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(Do You Remember)   No matter how cool the wet bar is in your man cave, it will never be as a cool as a the home mini-bars from the 1950s   ( doyouremember.com) divider line
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2018-02-06 08:43:22 AM  
I always wanted to make a nice mini bar out of an old piano cabinet.
Maybe an upright, or maybe a grand with stools.
I promised myself I would do that when I grew up.
Unfortunately for that dream, growing up for me meant quitting drinking.
I mean, I could still do it, but there just isn't the huge beer goggled light bulb of creativity going off anymore; there just isn't the inventive incentive. *sigh*
You can totally see a baby grand with stools around it and built in speakers facing downward under it, and a row of glasses just behind the keyboard (Electronic, weighted, built in) and bottles set in deeper, with a wide screen on the wall. The stools would be handy for guitarists, too.
 
2018-02-06 08:53:04 AM  
I keep telling my wife that if she's not going to park the car in the garage I'm going to convert it to an English pub.
 
2018-02-06 09:12:41 AM  
Not really the same thing, but I always wanted one of these:

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2018-02-06 09:15:52 AM  
I prefer the 30s:

At home:
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And on the go:
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2018-02-06 09:18:06 AM  
it will never be as a cool as a home mini bars from 1950s

You just read that headline in Mario's voice.
 
2018-02-06 09:22:41 AM  
Of course. These are from the time when it was perfectly acceptable to offer a guest one more for the road.
 
2018-02-06 09:25:07 AM  
And, you will never be as cool as Don Draper.
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2018-02-06 09:27:56 AM  

vudukungfu: I always wanted to make a nice mini bar out of an old piano cabinet.
Maybe an upright, or maybe a grand with stools.
I promised myself I would do that when I grew up.
Unfortunately for that dream, growing up for me meant quitting drinking.
I mean, I could still do it, but there just isn't the huge beer goggled light bulb of creativity going off anymore; there just isn't the inventive incentive. *sigh*
You can totally see a baby grand with stools around it and built in speakers facing downward under it, and a row of glasses just behind the keyboard (Electronic, weighted, built in) and bottles set in deeper, with a wide screen on the wall. The stools would be handy for guitarists, too.


Maybe you could kill a rhino and mount its head on your wall too. Sicko.
 
2018-02-06 09:42:57 AM  

Schmerd1948: I prefer the 30s:

At home:[img.fark.net image 736x1038]

And on the go:
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My father still uses his fold out bar today.  In their pre-children life, my parents had a fairly substantial home bar in their basement and still have some of the assorted knick-knacks, including the not so vaguely racist Irish drunk leaning on a lamp post lamp.

In retrospect, I think my parents have a drinking problem...
 
2018-02-06 09:48:29 AM  
I find it surprising that there are so many bar accessories for sale. Go to a place that sells dishes and cutlery and half of their crap is useless bar stuff, like martini mixers, shot glass Chess sets, automatic drink dispensers, flasks, and more useless wine shiat than can be listed. For starters, it takes like three seconds to mix a normal drink at home. Even dumping shiat in a blender with ice is ridiculously easy. How many alcoholics out there are buying this stuff? I suspect it's all given as Christmas gifts and thrown away by the end of January.
 
2018-02-06 10:01:46 AM  
Whenever I see a "Do you remember?" link, I'm starting to read it in a Chris Farley, "Remember when..." voice. That's how I picture subby.

chris farley interview
Youtube 8L-PUCx6PzA
 
2018-02-06 10:05:32 AM  

Russ1642: I find it surprising that there are so many bar accessories for sale. Go to a place that sells dishes and cutlery and half of their crap is useless bar stuff, like martini mixers, shot glass Chess sets, automatic drink dispensers, flasks, and more useless wine shiat than can be listed. For starters, it takes like three seconds to mix a normal drink at home. Even dumping shiat in a blender with ice is ridiculously easy. How many alcoholics out there are buying this stuff? I suspect it's all given as Christmas gifts and thrown away by the end of January.


