Step Aside, Bar Carts—This Is the New Chic Way to Store Your Booze
7 options that deserve a cheers.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 6:51 AM
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Whether you enjoy a glass of wine at dinner or love to shake the perfect gin martini for your friends when they come over, chances are you have a stash of alcohol somewhere in your apartment. Maybe it’s just a couple of half-opened bottles stuck in a corner or perhaps it’s a full-blown alphabetized collection, but one thing’s for sure: You need a dedicated place for it.
Small space–friendly bar carts saw a big popularity spike—until we collectively realized that they required way too much dusting. And as much as we’d all love a backlit, built-in marble wet bar complete with a hammered brass sink, it’s not really within the realm of possibility for most of us (especially when our landlord scrutinizes every hole we drill into the walls).
Luckily, there’s a happy medium: the dry bar—a hybrid of the two that’s basically a storage piece without all the plumbing and fancy bells and whistles. “People have gravitated more toward closed storage bars, as it helps to conceal any clutter,” says Sara Khodja, divisional merchandising manager at CB2. With the holidays around the corner, there’s no better time to give your whiskeys and gins a proper spot in your home. Here are a few options to get you started:
Give your bar a vintage tiki vibe with this rattan cabinet by Mermelada Estudio for CB2 and stock it with your favorite rum collection, novelty glassware, and—of course—mini umbrellas.
This vitrine lets you show off your spirits collection even when the doors are closed.
Wrapped in channel-tufted turquoise velvet and topped with a marble surface and brass accents, this piece screams old-world glamour.
This short, streamlined option from West Elm neatly tucks away all your booze behind rounded grooved doors.
The best things in life are certainly not free, but they are beautiful—the ZZ cabinet by Pat Kim, with its hand-oiled sycamore doors and dramatic arched shape, is proof.
This slatted wood Williams-Sonoma design speaks to the wine aficionado with a 12-bottle rack for your collection of Sancerres and Merlots and ample space to hang your stemware.
Give the impression of a large bevy of bottles with this oak and seagrass piece. It’s outfitted with a mirrored back and glass shelves that will make your stockpile look twice as abundant.
Now that’s something to cheers about.
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