Hotel bars are made for lingering. Sit back, enjoy the view, watch the world go by, have another …
Ernest Hemingway was famously fond of the cosy bar at the Ritz in Paris. At the end of World War II, as a young war correspondent, he liberated the hotel from German soldiers, took control of the bar and, legend has it, downed 51 dry martinis in celebration.
‘When I dream of an afterlife in heaven,’ he once wrote, ‘the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.’
We can’t all afford that bar bill, but we can bring a little of the Ritz magic into our own sitting rooms.
What’s more the home bar — and the drinks trolley — are making a dramatic comeback. The drinks writer and broadcaster Henry Jeffreys has even devoted a whole book to the subject in The Home Bar, due for publication next month.
‘Home bars were once thought a bit naff but their revival goes hand in hand with the rediscovery of classic cocktails,’ says Jeffreys. ‘We are revisiting the drinks of our parents and grandparents and for that you need the right equipment and somewhere to store it.’
You don’t need a complete overhaul to achieve this look, simply focus on a corner.
Designer Rita Konig refers to ‘hedonistic little areas’ where you can rustle up a drink, while designer Anouska Tamony made the bookcase in her own home multi-task as a mini-bar.
‘We wanted to create a grown-up space where we could unwind with a drink and a good book in the evening. The key for us was for it to resemble a sophisticated boutique hotel with an intimate feel. To add a little Asian flair I picked a black and gold lacquered tray and accessorised it with a tortoiseshell martini glass and a brass shaker.’
If you’d rather tidy away your favourite spirits, then choose a bar cabinet.
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