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purple jade
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Joined: Feb 19, 2003
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From: New Orleans
Posted: 2003-10-11 6:59 pm   Permalink

What would be the top three ideal gifts for a brand new home bar?

 
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SES
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Joined: Sep 14, 2003
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Posted: 2003-10-11 7:10 pm   Permalink

Booze
glasses
napkins
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JTD
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Joined: Apr 07, 2003
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From: J'ville
Posted: 2003-10-12 09:46 am   Permalink

PJ,

In addition to numbers 1+2 above, I'd recommend the shaker/jigger/tongs etc. tool set. Williams-Sonoma et al. carry nice ones.

-JTD

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kahukini
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
Posts: 555
From: Saint Louis
Posted: 2003-10-12 10:11 am   Permalink

A couple of nice artsy martini glasses.

One of those plastic dodads for rimming glasses with sugar or salt, nobody ever thinks to buy them, but they do come in handy. I never use salt, but like to rim several martinis with flavored sugar.
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divychic
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Joined: Oct 05, 2002
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From: Bradenton, Florida
Posted: 2003-10-12 11:53 am   Permalink

out of the ordinary mixtures,
cool background light fixture,
napkins/stirrers


 
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Unga Bunga
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Joined: Jun 06, 2003
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2003-10-12 12:06 pm   Permalink

A new liver!
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purple jade
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Joined: Feb 19, 2003
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From: New Orleans
Posted: 2003-10-12 3:43 pm   Permalink

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A new liver!



Box or gift bag?


 
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Futura Girl
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Joined: Oct 01, 2002
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Posted: 2003-10-12 5:22 pm   Permalink

unless you know the taste of the individual bartender and what tools they already have, there is nothing like a bottle of 'the good stuff.' you know, the stuff you covet at the liquor store, but might feel a bit guilty buying for yourself.

persoanlly i say avoid obscure stuff that ends up at the back of the liquor cabinet - and stick to the mainstream acohol (rum, vodka, gin, or maybe some good cognac) that your friends will enjoy making their old favorites with.


 
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tikifish
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2003-10-12 5:55 pm   Permalink

Don't get them the penis shaped ice cube tray. The chilly willies melt too fast and water down your drink!

 
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Traitor Vic
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Joined: Jan 02, 2003
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From: Greenville, SC
Posted: 2003-10-12 9:42 pm   Permalink

I tell ya what... The one thing that I appreciate in my own bar above and beyond all other items (and it was not a gift but something I bought for myself) is my Ice Crusher. I got one of the Electric Rival Ice-O-Matics (as recommended by someone in Tiki Central) on ebay and have never been disappointed. It is a thing of Perfection in an otherwise Imperfect world.

Worth the price at whatever it may be (don't pay more than $20 for it, though).


 
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Feelin' Zombified
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Joined: Jul 15, 2003
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2003-10-13 07:12 am   Permalink

a cool novelty item I saw in the AFTER 5 catalog: an ice mold that makes shot glasses. I'm kinda tempted to pick one up myself.

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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-10-13 1:32 pm   Permalink

Three words: Top shelf booze.

 
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Tiki Bird
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Joined: Sep 25, 2003
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From: Cerritos, Ca.
Posted: 2003-10-13 1:53 pm   Permalink

keg-o-rator would be cool.

 
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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2003-10-13 7:12 pm   Permalink

A matching set of genuine Third Reich swizzle sticks...actually, Tiki Farm has some really cool frosted bar glasses out(come in sets of four). I just picked up the double old-fashioned 4-pack the other day. Still breakin' em in.

 
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Humuhumu
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Joined: Aug 22, 2002
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2003-10-13 7:17 pm   Permalink

Depends on the personality of the bar owner. Me, I'm very particular, and if I haven't already bought something for my bar, it may very well be because I didn't *want* it. So, unless you're planning on shelling out for some sort of sure-fire, one-of-a-kind item, like a cool old tiki, I say stick with consumables (read: primo rum!). At least, if you're buying a gift for someone like me.

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