When Harrison and I moved into our apartment in Chapel Hill two summers ago, the bar was one of the first things we set up (we have our priorities straight, right?). And for a while, we used it pretty often and kept it in great shape. It wasn’t until we had a few friends over the other week, though, that I realized how much we’d neglected our beautiful little bar. The top shelf was nearly void of any tools or decor, we were missing a few wine glasses, and our liquor collection was dwindling. Not to mention, we’ve yet to pick up some bar basics, like an ice bucket, decanters and highball glasses. And when it comes to the tools we do have, they’re pretty plain and boring. Really, who wants a cocktail made with boring bar tools?!
1. Bar cart by Woodland Imports 2. Glassware by Z Gallerie 3. Bottle stopper by Kelly Wearstler 4. Bamboo bar tools by C.Wonder 5. Crystal carafe by Waterford 6. Ice bucket by High Street Market 7. Cocktail shaker by Threshold 8. Deer-shaped bottle stopper by Department 56 9. Highball glasses by Kate Spade New York 10. Hammered-metal flask by Culinary Concepts 11. Whiskey decanter by Sur La Table 12. Bar print on Etsy
If you know me even the slightest bit, you won’t be surprised that most of these pieces have gold accents. But there’s just something about gilded pieces for a bar (or anywhere else, for that matter) that screams sophisticated. Am I wrong?
What are your must haves when it comes to decking out the bar?