Cheers! Craftmanship and Craft Cocktails Meet-Up At A Bar

Roxanne Hale

Photo by Tommy Daspit Courtesy of Willow Homes, Birmingham Based Homebuilder

Home bars across the country are getting just as crafty as the cocktail components they are displaying. These aren’t the crudely roughed-in basement bars of a bygone era. A basement is no place to show off your thoughtfully curated collection of small-batch bourbons and Cuban cigars.

From creative shelving boasting the hottest brandies to wine storage that would make a master sommelier weep with envy, cocktail bars are earning a prominent place in upscale homes everywhere as their owners seek out interesting ways to flex their hosting prowess.

So just what do home cocktail bars look like these days? Let’s take a peek….

Elements of the Perfect Cocktail Bar

Photo by Tommy Daspit Courtesy of Willow Homes, Birmingham Based Homebuilder

Any truly impressive cocktail bar must meet a few requirements. First on the list? A small bar sink and faucet in your favorite metal (we are currently loving antique brass).

What else? A wine fridge or a small beverage fridge is a must-have for storing your mixers and extra beverages. Not to mention your extensive bitters collection and the simple syrup made from honey-suckles picked fresh from a local garden.

Let’s talk about ice. Just the right ice maker is essential to slinging perfect cocktails at Friday night get-to-togethers. Today’s ice makers satisfy just about any ice connoisseur. Do you like Sonic ice - the small crunchy type? How about thin little squares of ice perfect for mixers? Have you heard of baller ice? These large frozen spheres bring out the favors of any authentically made Old Fashion. These days you can get just about any type of ice maker installed in your home bar.

Practical additions to any at-home beverage station include cabinets that lock and storage drawers to hold all those tiny umbrellas and cocktail napkins. Other features might include under-cabinet and statement lighting and extra outlets. And, of course, Alexa, to add both music and party trivia.

Now, let’s add some glam. This could mean cabinets painted in fun colors – go bold in kelly green, black-blue, or moody gray. Perhaps retro with flat front walnut cabinets is more your style? Brick, antique mirrors or hand-made or hand-painted tiles are hot choices for backsplashes. Pair that with a classic countertop in soapstone or marble, and you’re ready to party.

Photo by Tommy Daspit Courtesy of Willow Homes, Birmingham Based Homebuilder

Unique Ideas

Are you looking for something unique to add to your setup? Serious wine collectors and novices alike are going with individual wine columns. Seven feet tall and thirty inches wide, these state-of-the-art wine refrigerators hold up to one hundred and fifty bottles of wine and comes with an app that keeps track of your fine wine collection and even recommends food pairings. You might also consider a built-in espresso maker – because who isn’t ready for a gourmet cup of coffee after a nice meal with wine?

Photo by Tommy Daspit Courtesy of Willow Homes, Birmingham Based Homebuilder


Cocktail bars, just like craft cocktails and beer, are as unique as the individuals who enjoy them. These are the perfect little spaces where you can go “high custom” by putting your imprint on the design. If you’re considering adding one to your home - Salud! It’ll be the hottest spot in town.

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Roxanne Hale, owner, and broker of Arthouse has spent over 20 years in the real estate business. Here you'll find a collection of stories about buying and selling real estate & home building advice, housing history, and architecture & design tips. Oh, and some fun personal stories every now and then!

Homewood, AL

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