I love having a little drinks nook tucked away somewhere – whether it’s a retro drinks trolley, or just a collection of cool bottles stashed on a tray. With a bar at hand, you can instantly transform your home into a sophisticated soiree anytime. And it’s also perfect for after 6 o’clock unwinding!

You don’t need a huge space or dedicated entertaining area for the cool home bar. My favourite ever bar was a set-up that Rita Konig had in her hallway in her old NY apartment. I absolutely adored it, and it was just a brilliant side table with a cluster of bottles, a cool lamp and a hat. So cool.

I’ve made a round-up of everything you’ll need to get the party started. Have fun creating your own bar and send me a photo of your cool drinks space to win £75 in gift vouchers. You can send your pics via twitter, facebook, instagram (carrier pigeon, whatever) and don’t forget to tag #AbigailAhern75 to enter!



Gramercy trolley

I am obsessed with this retro-style trolley. It’s sturdy but also sleek and glam. I love the idea of wheeling it out from the kitchen and into the living room for a bit of a treat in the evenings! Bring back cocktail hour I say.

£315, Abigail Ahern




Bar2Bar wall lights

A cool bar really needs a statement piece or something to anchor it. You could go for a big bunch of flowers, artwork or a glam mirror, but I’m head over heels with this statement lighting! Why not state the obvious in big bright letters right across the wall?

£600, Urban Outfitters




Hendrick’s Time for tea

It’s obviously not a bar without booze. This Hendrick’s comes with a little tea cup too. Good for tea without the G, but so much better to have both!

£38.99, Selfridges




Bamboo circular trays

Pro stylists love trays and platters, because they are magical for bringing together all your itty-bitty knick knacks into an arrangement that looks really cool. Everything feels a bit more special on a little tray! You could chuck in limes, barware, a little jar of olives, cocktail sticks or even funky coloured straws and parasols.

£16.50, Abigail Ahern




Copper champagne bucket

I go on about metallic accessories all the time because they completely lift a space and are particularly magical at night with candlelight. This burnished copper ice bucket would bring some serious glam to any champagne-worthy celebrations.

£175, Tom Dixon




Scented candle

Intense, intoxicating scents are the quickest way to transport yourself into cocktail hour. This company isn’t stocking in the UK yet, but if you can get your hands on them they’re so worth it. They have tons of yummy cocktail and whiskey inspired scents, from mint julep to spiced rum and all the candles are made out of old wine bottles too.

£18, Chicago Candle Co



UntitledThe Drunken Botanist, Amy Stewart

This seriously cool book is the perfect guide to starting your own plant collection for the very best homemade cocktails. It’s a fascinating read for cocktail lovers or green fingered gardeners that reveals the hidden botany in booze. If you want more drinks inspiration, check out my interview with the lovely Amy!

£18.99, Abigail Ahern