Need a bar cabinet? No. You don’t. No one NEEDS a bar cabinet – but we certainly WANT a bar cabinet. But really? I know. Priorities.
It’s true – I’ve had by eye on the sexy Clive Bar Cabinet from Crate & Barrel for the past two years. It’s a beauty and I’ve recommended it to clients because, well, it’s a beauty. But at $2,499 it’s a hefty commitment, especially for a recreational beverage-related casegood. Granted, it has some bells and whistles, like its mirrored interior and (not just one, but two) drop-down shelves. But sheesh! That price hasn’t changed once in all the time I’ve seen it at C&B. Still, the Clive taunts me with its come-hither looks, its promise of sweet industrial chic.
But then something happens. The internet gods lead me to this. The Clive rival.
It’s the rugged good looks that first catch our eye. He’s nameless (“Pub Bar Cabinet”). That’s cool. And after a closer look, we learn there’s no mirrored interior. Only one fold-down shelf, not two. But the reviews are good and what it does share with Clive is the same industrial chic that reminds me of a loft in the South Loop. But what really seals the deal? The price. $750 at Living Spaces. Now you can stock your bar and have it too.