I realized I might have had a serious drinking problem in my 20's when for my birthday and xmas one year nearly everyone in my family got me assorted drinking accessories - bottle openers, glasses, electric wine bottle openers, flasks, mixers, etc. mind you I already had some of this stuff and it was post college. I decided to cut back after that since everyone's idea of a gift for me revolved around drinking.
 
2018-02-06 10:11:52 AM  
Roshamon:

 not so vaguely racist Irish

'Irish' is not a race, dummy.
 
2018-02-06 10:12:15 AM  
Showing houses in Michigan, I was always surprised at how many 1950's 2 bedroom bungalows came equipped with a big stand-behind wet bar in the basement. They also usually had the original asbestos floor tiles with a permanent, built-in shuffle board pattern. I always wondered how much actual party use these bars ever saw, since by the time I saw them they were invariably packed with basement junk.
 
2018-02-06 10:15:29 AM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Roshamon:

 not so vaguely racist Irish

'Irish' is not a race, dummy.


"Now"
 
2018-02-06 10:15:34 AM  
I wish I had pictures of my grandfather's truly spectacular bar that he had at the back of the "living room addition" of the house. Mind you, his postwar home had a living room with a huge, south-facing window, and they NEVER used it, except mainly for Thanksgiving or something. It was for all intents and purposes a store front window, a display case for a tacky 1950s era lamp on a table (NO, not a leg!! Think brushed bronze and wood, with those weird double-shades)... no, all the real action was in that back room with the giant TV console at one end and the bar at the other, and chairs all in-between with the two phat LA-Z-Boys facing the TV for daily use.

My grands were not alkies, but they sure could throw back the beer and mixed drinks. I am fairly convinced it's how they managed to live into their 90s. Damn German DNA, great stuff for being fueled by beer.

I used to eat the sugar cubes out of the box underneath the bar as a little kid, before they started locking it up. I never once took alcohol from that bar-- I was far more interested in the sodas kept as mixers in the old 1940s era fridge next to it. Gramps used to have this funny painted cast iron decoration on the bar top of a drunk holding up a lap post, and the clock on it was all 5s. Not a tiki decoration in sight, just everything basic that you needed to do the job.

The real story was my other side of the family, where there was never a bottle in sight but the old woman always had a drink nearby... weird. Got drunk there once by eating all of the WELL marinated Maraschino cherries out of the drinks, back when they still used Red #4. I got brought home once as a shiatfaced toddler and that was the end of the drinks over there. Weird. She got help, then switched to pills and I think it all worked out in the end.

Funny how the ones with the bar are the ones I never, ever saw drunk. Ever.
 
2018-02-06 10:15:43 AM  
home mini bar? no thank you.
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2018-02-06 10:33:10 AM  
Rockola, the jukebox company, also made fold out bars for home use.  I guess they could use similar assembly processes as they did for the jukebox cabinets.  They show up on eBay occasionally.
 
2018-02-06 10:33:39 AM  
I have this thing in my home office (I really should start utilizing it):

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It's got a little hand crank on the side so you can raise up the front like a drawbridge.
 
2018-02-06 10:39:39 AM  

Russ1642: vudukungfu: I always wanted to make a nice mini bar out of an old piano cabinet.
Maybe an upright, or maybe a grand with stools.
I promised myself I would do that when I grew up.
Unfortunately for that dream, growing up for me meant quitting drinking.
I mean, I could still do it, but there just isn't the huge beer goggled light bulb of creativity going off anymore; there just isn't the inventive incentive. *sigh*
You can totally see a baby grand with stools around it and built in speakers facing downward under it, and a row of glasses just behind the keyboard (Electronic, weighted, built in) and bottles set in deeper, with a wide screen on the wall. The stools would be handy for guitarists, too.

Maybe you could kill a rhino and mount its head on your wall too. Sicko.


