New Orleans is known for its entertainment options and drinking culture—and those traditions continue behind closed doors. In homes ranging from boathouses to St. Charles Avenue grand dames, you’ll find wet bars of every size and style. Here are a few of the best home wet bars on the market right now.
634 Esplanade Avenue
The “wet bar” descriptor doesn’t really do this room (pictured above) justice. It’s basically a private bar tucked in a Second Empire mansion—add some live music and you could probably get away with charging a cover. Crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, crown molding, and floor-to-ceiling windows add an upscale ambience, and the open shelving is a fantastic way to show off stylish glassware. The asking price is $2,195,000.
1322 State Street
Smaller and more efficient but no less elegant, the wet bar in this Uptown home sits just off the den. It’s built for convenience—thanks to the petite sink and wine cooler, there’s no need to ferry glasses and mixers back and forth from the kitchen to the formal living area. And speaking of that formal living area, don’t you think a wet bar makes a circa-1892 Victorian feel a lot less stuffy? The asking price is $1,790,000.
1121 Washington Avenue
This home bar appears to lack a sink, but its position facing the kitchen means the counter space can be used to store liquor and glassware. It’s near a sunroom that opens to a pool and patio, allowing seamless entertaining. This Garden District manse asks $1,495,000.
137 N. Roadway Street
Now for something a little more rustic! This two-bedroom boathouse on Lake Pontchartrain has plenty of space for outdoor entertaining: three decks, a boatslip, and this outdoor bar. Its woodwork echos that of the home’s interior. A shady corrugated awning and ceiling fan keep the party going even during the hottest months. It’s hard to imagine a better spot for a crawfish boil. The asking price is $500,000.
1025 Milan Street
Wet bars may have gained prominence in the 1970s, but their features have evolved over time. Installed in a circa-1918 camelback, this wet bar boasts all the latest trends: under-counter appliances, racking, marble counters, and open shelving among them. It’s asking $1,650,000.