Trend Report: Wet Bars Are Cool Again

By: Sarah Beaumont

December 21, 2016

Image via Architectural Digest


In the wild world of at-home bartending, bar carts have ruled the roost for years. Sure, they’re mobile, perpetually chic and make great accent pieces. But we’re ready for something a bit more permanent. The 1970’s saw the birth of the built-in wet bar, fueling many of our parent’s or grandparent’s craziest cocktail parties. However, these integrated drink stations typically lacked personality. But today, we’re beginning to see a revival. And it’s much more stylish than its dull, dark wood and brown leather predecessors.


Tropical Tastes
Trend Report: Wet Bars Are Cool Again, Laurel & Wolf, via Architectural Digest

via Architectural Digest / William Waldron for Architectural Digest

Pull up a rattan woven bar stool and grab a mai tai at one of these warm weather-inspired wet bars. But be careful — the natural wood, bright colors, and lively plants might make you want to stay for a few too many.

Wallpapered Wet Bars

The classic closet wet bar anyone? This hidden booze bank is business when the door is closed, party when it’s open. Bold landscape wallpaper breathes extra life into the beautiful blue cabinetry of these tucked away wet bars.

Drinks n’ Details

At these stylish home bars, drinks are enjoyed with a side of design. Kelly Wearstler accessorized the spot on the left with glamorous gold pieces while the space on the right looks bold with copper bar stools and well accessorized shelves.

Not-So-Basic Bars

Though neutral in color, these bars are anything but boring. Eclectic decorations and rich metallics make them as thrilling as that first sip of a cocktail after a long day at the office.

Dark Brews

These dark and dreamy wet bars pair beautifully with brassy hardware and rich Persian rugs. Throw a strong glass of golden whiskey into the mix and the recipe is complete.

Behind Closed Doors

It may not be the Prohibition Era anymore, but a secret booze stash is always a beautiful thing. These wet bar closets have it all, from wine cabinets to mirrored backsplashes and intricate shelving designs.

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