COVID-19 seclusion and self-isolation has been a different time. Now, as restrictions ease and we are crawling out of our shells to face the sunshine and to talk to one another about it, the subject is how we got by. Across the board with the people I talk to, the greatest hardship was separation from one another and face-to-face conversations. 

This week’s photo focus is bars. Statistics show that alcohol consumption was up for the self-isolation period, and interestingly, people bought more expensive, finer wines. Now, as we can carefully be in the company of more people, the home bars I am featuring fill with the gathering of friends for which they were intended. 

The opening shot features a glass backbar illuminated by LED lights where the color can be set for the mood of the evening. Interior design by MHR Interiors (Marion Rockwood), architecture by Upwall Design, and built by Midway Construction. The table featured above is in the same home and positioned for wine-tasting and appetizers but flexible to more on to a game of cards.

The dramatic stone bar with walnut cabinets and a pieced-together mirrored backbar is designed by Scott Jaffa and built by the Jaffa Group Design-Build. 

Anne-Marie Barton (AMB Design) conceptualized the bar for this dramatic home as a tight unit, almost like a piece of furniture. The mirrored backbar picks up images of the stone on the opposite wall. (Built by Dubell Construction.)

The illuminated bar offers seating on three sides, and gorgeous views regardless of the direction of those seated to see of the hills of Promontory and Park City in the distance. Built by Upland Development (Jesica and Ryan Taylor) and architectural design by Landforms.

In a departure away from dark woods and stone, Paula Berg designed this bar to nicely fit into a transition area of the home. 

Downstairs away from daylight is a climate-controlled glass wine room where the display of wine serves the same function as art on the long wall.

Upstairs is a sculptural stone bar with internal illumination and intriguing polished metal bar stools each individually styled to look like machinery. For both this image and the one above: Interior and architectural design and construction by the Jaffa Group Design-Build.

I’ve invited you to bar hop, and my prediction is that a good time and fine hospitality could be found at any of these destinations.