December 5th, 2013
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As holiday parties get into full swing, most hosts already know that their guests will end up in the kitchen. Yes, yes, the kitchen is where the action is, the star of the show.

But for many homeowners, it's not the kitchen that stirs their pride. It's the bar, said Jennifer Kopf, home editor for Southern Living magazine. After all, December 5 marks 80 years since the end of of Prohibition, and Americans have learned to enjoy that legal tipple at home.

When people move into a new home, especially in the South, she said, "The first question is, where are we going to put the bar?"

It's not just a liquor cabinet, but a symbol of hospitality. Many Southerners habitually ask their guests, "Can I get you something to drink?" Kopf said.

The image of a host mixing a quick drink for a guest might smack of last-century formality, but the way Americans entertain in their homes has experienced nothing short of a revolution. No longer is there an expectation of a separate wet bar or game room, or even a set of specific cocktail glasses.

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  1. ∞ Weeds ∞

    Now I know what to do with that old stereo cabinet.

    December 6, 2013 at 12:49 am |
    • ∞ Weeds ∞

      Judging by some of the photos, its not important what or how the bar is made. What is important is what and how the drinks are made.

      December 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm |

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