Mini Bar Design Ideas

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Mini Bar Design Ideas
Arrange glasses neatly on open shelves. (bar image by Daniel sainthorant from

If you love to entertain or simply enjoy a cocktail to wind down in the evening, you may want to consider designing your own mini bar. It's relatively easy to incorporate a mini bar into the corner of any living room, kitchen, basement game room or as a part of a companion to a home theatre.

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Classy Countertop

In order to create a mini bar, you need a little counter top space. Your bar counter doesn't need to be as durable as your kitchen counter, so you are free to be creative and choose an attractive, interesting finish. Do-it-yourself by creating a mosaic counter top design with coloured glass tiles. For a more industrial look, opt for clean and simple stainless steel. If you want the look of luxury, install a solid granite or marble bar counter top.

Display Glassware on Shelves

Bar-ware often looks like sculpture. Chances are you have a collection of pretty stemware, including martini and wine glasses, as well as other accessories such as martini shakers, cocktail stirrers and wine stoppers. Place these objects on display by installing open shelving made of glass or wood. Keep your barware organised and consider installing lights to illuminate and filter through your display.

Try Tiki Style

For those that love fruity, tropical drinks with umbrellas, consider a tiki style mini bar design. Add bamboo slats to the front of your bar, build a thatched roof and invest in tiki accessories such as festive mugs and statues, tropical flowers or leis, as well as tiki torches. You can build your own tiki bar or purchase a pre-made set-up.

Prohibition Era

If you prefer to sip Manhattans and Sidecars, evoke the Prohibition Era by designing an elegant, old time-y mini bar. Install rich, dark wood cabinets and hang antique light bulbs or milk glass fixtures above your mini bar's counter. Display your collection of whiskey bottles, or better yet, pour your liquors into cut-glass decanters. Hang a few framed, vintage liquor-themed posters on the wall.

Don't Forget the Essentials

A well-stocked mini bar should include a few basic appliances and amenities, and that requires a little planning. If possible, make yours a wet bar by installing plumbing to incorporate a sink and refrigerator with an ice maker. If you enjoy wine, install an under-counter wine fridge, or if you prefer beer, a draft system complete with pulls. Don't forget to design storage space for liquor bottles and mixers, as well as other barware you don't want to display and small appliances like blenders.

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