Goodbye drinks trolley and hello basement bar.
A stylish home bar is at the top of our domestic wish list, surpassing both pantries and laundry rooms.
Because what could be more fun – and impressive – than entertaining friends in your own actual home bar?
We’re not talking bar carts or wine cellars either, we mean full-blown, unapologetically decadent rooms dedicated to mixing cocktails and unwinding.
These clever homes have transformed dead spaces – an unused wall, that barely-used study or a dull basement – to stylish entertaining spaces packed with wow-factor.
This home bar is the real deal; open shelving with bottles on display, a bar island with bar stools, and even it’s own name, named after the home owner’s two favourite things.
Get the look: Get the look: The bespoke bar, created by Made by Jason & Co, includes a brass bar top from The Copper And Zinc Bar Company.
The bar has purposefully been given an almost tongue-in-cheek 1970s look. Gold-flecked cork wallpaper on the walls and ceiling, mirror-backed bar units and shelves filled with vintage 1970s glasses inscribed with the owner’s initials (found by chance on eBay) helped to create a small space with a big personality.
Get the look: The bar units were custom-made. The brass cabinets and screen dividers are bespoke. This is a Nero Marquina marble floor. The Japanese Cork wallpaper is by Phillip Jeffries.
This gleaming and glamorous étagère takes pride of place in an open-plan living room.
Get the look: The Seventies brass étagère was imported from Holland and the Fifties German side chairs were reupholstered, all via The Mint List Interior Design.
Off a living room, this snug was the perfect place to create a chic bar. The previous owner had used it as a stereo room, filled with his CD collection. Now it’s equipped with everything you could ever need for aperitifs and nightcaps.
Get the look: The walls are in polished plaster.