Cocktail enthusiasts know an ever-expanding home bar collection is a wonderful thing. Storage for all those bottles, though, can tend to be an afterthought, according to Kate Boushel, director of beverage and education for Groupe Barroco in Montreal. “This is where bar cabinets shine,” she says. “Their specific purpose is to create a tailored space for your wine, spirits, cocktail ingredients and barware. I’m personally a fan because they offer more organized storage space than their mobile counterpart, the bar cart. Not to mention, (bar cabinets) are often multifunctional and can easily become a statement piece in any room.” Read on for our expert's picks for the best bar cabinets to get this year.
West Elm Vivien Bar Cabinet
“A bar cabinet can be similar to a credenza with tailored storage spaces to welcome your finest bottles, glassware, and bar tools, often with a flat top surface for cocktail making or even little cutting boards that pull out,” explains Boushel. All of these factors combined, she adds, make things much easier for hosting, saving you the trips between the kitchen and bar area.
West Elm’s Vivien cabinet is among Boushel’s personal favorite designs, featuring a retro-chic curved frame, brushed brass hardware, two adjustable shelves, an eight-bottle built-in wine rack, and a built-in glass rack with space for 18 standard wine glasses. This rack also features additional storage space on the back of each door.
Dimensions: 36"w x 17.5"d x 35"h | Material: Wood, poplar wood glass, iron
Boahaus Modern Two-Door Mini Bar
Great quality-to-price ratio
Minimal storage space
The old adage “big things come in small packages” comes to mind with this petite bar cabinet by Boahaus. While it’s compact and ideal for smaller spaces, this cabinet doesn’t fall short on storage or functionality—two glass doors encase a spacious compartment for standard liquor bottles, with five slots for wine bottles directly above it. There’s another section above the wine rack with enough space to hang two to three wine glasses, depending on the size and shape, and if you’re creative, you can also fit a few things underneath the glasses without cluttering (think small bottles of bitters and tinctures, books, a cocktail jigger, that sort of thing).
The cabinet’s top is simple and clean, its surface perfect for additional bottles, books, barware, and more. Best of all, according to reviews, the assembly is easy and the cabinet is quite durable given the price tag. If you’re looking to get the most for your money, the Boahaus Modern Mini Bar is a solid choice.
Dimensions: 38.78" H x 28.35" W x 17.52" D | Weight: 52 pounds | Material: Manufactured Wood (MDP) with Melamine
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Crate & Barrel Fayette Corner Bookcase with Storage
Two adjustable shelves
Great for narrow spaces
Not as much bottle storage space
Think of this Art Deco-inspired CB2 piece as the hybrid corner bar cabinet you didn’t know you needed (until now, that is). Fluted mango double doors open to reveal an oak interior with two adjustable shelves, where you can store bottles and barware; the surface of the cabinet and its three bookshelves make for a great and convenient display space for the things you want to keep out in the open, like your cocktail books, prized bottles, and more. The possibilities are endless, as is the storage space.
Dimensions: 20"Wx20"Dx76"H | Material: Mango veneer, oak veneer and engineered wood
Jill Zarin Bar Cabinet
This tall and versatile bar cabinet by Jill Zarin offers ample storage and great overall functionality. In addition to several shelves and ample wine storage space, the cabinet also offers versatile storage cubbies, perfect for books, bar accessories, and other booze-focused additions. Simply line up your favorite books and bottles to add a touch of flare to your kitchen, living room, or communal space. Adult assembly required.
Dimensions: 72'' H x 32'' L x 15.5'' D | Material: Manufactured Wood
Ludlow Trunk Bar Cabinet, Black
Removable wine rack
This jaw-dropping bar cabinet promises to wow even the most finicky of interior designs. Inspired by the trunk-style suitcases of the “golden age of rail travel,” this durable bar cabinet is crafted from solid hardwood and sheet metal, complete with kiln-dried gmelina wood moldings. The cabinet’s removable drawers are equipped with rubber drawer stoppers, and the entire unit is sealed with protective lacquer to protect against potential moisture damage. Both the wine rack and drawer are removable, rendering the piece customizable to your personal preferences. Sure it’s pricey, but cabinets this unique only come around every so often…
Dimensions: 45.5" w x 23.5" d x 37" h | Material: Hardwood, sheet metal
Good to Know:
Once you’ve got your cabinet, says Edgerton, the most important thing to focus on is, of course, what goes in it. “Cover your classics: vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, sweet and dry vermouth, Campari, Cointreau, Angostura bitters and sugar. With the addition of citrus, you can cover an array of classic cocktails to enjoy right in the comfort of your own home. Oh, and pro-tip: keep your vermouth refrigerated. It stays fresh longer.”
Pemberly Row 30-Inch Glass Door Bar Cabinet
Adjustable rubber feet
Great for small spaces
Perhaps too simple
I personally own this exact bar cabinet, and I absolutely love it—the price point certainly didn’t hurt, either. I was nervous that its quality and durability would be an issue given the low cost, but after having had it for over a year now, this piece continues to surprise me. Not only does it look like an actual vintage find, but it’s incredibly sturdy and has not seemed to have any issues with the dozens of bottles I keep both inside and on its top.
