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Home Bar & Bar Furniture

Setting up a home bar means no longer battling the crowds at happy hour, and instead, throwing a better happy hour at your place. Whether you’ve expanded your palate from wine and beer to cocktails or you want to carve out a place to discover a few signature cocktails with friends, let us at Pottery Barn give you tips and ideas on how to set up an elegant home bar. It doesn’t matter what size space you have, there’s a bar furniture solution for your needs.


The bar cart exemplifies the modern cocktail culture more than just about any other piece of accent furniture. The cart became popular ever since being frequently featured on television shows and films depicting the cocktail-influenced lifestyle of the 1960s. Now, you can have a bit of that vintage style in your own home with any number of styles, including versions with oval glass, mirrored or mango wood shelves or galvanized trays, each mobile on caster wheels so you can roll it indoors or outdoors near the party. Carts can be oval, round or square, often with railings to keep barware, decanters and bar tools safe.

Bar Cabinets

When you prefer your bar to be hidden behind doors, consider a stationary bar cabinet that looks like a storage cabinet. Behind the doors you’ll find an entirely other world of ample storage for barware and cocktails, including wine bottle cubbies, shelves for liquor bottles and stemware holders. If you have kids in the house, you’ll want one with a lock and key. When open, you'll find bar deep cabinet doors typically outfitted with rails and shelves to hold bottles and glasses. Because cabinets are crafted with numerous shelves to accommodate heavy items, be sure to attach the anti-tip kit for safety.


If you have more space, a bar cabinet stores more bottles and barware plus a surface for preparing cocktails. Typically crafted from wood, these durable pieces are often found as the focal point of a family room or basement bar set up. The serving side of the bar will have drawers and shelving plus other amenities such as built in bottle openers and stemware racks. The guest side accommodates stools or chairs, and is often enhanced with an iron foot rail to encourage people to relax by the bar.

Entertaining Bar Suites

Integrate your bar in your dining room with a bar buffet and hutch, or modular components to create a customized version of a bar, also known as an entertaining suite. Bar buffets are often placed along one wall of a space and they have ample room for much more than barware. There’s also space for dinnerware, drinkware and linens within the components. Often you’ll find a convenient open shelf or two for stemware. The beauty of a bar buffet or entertaining suite is that they’re flexible enough to use as traditional dining room furniture until it needs to transform itself into a bar during entertaining.

Wine Grids and Bar Towers

For the wine enthusiast, consider integrating a modular wine grids with your cabinetry or buffet. Spacious cabinets can flank a wine grid to create a comprehensive entertainment center. Wine grids come in various sizes, from approximately 12 to 24 bottles. Gang them together for ample wine bottle storage. Or for compact spaces, consider a wine grid and bar tower that gives you more vertical storage than a cabinet. Place them side by side to create a customized entertainment suite. You’ll find wine grids available on a number of traditional dining room sideboards and buffets, too.

Now, you’re ready to mix that first cocktail. You’ll be well organized and ready to entertain any time when you’ve set up your home bar on a cart, cabinet, bar or entire entertainment suite.