A chunk of furnishings devoted solely to drinks may seem to be an extravagance. But relating to entertaining, a nicely-functioning bar cupboard may be helpful for each host and friends.
“It’s a matter of convenience,” stated William Sofield, the inside designer who based Studio Sofield in New York. “I tell everyone, ‘I’ll make you the first one, but after that you’re on your own.’ I really can’t be the bartender for eight people for an evening.”
Setting up the bar and permitting folks to serve themselves makes everybody extra comfy, stated Mr. Sofield, who has designed customized bar cupboards for shoppers — full with fridges, ice makers and skewer storage — in addition to a manufacturing cupboard for Baker, with gold-completed doorways and pullout serving trays.
Even teetotalers admire it. “It’s nice for them to be able to pour themselves a mocktail,” he famous, with out calling consideration to it.
The one who advantages most, after all, is the host, who can spend extra time socializing. “It’s nice to not be running back and forth to the kitchen,” Mr. Sofield stated.
Should the cupboard have open cabinets or closed storage? Mr. Sofield prefers retaining issues hidden: “I like for it not to look like a bar when it’s closed.”
Does it want a floor for mixing drinks? Yes, stated Mr. Sofield, who prefers a tough-carrying floor that isn’t simply broken by moisture, for fear-free entertaining.
How a lot space for storing does the cupboard want? Ideally, it ought to be capable to maintain all of the bottles, glassware and different accouterments you want, he stated: “It’s great to have whatever you need in one place.”
Cabinet with raised diamond-parquet sample doorways and wooden-and-brass pulls
$2,370 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams: 800-789-5401 or mgbwhome.com
Vivien Bar Cabinet
Cabinet with curved and fluted doors, and bottle and glass racks
$799 at West Elm: 888-922-4119 or westelm.com
Slatted-wood bar cabinet by Nathan Yong, with glass racks, bottle storage and drawers
From $3,595 at Design Within Reach: 800-944-2233 or dwr.com
Perf Bar Cabinet
Perforated varnished-steel bar cabinet by Diesel Creative Team
From $1,390 at Moroso: 212-334-7222 or moroso.it
Tate Bookcase Bar
Walnut-finish bookcase by Tovin Design, with drop-open door that doubles as a serving surface
$999 at Crate & Barrel: 800-967-6696 or crateandbarrel.com
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