I like a good bar, especially when it doesn’t mean I need to leave the warm safety of my own home. Still, a liquor cabinet does not a home bar make; you need a few extra touches to encourage that post-date digestif are yours. I don’t mean a fake pub in the basement, god no. I mean a few bits and pieces with some real cocktail class…

Grant MacDonald Paragon Decanter (£995)

Grant MacDonald Paragon Decanter
A cut-crystal decanter is a necessity. Not only are they innately beautiful, but it’s a great way of adding a little pomp and circumstance to serving up a good spirit. This version from Grand Macdonald is pure classicism in shape but frosted for a more modern appearance with some very cool silver detailing on the stopper. Yes, it hides the label and yes that could mean upselling some cheap whisky, but who would do such a dastardly thing? grantmacdonald.com

Gallotti & Radice Riki Drinks Trolley (£1,100)

Gallotti & Radice Riki Drinks Trolley

Yes, it’s a little old-school but so too are some of the best traditions in drinking! Plus, if it’s good enough for the Connaught and American Bar to serve their cocktails, it’s good enough for you. The Riki Drinks Trolley from Gallotti & Radice has all the satin brass glamour of those grand hotels but won’t take up too much space – perfect for a dinner party when wine just isn’t enough. Did someone say martini? www.gallottiradice.it

Thomas Lyte Twisted Spitfire Cocktail Shaker (£2,595)

Thomas Lyte Twisted Spitfire Cocktail Shaker

Any cocktail that doesn’t require a real shaker isn’t worth drinking in my book and while the shaker doesn’t affect the final result, you want to look good making it. Made from a single sheet of silver-plated alloy, Thomas Lyte’s twist (sorry) on the humble cocktail shaker is a painfully cool statement piece. Apparently, it’s inspired by a spitfire’s tail but in that case I’m happy not to fly one. It does though mean it’s perfect for the occasional aviator; www.thomaslyte.com

Apsrey Animal Tumblers (£130 – £240)

Asprey Octopus TumblerAsprey Animal Tumblers

A good decanter requires some good glasses and Asprey’s are perfect. You could go for the boring cut crystal you can find anywhere of course; or you could go for one with a goddam engraved alligator! The detail is immaculate, and the glass is suited any short, strong drink you care to name. The collection also includes a stag, fox, stag, shark and octopus so you can give everyone their own alcoholic animal. A spirit animal if you will; www.asprey.com

Linley Cocktail Cabinet (£70,000)

Linley Cocktail Cabinet
Linley Cocktail Cabinet

If this doesn’t get your friends stopping round for a drink or five, nothing will. There are drinks cabinets then there’s the Linley Cocktail Cabinet, a construction of hand-dyed charcoal veneer, sycamore and mother-of-pearl detailing. It comes with everything you could possibly need for making drinks and space for more besides, including all the paraphernalia for cutting limes, juicing lemons and muddling mint. No matter where you put it, the cabinet will be the centre of the room. At £70,000 it had better bet; www.davidlinley.com


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