Eclectic HallContemporary Home Bar, New York
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Works for: Apartment dwellers. A hallway cavity is often utilized as a compact laundry or broom cupboard — but not in this New York apartment. This sophisticated owner has squeezed a fully fitted bar into the hallway of this tiny apartment. It means that an instant party is always on hand.
Project: Building a home bar into a nook or wall.Why: “Home bars create a special place to store and serve drinks closer to the living space,” says New York architect James Wagman. “If the bar is near the action, the host can create wonderful drinks while socializing with guests and family.”Built-in bars don’t need to be limited to homes blessed with abundant square footage. A built-in bar can be the width of a single cabinet. Wagman installed this diminutive but mighty bar at the entrance to an apartment’s living room. Pocket doors come out of the wall to hide the unit when it’s not in use.
You will want a drinks station. Yes, a few festive drinks, whether alcoholic or not, are definitely in order —something to combat the inevitable post-Christmas malaise. Music is always a good idea too, and don’t feel limited to holiday music. If you’ve had your fill of “The Little Drummer Boy” by now, consider this your chance to turn up the volume on your favorite non-Christmas party music.
If space constraints put a damper on your thoughts of a full-fledged bar, something like this can make the same impact. And if you are really short on space, you can always recess your bar space into a wall or small closet.More: Browse basement photos