8 Breezy Home Bars to Get You Excited for Summer Cocktail Season
Break out the shaker, slice up a few limes—summer cocktail season is here, and we’re feeling oh-so-inspired by these party-ready home bars.
1 of 8Photo by Annie Schlechter; Design by Christina Murphy; Styling by Olga Naiman
Built in shelves—crafted of pecky cypress, as is the Carrara marble-topped bar—mean plenty of storage space that simultaneously shows off your bottle collection. Designer Christina Murphy loves “the juxtaposition of the rough wood with the smooth artistic tiles [of the flooring],” as it keeps the bar from feeling too heavy.
2 of 8Photo: Annie Schlechter; styling: Liz Strong
If space is tight—this Harbour Island cottage is a compact 1,800 square feet—turn a console into an easy-access bar space dressed up with eye-catching details. Here, owner and designer Trish Becker bookends the rattan bar with a Balinese table umbrella and greenery from a local papaya tree.
This all-white, mirrored space in a Sea Island, Georgia home is the ideal playground for impactful accessories such as the modern brass cabinet pulls (Etsy finds) and vintage shell sconces from designer Meg Braff’s collection. Built-in shelves mean a colorful glass collection doubles as eye-catching decoration, too.
A barely-blue patterned wallpaper and contemporary teak drawers give this wet bar a laid-back, beachy vibe, while a wicker basket and organically shaped bowl keep things neatly corralled. A plentiful stock of lemons and limes adds a bright punch of color and means a citrus-spiked libation is just a quick squeeze away.
Hamptons architect Bill Beaton’s placement of the sink to the far right—”purposeful asymmetry,” as he calls it—creates plenty of counter space for mixing, muddling, and shaking. Even large accessories such as the Sub Zero wine cooler blend in thanks to an all-over application of the calming gray-blue paint color (Jamestown Blue by Benjamin Moore).
6 of 8Matt Albiani
If this isn’t the ideal space to shake up a Dark & Stormy—Cedar shingles! Driftwood! Captain’s portraits!—then we don’t know what is. Use them all to transform your bar into a captain’s quarters, or pick a favorite for a focal piece for a more subdued nautical look.
7 of 8Photo: Brie Williams; Styling by Liz Strong
The dining room buffet—a family antique—goes from stuffy to playful thanks to a quirky egret rattan lamp. Keep the fun going with interesting decanters in every shape and size—designer Amanda Lindroth found this Old Nassau Royale decanter on eBay.
8 of 8Photo: Annie Schlechter; Produced: Blake Miller; Styling: Matthew Gleason
Make it Modern
This tucked away wet bar blends the past and present just perfectly. To get the look, introduce throwback elements—grasscloth panels, bamboo-style hardware, and a smoky antique mirror—that will tame down modern touches such as a bright abstract painting and a teal hexagonal tray.