I had this problem and i deviced a way to make a great looking bar that was the talk of my college for the rest of the year.. and still keep my security deposit..
All you need are
couple 4 by 1 pieces of wood
couple of 2 by 1 pieces of wood
clear plexi glass
a can of spray on glass frost
christmas lights or rope light
spray paint or wood stainer
miter saw (if you want 45 degree corners)
Step 1: Take Your Measurements
as you can see i build this without support beans.. that became a problem because the wood would shift over in the corners.. also the plexiglass bended because of the weight of the drinks..
so i added a couple of support beams.. this keep the bar together and it helps with the plexiglass warping,,
The rope light became a problem.. so i drilled a hole big enough so the rope light passes by the support beam..
Step 2: Frost Your Plexiglass
Step 3: Paint the Wood.. Add the Rope Light... Get Some People Over and Have Some Drinks
invite some people over and brag about how this awesome bar is not gonna cost you your security deposit