A bar cart is a beautiful way to add extra style and function to your kitchen or dining room. With the right mix of items, it can be a place for entertaining guests, serving cocktails, or just displaying your favorite liquor bottles. Whether you want the look of a classic European liquor cart or a festive holiday centerpiece, this guide has ideas that will help you create a perfect bar cart. Grab your martini shaker and let’s get started!
What is a Bar Cart?
A bar cart is a small table with shelves and storage for your liquor and mixers or a cart that stores and displays your beer and wine bottles. The most commonly used bar carts are made of wood, metal, or glass. They typically hold between 15-30 bottles of alcohol. Some people use the space to store glasses, as well as mixers like juice, cola, club soda, tonic water, and more.
The design of the cart can be as simple as a three-shelf metal cart (like these) or include baskets to display your liquor bottles. There is no wrong way to make your own! The key is finding something you love and filling it with all the essentials: liquor, glasses, and snacks.
How to Style Your Bar Cart
If you’re in a hurry, a simple bar cart can be a great way to add some charm to your kitchen. Assemble a few bottles of liquor and mixers, layout a few glasses and ice, and you’re ready to go! For an easy-to-style bar cart that is perfect for entertaining guests, consider the following tips:
– Add interesting spirits to give your bar cart character. Try something new or different from what you usually drink.
– Decorate the walls behind the bar with artwork or your favorite images that match the mood/style of the space.
– Add items like wine glasses, champagne flutes, martini glasses, coasters, stirrers, napkins and ice buckets
Items You Need for a Bar Cart
In order to create a bar cart, you’ll need some key items. You’ll want to have a surface for displaying your liquor bottles and glasses as well as all the necessary tools—such as cocktail shakers, martini glasses, and bar spoons.
Some bar carts come with these items included, but if yours doesn’t or you’re looking for a different kind of setup, here are some basics that will get you started:
*A cart or table- This can be anything from an old school library cart to a sturdy side table. Make sure the surface is clean and durable.
*An assortment of different glassware- You can never go wrong with having a few martini glasses available for those special occasions. Other options include champagne flutes, red wine glasses, white wine glasses, highball tumblers, pint glasses (beer), shot glasses (hard liquor), beer mugs (of course!), and more.
*Serving trays- These look nice on top of your bar cart for serving food or drinks.
*A variety of liquor bottles- Pick out whatever suits your taste! Get creative with unusual brands or try something new!
While most bar carts are filled with liquor, a cart doesn’t have to be just for drinks. You can use a cart as a decorative piece or place small items on it to create a centerpiece for your table.
For Thanksgiving, you can decorate it with a pumpkin or other fall decor. For the holidays, you could use twinkling lights and mini trees to create a festive display.
Choosing the right color scheme
Since a bar cart is often a centerpiece or focal point of a room, it’s important to choose the colors that will complement your existing decor. If you have a vintage-style kitchen, adding one with brightly colored bottles will be a unique and eye-catching accent. A neutral kitchen decorated in earthy tones would look great with dark glass bottles. Once you’ve chosen the colors for your glassware and other items, repeat those colors on the bar cart itself.
Display your favorite liquor bottles on the cart
One of the best things about a bar cart is that it has plenty of room to display your favorite liquor bottles. You can customize the arrangement to suit your tastes, but here are some popular ways to present your bottles:
Group them by type of drink (beer, wine, whiskey, gin)
Place them around a glass bowl filled with ice
Offset each row with distinctive glassware or accessory
Stack them neatly in rows on open shelves
As you style your bar cart for your home, I hope these tips help make the process easy and enjoyable!