Maybe it's because I'm an Austin copywriter by day that I put such high value on a good looking desk, but I'm in love with this style of mid-century desk.
I like to think that great creativity has come from behind these desks, and that having a bottle at arms reach helped celebrate a new client win (or unstick some serious writer's block). Plus, they're a wonderful mix of form and function, essentially being two pieces of furniture for the price of one.
There's something about a desk that looks best when it's not pushed up against a wall, one that's a centerpiece to the room, with shelves to hold your favorite novels or nick-nacks.
What I'm saying is, if you want to impress your writer friends and your mid-century modern furniture friends, any mid-century desk with a bar in it will do it. (Although I'm still holding out for the Kai Kristiansen Model 54.)