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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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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