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The cactus is lit! How to create the perfect residents’ bar at home in time for cocktail o’clock

Make a feature of your drinks area by displaying glassware, bottles, artwork and cocktail recipe books

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Darren Kennedy enjoys cocktail hour at his home bar. Photograph: Instagram Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy enjoys cocktail hour at his home bar. Photograph: Instagram Darren Kennedy

'Andrea' oak and marble compact home bar, €2,010, sohohome.com

'Andrea' oak and marble compact home bar, €2,010, sohohome.com

'Fiesta' Glass Cocktail Shaker, €27, Oliver Bonas

'Fiesta' Glass Cocktail Shaker, €27, Oliver Bonas

Goldtone oval bar cart, €45, Penneys

Goldtone oval bar cart, €45, Penneys

'Nora' oak and marble tambour bar, €2,720, sohohome.com

'Nora' oak and marble tambour bar, €2,720, sohohome.com

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Darren Kennedy enjoys cocktail hour at his home bar. Photograph: Instagram Darren Kennedy

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be familiar with the phrase: ‘The cactus is lit!’ Some people learned a language during lockdown, others baked banana bread, but I mastered the art of the cocktail.

Every Friday evening at 6pm when I clocked off work for the week, I would switch on the fluorescent cactus light above my drinks area and make a cocktail on Instagram Live to celebrate the beginning of the weekend.


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