When shopping for a bar countertop, think long and hard about the material and the ways it will be used. A backlit onyx surface looks beautiful, but likely won’t stand the wear and tear of a typical bartop. We suggest a more durable material, such as granite, quartzite, quartz or a hard limestone. And remember, guests will be leaning, moving, eating, drinking (and in some cases smoking) on and around this countertop. There will be spills, sprays and spots. Many ingredients in a well-stocked bar, like Angostura Bitters or pomegranate juice, will stain very quickly and easily if spilled. So you need to choose surfaces that not only look good when you first install them, but will still look good after years of use.