Home bars are back 

December 9th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Home bars are back 

Have you ever thought what your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home lacks is a bar? Well, they are no longer a thing of the past. The home bar is back.

Home bars came into fashion in 1950s America when after the Second World War people were spending more time at home and still wanted a cocktail lifestyle. In austerity Britain, it may have looked a little different with the Scandinavian inspired cocktail cabinets bought on hire purchase but the idea was the same.

As the 1950s gave way to the 1960s, minimalism started to go out of fashion and interior design became more riotous. “Remember Anne Bancroft trying to seduce Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate (1967) at a kitsch home bar with a big glowing sign saying ‘bar’” says Henry Jeffreys. Home bars steadily became more and more ridiculous and the subject of derision until they were relegated to the garage or shed and tastes changed wine became fashionable and only older people drank spirits before a meal. But now wine sales are now declining while gin is booming. 

Whisky and ginger, brandy and soda, and gin have returned, as have cocktail glasses, shakers and pineapple ice buckets.  A proper bar is the dream, but you might have to make do with a trolley, a specially designed cupboard or just a silver tray with an ice bucket.

But it’s all about entertaining and once you get the home bar bug, it can be difficult to stop. You might begin with a tasteful 1950s drinks cabinet, but before long you’ll be looking on eBay for a padded leather bar with a built-in quadra-phonic receiver. You can have such fun with your own cocktail laboratory in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home this Christmas take pride in the desire for a cocktail cabinet. The home bar is very much back.