Contemporary Bar Ideas That Have Us Craving the Perfect Cocktail

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As we spend more time at home, people are figuring out new ways to celebrate each little milestone without going out. So whether you want to plan a small happy hour or a special toast, having a contemporary bar in your house is a must.

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You might not have the space to dedicate an entire room to cocktails, but we've got some sharp ideas to help you connect with your inner mixologist and make a chic bar work in any setting.

1. Make it easy access.

Choose a wall where you can construct an open bar along with a wine fridge for an idea that will always work. Also consider placing your contemporary bar close to the kitchen, dining, and living areas if you have an open floor plan. We love the dark contrast of rich gray for the cabinets and crisp white walls everywhere else.

2. Keep it in the corner.

If you have space in a basement or living room, carve out a corner for your bar. We love this chic nook with the simple stools, the added charm of a bar cart, and built-in bottle storage.

3. Fit in a beautiful bar cart.

Not enough room for a real cocktail station in your pad? Find a contemporary bar cart that works well with your decor. It'll fit into almost any room and, with wheels, can be mobile enough to roll outside for some sips under the stars.

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4. Try out an eclectic feel.

If you have a contemporary bar, you can shake things up with your decor and your cocktails. Try some unexpected colors. Make the space seem fun and lighthearted like this bright green bar with soft pink walls. While you're at it, install a flat screen for watching your favorite sports while sipping spirits.

5. Make it an indoor-outdoor situation.

If you don't have room for a bar inside, take it outdoors. This super cool garage bar idea is one of our faves. With simple lighting and rustic flooring, it's the perfect place to entertain or just hang out with the family.

6. Go for a laid-back lounge vibe.

A bar doesn't always have barstools and a counter. Create a laid-back cocktail lounge with some comfy chairs, a coffee table, and a built-in contemporary wall bar like Shea from Studio McGee did here. The resulting space will be perfect for much needed catch-ups.

7. Get into the game.

What's more perfect than placing a bar in your game room? After all, when the competition heats up, a nice drink will help cool you down. Chango & Co. does it right with this built-in contemporary bar; the mirrors keep things light and bright.

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As an Emmy Award winning creative director, writer and producer I have worked on content for brands like Disney, BravoTV, TBS, Universal, E! and MTV. But I mostly love rearranging furniture and repotting plants at home.