Despite being an absolute model citizen when it comes to sensible drinking, it seems I have a penchant for a good bar. There is something appealing about a display of dapper drinks bottles (especially when lit from behind or underneath to show off the coloured glass), and an attractive arrangement of associated accoutrements. Perhaps it is the idea of a well stocked minibar that’s ready at all times to pour you an instant drink, should the occasion arise. It is civilised, inviting, reminiscent of holidays, defiantly decadent and perhaps a little bit naughty, reminiscent of a certain sleazy, filmic glamour. At home I have a vintage, rotating, opening globe bar complete with ice compartments, space for bottles and shelves around the sides for glasses. It’s a wonder, and could have been plucked straight from a 1960s James Bond set.
Not content with that, the longer evenings have prompted me to set up a space to house some Springtime sauce. Using a tired old tray found in a charity shop, some leftover eggshell paint, Gin themed giftwrap and acrylic varnish I’ve made a home for long drinks to be lingered over.
This is a lovely way of turning a simple tipple into an event, or at least a special moment to savour.
If gin’s not your thing, why not try stickers from craft beers, they have some of the coolest punk graphics around, or even chintzy floral papers as a backdrop to a vintage tea set for a soft drinks bar. If surface space is at a premium, try a wall mountable option with an old drawer turned on it’s side. Bottom’s up!