Tending bar is easy when you have everything you need conveniently organized on a bar cart. Find the essentials and the just-for-fun additions we think every party needs. Whether you're springing for a bar cart or setting up a bar-height table on wheels, set up a convenient, fun way to serve your guests drinks.Shop Now
A bar cart is a multi-tiered pub on wheels. It should be large enough to hold your basic booze, mixers, serveware and tools for cocktails. Typically they come in rectangular, square and round options. They’re great for small spaces because it can easily be tucked away in a corner when not in use. It’s also great for mobility, which allows you to stage the party to your liking.
How you display your spirits and liquors is important, plus it helps create a more uniform look. Pour everything into crystal-cut decanters and stylish vessels can instantly up the look of your cocktail party. Bar carts vary in size, but typically they have limited real estate, so swap in small to medium decanters to save space.
Get must-have accessories to prep and serve your favorite reds, whites and bubblies. Wine openers—think corkscrews to electronic options—bottle stoppers and aerators are just some of the tools you might consider when you're becoming your own personal sommelier.
Set out an ice bucket surrounded by a few different types of glasses—guests love options. Be sure to grab a few extra tongs for the ice in case the one that comes with the bucket goes missing. Consider stocking up on champagne flutes, double old-fashioned glasses and other favorites. Grab a few novelty ice trays to create ice in different shapes and sizes.
Stock your bar with six basic liquors and a variety of mixers. This should give you plenty of material to create tasty cocktails for your guests—and even come up with new ideas that are all your own! Be sure to have the right glasses on hand from wine and party flutes to double old fashioned to highball glasses.
The best bet for a well-mixed drink? Cocktail shakers, of course! Take things up a notch and incorporate snifters, cocktail strainers and jiggers into the mix. Go for barware sets that have everything you need. You’ll feel like a real bartender in no time!
Make a stylish mark at your dinner party with monogrammed barware and glasses. From tumblers to champagne flutes, put a personalized stamp on your glassware and stemware for a unique finish.
Add a personal touch to the bar cart using pieces to match your decor style. A tray is a great layering piece. Art, sophisticated or playful, is a nice choice. Florals or greenery will freshen things up—you’ll get bonus points for bringing in plants you can use in cocktails like mint. Ornate coasters are another opportunity to inject some personality onto your bar cart.