Decanters can instantly dress up open or half-finished bottles of spirits and add a measure of sophistication to that impromptu bar. To ensure a well-balanced look, create a grouping of decanters ranging in heights and in a variety of shapes.
Flanked by Louis XVI armchairs with zebra upholstery, a mirrored cocktail bar adds a twist to entertaining in style. A gold bowl atop the Lucite coffee table adds a metallic touch to the black and white palette.
A bar cart always looks best with some yummy beverages on it! Using both shelves of the cart is great for parties; you can store extra glasses and mixers on the bottom shelf and leave the top for drink prep and little snacks. Now let’s party!
With a focus on Caribbean dishes and coastal seafood, this tiki-centric Decatur cocktail bar puts fun front and center with a rotating happy hour punch, $100 punch bowls "for 6-8 hearty souls," festive drinks like classic Mai Tais and Zombies served in coconuts and pineapples and a catalogue of 1,000 rums. Cheeky newfangled cocktails like Coke Problem (made with rum, coffee-cola syrup, amaro, lime and bitters) and an absinthe colada are among the creative sips on offer.
The Reduced to Ashes cocktail with tequila, mezcal, fresh lime juice, butterfly tea and aquafaba (an egg white substitute made with chickpeas) at Saltwood Charcuterie and Bar in Loew's Atlanta is the perfect encapsulation of this bar program's merits. In-house cocktail impresario Ramsey Kashlan delivers the goods when it comes to taste and presentation and the focus on Southern bites make for a nice deep dive into all this Southern city has to offer.
An important part of planning the bar is thinking about the type of glassware that will be used to serve each drink. While traditionalists recommend a different glass for red and white wine, you can keep things simple by using a multipurpose glass for both. You might also try searching for unique and vintage glassware at flea markets and garage sales to add to your collection; don't be afraid to mix and match stemware for an eclectic look. For large parties, we recommend renting glassware. It comes perfectly polished, and there's no need to clean before returning.
The Lawrence features a cocktail menu developed communally by its talented team of bartenders, with a surfeit of wit and imagination. Belly up to the winding front-and-center bar to chat with the knowledgable staff and to sample some of the the summer cocktails inspired by favorite movies like I'd Pity Him with gin, Sambuca, passionfruit, blackberries, blueberries, mint, lemon and cava.
Entertain guests in style with this snazzy bar setup. Two leather armchairs offer seating for guests to sip on their cocktails, and a white buffet provides storage and a place to set your drink. Three wall-mounted shelves display glassware and decanters.
Designating a beverage station is a great way to keep the buffet table less crowded and carry the theme to other areas. To continue the party subtle menswear theme, search your favorite vintage store for a Mad Men-era decanter and vintage ice bucket. Be sure to stock the bar with plenty of cocktail napkins, ice and garnishes.
This seating area sits adjacent to a wet bar in the Pent Room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, making it the perfect spot for adults to enjoy cocktails and conversation. The oversized pendant light is made from a synthetic resin to keep it lightweight.
Philip Erdoes, CEO of The New Traditionalists, knows exactly what goes into creating a great bar cart, and how to put it to good use. "Great barware is essential, and at The New Traditionalists we love vintage pieces. Artisanal cocktails always taste better in old-school glasses. Ebay has some sweet midcentury glasses and accessories."
Now that your bar is beautiful, what should you serve your guests? Christian May of Maison 21 suggests mixing the practical with the unexpected. "Have a selection of basic liquors: vodka, gin, bourbon or whiskey and vermouth," May says. "Round these out with a few funky liquors in bottles with different shapes for visual appeal."