There are many pieces of furniture that are considered essential in a home — a sofa, a table, probably a desk, etc. Then there are those extra pieces of furniture that, while maybe not essential, go a long way toward crafting your space’s identity while allowing you to express your own unique style. It is in this latter category where the bar cabinet resides. The best bar cabinets add an immeasurable amount of swagger and panache to a room while also serving a legitimate purpose as the home for all of your bar essentials.
Regardless of whether you consider yourself to be a whiskey connoisseur, a budding wine sommelier, or an amateur mixologist, you could use a good home bar cabinet. The right piece can really tie a room together, offering bucket loads of style in a convenient package that will act as your home base for entertaining. There is a near-infinite number of bar cabinets out there, and finding one on your own can be a daunting task. So we’ve done the legwork for you and selected only the most stylish and functional bar cabinets from brands and outlets that we know and trust. Have a look below and decide which is the right home for your hooch.
Southern Enterprises Larson Corner Bar Cabinet
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get an attractive and practical bar cabinet, and this piece is evidence of that. Generously sized at 49” tall x 35” wide x 25” deep, this corner cabinet offers ample space for your home bar. Loads of sharp angles, antique brass hardware, and an interior mirror keep things visually interesting, while the unique fold-down door/countertop adds a dose of showstopping functionality.
West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cabinet
It’s pretty tough to beat classic mid-century modern design thanks to its clean lines and retro cool-yet-timeless style. Here we have an excellent example of a simple, MCM-style bar cabinet. You’re not getting anything fancy here, but you are getting everything you need. It’s made from sustainably sourced kiln-dried eucalyptus with a handsome Acacia wood veneer, and it has plenty of room for glasses and bottles with in-door storage, stemware racks, and an interior wine rack.
CB2 Suspend Tall Bar Cabinet
You can certainly opt for a bar cabinet that blends into its surroundings, but if you’re more interested in picking up a statement piece, then have a look at this offering from CB2. This vertically-minded cabinet has a small footprint but makes a big impression with its chevron-grained walnut veneer and triple hidden cabinet setup. But the real star of the show is the elegant open workstation that’s swaddled in slabs of White Carrara-style marble.
Joybird Rosetta Bar Cabinet
As Indiana Jones would say, “this belongs in a museum.” With its near-square shape, its mesmerizing facade crafted with woven cane, and its black half-circle handles, this piece looks more like a work of postmodern art than a bar cabinet. But it’s just as practical as it is attractive, with an interior that houses multiple shelves, glass holders, and triangular storage that’s perfectly tailored to stacking bottles.
Crate & Barrel Fayette Bar Cabinet
If you prefer something more classic and chic, then have a look at this French-inspired Art Deco number from Crate & Barrel that looks like it came straight out of 1920s Paris (pronounced without the “s,” of course). A masterclass in mixing materials, this cabinet features an exterior of fluted mango veneer, a base of brass-finished x-cross legs, and a White Carrera marble worktop. Inside you’ll find a trio of adjustable shelves with a mix of notched and flat surfaces, along with a sizable stemware rack and in-door bottle storage.
AllModern Papillion Wood Bar Cabinet
If our offerings so far aren’t making enough of a statement for you, then have a look at this unique cabinet. An explosive monochrome sunburst pattern made of camel bone veneer and resin draws your attention to the circular handle assembly, while the black angular iron legs mix mid-century flair with industrial utility to round out the design of this very contemporary piece of furniture. A word of advice, though: try not to stare at this one after you’ve had a few.
Pottery Barn Ludlow Trunk Bar Cabinet
Granted, a bar cabinet that looks like a massive antique travel chest definitely isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got the style and space to pull this off, then it will make for one heck of a conversation piece. Crafted from solid hardwood that’s been given an oil-based antiqued treatment with a moisture-resistant lacquer finish, this sturdy chest boasts locking magnetic doors, a removable wine rack and drawer, and a generous 12-glass stemware rack.
Anthropologie Deluxe Tamboured Bar Cabinet
Is there any material more beautiful than rosewood? That was a rhetorical question because of course there is not. This cabinet designed by Tracey Boyd has the potential to class up even the drabbest of bachelor pads thanks to its drop-dead gorgeous tamboured rosewood veneer doors, brass-capped marble hardware, and brass-accented feet. Inside this luxe 1950s-inspired piece, you’ll find room for a dozen wine bottles, a ceiling-spanning stemware rack, and plenty of other storage solutions.
