The Return of The Home Bar
Traditional Basement Bars
When people hear “home bar” they may think of the retro basement bar popular in mid-century suburbia. Those dark wood and brass-heavy traditional custom bars still exist, but modern style and design are bringing back the home bar in a whole new light.
Take the Home Bar out of The Basement
Custom Bars in Your Kitchen
As the kitchen became the focus of at-home entertaining, moving the wet bar upstairs was the next logical step. Add a custom built-in bar made to match your existing kitchen cabinets. If you prefer, add a showpiece and make your kitchen bar stand out with different color bar cabinets.
Bar Cabinets Hidden in Furniture
Custom-built bars don’t have to have bar tops. If space is a priority, hiding the top-shelf alcohol in a custom-made “bar” cabinet near a seating area is a great alternative. To start the party just open the doors and fill the ice bucket.
Bourbon Collection Display
If you prefer to show off your collection then a custom built-in bourbon collection display is more your style. Dedicate a whole wall to your bourbon display and make sure your friends know the top shelves are just for special occasions.
Modern Home Bar Types
It’s your special place, make sure you enjoy the look and functionality of it. Custom built-in bars open the possibility of design that you can’t get from prebuilt pieces.
Traditional Pass-Through Bar
Wood tops with warm finishes, paneling, and all the drinks are kept behind a seating area. The traditional custom bar has passed the test of time. However, the classic layout doesn’t always fit with modern design trends. If you like playing the role of bartender, the pass-through bar is right for you as it creates a clear division between drinkers and pourers.
Modern Single Wall Bars
The primary advantage of a single wall home bar is that it opens up more space by removing the dedicated seating area. Where a traditional pass-through bar creates a division between the bartender and the guests, the modern single-wall bar invites guests to create their own cocktails and mingle around the entertaining area.