Perhaps it’s just the season that has us thinking about drink stations and having friends and family over for cocktails. Maybe you’ve entertained similar thoughts, too, but have been hesitant because of the perceived time and cost involved. Don’t be. It needn’t be nearly as swanky the one we see above at the Görvälns Slott Hotel in Järfälla, Sweden. But swanky is indeed the word, with its gilded accents and retro mod Lucite stools. Something like that could make the perfect gathering place in your home for a good conversation over drinks.
Even if you only indulge occasionally, there’s something rather grown-up and romantic about the look of a thoughtfully arranged cocktail bar, just sitting there waiting for guests to help themselves.
We looked around and spotted some very interesting ideas you might want to try in setting your own drink station. And the most important thing we learned is that all you really need to start a home bar is your drink of choice, a couple of glasses and a nice place to display them. Cheers!
Cocktail cabinets like the Lombard Bar Server and Lombard Bar Cabinet we see above from Martha Stewart Living are perfect if you’re looking for something a bit more formal than the kitchen counter to serve as your drink station. It’s a classy furniture combo, doesn’t take up a lot of space, and there’s plenty of room all your barware, wine tools, glasses and spirits. Blend well with a variety of styles.
Nothing tops the quintessential style of an old-school bar cart. It’s also the easiest set up known to man. You need simply roll one of these vintage marvels into the perfect spot in your home and stock liberally. The cute antique chairs come separately. (Check out the before and after photos of this cart. Spray paint is a gift from the gods.)
Bookcases large or small, even part of a shelf on a bookcase makes a great little drink station. Interior design firm Tilton Fenwick shows that there need only be enough room for a few bottles, glassware — and maybe a fancy ice bucket. And nice lighting make bars more intimate.
Amoire bars are quite crafty, too. This colorful, neatly customized one with stemware racks, glass shelves and a towel holder saves ample room to maintain a well-stocked home drink station. (Better Homes and Gardens says this drinks cabinet, too, is a remarkably well-done salvage job. Always check out garage sales.)
See more inspiration and ideas in our Places series here on the Apron Blog.