The Best Home Bar Ideas for 2021

Design an amazing space to match your delicious cocktail.

With restaurants and bars still closed in most states, staying in has officially replaced going out. However, many of us are still looking for a designated place at home to enjoy a glass. Thankfully, we have leading designers Nina Magon of Houston-based firm Contour Interior Design and Anothony Gianacakos of New York City-based firm Anthony George Home to help. Whether you are designing the ultimate bar or transforming a quaint nook, your ultimate at-home bar is just around the corner.

Bar Cart

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Bar on the Go

According to Gianacakos, bar carts are a must-have for abodes where square footage is at a premium: “It’s one of the most versatile and gracious pieces you can own, because it keeps drinks close at hand as the party shifts to different spaces throughout the evening. A favorite is the Crestwood Bar Cart from Arteriors. Its pared-back form and antique brass finish works with so many different aesthetics. I also love the smart design of the bottom rack to keep bottles upright.” GET THE LOOK

Dekton Kitchen Embers

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Moody Hues

“Our must-haves for a bar’s design can be summarized with three words: Moody, masculine and mirrors,” Magon says. “Embracing a different aesthetic helps define the space and create an experience that feels like an escape – even in your own home. I often gravitate towards dark wood and surfacing for a wet bar. I’m actually working on one right now and using Cosentino’s Dekton Liquid Embers. I love moody, dark hues that still have a dynamic texture to them, and Liquid Embers really nails that. I also really gravitate towards bronzed mirrors and glass in a wet bar. I think it brings to mind visiting a classic Italian cocktail bar.” SHOP THE LOOK

Kohler faucet

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“The pandemic has accelerated client demand for touchless faucets in both kitchens and wet bars,” Magon says. “Not only are they helpful from a hygiene standpoint, but they help manage water use – a must when you’re busy mixing cocktails!” SHOP THE LOOK

Arteriors Tall Cabinet

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Bar’s Open

“For my clients who are true bar enthusiasts and have space to spare, Arteriors’ Kilpatrick Tall Cabinet is a total showstopper,” says Gianacakos. “Opening its doors to reveal shelves lined with glassware, spirits and every accoutrement creates such a festive experience – whether you’re entertaining guests, or just yourself. And with a burnished gold leaf treatment, it’s a dynamite piece.” SHOP THE LOOK

Erik Buch Teak Black Leather Bar Stools For Oddense Maskinsnedkeri

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Sitting Pretty

“Recently I’ve really been recreating a lounge-style atmosphere for clients,” says Magon. “This includes a traditional bartop with barstools, open shelving to display glassware and bottles, and a separate seating area for relaxing.” SHOP THE LOOK

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen Elements

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Take It Outside

For the ultimate home bar experience, consider an outdoor set-up. Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’ Elements Collection offers the very best in style with bold pops of color, unrivaled durability, and smart storage solutions to accommodate outdoor wine fridges and kegerators. SHOP THE LOOK