Style Files: Bars

What better way to celebrate Friday than with a round up of our gorgeous bars? Whether you’re entertaining for 20 or unwinding for one, your bar is a central feature of your home. It’s where gossip is whispered, belly laughs are bellowed, and fun is had throughout the year. Your bar is a reflection of your entertainment style—are you cool and relaxed like a margarita on the rocks or are you dark and sophisticated like an Old Fashioned? AntiqutiesWeb has bars for every type of home—modern, elegant, Art Deco and more. Once you take a look at our bars (and decide to take one home) use these helpful tips for making your bar a fun and beautiful place to hang out and have a drink (or three…don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!)

Tip 1: Stock the Essentials

Every bar should have these basic tools and glassware:

  • Blender
  • Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Ice Bucket
  • Strainer
  • Juicer
  • Muddler
  • Bottle Opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Highball glass
  • Lowball glass
  • Champagne flute
  • White wine glass
  • Red wine glass
  • Cordial glass
  • Shot class
  • Martini glass
  • Pilsner glass

As for what liquor to stock, it’s all about personal preference but you can never go wrong with the basics:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Bourbon whiskey
  • Scotch whisky
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Good beer

Keep your bar organized with trays and sections for glassware, serving ware, and tools. That way you can keep everything within arms reach and it will look nice and neat. It’s a perfect excuse to show off your vintage barware!

Tip 2: Make it Pretty

Admit it, you’ve purchased $12 toothpaste because the packaging was so pretty. It’s ok, we’ve all done that before! You can stock your bar with custom coasters or your collection of fun cocktail stirrers. Don’t forget your booze bottles should also be fun and decorative. Or at the very least you can display your booze in pretty crystal decanters.

Tip 3: Color Coordinate

The easiest way to make a mish mosh of bottles and booze look cohesive—put it all in fancy bottles in matching colors. We like the look of blue bottles sitting atop a bar with blue spine stacked cocktail books. It’s the easiest way to make your bar look chic and stylish and organized.

Tip 4: Showcase Your Treasures

Since people will be gathered around your bar add unique conversation pieces to the bar’s décor. We love the look of a vintage champagne coupe sitting next to a bowl of collected matchboxes or wine corks. This is the place to display all your fun and quirky tchotchkes.

Now that you know how to decorate your bar it’s time to purchase your bar! Take a look at these stunners from AntiquitiesWeb:



French Art Deco mahogany with marquetry bar, interior shelves, mirrored back. Nickel plated original hardware. Circa 1930.


Milo Bauchman Art Deco Bar Trolley on wheels with a center glass shelf. Circa 1970.


French Art Deco Vitrine. Rosewood exterior. Large center vitrine with mirrored interior over lower swing out bar. France circa 1930.


Mid Century bar cabinet that opens with 2 doors in the front and two fold out pieces on top. Made in walnut with offwhite formica. Circa 1950. 


In the Style of Jules Leleu French Art Deco Bar/Vitrine. Circa 1930. 

If you are in the market for a unique and gorgeous vintage bar, contact AntiquitiesWeb. Our selection of top quality antiques are chic, original, and timelessly beautiful. Whether you are looking for an antique bar or a dining set, AntiquitiesWeb has the piece for you. To see these pieces and more call us at 212-644-4236, contact us, or visit our New York gallery.

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