Raising the Bar
With at-home entertaining on the rise, home bars are more popular than ever. It’s no wonder: entertaining from the comfort of home is an intimate alternative to a crowded bar. You’ve painstakingly created a haven at home – why not share it with your loved ones?
If you love entertaining friends and family in your home, a home bar is just the thing to kick your gatherings into gear. Whether you build your bar in the kitchen, along a wall removed from the work zone, or as an addition to a family room or basement, today’s home bars are more than just a collection of dusty bottles tucked into a living room corner. There are a variety of design choices to consider when you cultivate your own personal speakeasy.
This sleek home bar, from one of our latest projects, makes smart use of a kitchen corner. It has enough room for a sink, a wine rack, under-counter refrigerator, and plenty of cabinet storage. Away from the ‘working spaces’ of the kitchen, this is a prime spot to congregate during a dinner party. A wood countertop adds warmth and a touch of contrast.
With this bar, we maximized the space by utilizing an out-of-the-way corner. Guests can enjoy their drinks with a view from the adjacent window seat. Although it takes up just a few feet of floor space, the bar contains storage, refrigeration and counter space for mixing drinks.
Positioned at one end of a spacious kitchen, this bar goes the extra mile, adding an outside-world touch with stylish stools so your guests can get comfortable. We bookended the window with ample storage space.
If you like your chilled spirits at the ready, Sub-Zero offers a variety of refrigerated drawers and wine coolers designed specifically for at-home bars. We incorporated several in this expansive arrangement.
Whether you’re short on space or would like a smaller, secondary bar as these clients did, a compact option makes an elegant addition to any living space. This one provides a sleek wine cooler and ample glassware storage without compromising your square footage.
With a custom-designed bar, there’s truly no place like home.
Projects designed by Judy Whalen and Julie Lyons of Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center. Photography by Dan Cutrona and Shelly Harrison.