Cabinet shoppers will find designs and sizes vary, along with prices. Smaller pieces were compact, wall-mounted cabinets while more grandiose styles rival common furniture pieces like large credenzas. Some even incorporated turntable stereos or faux fireplaces into the design.
Depending on style and size, prices range from $500 upward toward $7,000 for popular makers of more exquisite liquor cabinets with top craftsmanship. Adrian Pearsall Brutalist, and Broyhill Brasilia are some of the most notable designs with G Plan, Kent Coffey, and American of Martinsville popular manufacturers. The classic “tiki” theme, which became popular in the 1930s, is also collectible and remains popular for the home bar¬–bringing a bit of the tropics home.
Another attractive option is a Danish wooden cabinet¬–spot them by finding “DENMARK” stamped on the backs of these pieces. These are extremely desirable and capture the class of the era.
“Typically, Danish cabinets are made of teak and thoughtfully designed to accessibly store all of your bar implements and bottles,” Moreno says.
Numerous other mid-century drinking accoutrements remain popular as well–from stylish glass ice buckets and drinking glasses to rolling bar carts, cocktail tables and dry bars. During the pandemic, many bars closed and drinkers instead mixed their liquid refreshment themselves. A vintage liquor cabinet only adds to the ambiance. As the Cheers theme made clear, “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name.” Open that cool cabinet and pour–no designated driver needed. -S.C.