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Tuesday 26 July 2011

The Dampier Bar Globe

A secret cabinet is one of my favourite things. A secret cabinet for booze, even more so.

I’ve lusted after a bar globe of my own since I first saw them, but they’re frequently enormous and, even more so, expensive. Unless you are quite exceedingly rich, you’ll likely only see replicas of the 17th century originals, which stemmed from gentlemen having a nice chat about the world with an enormous drink to keep them going. I would have paid infinitely more attention in geography if this had been the case in school.

Despite months of scouring eBay and Gumtree, I’ve yet to find a full-size one that isn't at an eyewatering cost (or which looks cheap, until whopping great shipping and tax costs are added on at checkout!) So I adore this little bijou version from the Italian company Zoffoli: not too big, but utterly gorgeous, and legless. Arf!

At 20” in diameter, it’s perfect for a flat, rather than a house. You can store two bottles, and about nine glasses inside, letting you keep your prettier spirits on display. I’d probably keep my Gordon’s in here, and leave the decanters and complicated vodkas out.

It’s £112.95 from Just Globes and you get free p&p along with your globe, all bedecked with 17th century markings, sea monsters and lovely things.

Here be monsters…monsters of booze.


  1. My dream plan is to convert a spare room (in er, a future house, my flat is too small) into a library & have a full-sized globe bar! They are amazing.

  2. I love this mini globe bar! I have also been scouring eBay for a while for a full-size globe but agree they are bloody expensive.

  3. I have a thing about globes and maps anyway, but with booze in? What's not to love?

    This would go brilliantly in my amazing imaginary library with the secret passage in it.

  4. My grandparents have one of these that I've loved since childhood, apparently it will be left to me. I'd rather not to have to lose my grandparents to get one though :/

  5. @Tamsin How lovely! My grandma is leaving me some absolutely ravishing champagne coupes but, as you say, I'm not in any particular hurry to get them.

    A full-size bar globe is the dream, but for the time being, this little baby should do us and our tiny-ass apartments proud!

  6. Wow, that's amazing! I have been confusing my boyfriend by saying Bar Globe whilst reading this article... this can go on my wish list for when I convert my spare room/ living room/ house into a library. :)


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