne or sparkling wine
  • assorted imported or micro-brew beers.
  • 1 bottle Port
  • 1 bottle Cream Sherry
  • 1 bottle Madeira

Common Mixers

Most drinks require the addition of non-alcoholic liquid ingredients known as mixers. The following are a breif overview.

  • Bloody Mary Mix
  • Club Soda
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Light Cream
  • Milk
  • Cream of Coconut
  • Falernum
  • Orange Juice
  • Passion Fruit Juice
  • Pina Colada Mix
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Tonic Water
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Ginger Ale
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Lemon-Lime Soda
  • Seltzer
  • Sour Mix
  • Tomato Juice
  • Spring Water

Condiments and Garnishes

Condiments and garnishes allow a bartender to serve any drink with style. Pick from the following to match your taste.
  • Ice (cubed, crushed, and shaved)
  • Angostura Bitters
  • Whipping / Heavy Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Coarse Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Horseradish
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Simple Syrup
  • Orange Bitters
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Shaved Chocolate
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Orange Bitters
  • Stuffed Olives
  • Cocktail Olives
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Celery
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Mint

Source: www.barnonedrinks.com and Mr. Boston's Bar Guide