The bar cart trend is back and shaking things up. There’s nothing more impressive than entertaining with a polished, styled bar cart perfectly placed in your living room. Old Fashioned, you say? No problem, you have all the ingredients to whip up a perfectly poured cocktail. Hostess with the mostess. Or, channel your inner Mad Men executive and pour yourself a glass of bourbon from a crystal decanter after a long day at work. SO chic.
There are tons of ways to incorporate a bar cart into your living space. But first, you need the cart! We’ve rounded up a few of our favs.
We love these finds from IKEA, Crate & Barrel, Matthew Izzo and CB2. But, don’t forget to browse local vintage shops and Craigslist for great finds as well. One of our DENY own found hers on Craigslist for a steal at $40! Don’t you just love the industrial cart feel to it? She left it as is and styled accessories on top of its rustic charm.
Now, that you have a cart selected, the fun begins! Add in your style and charm and make it your own. Support your local distilleries and buy local liquors at the store. They usually have the most charm to their packaging (style points!) and the liquor is top notch.
If you’re not a drinker, you could always put together a seasonal bar cart with a hot chocolate station in the winter or a coffee and tea selection all year round!
It’s helpful to have the essential barware like a cocktail shaker, tool set and ice bucket. Trays go a long way in helping to reduce clutter by organizing clusters of goods on one shelf. It’s important to vary the height of the elements on each shelf. Add in a vase with flowers or stack of cocktail recipe books horizontally to add more dimension. It’s also fun to add groups of the same element for interest. Put a group of Pellegrino bottles together or vintage-inspired soda bottles.
Check out vintage stores for decanters and glassware. They really add a unique touch!
Add some personality
Add in some quirkiness to make it match the rest of your home. Love mint green M&M’s? Put out a colorful bowl full of them and place them on the cart. Have a thing for colorful paper straws? Arrange them in a mason jar for a pop of color. Browse vintage and thrift stores for unique accents and jars to add a one-of-a-kind charm.
And remember to send us your photos of your newly styled grown up beverage cart.