Here is a look at some custom home bars found on Houzz.com. Bars are a pretty popular amenity to have in a “home of the rich”. They can be contemporary, ultra modern or rustic; just like house designs. Most bars feature a sink, wine cooler, stools and built-in shelves to hold glasses and liquor. Out of the 16 bars pictured above, which one is your favorite?

  • Kenny Forder

    I like numbers 3 and 6!




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  • Chance

    I’m digging number 12 personally.




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  • Daniel

    Hmm. Truthfully, none of the above. My dream bar would look much more authentic, at least in my eyes. Something along the lines of this:

    http://www.marktimothy.com/images/completed/2367_SOUTH_OCEAN/HD/3.jpg




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  • Lexa Pierce

    This blog is about living homes, not about bars




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    • mak

      I agree. Whats the point of a home bar? They might be useful if you have a houseman that can serve as a bartender, but at what other point would one use it? Does the homeowner become the bartender for his friends? If you have a house party, and you fill your house with people, then maybe you might hire someone for the event to work the bar. All the rest of the time, it would be depressing as hell to sit around a bar at home and drink. Alone.

      Stupid waste of space and resources.




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      • lambskin

        So agree! Plus the bar stools always face toward the bar and away from the main room-so if you are having a party-your back would be to the happenings.




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    • Paul

      This blog is about homes of rich people, hence the name homesoftherich.net. That being said, different rich folks enjoy different things it seems. Kenny is sharing what he thinks his viewers might like to see I imagine. Trust me, not every one of his viewers is impressed with some french chalet or cape cod, no matter how well some of the commenters tell us it is decorated. Take in what you like and skip over what you don’t but don’t think that there shouldn’t be bars, bowling alleys, and stripper poles in these rich folks houses too.




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  • Al Robinson

    My favorite is #6, followed by #15. Pretty nice. But, mine wouldn’t look like any of these.




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  • Grrrowler

    This ranks up there with a bowling alley as one of my least desirable home amenities. A lot of large yachts have bars, which makes more sense considering it’s a vacation venue. I’d never want one in my house.




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  • rob

    I am gonna go with 6. Not being a fan of sitting on stools yapping at people who are almost in my face about drunken stuff, 6 looks like a cool place to relax and have an intelligent conversation about connisseur type stuff. Maybe great cognac or 100 year old scotch. The other bars just look too claustorphobic. The only other one i would have would be 1 and I would change all the games to pinball and spend all my time gaming not sitting on some stool.




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  • lambskin

    Most of the stools are function over form. Many would be uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time-no backs or cushions (Pics #1,2,3,4,11&14) or the tub chairs sit so low that your chin would be us to the height of the bar (Pics# 4&6). Plus how stupid is the door/gate to get inside the bar in Pic#3!




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  • Paul

    I for one would have a nice bar in my dream home. Yes, I would serve my friends and hire service for larger functions. 3, 6 and 9 are nice. I’d have to have room for at least 2 TVs behind the bar.




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  • Mak

    Again I have to ask. What’s the point of all these? When friends come over, does the homeowner stand behind the bar all night? If not, is he running back and forth between sitting with his friends on the front seating and the back to serve everyone? The bars pictured here are purpose built to be staffed by someone. If you’re not having enough people over to warrant hiring someone for the event, then you are put in the position of having to do it yourself. You become your own “help”, having to stand behind the bar while your friends sit in front. The hell with that.

    Also, why have a TV at your home bar? Are your guests that indifferent to your conversation that they need to be entertained with the noise from them? If you have a entertainment room with a pool table, and other games, then what are you telling your guests? Go ahead and entertain yourself. I’ll be back here behind the bar waiting until you are ready for your next drink.

    Stupid stupid stupid. Very much like the Home Theater with 20+ seating area and a candy counter.




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  • dan

    In my dream house the bar/billard room will be the most important entertainment venue after the wine grotto and kitchen. Number 7 is my style. Preparing drinks or having my able guests prepare their own while we converse and shoot pool would be a great time. I would probably never hire a barkeep since I prefer small gatherings. Number 6 would be nice as well – very comfy looking.




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