Stock Up on the Essentials
“Things that make the bar include: great mood lighting, a counter surface which is easily wipeable, a great backsplash with a bronze mirror or bronze metal, a wet sink if possible, an ice maker, and a wine cooler.
"If the bar is housed in a piece of furniture, it should have adjustable shelves for glasses and bottles, at least 16 inches of depth storage for wine bottles, drawers for corkscrews, bottle openers, and knives. A small chopping block is also a good idea.
"In our bars, we use custom-colored back painted glass novelty woods and custom metals. Upholstered leather bar stools with a simple footrest are perfect seating at a bar. If there is enough space, you could do upholstered club chairs along with drinks tables. Smoked glass or mirrored walls, low interesting lights, and rich woods and fabrics add a soothing and sophisticated touch.”
—Brett Beldock of Brett Design, Inc. in New York City
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