My earliest childhood memories of my father involve him standing behind the wet bar, serving drinks. As a child it seemed like a fun mini-kitchen environment (sink, glasses, small fridge) that was activated for entertaining. Wet bars are not often feasible in smaller houses or apartments, as they require a sink and ideally, a refrigerator and ice-maker. Bar trays, however, are an excellent, and perhaps more welcoming solution for those in small quarters — they are out in the open and the bar contents take on a tableau of their own. What I love about home bars is the suggestion that a party is about to erupt at any moment. Even the smallest studio apartment can fit a pocket-sized bar. A studio apartment with a bookshelf, record player and a bar tray is, in my book, infinitely more complete than something bigger and less welcoming.