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At-home bar moments have been trendy for a while, but spending the past year-plus hibernating in our homes and apartments has certainly encouraged many of us to upgrade our household entertaining options once and for all.
Here’s the great thing: Whether you have room for a full-blown wet bar in your kitchen, a bar cabinet in your library, or a little shelf in your living room, there’s a charming at-home bar option out there for everyone. I’m personally partial to a bar cabinet, which we have in our current home and can decorate the top of like you would any other piece of furniture. However, when I called New York City home for a decade, I relied on all sorts of small-space hacks to house my favorite bar tools and bottles — namely, shelving. While I stacked my sips on basically any sturdy unit I could find, I wish I had something like the Hanging Cocktail Bar from Uncommon Goods to help me out.
This rustic-meets-industrial piece is the perfect solution for small-space dwellers looking to take advantage of wall space when it comes to storing their spirits. What looks like an unassuming box with a top shelf (the perfect place to display some of your prettiest glassware or a few potted plants) folds down to reveal a veritable cocktail concocting station, with plenty of space to stash several of your favorite bottles and a sturdy surface to muddle and mix to your heart’s content. Many reviewers tout its versatility, loving how it flexes between seamless storage and an entertaining hub. “We were looking forward to showing off our new liquor cabinet at Thanksgiving and an annual gathering of friends. [This bar] holds several regular-size liquor bottles and coasters, providing ample space to make and mix drinks. We put four rocks glasses on the top rack and love the way it looks open and closed,” boasts one reviewer.
If bar storage isn’t necessarily what you’re after, this piece also comes in handy for adding stylish storage to your living room in the form of a bookshelf or way to hide tech extras or kitchen, where it can house spices or your growing olive oil collection (Brightland fans, we see you). As one reviewer notes, “We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, where every square foot counts. This floating bar is versatile and can be used to store other kitchen items.” No matter how you use it, this piece from Uncommon Goods is an ace and one that would find a useful place in your home for years to come.