Have a drink where everybody knows your name.
Sometimes the best place to knock a few back isn’t at a swanky bar or hip watering hole. In fact, when it comes to entertaining, Bar You offers some distinctive advantages.
“There is a sense of community and togetherness that you get when you host something in your home or go to something that’s being hosted in someone’s home,” says Ana Wells, co-owner with husband Brian of urbAna, a home goods boutique in Arcadia. “It’s an expression of you, and that comes through [in] your home.”
The Wellses were inspired to start their shop after finding a photograph of Brian’s grandmother in the 1950s, painting shutters in a skirt and blouse in preparation for a dinner party. They later found her entertaining diaries, where she meticulously detailed the parties she hosted, from food and cocktail menus to decorating themes.
“That little bit of formality that’s kind of [been] lost, we should try to re-inspire that,” Brian says he and Ana thought. “And then it became about the cocktail parties of the ‘50s and ‘60s. [It’s] about elevating your everyday gatherings and doing something special. Even if it’s a simple gathering – make it a little formal.”
The best part? Tipsy guests can sleep it off in the guest room.
5027 N. 44th St., Phoenix
Brian and Ana Wells stock everything a home mixologist might need in the way of assembling a home bar – all curated by the couple themselves. Their bar must-haves include “a great serving tray, ice buckets can make a big statement, and beverage dispensers,” Brian says. “And a great bottle opener,” Ana adds. “That can be a real conversation starter. You can have something really old-school like a corkscrew or a wine key, but I think something fun that’s different can be a great piece.” Prices vary.
|Red Modern Furniture
201 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
“We hunt for special pieces all over the world and spend a lot of time restoring many of them,” says Robyn Rose, director of gallery operations. “We hope that our clients appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship in the pieces they get from us.” This walnut and nickel bar cart by Wilhelm Renz ($2,400) was built in the 1960s.
2025 E. University Dr., Phoenix
“Everything is one of a kind,” owner Louise McDermott says of her warehouse’s 30,000 square feet of antique and repurposed goods, spanning from medieval France to mid-century Midwest. This bar table’s base was originally part of a jet engine. The blue frame of the bar (below) came from Texas and the bar top is repurposed barn wood from the Midwest. Prices upon request.
|The Linen Tree
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
The Linen Tree sources the finest home goods from around the world, including these science-lab-inspired Simon Pearce bar pieces, handmade by glassblowers in Vermont. The Ascutney Collection’s lab decanter ($130), bar pitcher ($90) and lab carafe ($150) “combine timeless artmanship and contemporary design,” manager Kendra Burnham says..
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