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Try This Recipe For A Delicious Modern Bar Setup

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A giddy mixture of style and substance 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 giddy 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.  

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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 plenty of booze, sparkling stemware and posh bar tools—and watching 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 full-fledged design icon, like Alvar Aalto's Artek Trolley 901, 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 Arteriors Jake Bar Cart, a glamorous cocktail server, by any measure.

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Pour it on thick 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. Mater's Double Bottle, above, is an attention-getter under any circumstances, a two-container borosilicate glass carafe which holds a combination of two separate liquids in an ingeniously designed single piece. The geometric Fferrone Margot Decanter remakes traditional cut glassware into a decidedly modern bar accessory.

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Say cheers 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 such 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.

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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 the W&P Pineapple Cocktail Shaker, above, which injects a shining tropical twist into boozy soirees, no matter the season—and whether showcased in gold, silver, or copper finish. Standard measuring devices have a new gold standard, thanks to brass beauties, like the Fein Tipping Measure by Ferm Living and the Barbell Barware Set. And lend unexpected style to basic beer culture with the Manhattan Bottle Opener, a gorgeous golden circle.  

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