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On the Beat: Power Bars

Here’s a trend we’ll raise a glass to: Entertaining at home is on the rise, and the bar cabinet is becoming a household essential.

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The Jade bar cabinet, from Barclay Butera's Newport collection for Lexington.Courtesy of Lexington Home Brands

“My clients love to end their days unwinding in a comfortable room with their favorite cocktail, and I know I do too,” says interior designer Barclay Butera, whose Newport collection for Lexington includes the Jade bar cabinet (above). Research supports the idea: 55 percent of respondents in a survey by market research firm Mintel preferred mixing drinks themselves in the relaxed ambiance of their own spaces over an evening socializing at a bar or restaurant. Furniture manufacturers have taken note, with brands like Christopher Guy and Vanguard billing at-home bars as a collection necessity. “The entertaining and receiving of friends at home is on the climb,” says Jon Spurlock, director of visual merchandising and sales for Christopher Guy’s Southeastern region. “Because of these ‘needs and wants,’ we have developed several new bar cabinet and concierge pieces for the home.” Vanguard experienced the same phenomenon: “The demand for bar cabinets has grown dramatically,” says company president Andy Bray. These industry best-sellers bring the party home.

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X marks the spot at Bernhardt, whose sleek Clarendon bar cabinet perches atop a shapely base.

With its sapphire-hued aniline dye, Century's Lotus bar takes center stage.

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In a taupe lacquer with mirrored brass geometric details, the Kelly Hoppen-designed Sting bar cabinet from Resource Decor oozes British glamour. With its reclaimed elm wood in a chevron pattern, the Langston bar cabinet from Universal Furniture has a rustic flair.
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The dreamy Pollock drinks cabinet from Julian Chichester rocks a vellum cloud motif—and an églomisé back panel hidden inside. In a white lacquer, the geometric detailing of the Knickerboker bar cabinet, from Michael Weiss's collection for Vanguard Furniture, feels especially cosmopolitan.
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The reeded front of the Chez Harrods cabinet by Christopher Guy was inspired by the intricately carved walls of an old staircase in the tony London department store. The Karges Queen Anne cabinet, with its hand-carved base, ball and claw feet, and elaborate brass details, was inspired by lacquer cabinets of the period.
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The elegant teak veneer surfaces of Currey & Company's Bohlend cabinet features hand-cut ginkgo-leaf marquetry. Fling open the top of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Roxbury bar to reveal a mirrored backdrop for mixing drinks.

Cocktail Hour Essential glassware for a stylish evening in.

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"For me, it's all about the mix, whether it's design or cocktails. I love a bar stocked with a full range of simple glassware paired with a mix of vintage Champagne coupes, like these Steven & Williams finds from 1stDibs (left). For a quirky twist, I'll shop Fishs Eddy for novelty glasses for clients." —Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs "Glassware is one of my favorite international finds when I travel. The multicolored Murano glasses I got in Italy are a personal favorite; they overflow with character. For clients, I'll recommend Souk's Moroccan glasses from ABC Carpet & Home in jeweled tones to pop against a neutral dining space." —Rayman Boozer of Apartment 48

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"More and more, I prefer the idea of timeless pieces like IKEA's Ivrig stemless glass (left) or the Marta from CB2, both of which can go modern or traditional, can dress up or down—and that you can use every day, so you don't have to worry about breakage when friends come over." —Grant K. Gibson of Grant K. Gibson Interior Design "I'm a fan of real glass, real china and real silver whenever practical—or even when not practical! For al fresco dining, I source my own Amanda Lindroth Island table glasses, which are wrapped in natural seagrass. They work for water, wine, juices—they even double as small hurricanes or vases." —Amanda Lindroth

Bar cabinets: Courtesy of Bernhardt Furniture, Resource Decor, Currey & Company, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Karges & Vanguard. Glassware: Courtesy of Fishs Eddy, 1stdibs, ABC Carpet & Home,, CB2 & Amanda Lindroth.

This article originally appeared in Fall 2018 issue of Business of Home, Issue 9. Subscribe for more.

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