A home bar will become a gathering point when you entertain.
Even if you never consider setting up a bar during the year, chances are that your holiday entertaining will call for a space dedicated for drinks. Where and how you use this bar really depends on your own personal style. If you have the room and the inclination, you can have a bar ready to entertain at all times. In other words, think of this as a “dedicated bar”. Others cannot devote the space to a bar or do not want this to be the focal point of a room.
For those is this category, there are two schools of thought about how to make room for a bar. One is that the bar should be seen only when it is on use. I call that the “hideaway bar”. In other words, the bar looks like another piece of furniture when closed. When open, it is ready for entertaining. The second idea is to have a temporary area, which becomes a short-term bar. The “on-display bar”, as I call this category, can be placed wherever you want and can be mobile if it has wheels.
Whichever placement and whatever furniture you select, may the holidays be filled with good spirits in your home. Here are some ideas for making your entertaining easier.
At Your Service: The handsome Crossroads Collection Serving Cart from Henredon features bronze mirrored serving surface on top with antique brass gallery, a drawer with silver liner, and two shelves below on antique brass casters. Dimensions are 43.25" L x 33.75”W x 19.75” D. It brings your party to wherever you are entertaining. $3885, Livingston Interiors Inc. www.livingstonfurniture.net
Counter Culture: This raised panel Northport bar by Ty Pennington for Howard Miller Home is finished in Burnished Black and includes a black faux leather armrest, accentuated with antique brass nailheads. The many features include lockable door for liquor storage and built-in ice bucket. Dimensions are 75-3/4” L x 43” H x 27.5” D. $2699, Design Interiors Furniture. www.designinteriorsfurniture.com
Tall Story: Reminiscent of an apothecary cabinet, this Beveled Tall Cabinet is a signature item from designer Thomas Pheasant for Baker furniture. This version in mahogany is equipped as a dry bar-with two long doors, a lined drawer, a mirrored back, and a brass gallery. Dimensions are 30.5´Lc 60.3/4” H x 20.5”D. $12,495, PJ Newman Fine Furniture and Interiors. www.pjnewman.com
Spirited Style: The Elegante Bar Cabinet by Oggetti is a small but sophisticated Art Deco addition to any room. It can fit in almost anywhere. The cabinet is finished in an ebony macassar with Antique Shagreen. The Interior has partially mirrored shelves, with cubbies and one drawer. Open it, and the party begins. Dimensions: are 29"L x 46 1/2"W x 14"D. $6500, Home Resource. www.homeresource.com
Take It Away: The Biscayne Bar Table is the perfect size for a small party or can be placed in various spaces or pared together. A finely polished collapsible structure supports a sophisticated tray lined with faux croc and gated with deep walls. The cut out handles allow for easily transporting delicacies and beverages to mingling guests. Dimensions are 23" L x 23" W x 32" H. $159.95, Z-Gallerie. www.zgallerie.com
Open and Shut Case: Southern hospitality is the inspiration for this Paula’s Bar Hutch from Paula Deen Home for Universal Furniture. Finished in Spanish moss, Tobacco, Linen, Sea Oat or white, the cabinet opens to great storage for glasses and spirits. The interior doors are chalkboard. Dimensions are 48”L x 87”H x 24”D. $1799, Matter Brothers Furniture and Design. www.matterbrothersfurniture.com
Ice Cool: The perfect martini starts with a chilled glass. And if you are a perfectionist, you will want this 10 glass martini rack that can be added to Perlick’s Signature Series 24-inch under-counter Freezer. Convertible door design allows the door the ability to be converted to wood overlay from stainless steel. $3208 includes Freezer with martini rack, Appliance Gallery. www.appliance-gallery.com
Bar Tended: This traditional Edwardian Bar from Pulaski is made of polished wood accented with antique brass hardware. It has laminated marble top with inset stone pull out cutting surface and four utility drawers There are also glass storage racks, wine racks plus an adjustable shelf behind lockable door Dimensions are 72"L x 42"H x 26"D. $2,495.00, Robertson’s Billiards and Bar Stools. www.robertsonsbilliards.com
All Shook Up: The Century cocktail shaker in sterling silver has chic art deco attributes. While it does not promise to make your cocktails better, it is a beauty to look at. It may be personalized with 3-letter monogram. Dimensions 10” H. $2250, Tiffany and Co. www.tiffany.com
The Chill Factor: The Massena crystal ice bucket from Baccarat sparkles in the sunlight. The stylish 330.2/5 oz. bucket features a highly textured exterior with classic beveled pattern and has a stainless steel handle for easy transporting. Dimensions are 4.78" H. $760, Saks Fifth Avenue. www.saksfifthavenue.com
Pull Out The Stops: Waterford’s Mixology Argon Blue Decanter is not your grandmother’s crystal decanter. It clearly with an electric blue over deep cuts of clear crystal pushes the use of storing spirits for a very happy hour.. Dimensions 5.75” L x 9”W x 5.6” H. $375, Silver Queen. www.silverqueen.com
Pitcher Perfect: From the Belle Époque Collection of French manufacturer, Christofle Silver, this Asian-Inspired water pitcher is the perfect addition to your barware. A beautiful anemone decorates the handle pf this silver plated pitcher, which holds 51 fluid ounces. Dimensions are10.5 "H X 7" w. $1,150, Saks Fifth Avenue. www.saksfifthavenue.com
Spiked Wine: These original Spike Glasses from Artech Glass Blowing Studios are a tactile delight; a scotch thistle inspired glass that massages the hand as you indulge in a good drink. Whatever your poison, these 6 ounce thorny wine glasses are quite the conversation piece. $40, Carter’s Gallery. www.cartersgallery.com
Mix It Up: Ever have blender envy when you see the powerful commercial bar blenders? Well, this Xtreme Hi-Power Blender MX1200XTX from Waring Commercial can be yours. It is capable of handling virtually every blending need as and smoothies well as preparing ice-based drinks like a pro with its 3.5 HP motor. $1,122.71, Restaurant Depot. www.restaurantdepot.com