Crate & Barrel West Cane Bar Cabinet
As you have no doubt noticed by this point, bar cabinets tend to be rather rectangular in shape. So if you’re looking to break away from the traditional right angles of the space, then have a look at this unusual round bar cabinet from Crate & Barrel. Designed by Leanne Ford, the West is crafted from sustainably sourced solid white oak with a woven cane front-facing that offers a glimpse of the goodies within. A glass mirrored back adds even more dynamism to the proceedings, offering mysterious flickers of light through the cane facade when the doors are closed.
Arhaus Acero Bar Cabinet
If it’s the hardcore industrial look that you’re into, then you could do a lot worse than this piece from luxury furniture outfit Arhaus. This solid wood-framed bar cabinet is all about looking worn and well-used, and its weathered appearance has been achieved by way of a naturally oxidized solid iron facade that’s been hand-finished to bring out a lovely patina. Due to the handmade nature of the piece, every Acero cabinet is unique.
Blu Dot Shale Bar Cabinet
Let’s say you’ve got a sizable assortment of bottles and barware. You may think there’s no way a mere bar cabinet would be able to store your entire collection, but that’s only because you haven’t seen this beast from Blu Dot. The Shale stands nearly six feet tall and is almost four feet wide, with close to two feet of depth. These generous dimensions combined with four sizable self-closing leather-handled drawers, three interior adjustable shelves, a stemware rack, and a 10-bottle rack mean you’ll have room for your entire home bar (and then some).
Lawson-Fenning Diamond Bar
If you’re looking for a bar cabinet that doubles as a versatile piece of decor in any space, then Lawson-Fenning has what you’re searching for in their Diamond Bar. With its solid white oak frame, open metal base, and wide selection of available veneer finishes, this piece will fit right into any room perfectly. The scribed geometric pattern on its doors provides a subtle touch of class, while the adjustable glassware shelf and removable bronze tray add loads of utility.
Design Within Reach Line Bar
Designer Nathan Yong created his Line Collection for DWR as a way to instill a calming sense of nature in hectic city environments. We can’t guarantee that the Line Bar will do that for you, but we’re definitely confident in saying that this is one seriously attractive and practical bar cabinet. Its louvered design is sleek and modern with just a hint of Eastern traditionalism, while its interior mix of shelves, stemware racks, wine cubbies, and drawers with elegant leather pull tabs provide a multitude of storage possibilities.
Restoration Hardware Italian Geometric Oak Bar Cabinet
If you’re the type whose favorite design style is “Mid-Century Italian Brutalist,” then this is the bar cabinet for you. Heck, even if you don’t know what any of those words mean this still might be the bar cabinet for you. The exterior of this Richard Forwood-designed cabinet is covered in faceted blocks of American oak, while the top is inset with an antiqued mirror glass workspace. But the coup de grâce may be the cabinet’s rotating doors and LED-illuminated frosted glass interior diffusers that combine for quite the light show when the cabinet opens.
Roche Bobois LIFT sideboard -bar
What do you get the guy who has everything? Why, a $15,000+ self-rising bar storage unit, obviously. Sacha Lakic’s LIFT boasts a supercar-inspired design with its smooth lines and gentle curves, and it has the high-end materials and engineering to match. Made from Roche Bobois’ proprietary thermoformed glossy Daquacryl material with an aluminum base and a backlit facade, the luxurious LIFT’s true claim to fame is its inner storage unit that is mounted on electric cylinders. This setup allows the hidden bar to rise at the push of a button, bringing the party to you whenever the need arises (no pun intended).
20 Essential Bottles To Start Your Home Bar
Regardless of how stylish and beautiful it is, at the end of the day, a bar cabinet is only as good as its contents. So make sure you fill yours up with the highest-quality booze around by checking out our guide to the 20 essential bottles you need to start your home bar. From whiskies, rums, and tequila to bitters, liqueurs, and vermouth, you’ll find info on all of the spirits and brands you’ll need to give your bar cabinet the inventory it deserves.