Wall Street Journal Declares Home Bars Back in Vogue

It’s no secret that The Wall Street Journal is a legit publication, so when I saw that they published an article titled “Home Bars Come Back in Vogue” a few days ago; I knew that it could mean big things for KegWorks.

Daves Home Bar

The article details the revival of mixology, the return of an upscale bar culture and even mentions the influence my favorite show Mad Men has had on the movement.

That’s right, according to a very reliable source “The return of the home bar—which evokes the grand days of the 1920s and ’30s, when people dined in black tie and removed themselves for after drinks where a soon-to-become-famous composer would be on hand to perform—is part of the general zeitgeist.” (I had to look it up but that z-word I just quoted means “the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation.”)

They go on to say, “salon life has returned: dressing up is back, as is sitting down with a stiff drink poured elegantly from a decanter into a crystal tumbler. After years of casual dining in the kitchen, we all long for something different. We’re back to indulgence, decadence and glamour.”

So aside from this cultural shift, what’s bringing home bars back in style? The people interviewed for this article seem to think it has something to do with the fact that you can no longer smoke in bars, the convenience of entertaining in a home bar and the need for people to unplug and put their Blackberries down (not that many people even use blackberries anymore – they’re already old news.)

Regardless of the origin(s), we’re thrilled to know that people are getting behind this trend. Check out the article, then head over to our Planning Your Home Bar page in the How-To Center and you can be the trendiest house on the block in no time.



  • Andy January 7, 2011 @ 3:06am

    We bought our house in 2004. The place was built in 1962 and had a great bar built into the lower level. The bar was designed into the house when it was built and even has a built in under counter cooler equipped for tap beer. The layout reminds me of a bar you see in the original Ocean’s 11. (Rat Pack version)

    When we remodeled, I kept the “S” shaped bar and updated the cooler’s refrigeration unit.
    We’ve hosted more parties than I can count and haven’t missed a new years since.

  • Hannah January 7, 2011 @ 9:24am

    Andy – sounds like a rad place to party? We look forward to your next event 😉

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