Try This Recipe For A Delicious Modern Bar Setup

A balanced combination of functionality and style is the key to an eye-catching home bar display.

Set the scene with an intoxicating bar cabinet.

Why bother visiting your local watering hole when creating a home bar setup is this much fun? And few things make a more welcoming first impression than a sleek modern bar cabinet. The BDI Corridor Compact Bar, pictured above, hides shelving for storing bottles, stemware and bar tools behind its gorgeous slatted louvered doors. If you've got room to spare, the Blu Dot Shale Bar Cabinet pays big dividends as an impressively sized freestanding bar, while the Delphine Bar from Jonathan Adler brings art deco inspiration to any entertainment space.  


Keep a stylish bar cart on tap.

Add pizzazz to cocktail hour by rolling our a serious set of wheels. Turn a modern bar cart or trolley into a portable bar in minutes by styling it with your favorite top-shelf wines and liquors, sparkling stemware and posh bar tools—and watch as guests line up for refills. Loll's Rapson Bar Cart, above, has both good looks and an accessible price point, sure to appeal to design-centric barflies, while a sleek and stylish option, like the Mategot Trolley, cuts an unforgettable figure, even when laden to the hilt with boozy accoutrements. When a spot of metallic luster is needed, say cheers to the Jonathan Adler Jacques Bar Cart, a glamorous cocktail server, by any measure.


Pour and store with posh decanters.

Make an art out of showing off your good taste with delicious modern decanters that serve up wine and spirits in high style. Eva Solo's Decanter Carafe with Cooling Element, above, is an attention-getter under any circumstances, equipped with an integrated funnel to help oxidise wine, while the removable base features a cooling element that can be placed in the freezer to keep wine at the perfect temp for hours. The geometric Fferrone Margot Decanter remakes traditional cut glassware into a decidedly modern bar accessory ideal for casual and upscale meal services alike.


Raise a toast to alluring glassware.

No authentic bar experience is complete without appropriately decadent glassware, so it's worth going the extra mile in selecting eye-catching glassware, whether wine goblets or martini glasses. iittala's Ultima Thule glasses, above, have the icy elegance to enhance even informal gatherings, their sophisticated forms adding texture (literally) to the ordinary sipping ritual. Ferm Living's Ripple Champagne Saucers have delicate fluting and a timeless, shapely allure, you'll no longer be satisfied with standard champagne flutes, while bold and beautiful Margot Wine Goblets by Fferrone make a more emphatic stemware statement.


Save your tabletops with luxe coasters.

Never worry about condensation rings at a party again when your guests have sleek and stylish coasters to rest their drinks on. Opt for a playful, yet eye-catching set like Jonathan Adler's Animalia Coasters, accented with gleaming gold luster, or go classic with a sleek leather version like the Manhattan Coaster or Sky Coaster set. For a high end feel that goes with anything, try the Modernist Round Coasters, crafted from natural marble and perfect for the living room, dining room, or any frequented entertainment space.


Go over the top with gorgeous bar tools.

Gleaming cocktail shaker, nifty bottle opener, sparkling measuring tools. Why settle for purely utilitarian bar tools when today's offerings are brimming with such irresistible allure? Case in point is Barbell Barware Set from Jonathan Adler, which injects a playful, yet luxe twist into boozy soirees, no matter the season—decked out in a brass finish with an accenting marble stand. Standard measuring devices have a new gold standard, thanks to beauties, like the Elemental Cocktail Set by Sir Madam. And though simple in form, the supremely functional Ice Bath Champagner Cooler from NUDE Glass, above, holds up to three bottles of wine or liquor to keep them at the perfect temp.