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12/31/2014 05:44 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Top Home Bars for New Years Eve

Thinking of hosting a party this season? The most important rule of thumb when entertaining is to make your guests feel welcome in your home. But homes like these show us that a well-designed bar can make the party more interesting. Check out this video for quick, classic cocktails that are easy to make in a hurry, plus our tips for getting your wine bottles chilled quickly.

Stone surrounds this large in-home bar, and plenty of chairs mean that guests can settle in and get comfy for the night. This bar is complete with a wine cellar, sink and below-counter appliances, making the space really efficient as well as beautiful.

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Aurora Luxury Custom by House of L

This sleek and modern bar is perfect for overlooking the beautiful views of South Beach, Florida. The bar uses both translucent materials, like the sea-glass inspired column, as well as dark, solid countertops. The bar itself is kept simple, letting the guests draw all the attention.

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Miami Modern by Sojo Design

This sophisticated and simple bar makes the most of custom cabinetry and natural materials. The eye is drawn to the mosaic backsplash tile. Functional items like a full-size fridge, sink and durable flooring ensure that this bar can be a multipurpose space for entertaining and hosting events.

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Lakeside Lookout by Gelotte Hommas

Not all bars feature a full-size Subzero refrigerator like this one. This bar's design features beautiful cabinetry that matches the rest of the room, and provides plenty of storage despite its small size. A sink and eye-catching backsplash complete the look.

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Redwood City by Kaplan Architects

This modern bar was designed for a family who love to mix sophisticated drinks and entertain. Plenty of cabinetry and storage house specialty glassware and serving pieces; a large industrial sliding door keeps it hidden (but within easy reach) of the kitchen. A sink and under counter wine fridge keeps the bar mess away from the main entertaining spaces.

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Capitol Hill Kitchen by NB Design Group, Inc

Sometimes all you need to host your party is a flat surface filled with your favorite bottles. This antique dresser, located in the foyer, is the perfect place to greet guests, offer them a drink and welcome them to your home. Keep bottles from leaving marks on your surfaces by placing everything on a tray.

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Medina Home by Graciela Rutkowski Interiors

This beautiful, wood paneled bar employed old-world craftsmanship to bring the details to life. You can see that great care was taken to consider the absolute must-have things for the perfect bar: a television for watching sports, top shelf liquor in lit display cabinets, solid seats with footrests and a game table for entertaining guests. Whether it's a gathering of two or 20, this bar will work perfectly.

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Yakima Residence by Conard Romano Architects

A home bar doesn't need to have this much entertainment, but it certainly helps. Pool table, multiple tv screens and a wrap-around bar make this the center for any type of party. This homeowner included in-bar taps for beer as well as a sink to make clean up an easy task.

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Entertaining Basement by Designfirst