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40 Stylish Home Bars Squeezed Into Small Spaces

By: Maria Conti and Amanda Lecky

You don’t need a lot of square footage to fit a home bar into your plans. Discover our stylish and space-savvy ideas for incorporating a cocktail station into your home, be it palatial or petite.

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Photo: Kacey Gilpin. From: Mel Bean Interiors.

Small Home Bar Ideas

Working with small parameters but desperate to add a bar to your home? It's not the size of your libation station that matters; it's how you use it (and style it!) that counts. All you need to create the home bar of your dreams is a little imagination, a few bottles of booze and, potentially, a hall closet to spare. We're serving up 40 small-space bar designs to inspire your very own happy hour escape in your home.

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Convert a Closet

They say birds of a feather flock together, and we're flocking to this Moorish-style closet bar ASAP. The elusive and artful dry bar is the masterpiece of New York-based designer Harry Heissmann in collaboration with muralist Staszek Kotowski. Together, Heissmann and Kotowski combine scallops, tassels and whimsical ostrich elements throughout to yield a playful spot to kick-start happy hour.

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Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg, Contractor & Construction: Fine Point Construction Co. . From: Zoe Feldman Design.

Glamour Shot(s)

Interior designer Zoe Feldman shows how to pack big style into small spaces with this glamorous wet bar. Geometric mauve, marigold and teal wall tiles serve as a show-stopping backdrop to the equally spectacular ceiling-mounted brass shelving unit overhead. White oak flat-panel cabinets and movement-rich marble counters extend the length of the wall below, offering ample (and chic) space to prep, serve and sip on cocktails.

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Photo: Rebecca McAlpin. From: Michelle Gage.

Add a Splash of Citrus

Who doesn't love a splash of citrus in their cocktail, right? This lively teal butler's pantry delivers in spades with a showy lemon wallpaper, glossy Shaker cabinets and brass latch hardware. In the corner, a traditional copper faucet provides a spot for hand-washing glassware and garnishes alike; luxurious liquor bottles and bowls of fresh limes are stored on the counter to ensure a stiff drink is within arm's reach always.

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