May 17, 2021

An Entertainer’s Dream: Tips to Design Your Dry Bar

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The bar may be dry, but your home isn’t...

“Never sit at the table when you can stand at the bar.”

Ernest Hemingway

Why Go Dry (Bar)


The obvious reason to add a custom-built bar is that you love to entertain! After all, having a designated space for storing, crafting, and serving cocktails to your guests is the ultimate in entertaining! You just don’t want to or can’t add plumbing to the perfect home bar area.  


Here are a few reasons why adding a dry bar to your home is a great idea…

  • Provides a convenient, separate area to entertain (away from the hustle and bustle of a busy kitchen!)
  • Offers an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home
  • Adds resale value to your home
  • Fun way to fill empty space


Custom crafted cocktails at your custom-built dry bar,
yes please!


Interested in having a dry bar installed in your home?
Contact Hollingsworth Cabinetry today at 910-251-1490!

Designing a Dry Bar


When it comes to designing a custom-built dry bar, the possibilities are endless! Based on budget and space constraints, you can either go super simple or extremely extravagant…your bar, your way! Here are some of the go-to items we often include in our custom dry bar designs:  

Wine Rack


A wine rack is a great way to openly store your favorite bottles of wine and is a staple in most dry bars, especially for wine aficionados with impressive wine collections. At Hollingsworth Cabinetry, all wine racks are custom built based on the specifications of the dry bar design.  

Wine Fridge & Beverage Center


Another must-have in your dry bar is a wine/beverage fridge. A wine fridge is ideal for cooling white wines and bubblies as well as certain reds. A beverage fridge is great for beers, mixers, and other drinks.  

Want both? You got it! There are plenty of options available on the market in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and price ranges.  

Glass Cabinet Doors


A beautiful way to show off an impressive collection of barware and wine glasses is with glass cabinet doors. Take it up a notch by installing accent lights inside the cabinets! At Hollingsworth Cabinetry, our expert dry bar designers can add interest to your space with special touches like glass cabinet doors!  

If you prefer to mix in some open shelving that shows of your assortment of drinks, we can seamlessly blend those in with the cabinet design.  

Under Cabinet Lighting


A practical, yet aesthetically pleasing way to enhance your custom-built dry bar is with under cabinet lighting. This is especially the case if you want to bring attention to a beautiful backsplash or countertop accessories. The extra lighting will also come in handy when you go to make those craft cocktails!  

Do Your Dry Bar


Turn your home into an entertainer’s dream with a stunning dry bar! Your place will be the spot where the party happens and memories are made (or made to be forgotten). One thing is for sure, you’ll never forget how excited you are to have your dream bar right in the comforts of home.  


At Hollingsworth Cabinetry, all of our dry bars are designed and made-to-order with the same care that you use to mix the perfect drink.  Together we make it a home. Get more information on our custom cabinetry services and accessories, contact our Wilmington, NC workshop at 910-251-1490. Cheers!

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