Museo Jumex founder Eugenio López’s Mexico City home features a large gallery and vibrant bar.
Photo: Ricardo Labougle

8 Stylish Home Bars by Jacques Grange, Steven Gambrel, and More

An immaculately designed corner for cocktails is ideal for entertaining—even if it’s a party of two

Whether you choose to stock your shelves with red and white wines from around the world or the finest ingredients for a creative cocktail, bespoke bars are essential for home entertaining. They provide intimate spaces for relaxation and conversation, and offer yet another elegant avenue to display one’s art collection. Discover several residential perches, counters, and lounges—all sourced from Galerie’s archives—that expertly integrate apéritifs and art.

Amid wooden furnishings and a neutral color scheme, a Joan Miró is the artful statement in the home bar of Ralph and Rita Rudin.

Amid wooden furnishings and a neutral color scheme, a Joan Miró is the artful statement in the home bar of Ralph and Rita Rudin. Photo: Trevor Tondro

1. For their Palm Springs midcentury-style oasis, Ralph and Rita Rudin worked with Silvia Kuhle and Jeffrey Allsbrook of the Los Angeles architecture firm Standard. The couple sought a minimalist, quiet, and natural space, all of which are reflected in this corner bar design, which gives pride of place to a colorful work by Joan Miró.

A Candida Höfer photograph is displayed in this Eddie Lee–designed residence’s sunken bar, which is topped with travertine and leather; the stools are by Alvar Aalto.

A Candida Höfer photograph is displayed in this Eddie Lee–designed residence’s sunken bar, which is topped with travertine and leather; the stools are by Alvar Aalto. Photo: Douglas Friedman

2. When it became time to relocate to the West Coast, Liz Anne and Phokion Potamianos tapped designer Eddie Lee to bring their artful La Jolla bungalow vision to life. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Frederick Liebhardt in 1958, the spectacularly sited house was transformed by Lee into a comfortable, contemporary four-bedroom family home brimming with art. At the sunken bar, a Candida Höfer photograph rests on the counter, offering an alternative focal point to the view beyond.

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Striking Interiors with Museum-Worthy Art by Andy Warhol Prove His Enduring Appeal

In an airy gallery with views of the Pacific, designer Madeline Stuart installed a custom-made Paul Ferrante chandelier above Andy Warhol “Flowers” paintings, 18th-century Italian stone consoles, and rugs made of woven palm matting.
The bar of a Manhattan apartment designed by Steven Gambrel.

The bar of a Manhattan apartment designed by Steven Gambrel and Gary Brewer. Photo: Eric Piasecki

3. Designer Steven Gambrel and architect Gary Brewer, partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, pushed the envelope on traditional interiors when designing this Park Avenue apartment. Plush, cool-toned interiors are juxtaposed with vivacious contemporary art, as is the case in this intimate bar area.

The entrance gallery of Stacey Bronfman’s home designed by Jacques Grange.

The entrance gallery of Stacey Bronfman’s home designed by Jacques Grange. Photo: Thomas Loof

4. In the entryway of collector Stacey Bronfman’s Fifth Avenue apartment, a cobalt Mattia Bonetti bar is as much an art piece as the Damien Hirst paintings. French designer Jacques Grange helped amplify the home’s graceful proportions and distinctive details, while updating yellowed floors and dreary finishes to evoke the feeling of a fresh, sophisticated loft for a modern family.

An Alex Hank neon piece, installed above a Los Lichis photograph, casts a glow over the family room’s bar in the home of Zélika García.

An Alex Hank neon piece, installed above a Los Lichis photograph, casts a glow over the family room’s bar in the home of Zélika García. Photo: Ricardo Labougle

5. Zona MACO fair’s director, Zélika García, worked with designer Luis Bustamante on her apartment in a high-rise building conceived by architect César Pelli and completed in 1997. While the residence overlooks the Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City’s equivalent to Central Park, there is no shortage of art and iconic vintage design to keep one occupied indoors. Both feature in García’s glowing red bar alcove.

A chic bar area in a midcentury Los Angeles home redone by Georgis & Mirgorodsky.

A chic bar area in a midcentury Los Angeles home redone by Georgis & Mirgorodsky. Photo: Richard Powers

6. When tasked with redoing a midcentury home in La Jolla, California, William T. Georgis and Ilya Mirgorodsky paid homage to its roots while also injecting the interiors with contemporary appeal. Exemplifying this design marriage, the chic bar area plays with textures, patterns, and pops of color resulting in an installation-like appearance.

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18 Elegant Living Rooms with Extraordinary Art

Museo Jumex founder Eugenio López’s Mexico City home features a large gallery and vibrant bar.

Museo Jumex founder Eugenio López’s Mexico City home features a large gallery and vibrant bar. Photo: Ricardo Labougle

7. The ground floor of Museo Jumex founder Eugenio López’s Mexico City home features a large gallery and bar, which is lacquered in a lustrous blue. Among the rotating artworks are two Paul McCarthy photographs of mundane kitchen condiments blown up to monumental scale.

The California home of kombucha mogul G. T. Dave, designed by James Magni.

The California home of kombucha mogul G. T. Dave, designed by James Magni and Jeremy Graef. Photo: Matthew Millman

8. Kombucha mogul G. T. Dave’s minimalist compound in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills is a monochromatic vision. Designed by James Magni and Jeremy Graef, the property offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, which can be enjoyed from the outdoor bar.

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