As elegant as it is essential, chic barware elevates home entertaining, and also makes the perfect gift for any occasion. Grand ice buckets and vintage glassware make a statement. Mix and match a high-low selection from our splurge/steal holiday list for the merriest cocktail mix.
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What’s more retro-chic than a bar trolley?
Splurge: Restoration Hardware, $2,246
Steal: Linen Chest, $132.95; Wayfair, $127
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Metal keeps ice coolest and Lucite looks lovely.
Splurge: Williams Sonoma, $189.95
Steal: S’well, $50; Micheals $12
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Martinis, whisky sours, margaritas … no bar is complete without a good shake.
Splurge: Georg Jensen, $185; Tom Dixon, $243
Steal: Libbey, $18
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Strainer, zester, jigger, standing sets are best to keep things organized and off surfaces.
Splurge: Gluckstein Home, $100; Williams Sonoma; $167.95
Steal: Cresimo, $47.95
Glassware (sets of four)
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Rocks and highball glasses can be weighty (or not) but wine, flute and martini should be lithe.
Splurge: Rocks, Baccarat, $630; Highball, WestElm, $75; Martini, Waterford, $554; Wine, Wedgewood, $210; Flute, Amara, $134
Steal: Rocks, Crate and Barrel, $35.80; Highball, CB2, $59.80; Martini, Ssense, $80; Wine, Luxbe, $60; Flute, WestElm, $54
Pour good (if inexpensive) wine into decanters. Stylish and saves on bar costs, well worth the investment.
Splurge: Waterford, $359; Spieglau, $300
Steal: Kitchen Stuff Plus, $15; Trudeau, $10; Reidel, $49.
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Show off your savvy with artful selects …
High-end whisky drinkers on your Christmas list will appreciate this award-winning glass from
Norlan, $49 each or Tom Dixon’s copper band version, $163 for a set of two.
Jane Fonda, posing with a champagne coupe in a studio portrait, circa 1965. Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images
Champagne coupes (over flutes) are back in vogue. Look for tall stems and a generous bowl like these,
$127 a pair. On a budget? I kea stocks this version for $3 each.
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Ditch the beer mugs for slim, sleek glasses. On the high end,
Waterford does these, $127 for a set of two. A set of four from Spiegelau is $43. A dozen footed lager glasses is $52 at Chef Equipment. Crate and Barrels stylish ‘beer can’ take on glassware are $6 each.
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