Best Bar Table Sets You Can Buy

You know to keep your vermouth in the fridge. Your metal shaker tin is no longer the best place to mix your cocktails. You have a good mixing glass. You are a master at zesting a lemon to make the perfect garnish. You are a professional home bartender and want your bar to reflect this. It’s time to get a bar. Let’s also throw in some stool while we do it.

Before you jump in, think about what you want from your bar. Jena Ellenwood, a bartender at Dear Irving, New York City, loves reclaimed wood. She warns that marble is beautiful but can be difficult to clean. “I was working in a place that had beautiful white marble. It soaked everything in and broke everything. So be careful.” She also thinks about storage and shelves for cocktails, books and bottles.

To make the bar truly yours, you should think about what personal touches you could add. Ellenwood remembers her father’s bar. She says, “There’s a little velvetrope to keep the bar off the guests.” You will find souvenirs written by friends in the bar. She says, “Stories etched into the wood or sharpied into it, funny one-liners and inside jokes.” Emanuele Balestra is the bar director at the hotel Le Majestic in Cannes. He brings nature to his bar and sends patrons home with fresh herbs. While we don’t recommend that you give him parting gifts, garnishing your bar with fresh herbs adds to the ambiance and makes it easy to serve.

Best Overall: Andover Mills Alexandre 3-Piece Bar Height Dining Set

This bar setup is almost all-inclusive. You will need a sink, fridge, and ice. You can hang your glassware with four rows of glass racks located in the bar’s four rows. Ellenwood notes that hanging glass racks can get dusty quickly, so be prepared to use the duster or serve your drinks frequently.

Best Value: 3-Piece Modern Pub Set by PURLOVE

Thanks to its neutral colors and clean lines, this simple three-piece pub set is easy to fit into any home. The handy shelves can be used to store glassware and bar tools. The stools slide under your table for storage. The bar surface measures three-and-a-half feet in length, giving you plenty of space to serve Jungle Birds and garnish your guests with various Martini garnishes.

Best Splurge: Park View 3-Piece Pub Set

This three-piece set will make your home bar feel cozy and traditional. This set adds a touch of authority and gravitas to any space with its classic oak finish and comfortable cushioned stools. This set is for grown-ups and requires a glass of brandy or a Perfect Manhattan. This furniture set is real and has a reasonable price tag (double the other items on this list). This set is designed for those passionate about scotch and understand that real Martini is made with vermouth, not vodka. You can make it even more special with an old-fashioned dartboard and a functioning fireplace.

Best Modern: Carson Carrington Viborg wood bar stool and table set

This wood and leather bar set is sleek and modern and can be used alongside an Eames chair. It stands out with its walnut wood finish and dark brown leather upholstery. The clean lines and rounded finishes make it both classic and modern. You have enough space for two to enjoy a cocktail at the table while your friends relax and enjoy the results of your labor. The stools provide more support and cushion than other stools, so you can sit back and enjoy your drink as long as it takes. This set is perfect for those who like the simple appearance but still want to get the Gibson punch. It’s also suitable for self-made cocktails.

Best Compact: Winsome Suzanne 3-PC Set Space Saver Kitchen

This ultra-compact, fold-away set is perfect for those who don’t want their bar setup in the center of attention. You can leave it as-is for a narrow bartop, which is great for serving a few drinks and a bowl of nuts. Or you can pull the leaf out to make a smaller table. This will give you enough room to prepare a cocktail while others watch in amazement at your mixing skills. Once you are done, remove the leaf and place the stools under the tabletop. Then, roll everything into its corner. You can also store wine openers and coasters in the drawers.

 

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