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.

home bar design ideas

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.

home entertaining ideas

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.

home bars

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.

kitchen design ideas

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.

entertaining at home

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.