Best Seat in the House: Bar Stools


It’s my experience that if there’s an open seat at the bar, you best to take it. At sushi joints you get a student’s view of your chef at work; at of-the-moment restaurants it let’s you squeeze in a meal sans reservation; and at any watering hole it’s the place to get the best service–and perhaps hear a good yarn or two from the bartender.

Saddling up to the bar is the laidback alternative to the dining table, but by no means is it for slouchers; perhaps due to the activity often going on before you–or because there’s rarely a back to your chair–this seat requires a certain amount of attention and dialogue. I like that. And I want to bring that same level of interaction into my own kitchen at home.

Wisteria has a great selection of affordable bar stools in stock at the moment, including the “Smart and Sleek” stool shown here. It’s available in tall and short sizes and is on sale now for $109-$129.

Another classic option from Wisteria are these draftsman stools. They adjust in height with ease (simply screw the top up or down) and are also on sale for $129.

Studio Dunn’s Kingstown bar stools glow, thanks to a hand applied oil finish that increases the wood’s durability. From $470.

And should your back require a break every now and again, pull up one of Room & Board’s Thatcher stools. They’re a modern take on Shaker style and start at $299.





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