5 Bar Carts That Will Basically Turn You Into a Mixologist

Updated 07/10/17

Raise your hand if you've already sacrificed the idea of a strict summer diet in the name of a shaken spicy margarita or frosé this season. Summer is the quintessential carefree season when barefoot beach walks meet backyard dinner parties. And even though we love sipping on fresh summer cocktails on a rooftop somewhere, there is also something to be said about entertaining at home—as long as it's easy.

So how do you ensure that you're always ready for an impromptu cocktail hour or kitchen dance party? It all starts with a well-stocked bar cart. If you have one update to make to your home this summer, this should be it—and it's a quick and easy one. To get you started, we rounded up our favorite bar decorating ideas for every style. Whether you're a diehard traditionalist or a streamlined minimalist, we have the bar cart for you. Get your home ready for summer entertaining this weekend—you'll be shaking Palomas in no time.

For the Minimalist

Bar Decorating Ideas — Minimal
Niki Brantmark/My Scandinavian Home

For a perfectly minimalistic look, do as Niki Brantmark of My Scandinavian Home does and pair a simple modern brass bar cart with a black-and-white frame and brass mobile. Finish off the look with a stylish Bluetooth speaker—because you can't have a party without music.

For the Modernist

Bar Decorating Ideas — Modern
Patrick Cline

In this modern Aspen home, interior designer Hillary Thomas paired a streamlined Crate and Barrel brass bar cart with striking abstract art. She stocked the bar with a variety of cocktail essentials, a silver ice bucket, and an assortment of crystal decanters.

For the Fashion-Forward

Bar Decorating Ideas — Elegant
Chris Patey for MyDomaine ; STYLING: Wayfair

In our co-founder Hillary Kerr's Los Angeles office, a mirrored black Serena & Lily bar cart is paired with a leather strap mirror, a brass pineapple, and an orchid. Who says you can't mix business with pleasure?

For the Traditionalist

Bar Decorating Ideas — Classic
Kristian Walker

When Alysa Cameron relocated from New York City to a quieter life in Schoolcraft, Michigan, she wanted her décor to reflect her 1867 Italianate-style home. In the living room, she painted the walls a stately green and paired a vintage bar trolley with a nude drawing and sculptural palms. It's the perfect spot to shake up a Manhattan.

For the Free Spirit

Bar Decorating Ideas — Eclectic
Nicole Cohen

Wardrobe stylist Sarah Copper scored quite a find with this Milo Baughman bar cart. Pairing it with a Damien Hirst painting, she uses the space to display anything from cocktail essentials to a collection of her favorite books.

Como Metalworks Abstract Black and Brass Metal Mobile $165
Grafo Map Malmö Map $49
Nordal Brass Trolley $564
Marshall Acton Wireless Speaker $250 $150
Modern Art Home Decor Original Large Abstract Painting $150
Bed Bath & Beyond Top Shelf Silver Stainless Steel Ice Bucket $60
Orrefors Hand-Blown Crystal Decanter $325
Libations Antique Brass Bar Cart
Crate and Barrel Libations Antique Brass Bar Cart $599
Gubi Adnet Circulaire Mirror $899
W&P Design Large Pineapple Tumbler $99
NDI Orchid $224
Parisian Bar Cart - White
Serena & Lily Parisian Bar Cart in White $500
Chairish Vintage Original Male Nude Drawing $195
NDI Set of 2 Palms $209
Benjamin Moore Cedar Green $37
Chairish 1950s Regency-Style Bar Trolley $895
Damien Hirst "For the Love of God" $15300
Stafford Candlestick
Serena & Lily Stafford Candlestick $68
Milo Baughman Expandable Brass and Glass Bar Cart $8500 $5200
Where Bartenders Drink
Phaidon Where Bartenders Drink $30

Next up: Move over, rosé—the spritz is the cocktail of summer 2017.

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