The glass doors pop open when pushed, and the middle shelf is adjustable, which is always convenient; there are three wine glass racks underneath the cabinet’s top, and depending on where you have the shelf situated, there’s plenty of room to store other glasses both below and between any hanging stemware. All in all, the Pemberly Row 30-inch bar cabinet is an excellent find, and I get compliments on it all the time.
Dimensions: 30"D x 16"W x 38"H | Material: Wood, metal, glass
Society6 Leopard Vase Credenza by Megan Galante
Various design/leg options
Tricky to match with other furniture
For those who look to support artists wherever possible, Society6 might just be your new favorite online shop. With a smart lineup of home décor pieces, all of which simply serve as a canvas for your artist’s design of choice, customization possibilities abound.
This credenza, for example, is not only made to order with your selected pattern, but you’ll also have a choice of wood finish (birch or walnut) and steel leg color (black or gold). Designer Megan Galante’s Leopard Vase graphic is a crowd favorite, but take a look around and see what catches your eye.
Dimensions: 35.5" x 17.5" x 30" (H) | Material: Wood, steel legs
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Latitude Run Farmhouse Bar with Wine Storage
This simple-yet-functional bar cabinet is perfect for those looking to add no-frills storage to their kitchen or living space. The piece features 8-bottle wine storage, an open cubby, and three rows of glassware hangers, perfect for optimizing space for bottle storage. The cabinet is finished with powder-coated metal and is crafted from high-grade manufactured wood, and its three-color availability promises to fit spaces of all colors and sizes. Perhaps the most ideal feature of this cabinet is its counter space use, perfect for storing additional bottles or doubling as a cocktail creation space. You choose.
Dimensions: 34.84'' H x 33.86'' L x 14.17'' D | Material: Manufactured wood
Best with Refrigerator
Cheverny Metal Inlay Bar Cabinet with Cooling Storage Option
For those looking for maximum storage—wine fridge included—this gorgeous piece from Cheverny is just the ticket. This durable cabinet is crafted from solid mango wood and features a bronze-finished metal inlay, a large prep area perfect for hosting happy hour, and two pull-out surfaces that are ideal for placing snacks and small bites.
While the cabinet does boast refrigerated storage, certain users have pointed out that the fridge does stick out a bit in the back (likely for fan and ventilation purposes), so adding a few extra inches to your estimated in-home space for the product is key. In addition to wine storage, the cabinet also features a stemware rack, multiple drawers, and deep shelving units. With refrigeration, hosting space, and tons of storage, this is truly the ultimate bar cabinet.
Dimensions: 40" W x 22" D x 72"H | Material: Solid mango wood, bronze-finished metal inlay
Best with Wheels
Safavieh Grayson Bar Cabinet
Comes with wheels
British steamer trunk-inspired bar cart on wheels, anyone? For the home bartender with a penchant for vintage glamour, Safavieh’s Grayson Bar Cabinet is a smart (and attractively priced) choice for multiple reasons.
Outfitted in linen, vegan leather, and brass nailheads, this incognito bar opens up to reveal two drawers with three shelves, one of which is outfitted with a rack for wine bottles and another with racks for stemware, while the two doors feature three small storage racks—perfect for accessories like shaker tins—and magnetic closures. The portable Grayson cabinet measures 42 inches high, 23.6 inches wide, and 17 inches deep; it is also available in a sage green shade.
Dimensions: 42.1'' H x 23.6'' L x 17.7'' D | Material: Manufactured wood, linen, iron
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Your ideal bar cabinet will ultimately depend on the size of your space, personal design preferences, and what you have the most of (glassware, wine bottles, spirits bottles).
What to Look For
Beyond budget and price accessibility, finding a bar cabinet that fits your particular preferences is key. For those with ample glassware, finding a cabinet with hooks allows for bottle space optimization. For those with an affinity for wine, finding a cabinet with wine bottle storage is key – even better if it’s temperature controlled.
What's the average size/height of a bar cabinet?
The average size and height of bar cabinets greatly vary based on manufacturer and specific product. That being said, the average bar cabinet clocks in around 30-26 inches wide and 15-20 inches deep.
What do you keep in a bar cabinet?
Bar cabinets are ideal for storing all forms of alcohol, though higher-ABV spirits are preferable, as wine is best kept in temperature-controlled units. Most bar cabinets also have some form of storage space for glassware.
Can you put heavy items on top of a bar cabinet?
Generally speaking, yes, though the weight and material of the bar cabinet should be taken into consideration.
How heavy is a bar cabinet?
Most cabinets weigh between 50 and 70 pounds, though weight specifics are highly dependent on overall dimensions and material.
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This roundup was updated by Vicki Denig, a wine, spirits, and travel journalist who splits her time between New York and Paris. Her work regularly appears in major industry publications. She is the content creator and social media manager for a list of prestigious clients, including Sopexa, Paris Wine Company, Becky Wasserman, Volcanic Selections, Le Du’s Wines, Windmill Wine & Spirits and Corkbuzz. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine.
As a longtime New York City resident, Céline Bossart has had to come up with several creative storage solutions for her ever-growing bottle collection. Bar cabinets come in plenty of shapes, sizes, and styles, it’s really about what works for you and your home bar––we’re just here to point you in the right direction.