What's on My Bar Cart?

In addition to being a convenient place to serve drinks from when you have company, a bar cart is also a great decorative piece that adds style and a little flair to your space. Similar to other pieces of furniture, I think there’s a bar cart that fits every style, budget, and space. If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend a basic search on Pinterest so you can get an idea of the different styles and price points. Whether you like vintage/traditional decor or are more of a modern maven, or if you want to spend less than 50 bucks (yes, it’s possible). Maybe you have an unlimited budget or have lots of space or a tiny NYC closet apartment. Whatever your style, whatever your budget, there’s a bar cart out there for you.


When I first began searching for mine, I scrolled and scrolled through Pinterest to see what was out there. I noticed a few distinct categories of bar carts: 1. Simple ones for people who really wanted to put the effort into styling and 2. More ornate, embellished carts that were fancy long before a bottle graced their shelves.


If DIY really excites you and you’re down to get your hands dirty with crafting, I recommend going with a basic/blank canvas style that you can customize to your liking, like the infamous Ikea Raskog cart. If your DIY skills are next level and you want to take it up a notch, you could even repurpose an old dresser/or other piece of furniture and design your own.


Once you decide on the perfect cart, the real fun begins! Styling time! Keep scrolling to see how I styled mine.


I received my bar cart as a gift a few years ago. It was love at first sight! I love that it’s huge and has two shelves, which allows me to store/display quite a bit. It also has a place for me to hang my glasses underneath the top shelf so that they’re out of the way and don’t get accidentally knocked over. Although it’s dark in color, I find that I’m able to brighten it up with colorful decor.


Top Shelf

The top shelf is definitely more of a decorative area for me. I keep some fancier bottles, some bar tools, two Veuve Clicquot cups that scored for free at an event, and some recipe books. I have a lot up there but when I was deciding on placement of the different items, I really tried my best to avoid clutter.

Bottom Shelf

The bottom shelf is where I keep the alcohol. Not all of it, just a few bottles-especially the pretty ones. I try to have one kind of each type of spirit and I store the rest elsewhere to… you guessed it...avoid clutter.

Here’s a list of all the items pictured (minus the alcohol):


Top Shelf:

  • Perrier bottles

  • Kate spade acrylic straws

  • CB2 glass beaker pitcher

  • CB2 cocktail stirrer

  • Cocktail napkins from Home Goods (similar here)

  • West elm hobnail jar (similar here)

  • Bar tools (strainer, muddler, jigger)

  • CB2 cocktail shaker

  • West elm coasters

  • Mixology Dice

  • Cocktail art print

  • Urban outfitters string lights (similar here)


Hanging Glasses:

  • Crate and barrel Edge champagne flutes

  • Sur la table wine glasses (similar here)


Of course you’re free to style yours whatever way your heart desires and place your favorite items on your cart. If you’re not sure what to include, here are a few other items to consider:


  • Cocktail recipe book with a decorative cover

  • Decanter

  • Ice bucket

  • decorative/abstract object

  • Seasonal decor

  • Fruit (real or fake)


Happy styling!


Do you have a bar cart in your home? What are some bar cart styling essentials?