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    Bar gear gets swanky

    Home beer and spirit-making have become popular hobbies. Bars and beverage stores feature a growing range of artisanal spirits and craft brews. Cocktail parties are back in vogue.

    And retailers are responding to all this imbibing by offering furniture, barware, and accessories with cosmopolitan flair. All you need are a few invitations, snacks, and some good music for the party to begin.

    Let’s pop the cork on what’s new:


    West Elm’s Parker slim-profile cart in acorn-stained walnut veneer with brass rail trim has a mid-century vibe. The walnut-stained Dodson cart features a flip-down front concealing a mirror-lined interior with plenty of storage. And a cart in polished nickel with two foxed mirror shelves evokes Art Deco glamour. (

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    If you want the look of a built-in bar, consider Pottery Barn’s modular collection of wine grids and drawered cabinets. (

    Davis says that with barware, the trend is toward shaking it up. ‘‘We see lots of different materials like hammered silver, tortoise, or shagreen,’’ she says. ‘‘It’s all about mixing and matching. After all, entertaining should be about having fun.’’

    Gent Supply Co. has a natty collection of coasters, glassware, and flasks printed with illustrations of turn-of-the-century gentlemen duelers, narwhals, anchors, and animals dressed in distinguished garb. (

    Artist Richard E. Bishop, known for wildlife etchings in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, has his work on bar glasses and decanters. Ducks, trout, and horses set a ‘‘country house’’ tone. (


    A punchbowl that rests in the clutches of an octopus, and a sculpted shell held by a delicate coral stand are part of an aluminum barware collection at Z Gallerie. There’s also a faux crocodile service tray in rich eggplant, studded with silver rivets, that makes a sophisticated statement.