Drinks Cabinets for Great Occasions
We’ve come a long way from the iconic globe drinks dispenser of all those Hollywood films of the Sixties. Today we can look forward to buying a dedicated bar which is stylish, contemporary and will fit with our existing furniture. We can even find a mobile one that will wheel along with us as we retire from the dining room to the sitting room. Great drinks cabinets should have whiskey, brandy, gin and rum. But they should also have presence, style and class. Here are our picks.
Contemporary Drinks Cabinet
The ultimate in contemporary bar storage, the Aleal Stripes Bar has been handcrafted in Portugal by a company celebrated the world over for its luxury furniture; particularly its dining chairs and tables. From first glance this drinks cabinet could be any type of stunning storage cabinet with its lacquered oak veneer doors and top combined with contrasting inlaid front stripes. Yet opening both doors the visitor is confronted with an Aladdin’s Cave of beverage accessories on matt black and glass shelves – including enough space to store a tea-set large enough to cater for afternoon tea for six. Don’t mind if we do…
Shabby Chic Vintage Drinks Cabinet
This gorgeous Cartier Trunk Bar which, on first inspection, appears to be an unassuming – if rather colourful – chest of drawers, is actually a pretty smart and quirky oak carved drinks cabinet. Inlaid with plenty of handy little compartments for snacks and accessories and comprising a generous serving area with a shelf on which to display glasses, this delightful piece of furniture is certain to impress any guest to your home.
Great drinks cabinets should have whiskey, brandy, gin and rum. But they should also have presence, style and class.
Painted a lovely Dauphin grey and Paris yellow there is an earlier Fifties quality to its design. Certainly, it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine Doris Day standing in front of it pouring out a post-work martini for the arrival home of husband Rock Hudson. This shabby chic vintage drinks cabinet would undoubtedly look terrific in a mid-century styled, bohemian or contemporary apartment. Priced £1769, its round solid brass drawer handles and fittings adds that extra touch of class.
Masculine Drinks Cabinet
The Savile Folding Bar Unit isn’t just appropriate for a male-centred interior, of course, but it certainly doesn’t have any feminine frills or rounded angles to impress upon the fair sex. In fact, the natural ash wood lining and frame of this great drinks cabinet is upholstered in elegant embossed black crocodile skin effect leather with chrome trim. As such, it demands attention even when not in use.
the natural ash wood lining and frame of this great drinks cabinet is upholstered in elegant embossed black crocodile skin effect leather with chrome trim
Priced £1599 and handsome when closed, inside it is an intricate selection of beautifully handcrafted drawers and shelves, including an impressively large wine rack capable of holding up to 12 bottles. Other pluses include a rack for hanging wine and liquor glasses, a detachable tray for serving drinks and a couple of deep drawers in which to place accessories such as bottle openers and cocktail shakers neatly out of sight.
Balanced on movable castors the bar is easily transported from dining to sitting room, saving you the effort of keeping bottles and glasses in both locations. Very smart!