Cocktails, anyone? Why every home should have a bar

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  • Since staying in is the new going out, your new favourite bar might just be the one at home…

    Shake ’em, stir ’em and slug ’em – playing at being a mixologist has never been so on trend. It could be because though we’re spoilt for choice with cool new bars, cocktails are mega-pricy and everywhere is so crowded. Or maybe it’s just that we love modern-day nesting mixed with a secret slice of decadence. Whatever the reason, the home bar is becoming an increasingly popular choice in contemporary interiors.

    And whether you go all-out with a fitted number or just treat yourself to a swanky trolley, it’s a project that’s a cinch to do. Just stock up on the basic equipment of cocktail shaker, strainer, blender, bar spoons, cocktails book, six or so basic spirits and mixers, plus oodles of ice and a cool bucket to stash it in and you’re away. Here are seven great home bar ideas…

    1 Hideaway bar
    Lined with glittering brass tiles and with
    plenty of shelving for the cocktail kit, as well as a mini fridge, this
    bar is stocked to the max. Best of all, it can be hidden behind the
    custom-made perforated metal screen. A great idea if there are kids
    about – or if you don’t want your visitors to know about your little

    2. Laid-back bar
    What better spot to take time out to enjoy a martini – or two – than
    this elegant lounge area? It has everything required for a sophisticated evening
    staycation – slick drinks trolley ready for action,
    oh-so-strokeable and lounge-able chaise and a cool, neutral palette that will instantly relax guests.

    3. Masculine bar

    There’s something of an edgy gentleman’s club to this bar area, which immediately makes us want to order a dirty martini and fire up a big, fat Montecristo. The Crittall-style glazing, padded leather armchair and epic bare boards add up to one very cool space indeed.

    4. Minimalist bar

    With more than a hit of Scandi chic to it, this space has the air of a cool
    boutique hotel, complete with soothing neutrals, exposed brick and warm
    wood. The curve of the bar adds to the relaxed vibe.

    5. Edgy bar
    First, grab a corner of the living room and paint it in a dark, moody
    hue. Add in a salvaged industrial cabinet, an upcycled armchair
    and a neat little table and that’s your bar area sorted. No stress, minimal

    6. Travelling bar
    You can wheel this slick trolley dolly around to your heart’s content, but go easy after a few too Singapore slings… With enough room to stash several hardcore spirits and an array of glasses, you could even take the party into the street, though going any further would be pushing it…

    7. Rough-luxe bar
    Here, the clever combo of reclaimed finds,
    weathered wood and battered leather makes for an epic chill-out lounge.
    Another inventive scheme – from the funky art to the colourful soda
    bottles, if you shop around a few antiques emporiums you could pick up most of these pieces
    for a steal.


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