The 10 Best Bar Carts of 2020

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Whether happy hour is a regular occurrence in your home or you only break out the cocktail shaker for special occasions, adding a bar cart to your set up helps organize all of your cocktail, wine, and beer must-haves in one place. Bar carts come in all styles, finishes, and price points, so you'll be able to find one that blends seamlessly with your decor or one that makes a decorative statement.

No matter your budget or style, here, the best bar carts for all your drinking needs.

Thayer Bar Cart

Thayer Bar Cart

 Courtesy of Wayfair

The mid-century craze is far from over (dare we say it’s here to stay?) and since bar carts came into fashion in the 1950s, the two go hand in hand. While drinking during working hours is no longer encouraged, a la Mad Men, the bar cart has stuck around—and thank goodness, as there’s little we love more than a beautifully styled and stocked bar cart.

This one will fit all of your favorite liquors, your prettiest glasses, and pretty much anything else you could want on your bar cart, seeing as it has six spacious surfaces to store all of your cocktail accessories. A subtle but not-too-shiny gold frame and mirrored shelves exude sophistication without going too glam. Go ahead and buy this—Betty Draper would approve.

South Seas Side Bar Cart

South Seas Side Bar Car

 Courtesy of Serena and Lily

Some pieces of furniture just embody a specific place, and this bar cart transports your cocktail hour to a white washed beach cottage in Nantucket, most likely outfitted with much rattan porch furniture, and a few adorable beach cruisers parked in the drive. Whether or not that's the reality (dare to dream), you can feel like you’re living your best preppy, New England seaside life by bringing this adorable woven rattan bar cart into your own home. 

Just the right size for a bottle of wine and a couple of bottles of spirits on the bottom tier, you can style out the top tier with a bud vase and a collection of your favorite rocks glasses. Once summer rolls around, turn it into a little lemonade station—you may actually feel like you’re in Nantucket.

Safavieh Capri Bar Cart

Safavieh Capri Bar Cart

 Courtesy of Amazon

If you’re all about gold, gold, gold, we have found your match. This cart isn’t for anyone that’s shy in the decorating department—it’s super shiny and begging to be decked out with equally glam cocktail accessories.

And what goes atop such a bar cart? We’re glad you asked. This gold and mirrored cart is just asking to be styled out with some white peonies and gold-rimmed DOF glasses. Custom foil-stamped cocktail napkins and a rotating selection of brightly colored candy could also be in the mix, as well as wine tags, cocktail picks, and a stack of little bowls to be used for drink accouterments and snacks. 

Peekaboo Bar Cart

Peekaboo Bar Cart

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Since this bar cart is made out of clear acrylic, it feels like it takes up almost no space (making it the perfect solution for smaller or cluttered homes). With three surfaces for storing all of your favorite bar essentials, this option has all the perks of its wood and metal brethren, but without the aesthetic heaviness. Since it is quite minimal in form, with no lips on any of the shelves, just make sure you are extra careful when you’re rolling it from one part of your home to another—or better yet, take anything fragile off the cart. 

This pick could easily serve double duty as a bedside or side table in your bedroom or living room, as well. For your bedroom, just stack some books and magazines on the lower shelves and a lamp, candle and bud vase on top and voilà! A bedside table that makes your bedroom feel airy and light.

Slim Bar Cart

bar cart

 Courtesy of Room and Board

A brightly colored bar cart isn’t for everyone—but if you’re in the market for a pop of color, this is a great option. With 15 color options, there’s sure to be a hue you’ll love and will fit into your existing color palette. 

Since a cart in a bright hue will make a statement on its own, you don’t really need any extra bells and whistles—which is why this cart is all clean lines and a super simple design. Push it up against a wall and stock your bar with all your favorite spirits and bar accessories—we imagine adding brightly colored bottles (like Campari, for example) will help outfit this mood-boosting bar cart with even more layers of color. 

Frye 2-Tier Bar Cart

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If you're looking for a standard bar car that calls back to glamorous post-work martinis of the 1960s, look no further than this pick from Crate and Barrel. This brass, two-tiered cart has leather and gold accents that would look right at home in any mid-century kitchen or living room.

Measuring 18.5 x 28.5 x 35.5 inches, this cart has plenty of room for cocktail shakers, glassware, liquor bottles, an ice bucket, and even a few recipe books for whipping up a new drink. Each tier has a metal bumper to keep all of your accessories and bottles in place, even if you decide to take advantage of the wheels and roll this pick around.

Anthropologie Woven Bistro Indoor/Outdoor Cart

rattan bar cart

 Courtesy of Anthropologie

If you like to take your cocktail al fresco when the weather is nice, consider a handy indoor/outdoor bar cart to keep your refills within reach. This blue and white pick from Anthropologie looks summery and nautical out on your porch or patio, but would be equally chic in a sunny breakfast nook.

Though this two-tiered bar cart does not have lips or bumpers to keep your items in place, it does have six bottle holders that you can use to keep your spirits or wine secure when you wheel it inside or out. Just make sure to keep this cart inside or covered when it's not in use, since rain, snow, or other inclement weather can damage the material.

Open Weave Peacock Rattan Storage Cabinet

cabinet

 Courtesy of World Market

 

Prefer to keep your spirits and bartending tools stylishly out of sight, rather than on full display? Then this rattan cabinet is the perfect pick for your home. With two simple shelves and a gorgeous peacock design on the front, this cabinet can house everything you need for the perfect cocktail hour. It is on the smaller side, measuring only 27.17 x 15.35 x 28.74 inches, so it will look best stacked on a credenza or sideboard rather than standing alone.

This cabinet stays closed with the help of a magnet at the top of either door, but doesn't have locks or handles, so it isn't for homes where liquor needs to be securely put away. It is, however, the perfect choice for anyone looking for a unique twist on a bar cart.

Larisa Bar Cart

round cart

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Looking for any easy way to squeeze a bar cart into an otherwise tight space? The Larisa bar cart may be the perfect pick for you. Barely 2 feet wide (even with the handles!) this compact choice has room for a few liquor bottles and a handful of rocks glasses, plus a shaker and an ice bucket.

Not only will this cart tuck easily into a corner of your living room or dining room without any trouble, it might even make the space a little more spacious. The tiers are mirrored, which will reflect light to keep your space feeling open and bright.

Everly Quinn Hunstant Bar Cart

lucite bar cart

 Courtesy of Wayfair 

A lucite frame, a mirrored bottom tier, gold accents... everything about this bar cart screams "modern home." This gorgeous pick will look right at home in a big, airy room—and at 32 x 31.5 x 15.5 inches, you'll need quite a bit of space to display it, as well. If you have enough room for it, it's well worth it this stylish storage piece.

While the top tier of the bar cart is clear glass, you can use the mirrored bottom tier to really make a design statement. Displaying flowers or a colorful art piece on the reflective surface will add some flair without weighing down the cart with too many decorative elements.

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