Shake Up Your Summer Bar


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The dog days of summer are the perfect time to indulge in deliciously cool cocktails. Of course, half the fun of cocktail hour is the drama and production surrounding the mixing of the drink. From creating your own Mad Men–worthy lair to creative updates for a vintage bar cart and more, there’s sure to be something in these 16 fresh ideas to spruce up your summer bar that will suit your style and inspire your next party. Cheers!

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Create an authentic look for your Mad Men–inspired bar with vintage glassware. Sources like eBay, Craigslist, thrift shops and yard sales can all turn up great examples of midcentury modern glassware and bar tools, often for less than new pieces would cost.

Play up a midcentury feel with loungeworthy furniture. If you really want that Mad Men look, don’t stop with the bar. Complete the room with a swooping chaise longue or a sleek sofa, Danish teak chairs and a low credenza.

Add a creative touch with chalkboard paint. With a swipe of chalkboard paint (in classic black or any color you fancy), you can draw attention to your bar tray. For a party, you could even write the evening’s signature drink recipe directly on the wall.

Choose rattan for a fresh, summery look. Wicker, rattan and other natural materials call to mind tropical drinks and leisurely summer days. Play up the mood with an abundance of green plants and fresh herbs—perfect for adding to your favorite summery drinks.

Anchor your bar with large-scale accessories. Sometimes bottles and glasses can look a little dinky all on their own, and small accessories can get lost in a sea of same-size items. Instead, focus on adding just a few big, bold pieces that draw the eye. Try an oversize lamp, tall hurricanes, an interesting vase or a stack of big art books.