Update: The bar is almost done. I have to put the sides on, the trim on the top, and then apply the finishing. I'll post pics when it's done.
The bar is for drinking (not for serving). There is a top shelf with space reserved for the Irish coffin box upgrade. So, the coffin box has been designed to face out, but since it's detachable, I can always turn it around.
For the height, I discovered that the difference between table, counter and bar height is 6". So, for flexibility, the bar is 36" (counter height), but I put 6" risers on the bottom for my bar height stools. If I decide to get some counter height stools, I can just lower it.