O_O)
 
2018-02-06 10:44:58 AM  

Russ1642: vudukungfu: I always wanted to make a nice mini bar out of an old piano cabinet.
Maybe an upright, or maybe a grand with stools.
I promised myself I would do that when I grew up.
Unfortunately for that dream, growing up for me meant quitting drinking.
I mean, I could still do it, but there just isn't the huge beer goggled light bulb of creativity going off anymore; there just isn't the inventive incentive. *sigh*
You can totally see a baby grand with stools around it and built in speakers facing downward under it, and a row of glasses just behind the keyboard (Electronic, weighted, built in) and bottles set in deeper, with a wide screen on the wall. The stools would be handy for guitarists, too.

Maybe you could kill a rhino and mount its head on your wall too. Sicko.


img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-02-06 10:47:53 AM  

Russ1642: I find it surprising that there are so many bar accessories for sale. Go to a place that sells dishes and cutlery and half of their crap is useless bar stuff, like martini mixers, shot glass Chess sets, automatic drink dispensers, flasks, and more useless wine shiat than can be listed. For starters, it takes like three seconds to mix a normal drink at home. Even dumping shiat in a blender with ice is ridiculously easy. How many alcoholics out there are buying this stuff? I suspect it's all given as Christmas gifts and thrown away by the end of January.


It's the Ritual. Serious drinkers (not necessarily alcoholics) surround themselves with the various ritual accoutrements. It's the same with tea fanatics and, to a lesser extent, coffee lovers. Oh, and some stoners.

For example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_cer​e​mony
 
2018-02-06 10:50:40 AM  
That was back when women were supposed to be able to whip up a decent martini for you in between cooking steaks.

I kinda prefer my bar toaster oven I never use with booze stacked on it.
 
2018-02-06 10:54:01 AM  

Barricaded Gunman: Showing houses in Michigan, I was always surprised at how many 1950's 2 bedroom bungalows came equipped with a big stand-behind wet bar in the basement. They also usually had the original asbestos floor tiles with a permanent, built-in shuffle board pattern. I always wondered how much actual party use these bars ever saw, since by the time I saw them they were invariably packed with basement junk.



Yeah the greater Detroit area had some great home bars.
in the early 00s, I was home shopping in area and there were so many cool art deco bars in the homes we looked at. The house we settled on had original Detroit tile in the main bathroom (robin's egg blue and white) and in the bath just off the downstairs wet bar (peach and black).
 
2018-02-06 10:55:18 AM  
Things like this make me wish I had time to become a serious drinker.
 
2018-02-06 11:21:00 AM  
Some previous owner built a very nice bar into a corner of the basement. It is nice but no one wants to stand in the conner and drink.
 
2018-02-06 12:18:37 PM  
Roshamon: Schmerd1948: I prefer the 30s:

At home:[img.fark.net image 736x1038]

And on the go:
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My father still uses his fold out bar today.  In their pre-children life, my parents had a fairly substantial home bar in their basement rumpus room and still have some of the assorted knick-knacks, including the not so vaguely racist Irish drunk leaning on a lamp post lamp.

In retrospect, I think my parents have a drinking problem...

FTFY
 
2018-02-06 12:43:49 PM  

Billy Liar: Roshamon: Schmerd1948: I prefer the 30s:

At home:[img.fark.net image 736x1038]

And on the go:
[img.fark.net image 700x718]

My father still uses his fold out bar today.  In their pre-children life, my parents had a fairly substantial home bar in their basement rumpus room and still have some of the assorted knick-knacks, including the not so vaguely racist Irish drunk leaning on a lamp post lamp.

In retrospect, I think my parents have a drinking problem...

FTFY


Can you describe the rumpus room?
 
2018-02-06 12:59:02 PM  
I have a cool little fold-out cabinet-thing that I inherited from my grandmother. I use it as a nightstand. Looking at the pictures from this article, I'm pretty sure it was meant to be a mini-bar.
I'm not sure my my grandmother needed that, since her house had an actual bar in in the basement, which as I understand it was frequented by the ladies who visited her basement hair salon/beauty school (my grandma did hair and taught younger women to do hair) and which I recall was fully stocked until she finally went off to a nursing home when she was in her early 80s.
 
