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September 13, 2013
Need a proper, grown-up bar setup for entertaining friends? Here are six options from the pages of Dwell to inspire you to reconfigure any long, short, awkward, or tiny space into one fit for a dream host.
<p>The wet bar at the end of the kitchen is equipped with a spout for filtered water, ice maker, wine fridge, and over-sink shelving--and is the happy-hour hotspot.</p>Photo by <a href="http://www.benmayorgaphoto.com">Ben Mayorga Photography</a>

Designer Nicole Hollis outfitted a San Francisco home with a wet bar at one end of the kitchen. It’s equipped with a spout for filtered water, an ice maker, a wine fridge, and over-sink shelving—it is the happy-hour hotspot. Photo by Ben Mayorga Photography.

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Sarti is only too happy to demonstrate one of his favorite inventions: a mobile kitchen-supply box/cocktail station/breakfast bar with casters that hides beneath the stairs.

David Sarti's little red house in Seattle includes one of his favorite inventions: a mobile kitchen-supply box/cocktail station/breakfast bar with casters that hides beneath the stairs. Photo by Misha Gravenor

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Modern wall fireplace with vintage metal-and-wood console

No room for a built-in bar? Wing it, like architect Cass Calder Smith did in his SoHo apartment, with a modern cabinet, trays to hold bottles and glasses, and a roaring “fire.”Photo by Brian Finke

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Modern bar area with wooden countertop and angled roof

In their traditional-meets-modern farmhouse in the wide-open spaces of southwestern Missouri, Hannah and Paul Catlett sidle up to their own rustic bar. Photo by Joe Pugliese

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Arthur carved the Indiana limestone–clad bar out of an awkward space in the hallway.

In Chelsea and Arthur Jackson’s Chicago apartment, the couple carved the Indiana limestone–clad bar out of an awkward space in the hallway. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Modern kitchen with Corian countertop and Heath Ceramics tiled wall

In the desert town of Borrego Springs, California, Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton prep for guests at their bar/counter topped with a smooth, white Corian finish. Ice and other necessities are stored beneath the counter. Photo by JUCO.

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Host preparing cocktails

Stacey and Doug get down to business making drinks in their Borrego Springs home. Here, vintage barware is key to keeping the mood festive. Photo by JUCO.

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<p>The wet bar at the end of the kitchen is equipped with a spout for filtered water, ice maker, wine fridge, and over-sink shelving--and is the happy-hour hotspot.</p>Photo by <a href="http://www.benmayorgaphoto.com">Ben Mayorga Photography</a>

Designer Nicole Hollis outfitted a San Francisco home with a wet bar at one end of the kitchen. It’s equipped with a spout for filtered water, an ice maker, a wine fridge, and over-sink shelving—it is the happy-hour hotspot. Photo by Ben Mayorga Photography.

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