The Bar Cart is a sophisticated throwback that reeks of Hollywood’s heyday, old money, southern gentility, and incomparable class. Moreover, they’re utilitarian for keeping your liquor stashed conveniently away, allowing you to save space and show your timeless sense of style. They can be used to match the look of your home and help you follow the party wherever it goes, be it on your patio as you fire up the grill, onto your balcony to watch the sunset, or into the study as you sip the finest in Japanese whiskey. There’s nothing these trolleys can’t do.
The key to choosing a bar cart is both about finding your own personal panache – be that industrial, modern, Baroque, or your own blend – and getting one that has the correct dimensions. Wine drinkers will need a bar cart that has rack space, while hard liquor lovers will want additional shelves. If you’re more the kegerator man than the sipping whiskey type, you’ll also need something more sturdy. For every drinker and consummate entertainer, we found the 20 best bar carts for you, your booze, and your guests.
Ernest Chrome Bar Cart
Mirror Ball: A small, round offering from the retro minds at Mash Studios, the ernest chrome uses either mirrored or tempered glass shelves set into a steel frame with a high gloss powdercoat that makes it gleam with a kind of surgical grandeur that reflects the beauty around it.
Industrial Bar Cart
Art and Commerce: At home in any artist’s loft, this is a mix of form and function meant less to dazzle than to show the industrial side of any endeavor. High-grade metal, this has earned its scrapes and scratches and can be used in toil as much as imbibing in pleasure.
TRIBECCA HOME Myra Rustic Mobile Kitchen Bar
A Cask of Vino: No sommelier in the world would turn their nose up at this piece. Natural wood patinas are placed between black sand metal that is as rustic and charming as a glass of Petite Sirah. Dangle your glasses from it until they are ready to be pressed into service.
Assembly Home Tovah Bar Cart
Daily Drinker: Not intended to be kept aside, this is made by Urban Outfitters to be trundled about daily and used constantly. A simple rubberwood and metal frame allows this to be wiped clean after use with no special treatment needed while framed trays stop spills from wrecking your plush pile.
Mid-Century Bar Cart
Vintage Vestige: Able to happily rest on the set of Madmen, the Mid-Century is a eucalyptus and walnut trolley from West Elm that has the angular lines of a classic airplane drink cart from the days when gentlemen wore fedora hats and women wore pearls and skirts.
Desmond Industrial Cart
Tool Trolley: Resembling a cart that might be at home in the workshop of a prison, this is a distinctly masculine take on the traditional bar cart. Completely iron and hardwood, you can just as easily use the baskets for hammers and drills as cocktail mixers.
Alfresco Grey Bar Cart
Hurricane Proof: Many bar carts fail in the face of patio gatherings, but the polystyrene faux wood and black powdercoated aluminum frame of the Alfresco from Crate & Barrel can handle rain or shine without fading, cracking, or breaking down season after season.
Libations Bar Cart
Truly Traditional: A clear tempered glass top shelf and a mirrored bottom shelf are mounted into this slim brass-plated frame from Crate & Barrel. Spoked wheels and leather wrapped handles complete this ageless construct.
SAIC Tonic Bar Cart
Corner Office: Designed by Zach Pino of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), this is supposed to cut away clutter by fitting into the tightest corners. The clear, triangular acrylic lets the drink collection speak for itself without being overstated.
Bølling Tray Table
Flatliner: Devised in a single night by Dane Hans Bølling, this is meant to be the ultimate piece for tiny rooms. Made of oak or walnut it works center stage, as an end table, or folds away for storage in any nook.
Warehouse Trolley Bar Cart
Rolling Thunder: Rough hewn planks attached to a rugged iron frame mounted on rubber wheels make this a bold item from Restoration Hardware. Artisan craftsmanship ensures each one is a unique piece complete with nuances and imperfections.
Flip Cart by Kartell
Space Aged: Looking like a Martian ship from a 50’s pulp comic, the Flip trolley from Kartell and designer Antonio Citterio uses a metal frame along with polymethylmethacrylate to make a light, folding, clean, minimalist work of art for holding food and drink.
1930s French Trolley
Oeuvre d’art: Had you taken a first class cabin on a train from Paris in the 1930’s you might have seen something similar to this nickel-plated item from Restoration Hardware. Bottle racks on each side and an inset glass top for pouring put all bar tools easily at hand.
Styler Bar Cart
Casual Dining: Pure industrial iron, this pulls no punches with a distressed finish, visible rivets, and a shelved style set on hard-core casters. Styler is Jayson Home proving that bar carts need not be dainty as a tea cozy.
French Crank Lift
Rising Star: Taking industrial design to the next level, this cart includes an actual Z-lift mechanism that raises the glass-topped upper to several notched positions for better access underneath and a more acute “bar” feeling that makes mixing simpler.
Jocelyn Serving Cart
Aeonian Charm: Glass shelving and a whisper thin frame of either nickel or brass allows this cart to add grace to any room it enters. The handles are black leather with white stitching that is showpiece quality in a mundane piece of equipment.
Multi-Purpose: Designed by the hands of Niels Otto Møller this revives a classic trolley from 1952 and makes it a dashing end table, printer stand, office accessory, and a hand-polished walnut bar table that lends calm elegance to any atmosphere.
Mayfair Bar Cart
The Kit and Kaboodle: At some point a bar cart just becomes a full bar. With cigar leather accents and a body made of brushed steel over oak to appear like the trunks that would have been carried by those aboard the Titanic, the Mayfair is only for serious mixologists who need it all.
Ralph Lauren Cliff House
Modern Man: You can’t get much more sleek and ultra-modern than the Cliff House from Ralph Lauren. Polished stainless steel and tempered glass, this is the bar cart that belongs on Richard Branson’s first luxury starship.
The Sidecar by Moore & Giles
Dream Given Form: Inside is an aluminum frame cut by water jets that holds up the true Virginia black walnut all around. The design is the brainchild of Moore & Giles working with barman Jim Meehan to create a rolling masterpiece full of polished brass, leather accents, and gorgeous shelving that dazzles.