6 Stylish Bar Scenes To Inspire Cocktail Lounge Vibes At Home


Introducing glamorous furnishings fit for a chic cocktail lounge, or even a special night at home.

Peruse Stylish Furnishings That Up The Cocktail Lounge Ambiance


A lamp on top of a cocktail table in front of a green velvet booth and a wall of celebrity portraits

Table for Two

Walk into Deux Chats in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood and you’ll feel transported to an age-old French brasserie. This sense of place was precisely the goal of Jon Neidich, Chief Executive of Golden Age Hospitality, when it came to the property’s design, one of many in their growing portfolio. “When I start imagining a new space, I always create a picture in my mind of who is having dinner there,” says Neidich. “I ask myself, ‘What are they like? What are their affectations?’” Inside the Art Nouveau-inspired lounge, sumptuous green-upholstered banquettes mingle with intimate bistro tables and chairs, which lend themselves to the sweet Curtain Lamp by artist Analuisa Corrigan. A lovely white linen shade sits atop the handcrafted ceramic base in a matte sage glaze finished with brass hardware.

a glamorous cocktail bar with green accents

Belly Up

The subtle deco curvature of the metal Hudson Bar Stool by New York designer Anthony D’Argenzio (outdoor-friendly and available in two additional finishes, plus a counter height option), in collaboration with Industry West, mimics the undulating, green-topped bar. From this vantage point, imbibers are treated to a theater of tile featuring a bespoke scene of two cats (a nod to the bar’s name) against the Williamsburgh Savings Bank and the New York skyline in the interior’s signature green hue. This striking tableau exemplifies Neidich’s myriad inspirations—Parisian bistros, boutique hotels, diverse decorative styles and periods—combined in a look all his own.

the Acanthus Side Table from House of Hackney at a cocktail bar

Salon Setting

With numerous seating areas throughout, patrons can gather as formally or informally as the occasion calls. A grouping of sofas nestled atop vintage rugs calls for a standout table, like this blooming focal point from British design brand House of Hackney. The glass-topped Acanthus Side Table boasts a figurative floral base in resin and brass. The storied flower was once regarded as a sacred healing plant and remains a symbol of enduring life and fine art—a true modern heirloom in the making.

a deep green lacquer and copper accented bar cart by Chris and Amber Earl

Drinks Service

With its maple base finished in a deep green lacquer and copper accents, Chris and Amber Earl’s bar cart seamlessly complements the surrounding elements of playful tile and rich, velvet curtains. Each bar cart is built-to-order by hand in Los Angeles and shares Golden Age Hospitality’s ethos of creating for communal spirit. “There’s a shift away from formal and serious in hospitality right now,” says Neidich. “We’re prioritizing a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.”

a wall filled with portraits of actors above a dark green corner booth

Corner Booth

“I love sitting in cafes in Paris’ 6th where photographs of famous actors who have dined there line the walls,” says Neidich. “It tells so many stories.” The restaurateur’s hope is to replace the black-and-white portraits in his own establishment with those of modern-day artists and creatives who have had a memorable experience at his venue. Rachel Donath’s metal Arte mirror, leaning above the ledge of a coveted corner seat, reflects the dozens of frames that currently hang. Referencing the curves of a female form, and mid-century Italian designs of FontanaArte, the mirror also captures the bar’s vintage sconces sourced from Paris.

a sconce rests against a bar's tiled cityscape

Lively Libations

The Urn Sconce by New York City-based product designer Anna Karlin looks right at home against the bar’s tiled cityscape and floating shelves punctuated by golden hardware. The cast bronze, Grecian-like vessel supports a delicate striped hand-blown glass globe (a newer material for the artist) made at a nearby studio in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. The sconce is part of Karlin’s new Mulberry Collection, which explores Art Nouveau inspirations and motifs, making it a perfect piece for the whimsical world of Deux Chats.

Photos: Genevieve Garruppo