While I do appreciate the merits and joys in fine cocktails, concoctions, punches, and mixes, mine is a whiskey house and we set out only one type of liquor for guests.
The house whiskey is Evan Williams and, while finer, older whiskeys have many merits, he is really quite nice once you get to know him and so very easy to keep around.
To ensure that a modest bar is always ready for use, I ask that those who are kind enough to help, wipe down the decanter of whiskey in the living room and the silver tray upon which it sits, and ensure that two clean glasses are always set out. (The glasses ought to be upside down, both to avoid getting dusty as well as to remove any ambiguity, on bleary mornings, between fresh, virginal glassware and those previously sullied.)
Check whiskey level and refill the decanter to approximately three quarters full. (If it is overfilled, the pour can start unexpectedly and spill unpleasantly due to the refraction caused by the difference in medium between the glass of the decanter and the tasty brown liquid refreshment in contains.)