The best drinks cabinets

Treat your jazziest gins and most sensational Scotches to the fanfare they deserve with a beautiful cocktail cabinet

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No matter whether you fancy yourself a bit of a mixologist, or you’re just partial to a Scotch on the rocks every now and then, there’s a pageantry around treating yourself to a tipple that’s hard to beat, from warming and decanting that bottle of wine to picking the right botanicals to garnish your gin and tonic. So with that in mind, why would you want to just chuck your bottles in the back of the cupboard to gather dust among the little-used juicers and spiralisers? Instead, a dedicated drinks cabinet is just what the doctor ordered, and we’ve made our list of the best ones around to help you decide which is best for you.

There’s one for all tastes, from ultra-glamorous Art Deco-style cabinets with glimmers of gold to traditional solid wood dressers with a twist. If you know your Pinot noir from your Pinotage, look for drinks cabinets with built-in wine racks to keep your favourite varieties on hand and stylishly stored; if you like to entertain, or just to show off the beautifully designed labels of your favourite artisanal gins (don’t we all?) an open-top and sides bar cart is both useful and beautiful, and great for small spaces.

1. Carraway Drinks Cabinet

In gorgeous grey and gold, this '20s-style cocktail cabinet is the bee’s knees

Specifications
Best for: Vintage glamour
Dimensions: H100 x W83 x D49 cm
Colour: Grey and gold
Material: Sustainable wood
Reasons to buy
+ Handsome statement piece  + In-door storage 
Reasons to avoid
- Not the deepest 

Make like Gatsby and have all the neighbours round for a Gin Rickey and a Charleston — all the vintage inspiration you need comes from this Art Deco cocktail cabinet. In cloud grey with gold accents, it perfectly encapsulates the elegance and decadence of the Jazz Age, and the contrasting black feet recalling the era’s trend for lacquered furniture are a lovely touch too. Inside, there are the shelves you’d expect, and some lovely gold-detailed door storage that you might not. For its surprisingly extensive storage for all your favourite liquors, plus that to-die-for 1920s design, it takes our first place easily.  

2. Eucalyptus Bar Globe Drinks Cabinet

Of all the gin joints in all the world, make yours the most stylish with this gorgeous globe bar

Specifications
Best for: Wow-factor
Dimensions: H90 x W50 x D50 cm
Colour: Brown
Material: Wood
Reasons to buy
+Amazing statement piece +Storage for bottles and glasses
Reasons to avoid
- A bit tricky to assemble 

If there’s one drinks cabinet that everyone wants in their study, it’s this. For one, it looks amazing; for two, it’s surprisingly practical. You need a large room to house it in, as it’ll likely overwhelm smaller spaces with its standout style, but if you’re looking for a single piece that oozes Old World finesse, then you need look no further. It stores glasses as well as bottles so you’ve got everything you need for an impromptu drinks party or tete-a-tete over a good whisky without ever having to set foot into the kitchen. 

3. Garrat Dark Chestnut Drinks Cabinet

Sturdy and stately, this beautifully built cabinet has all the space you’ll ever need

Specifications
Best for: Storage and surface space
Dimensions: H107 x W98-196 x D55 cm
Colour: Brown
Material: Solid birch
Reasons to buy
+ Ample and varied storage  + Extending top 
Reasons to avoid
- Design isn’t the most exciting 

While there are plenty of statement pieces in our list to get your decorating teeth into, this cabinet is a standout in another way. Its clean lines and stained solid birch construction are deceptively basic, concealing an interior that’s anything but. As well as cubbies generous enough to hold a range of your favourite spirits, there are three pull-out wine racks, double shelved doors, and a really handy drawer for holding muddlers, measures, bottle openers, and any other drinks-making paraphernalia you might need. It also features an extending surface, so you can get your mix on without having to disappear into the kitchen, making this TARDIS-like cabinet a great buy for frequent entertainers. 

4. Neptune Chichester 4ft Wine Rack Cabinet

Dedicated oenophiles need worry no longer about where to keep their favourite bottles

Specifications
Best for: Wine lovers
Dimensions: H87 x W122 x D38 cm
Colour: Grey
Material: Solid oak
Reasons to buy
+ Multifunction wine rack and sideboard + Good-looking alternative to multiple pieces 
Reasons to avoid
- Only for wine bottles 

Don’t have the space — or the inclination — to shell out for a separate sideboard and wine rack? Well, you’re in luck. This handsome sturdy sideboard from Neptune’s Chichester collection means you don’t have to choose, with its two handy drawers, ample surface space for the practical or decorative elements of your choice, and room for a whopping 40 bottles of wine. With its country-style good looks, high quality build and clever combination of storage options, this is a wonderful investment for wine-lovers. 

5. Milton Oak Drinks Cabinet

Find party-hosting paradise in this does-it-all drinks cabinet and dresser

Specifications
Best for: All-in-one storage
Dimensions: H183 x W100 x D38 cm
Colour: Grey
Material: Solid Oak
Reasons to buy
+ Stores glassware, bottles and more  + Sturdy build, lovely wood effect 
Reasons to avoid
- May be overkill if you’re after a straightforward cabinet 

With this dresser-meets-drinks-cabinet, there’ll be no rifling through the cupboards for the right glass — or cutlery, or napkins, or anything else for that matter — because the Milton from Laura Ashley keeps all of your dinner party essentials close at hand. And that, luckily for us, includes the wine. Keep your best glasses and crystalware in full view on the elegant glass shelves, stow your best bottles in the built-in wine rack, and the rest is up to you. Whatever you’re using the Milton for, you can stash it in style thanks to a beautifully finished natural wood construction and long-lasting build. 

7. west elm Mid-Century Bar Cart

Do your best Betty Draper impression with this ultra-cool retro bar cart

Specifications
Best for: Storing and serving
Dimensions: H81 x W82 x D51 cm
Colour: Brown and gold
Material: Eucalyptus wod, metal, walnut veneer
Reasons to buy
+ Can be moved around for easy serving + Sleek mid-century design 
Reasons to avoid
- Everything is on display 

With its ability to double up as a storage unit and an impressive entertaining piece, this bar cart is just the thing for small-space entertaining, or even just for showing off your most stylish gin bottles. If you’re one of the many interiors enthusiasts head over heels for mid-century modern design, then this retro-styled bar cart is just the thing to top off your party pad. With its sleek walnut veneer, antique-look brass-finished hardware, and cute hostess handle, it’s sure to impress if you wheel it out at your next shindig.