Originally Posted by Kirch3333
I'd consider using a thicker plywood for the bar front. 1/2" at the very least, 3/4" being ideal. If someone bumped into or accidentally kicked 1/4" ply it may bow and/or make a thud that will sound hollow or cheap. If you want this to last and be a quality piece of furniture I'd use a heavier grade plywood for quality.
I would second this. I would also look for some wood conditioner for the plywood. This helps to ensure that the stain will be absorbed evenly across the face, and not blotch up on you. Plywood is only as good as you want to spend. B/C that you'll find at the big box places can be pretty uneven at times.