If you’re looking for a way to add extra table space to your home and want something that can act as both a dining space and a spot for displaying decorative pieces, let us introduce you to the beautiful world of bar tables. Varying in size, from fitting a few drinks and appetizer plates to enough room to seat four adults comfortably, bar tables are the seasoned entertainer’s secret weapon.
What to Consider Before Buying a Bar Table
After checking the price, the first question you’re likely to ask yourself when buying a piece of furniture is “will this fit in my space?” And while that’s undoubtedly still a factor when shopping for bar tables, size is less likely to be a dealbreaker. That’s because most bar tables are small enough to be placed against any wall, so they won’t take up too much floor space.
Bar tables are ideal not only because of their wide range of sizes and options, but because their height often makes rooms appear larger than they actually are thanks to the table’s long and narrow legs. Bar tables are higher than traditional dining or cafe tables, bringing the eye upward and making ceilings appear higher. They’re great for casual gatherings where people might want a table to chat around, but not necessarily sit at.
Bar tables come in a variety of styles, so you can find the one that best suits your interior design preference, whether that’s mid-century modern, classic or industrial.
How We Chose the Best Bar Tables
Some of our favorite bar tables are narrow, rectangular tables that are ideal for placing against the wall for use as a coffee corner or for drinks. These long, narrow tables can double as entryway or display tables. Or, if you’d rather have a table that’s easy to gather around, we’ve picked out some round pub-style tables that are great with bar stools or as a standing table.
Whether you’re looking for a table to display pieces of art or bar items, or you want extra table space for entertaining and dining, we love these multi-purpose bar tables.
1. Mr IRONSTONE Bar Table
This stylish option from Mr IRONSTONE features a narrow tabletop and a rectangular design, making it a good option for smaller spaces. It can be easily placed against any open wall or near the kitchen to serve as a makeshift island. It would also work great as a sofa table or an entryway table. It has matte black metal legs and a textured brown wooden tabletop, giving it a slightly industrial look. The horizontal supporting frame keeps the table from wobbling and serves as a great footrest.
Pros: Stylish rustic look. Available in several tabletop lengths to suit your space.
Cons: Tabletop isn’t real wood.
2. Winsome Obsidian Pub Table
Doubling as a bar table and side table, the Winsome Obsidian Pub Table has a modern aesthetic and is one of the easiest tables in its class to assemble. It’s designed with a veneer in black with black metal coasting on the base. Perfect for accommodating small plates and drinks for up to three adults or as a side table for decorative pieces, the table can be assembled in minutes.
Pros: Classic pub design, easy to assemble.
Cons: Because of the large base, the Winsome Obsidian Pub Table will be awkward to use with some chairs.
3. Flash Furniture 30” Round Wood Cocktail Table
If you’re looking for a good option for events, this affordable table from Flash Furniture is similar to what you might see in a convention hall. You can also easily dress it up for special occasions. It has a small 30″ top and 30″ legs. The best thing about this table is that a 42″ column is included, allowing you to switch out the leg to suit your desired height. Of course, it can also be used at home for those who like to entertain.
Pros: Comes with 30″ and 42″ legs, so you can change the height as needed. Affordable option for events or home.
Cons: Not as aesthetically pleasing as some other options.
4. Dorel Living 3-Piece Devyn Faux Marble Pub Dining Set
Featuring a beautiful black wood finish, the Dorel Living 3-Piece Devyn Faux Marble Pub Dining Set is perfect for small spaces, with the two included stools tucking neatly under the table when not in use. The faux marble tabletop and faux leather stools are easy to clean. Since the stools tuck into the table, it’s a space-saving option that is ideal for small homes or apartments. It’s also designed to be easy to install.
Pros: One of the only options on this list that comes with matching stools. Stylish and sophisticated faux marble.
Cons: Could be sturdier.
5. Topeakmart Adjustable Round Pub Table
This round table has a simple look with a shiny metal base and a round black top. The table has a few moving parts that make it a versatile option for entertaining. The tabletop itself swivels, and a hydraulic pump allows you to move the table up and down to your desired height. You can lower the height and use it as an end table or lift it and use it as a bistro-style table. The tabletop is a small 23.6″ in diameter, making it best for a single person.
Pros: Hydraulic lift makes it easy to adjust the height. Swivel top makes it a good option for serving. Good option for a smaller space.
Cons: Some may not like the rotating top because it cannot be locked in place.
6. Winsome Wood Parkland Dining Table
Using solid wood in an antique walnut finish, the Winsome Wood Parkland Dining Table is a multi-use table that is perfect for small spaces. The table comes with everything needed for assembly, and it can comfortably seat four adults. The table offers the modern appeal of a bar counter and the classic elegance of a traditional dining table.
Pros: Solid wood. Stylish design. Large enough for four adults.
Cons: Tabletop scratches somewhat easily.
7. Signature Design by Ashley – Challiman Dining Room Bar Table
Ashley Furniture makes plenty of great furniture, and their Signature Design line is affordable and stylish. This dining room bar table comes in dining, counter or bar heights, in ascending order by height. The price shown is for the counter-height table. The table has a rustic or industrial-inspired look, with angled black metal legs and a textured brown wooden top. The brand also stocks matching stools from a different Amazon listing.
Pros: Stylish industrial/rustic option. Available in dining, counter or bar heights. Designed to be easy to install.
Cons: Not everyone will like the look of the distressing on the tabletop.