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..