Whether you are serving a Diet Coke, a glass of wine, or a cocktail, a bar simplifies the process. You can have all the raw materials for festive refreshments in one handy place, while, at the same time, containing the mess. A bar can be hidden behind doors like a closet, or it can be a place to display glasses, drinks, and the tools of a bartender. Added convenient features might include a coffee station complete with cups and espresso machine for round-the-clock service.
In smaller bars we design, we often include a sink, an icemaker, mini refrigerator, and/or wine cooler, as-well-as plenty of storage. Larger bars can be as fully functional as your local pub. Durable counters and good lighting are a must. Limestone or marble countertops are very beautiful, but can be stained or etched with lemon juice or other acidic liquids.
The overall design of the bar should take cues from the room it serves, but like its function, a bar is a place where a homeowner can have some fun. We have used rustic, reclaimed wood for cabinets as well as polished mahogany. Glass doors make for convenient display areas which can be lit from above or below. A painted finish allows for maximum flexibility when matching the rest of the room.
Bars are meant for daily use and are often more convenient than the kitchen for serving all kinds of beverages. Holidays, especially, are a time for entertaining friends and family; a bar just makes it a little easier for the host and hostess.
Photos By Rob Karosis