Oh the suave existence of days gone by – when a debonair man in an expensively cut suit could waltz into a room and pour aged brandy into an ornate snifter from his crystal decanter. Days when cocktail parties meant elegantly served martinis created in sterling silver shakers, and liquor choices were displayed alongside hors d’oeuvres – not in store bought bottles but in elaborately designed carafes atop a beautiful buffet. While these sorts of potable customs have all but faded from current lifestyles, there is one way in which you can reawaken those golden eras.
A mini bar is a necessity for a home in which any entertaining will ever take place. In addition to keeping guests out of your kitchen by displaying the goods in plain sight, it’s also an easy way to add a touch of class and sophistication to your living room or dining room area. Simply stock full of your finest beverage ware and spirits, and voila! You have a readymade cocktail hour right in your very own home.
If your mini bar is large enough, you could even add in a mini refrigerator in which to keep beer and mixers, as well as freshly cut fruits, olives, maraschino cherries and other cocktail garnishes. However, make sure the refrigerator is either a sleek design or, if not, keep it well hidden inside the furniture piece or avoid making your space look like a dorm room.
The great thing about a mini bar is that you can either purchase one directly or create your own mini bar out of a vintage piece. With a good sanding and couple layers of fresh paint or some new stain, an old sideboard or armoire can easily transform into a trendy wet bar and great complement to your existing design. Add glamour to a room with a mirrored piece, midcentury teak or a funky bamboo option for poolside fun. No matter what, a mini bar is always a great addition to any home.