5 Bar Counter Design Ideas For A Singapore Home Bar

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Setting up a home bar may seem like a frivolous concept in Singapore because let’s be real — is there even space? However, don’t be quick to ditch the idea! If you already have a kitchen island, let us help with some intoxicating bar counter design ideas to transform your space. We promise you’ll be skipping those Thirsty Thursday deals and staying home in your jammies sipping on cocktails instead. Choose which bar counter design theme you see yourself in and get ready to take down notes!

Bar counter design ideas for different types of home bars

1. Vintage home bar

Probably our favourite bar counter design idea, a vintage or retro themed home bar is easy on the eyes and can be created in many ways. From well-worn wooden to retro colour-block furniture, the idea is to re-create the nostalgia from days long gone.

vintage bar counter design
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Get this rustic high table and chair set (available on shopperparadise) which features extra shelving so you won’t have to fret about buying a separate cabinet to store the booze. The length of the table and four high-top chairs allow for merry-goers to gather comfortably while sipping on aerated wine from the decanter.

A vintage home bar can also encapsulate several other bar counter design variations. Ever admired those old-school bar cabinets which open to reveal rows of alcohol bottles? This bar cabinet above belies a regular cabinet when closed, but we know the debauchery that lies within!

On the other hand, bar carts are becoming a favourite among home bar enthusiasts too. How cute is this gold 2-storey portable home bar trolley? A bar cart comes in most useful when you want to enjoy a tipple away from the bar counter — either in bed or while lounging on your sofa with your favourite Netflix shows!

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To re-create the bar cabinet and bar cart idea, consider buying a neutral-toned cabinet like this white wooden cabinet (available on MYSEAT.sg). Line mini booze bottles (available on Newcastle Alcohol) on the open shelves and stow taller bottles behind the cabinet door. If you dig the bar cart idea, then this silver cart with wheels (available on RC-Global) will do the trick for you! Store a couple of whiskey glasses as well as a bottle of your favourite spirit with a bucket of ice and you’ll be ready to sip the night away!

2. Luxurious home bar

Now let’s be real, who doesn’t want a luxe home bar? If you have the money (and space) to splurge, we suggest going all out with designing a lavish and dedicated home bar. The trick here is to decide on an overall concept for your bar counter design and incorporate elements that fit with the theme. We suggest going with a dark, woody vibe, embellished with gold accents and high-quality glassware.

industrial ceiling lamp and bar stool bar counter design
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Invest in a marble top kitchen island, some shelving and a wine cabinet (available on Everjoint Electrical Trading). Also, don’t forget that lighting makes all the difference! Hang a few high-grade industrial ceiling lamp (available on Alibaby.sg) above the counter and dim the lights for a romantic and non-startling glow. You could even sink into a couple of these gorgeous leather high stools (available on wonderland.sg) too!

whiskey glass bar counter desing
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Don’t skimp on the drink accessories! Dress up your drinks with this skull patterned 6-pc whiskey glass and decanter set (available on nicee_ce.sg). Hate having diluted drinks? Keep your drinks chilled for longer with some whiskey cubes! Stock your luxe home bar with some bottles of the best alcoholic beverages and keep your guests entertained and enthralled throughout the night.

3. Kitschy home bar

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Night on the Tiles #storyofmyhome It had to be the gin shelf didn’t it 🍸 Late one today as it’s all gone a bit tits up. Not as badly as poor Di @lincshovel who had her car crash into her house yesterday so I can winge to much. I’ve finished painting the cabinets 🙌🙌🙌 but as you all know one thing leads to another so I bought new light fittings and when I’ve took the old ones down the ceiling has cracked and some plaster has come away. So it now need patching up and the ceiling will need a couple of coats. I don’t mind the painting but it’s all the taping up. Anyway it’s my oldest friends birthday so we’re meeting for a few tonight. But I can’t get smashed as I’m guest co host tomorrow on storyofmyhome and there’s the smaller issue of the ceiling to deal with 😫😫😫 Happy Saturday 😀 #storyofmyhome #myhousethismonth #styledupinterior #newinteriorsontheblock #dailydecordetail #colourcrush #walltowallstyle #mycolourfuinterior #crashbangcolour #myhomevibe #myinteriorvibe #stylishhomevibes #myhomecrush #interiors #interiordesign #kitchen #kitchendesign #bar #kitchencabinets #shelfie #gin #gin shelf #booze #diy #diyhomedecor #ginbar #homebar #kitchensink #rainbow