2018-02-06 01:20:38 PM  
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2018-02-06 01:47:27 PM  
Number 8 is alright, the rest? Awful
 
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2018-02-06 02:01:07 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: Showing houses in Michigan, I was always surprised at how many 1950's 2 bedroom bungalows came equipped with a big stand-behind wet bar in the basement. They also usually had the original asbestos floor tiles with a permanent, built-in shuffle board pattern. I always wondered how much actual party use these bars ever saw, since by the time I saw them they were invariably packed with basement junk.


LOL you described my basement, built in 1958. We used to have parties constantly until we had kids and now it's full of junk. We call it the "purgatory room" because that's where we put stuff we don't use any more but haven't sold or thrown away.
 
2018-02-06 03:15:31 PM  
My parents had a wall mounted half barrel liquor cabinet in the room they used for entertaining.

When I was six years old I thought it was magnificent. Old me thinks it was somewhat tacky.
 
2018-02-06 03:28:43 PM  

sex_and_drugs_for_ian: My parents had a wall mounted half barrel liquor cabinet in the room they used for entertaining.

When I was six years old I thought it was magnificent. Old me thinks it was somewhat tacky.


Old ME thinks that both young and old YOU were correct.
 
2018-02-06 05:53:03 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: Showing houses in Michigan, I was always surprised at how many 1950's 2 bedroom bungalows came equipped with a big stand-behind wet bar in the basement. They also usually had the original asbestos floor tiles with a permanent, built-in shuffle board pattern. I always wondered how much actual party use these bars ever saw, since by the time I saw them they were invariably packed with basement junk.


I used to install furnaces during my summers in college.  So many 1950s houses in the Redford/Livonia/Westland area fit that description.  I think every auto worker had that same basement along with a cottage Up North.
 
2018-02-06 05:54:02 PM  
The bars in the pics are very cool but I'm guessing #2 is a new build not recent.
 
2018-02-06 05:54:46 PM  

What Fresh Hell Is This: The bars in the pics are very cool but I'm guessing #2 is a new build not recent.


Not VINTAGE I meant!

Doh!
 
2018-02-06 06:56:27 PM  

Englebert Slaptyback: Roshamon:

 not so vaguely racist Irish

'Irish' is not a race, dummy.


You are correct sir.  I should have went with not so vaguely bigoted.  My apologies for being a dummy in your presence.

That being said, I still hold to the original theory that my parents were lushes.
 
2018-02-06 08:53:07 PM  

thespindrifter: I wish I had pictures of my grandfather's truly spectacular bar that he had at the back of the "living room addition" of the house. Mind you, his postwar home had a living room with a huge, south-facing window, and they NEVER used it, except mainly for Thanksgiving or something. It was for all intents and purposes a store front window, a display case for a tacky 1950s era lamp on a table (NO, not a leg!! Think brushed bronze and wood, with those weird double-shades)... no, all the real action was in that back room with the giant TV console at one end and the bar at the other, and chairs all in-between with the two phat LA-Z-Boys facing the TV for daily use.

My grands were not alkies, but they sure could throw back the beer and mixed drinks. I am fairly convinced it's how they managed to live into their 90s. Damn German DNA, great stuff for being fueled by beer.

I used to eat the sugar cubes out of the box underneath the bar as a little kid, before they started locking it up. I never once took alcohol from that bar-- I was far more interested in the sodas kept as mixers in the old 1940s era fridge next to it. Gramps used to have this funny painted cast iron decoration on the bar top of a drunk holding up a lap post, and the clock on it was all 5s. Not a tiki decoration in sight, just everything basic that you needed to do the job.

The real story was my other side of the family, where there was never a bottle in sight but the old woman always had a drink nearby... weird. Got drunk there once by eating all of the WELL marinated Maraschino cherries out of the drinks, back when they still used Red #4. I got brought home once as a shiatfaced toddler and that was the end of the drinks over there. Weird. She got help, then switched to pills and I think it all worked out in the end.

Funny how the ones with the bar are the ones I never, ever saw drunk. Ever.


Coolest comment all day.  Thanks. They and their bar sound awesome.
 
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