The Original Chicago Bar Rail

Are you building a bar, installing and counter in your store, shelving in your home, or finally finishing that man cave? Then you need to know about  BR 475S Chicago Bar Rail!

BR 475-s Chicago Bar Rail made from Walnut

BR 475S Bar Rail is the original style of Chicago Bar Rail. This bar rail style originally appeared in taverns, corner bars, VFW’S, American Legions, firehouses, and pubs throughout the USA in the early 40’s & 50’s. This bar rail style includes a shirt/apron that gives it a much thicker curvy appearance. During that era of bar building the Chicago bar rails were usually made from mahogany and included lots of inside and outside radius corners in their designs giving home bars and commercial bars a finished, custom look.

Commercial bar made with our newest Chicago Bar rail design BR 475S featuring custom radius corners in red oak

The art of making bar rails and curved bar rails that are both appealing and comfortable to sit in front of while enjoying your favorite finger food and beverage has come a long way. Some designs are just cheaper to make in both straight and radius corners paying no attention to grain direction, comfort, or ergonomics. Others, such as our BR 475S, BR475, and BR550, are old-school, time-tested designs that have been in our bar building family for over 60 years with a few minor refinements. These designs are more difficult than others to make and require the use of thicker better quality materials such as our in stock BR 475 & BR 550 6” & 12” radius corners which are machined out of a solid block of 3” thick solid lumber! These are cut out on a 45 degree angle so that the grain wraps around the corner with no glue joints.

BR 475-S Radius Corners

Over the years the use of curved bar rails, original Chicago bar rails, and quality time tested designs disappeared to make way for cheaper, value engineered products except at Hardwoods Incorporated. Here you can still get the original Chicago bar rail in 4 different designs along with matching radius corners. Our bar rail straights and radius corners are in stock in oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, poplar, and maple and available for prompt delivery or pick up Maryland facility. These same bar rails are also available in custom runs milled in exotic and figured wood species such as wenge, leopardwood, purple heart, zebrawood Sapele, Bubinga, Curly Maple, and more. Call 301-665-9505 today for a custom quote!

Diagram of Bar with Drip Edge

We also stock other bar rail, parts and trim such as the mixing tray on the bar tenders side of the bar used to prepare drinks for customers prior to serving this is known as the glass rail (Picture) along with the drip edge (picture) which is the trim piece that attaches to the end of the glass rail to prevent liquids from dripping off the edge of the bar.

Bar Front Fluted Columns from Hardwoods Incorporated

You can trust our bar building experts who have over 40 years’ experience in building bars, bar tops, bar rails, and custom bar fronts for sound advice and customer service. Watch our detailed video on how to build a bar and then visit the Hardwoods Incorporated bar rail parts & trim store for your entire bar building needs. Now shipping NATIONWIDE!



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I just wanted to say thank you for the quick turn-around, and let you know your product is exceptional in quality and finish. I would highly recommend you bar supplies to anyone out there interested In building a bar!

Jose M. –  Kissimmee, Florida

BR475 Poplar Bar Rail & Radius Corner.


My wife and I are renovating an 1870’s masonry building with the goal of turning it into a bar and a restaurant. Besides the challenge of the project itself, we’re doing most of the work ourselves and are not professionals. My first real experience with carpentry has just been in the last 18 months working on this project. Before doing this bar top, all I had worked with was pine – wood that I could ‘putty and paint’.  When I contacted Paul and Hardwoods Incorporated, it wasn’t really possible for me to hide that I didn’t know much about finished wood, or even carpentry.  Paul quickly, professionally and gracefully guided me thru the design and material selection. I placed the order and it arrived on time, and well packaged so that nothing could get damaged.  I downloaded the relevant install instructions from their website, and watched their videos. I couldn’t be more pleased with the service, quality, and value I received. As I told Paul on the phone after I finished the install, my compliments to him and his company would be better appreciated if he knew how picky I am.   I give these guys my highest recommendation and have let them know they are free to share my contact information with potential customers looking for a reference.


Mark Rauschert

Bushnell, Illinois


I give these guys my highest recommendation.