10 Barware Essentials for Holiday Entertaining

All the barware items you’ll need to spread good cheer throughout the holiday party season

Alejandra Bennett and Dakota Kim
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Nothing to Wine About

This beautiful hand-blown decanter by artisan Anna Karlin is just the thing your tabletop and bar are missing. The subtle yet elegant design is timeless and the heavy brass stopper adds a bit of holiday pizzazz.

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Keep It Old-Fashioned

Keeping a classic bourbon and some Ango bitters on hand during the holidays means you can make any visitors who drop by a great Old-Fashioned. Our pick for stocking your bar is Garrison Brothers, an oaky, toffee-scented Texas Straight Bourbon made with organic, hyperlocal ingredients.
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Stock the Bar

Made in collaboration with bartender and founder of Crafthouse Cocktails, Charles Joly, and tableware solutions company Fortessa, this bar tool set will have you ready to peel, chop, and zest at your next holiday gathering. The set includes a stainless steel and walnut bar knife, peeler, channel knife, and bar board.

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Setting the Bar High

The perfect piece for presenting cocktails and snacks this holiday season, this chic tray combines minimalist lines and Art Deco sensibility with its combo of brass and glass.

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All That Glitters is (Rose) Gold

Project 62, Target’s exclusive modern housewares line, has created the ideal set for pouring, opening, straining, and measuring cocktails. Not only is the pink stainless steel delightful, but also it comes with a beautiful stand to easily display all of your new mixology tools. The set includes a cocktail strainer, double jigger, ice scoop, and bottle opener.

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Pinkies Up

There is something so wonderfully sophisticated about enjoying a cocktail in a festive glass, and this coupe surely fits the bill. Hand painted in the Czech Republic, the vessel’s pink crystalline rim is coated with 24k gold.

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Sip, Sip, Hooray!

Straws are a bar must-have for holiday parties, especially for the ladies who are decked out with a statement red lip. Ditch the paper and plastic, and instead opt for these stainless steel straws from W & P Design, available in a gold or copper finish.

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Shaken, Not Stirred

A contemporary twist on a classic cocktail glass, this stainless steel number will glitz up your bar for the holidays. Available in four finishes—copper, gold, stainless steel and graphite—they can be mixed and matched for the full effect.

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Hostess Tricks

This set of four simple leather coasters will complement any aesthetic and any cocktail, making it a no-brainer addition to your bar this holiday season. Add a monogram to create a personal touch that will make your guests feel right at home.

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Surefire Sipping

As both a host and a guest, one of the most frustrating things that can happen at a cocktail party is losing your glass. Avoid this fate at your next holiday gathering by tying miniature colored ornaments around the stems of each glass.

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Martini Time

In our humble opinion, a holiday bar isn’t complete without a vintage piece, and this 1960’s martini pitcher is just what your set-up needs to get that impeccable retro vibe.