Best Home Bars from All Angles

By: Matilda Davies From all angles

A great home bar is the jewel in the crown that is a beautiful living room (or hallway or kitchen or…bedroom?). It’s trendy now to stock a bar cart with spirits and mixers and a few decanters, but there’s no need to stick to the stock cart trope: a home bar can live anywhere from a hutch to a credenza to some discreet built-ins, or it can be the focal point of a room.

Here are eight of our favorite home bars that break the mold (OK, OK, we threw in a great cart or two) from petite kits for two to a room built around a fully stocked, wall-length bar.

Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
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Minimalist black and white

I love the simplicity—and the size—of this bar. Owned by photographer Lindley Battle and her partner and restaurateur Brian Ricciardi, this is a favorite feature of their open living room–dining room and the perfect setup for entertaining. The dark wine rack against the black wall is the perfect space for storing wine: light is minimal, temperature is regulated, and corked bottles are kept on their sides. You can see more of this minimalist home in clean black and white.

Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
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Farmhouse traditional

This restored antique hutch is the perfect marriage of form and function, a beautiful focal point for the room and plenty of storage for the homeowners’ whisky collection and antique serveware. Monogrammed glass decanters on the top shelf make this bar extra personal. You can see more of this traditional southern farmhouse here.

Traditional eclectic

This burled vanity is reinvented as a sideboard in the form of a simple home bar in this eclectic living room. This bar is proof that you don’t need a traditional cart or wine rack to make a bar. See more of this Georgian-style family home.

The invented cart

This home bar is made from a $10 wire rack from Target and a perfectly sized cutting board. Hiding the bottom shelf makes it possible to hide extra mixers or glasses or that bottle of Fireball you don’t want your guests to judge you for. A permanent fixture in this space, I love that this bar feels well-used and a little bit thrown together. There’s no need to keep it sleek and polished, the best home bars get regular use anyway, so make it one that fits your space.

Mid-century modern

This expansive bar is easily one of the best we’ve seen. Set against a backdrop of navy-and-gold globally inspired wallpaper from Hygge & West, this home bar is made for entertaining. The wall-length bar is supplemented by a little satellite cart of coffee and tea for guests who want something a little less stiff.

Photo by Ashley Gallerani for House Method
Photo by Ashley Gallerani for House Method
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Modern contemporary

This expansive SoHo penthouse is home to this simple, modern bar cart in gold and glass. Unlike the bold mid-century modern take on the home bar, this cart serves as an accent rather than an anchor. It’s clean and understated and blends seamlessly with the room.

Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
Photo by Lindley Battle for House Method
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Small and simple

If you’re short on space or don’t do a lot of entertaining, opt for a simple tray with a few essentials like this petite bar for two tucked discreetly into a dining room sidebar. See before and after photos of this bright and airy traditional home inspired by the best of Chip and Jo.

Tucked away

This little nugget of surprise is perfect for those who want to tuck away their stash. This hideaway home bar is a custom-made piece complete with wine bottle cubbies and a built-in cutting board for garnishes.


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