Setting Up a Glamorous Home Bar: Ideas from Real Life Homes

updated Oct 12, 2022
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The popularity of cocktails is on the rise, and the home bar is making a comeback in the American home. But even if you’re not lucky enough to have a wet bar, you can still set up a dedicated space for mixing drinks, no matter the size of your home. Read on for plenty of ideas from our tours.

Above: Marina has a fairly impressive collection of liquor that lives on the kitchen countertop in her New York apartment. A tray and a mirror behind help give this collection of bottles a little bit of presence.

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If you’re going to be mixing serious cocktails, it’s always good to have a sink nearby, so the kitchen countertop is a good spot (if you’ve got the space). Kim and Scott set up a countertop bar, accompanied by a helpful message, in their Chicago home.

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Liquor, glassware, and cocktailing implements occupy a series of corner shelves in Clara and Sam’s home in Oakland, California.

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Bar carts, like this stylish one seen in Candace and Jason’s Los Angeles home, are as flexible as they are beautiful — you can just roll them around to wherever the action is.

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Alex and Zack turned a nook in the living room of their San Francisco home into a bar.

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This bar cart, spotted in Kate and Chad’s Chicago home, does double duty as a side table — a perfect solution for small spaces.

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A red tray sets off the liquor collection in Sooz Gordon’s Scottish flat.

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The top of a buffet and some wall mounted shelves above make a charming spot for serving drinks in Charmaine and Mark’s home in Wisconsin.

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In a pinch, the top of a bookcase will do. A tray helps draw everything together, as seen in Sarah and David’s Brooklyn home.

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And finally, one more bar cart setup, from Natalie and Seth’s San Francisco home.