Globe drink cabinets originated from Italy in the 16th Century – displaying old worldy maps of that time.
Fast forward to the year 2017 and you can still get your hands on a globe drink cabinets (we’ve listed a few below). Some include the old style world map, with ships and sea monsters drawn on; whilst others have a “modern flare” to them.
Following tradition, the Italian globe bar would have Latin inscriptions, showcase ivory and be made from cherry oak – a popular colour of the era.
To get your hands on an original 16th century Globe drinks bar would cost you barrels of cash, and most are rarely sold on. But you today, could own an affordable replica that mimics the original design to perfection.
What To Look for When Buying Your Globe Drinks Cabinet To Avoid Disappointment
Naturally we’ll address the material. Never buy plastic, yes you can get your hands on cheap plastic globe bars. But they lack the charm of the original wooden designs. That and they’re easy to break and snap.
The price of the cheapest globe bar is around £40, but we’d advice on spending closer to £100 for an entry level globe bar. And if you seek true quality £200 + is a must for you.
The older is not always the better. If you come across one in an antique shop, investigate the wood. And by that we mean look to see if it’s warped and if so is it still usable? You see, wood warps with age as it absorbs the moisture in the air. So whilst it may be a beautiful antique to look at, the functionality of your globe drinks cabinet may be hampered.
Have a size in mind and by that we mean “how many bottles do you want your globe bar cabinet to store?”.
With the above in mind, we’ll introduce you to some special globes that we believe you may enjoy and explain “why they made it on our list”
It’s marvellous isn’t it? From the cherry oak finish to the historically accurate map inscribed with cursive English and finished with classical Italian artwork.
Standing at 90cm tall with a diameter of 50cm; this globe will hold 3 large bottles and 8 small ones. With the below shelves granting the ability to hold a further 3 large bottle. The central space is often used to hold glasses or an ice bucket.
It’s made entirely from wood but not Oak and their is some assembly required.
It should also be noted that the maps on the globe aren’t painted on – in fact they’re made out of stickers. But at the price you’re paying for it, it’s what you’d expect to receive.
It doesn’t take away from the overall appearance and no one will know but you!
The overall structure is sturdy; however some users do report that it isn’t (they’re not using a screwdriver correctly). Ultimately it’s our favourite one out of the list because it’s affordable, it looks great and more importantly – it holds a lot of drinks that can be wheeled anywhere.
Made in Italy, this drinks globe cabinet offers a colourful way to store your drinks.
When purchasing the Da Vinci blue dust you’re granted with a certificate of authenticity so you can feel confident knowing that quality is assured with this product.
The map is based on the 18th century and features some mythical creatures from the bygone eras.
Standing at 90cm tall and providing a diameter of 40cm; this drinks cabinet will house up to 4 bottles and 9 glasses. With space to add a further 4 bottles to the base of the trolley.
The wood is solid and more firm than the earlier globe cabinet achieving a higher star rating of approval on Amazon also.
The globe’s images are still stickers sealed onto wood and again, no one will know unless they pry or you don’t look after it.
Although it’s more pricer than the first model, you can clearly see that more craftsmanship has went into this model.
Being high in demand and featuring the lightest colours out of our selection. This white globe takes on the traditional Ivory globe, owned by the wealthiest aristocrats of the 16th century.
The map features the oldest layout form the group and uses the traditional Latin inscriptions, to give this piece that extra feeling of authenticity. Mountains are visible, among large waves, ships and animals.
R=The inside trademarks the old Roman Gods, reminding us of a time where we believed the God’s lived in our very sky’s and natural disasters where a result of their unhappiness.
This piece also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the country of Italy; giving assurance that the highest quality of craftsmanship has been delivered in their product.
The globe itself is 92cm tall and has a diameter of 17″ – allowing for 6 bottles and 9 glasses to be stored away and again the base allows for a further 2-3 bottles (dependent on size).
This Globe would fit well with a shabby-chic style theme, naturally blending into a modern style decor.
Shaped like the mythical figure Atlas, this globe bar is a unique way to impress your guests. What better than a Greek Titan to hold up your drinks for you?
Little known fact, in ancient Greek Mythology, Atlas was sentenced to hold up Earth for eternity. Hence why the there are similar solid stone statues like this.
Right now, Atlas is sentenced to holding up to several bottles and glasses. The metrics of this globe are 41cm Diameter and 85cm tall.
The statue itself and the globe are completely made out of mdf, with globe wearing sticker drawings.
We like the unique concept of Atlas holding up the drinks globe, but we also missed the extra space you get with the earlier globes.
The map featured is from the 16th century with English writing. On the inside Doves are featured, flying towards the centre of the sun.
We’ve saved the most expensive till last and it’s easy to see what your extra money gets you.
There is detail everywhere on this globe drinks cabinet. From the patterns on the lower shelves wood. to the carved legs.
The Globe itself will hold 7 Bottles and 10 glasses. The shelf will hold upwards of 4 bottles, with the extra space having been made by including a fourth pillar.
The wood is by far of the highest quality out of the lot, feeling a lot more solid and polished. The Globe still has a map made out of stickers (you’d likely have to pay thousands to have an original based inscription).
The Map it’self includes Greek inscriptions and Greek gods, with a 17th century outlay of how the world was cartographed in this era.
The Diameter is 20″ with a height of 98 cm.