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Don’t have space in your home but desperately want to fit a home bar in? We feel you. If you’re all about the kitschy home bar design then take inspiration from this look! Go loud or go home with a funky ‘BAR’ sign which pretty much screams the use of this space. Install a golden shelf to store accessories like cocktail shakers and of course, your favourite type of poison!

neon wall light and memo board bar counter design
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If you’re down for a similar bar counter design, get a comparable neon wall light for your home bar such as this ‘Open’ neon sign (available on sololife.sg). You can also consider placing pots of artificial roses (available on yuntuo.sg) to soften the entire look. Instead of photo frames, why not prop up this memo board (available on happytao.sg) with the cocktail menu of the week? As a final touch, garnish the shelf with the citrus fruits you’d use in the cocktails — we hear citrus peels, cinnamon and mint leaves even help to keep insects at bay!

4. Minimalist home bar

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Its Friday and its time to hit the bar! New York City apartment living can be challenging and rewarding all at the same time. We didn't have room for a dedicated bar space but I created one in our pint sized kitchen. See link in bio for inspiration and one easy bar item I must ALWAYS have (Hint: its the EASIEST item to find). Check out my stories later today for some fun bar finds. (Design of this lovely space: Jackye Lanham) . . . #jackyelanham #homebarsp #homebardesign #homebargoals #homebardecor #homebarproject #homebaristaclub #homebars #barathome #barhome #homebarawards #homebartending #homebartenders #homebartender #interiordesignerslife #interiordesigntrends #interiordesignmagazine #interiordesignsg #interiordesignerlife #interiordesignproject #interiordesignidea #interiordesigngoals #interiordesignaddict #interiordesignmag #interiordesignporn #interiordesignhome #nycinteriordesign

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If you’re looking to keep things simple and breezy then a minimalist style will be right up your
alley. By building a home bar into a feature wall, this bar counter design will allow you to keep your bar’s aesthetics clean and simple without needing to incorporate too many extra furniture pieces.

wallpaper and wine glass rack bar counter designs
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Pick a geometric patterned wallpaper (available on keqiao002.sg) and put up a large mirror to give the illusion of space Install a short wine glass rack (available on sakulastore.sg) on one side of the wall and place these marble storage trays to house a few exquisite bottles of alcohol. Though it may be tough to incorporate chairs or tables into this concept, a minimalist feature-wall home bar will be the talking point of your home in its own right!

5. Scandi home bar

Who doesn’t love a clean Scandinavian bar counter design idea? Scandi designs may seem muted and simple but are actually more impactful and functional than they look! We adore the functionality of this Scandi bar and kitchen design, perfect for the compact HDB flats in Singapore. Those with a service yard can consider hacking the wall between your kitchen and the service yard to create a more open layout.

scandinavian design shelf bar counter design
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Drawing inspiration from the home bar shown above, we suggest investing in one of these hexagonal metal shelves (available on wonderland.sg) and installing them on the walls beside your kitchen island. These will not only save space but allow you to display your booze in an interesting manner! Use the additional shelf space to store other bar paraphernalia like stainless steel wine glasses and ice buckets.

lamp and hanging chair bar counter design
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Scandinavian-inspired interiors also boast good lighting with many having large windows and pendant lamps. Most Singapore homes may not have the covetable French windows but fret not, you can always use pendant lamps! Get a black pendant lamp (available on melodybuy.sg) to complement the white interior. Have a little more space to spare? Complete this cosy home bar with a cute hanging chair (available on wukecao.sg) and a bright fluffy rug (available on greenhome.sg) — who said Scandinavian interior design needs to be all monochrome?

Inspired by these bar counter design ideas? If you’ve been thinking of setting up a home bar in Singapore, start now and enjoy your weekly tipple within the comfort of your own home! Meanwhile, you can make a date at one of these wine bars in Singapore if you’ve yet to amass a large enough alcohol collection to start your own home bar! Also, don’t forget to check out our room decor ideas for that Instagram-worthy room you’ve always wanted!