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How to Style Bar Carts

Do you have a Bar Cart? Do you want a Bar Cart? I am a ‘No’ and a ‘Yes…please’. In anticipation of acquiring one soon, I’ve been looking at how to style bar carts, so that I’m ready when I finally find one.

OK…so I may be a bit late to the bar cart ‘thing’, but then again, I was late to the whole Mad Men ‘thing’ so that about explains it. But, as the saying goes, ‘better late than never’.  

I love the idea of bar carts and the civilized, ‘sit down for a chat and a cocktail’ mood and era it evokes. And, as fate may have it, I have identified the perfect spot in my dining room for a lovely, well-stocked bar cart. 

In the perfect world, I’d find one at my local thrift store, put a little elbow grease into it and have a lovely bar cart in the end. I have definitely been on the hunt, but thus far have come up empty-handed. I’m not giving up on that hunt; but, since I’d love to have one for the upcoming holidays, I’ve expanded my search. 

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First off, let’s look at some beautifully styled bar carts I’ve happened across.  Here are some of the elements that make these bar carts so well adorned and functional:

  1. Flowers or greenery
  2. Drink glasses
  3. Alcohol Bottles and Liquor Decanters
  4. Bar Set/Tools
  5. Ice Bucket
  6. Cocktail Napkins
  7. Drink garnishes
  8. Serving Tray

My friend Sherry found her cart abandoned in her garage and made it beautiful, as she is wont to do. (I want a garage where I find abandoned bar carts! whiny voice)

Savvy Apron


When I was growing up my parents had a rattan bar cart similar to this one. Of course, when they passed it on to me I didn’t really appreciate it and used it as a potting bench for years until it disintegrated (can you see me kicking myself?!)

South Seas Bar Cart by Serena and Lily


Of course, Julie Blanner has beautifully styled her bar cart…and I just happen to love the whole bamboo, brass and glass feel of hers. My perfect bar cart would look very similar to this one.

Julie Blanner


This modernly-styled bar cart by Jonathan Adler still evokes an ‘art nouveau’ feel to me.

Jonathan Adler Cheval Bar Cart


The Ken Fulk Admiral Bar Cart by Pottery Barn speaks of leather chairs and paneled walls, doesn’t it?

Ken Fulk Admiral Bar Cart


And for something completely different, this bar cabinet from Pottery Barn fills the same need with a completely different vibe.

Georgia Bar Cart

So, I shall continue my hunt for a reasonably priced bar cart that I can fix up to suit my needs. But…time is ticking if I want it for my holiday entertaining.  I’ve been looking online in case I do need to go the ‘new’ route. Here are a couple I have found that are also fairly reasonably priced.


World Market Grand Cole Bar Cart


Joss and Main Ellie Serving Cart


Target Sinclair Bar Cart

As luck has it, the one I’m leaning towards (the Ellie at Joss and Main) is on sale and quite reasonably priced right now. I may have to give myself a deadline, in the near future, if I want to take advantage of this price. 

Great examples of how to style bar carts to make them both functional and lovely; perfect for casual, formal and holiday entertaining.

So, do you have a bar cart? Do you love it? Of the ones I showed above, which ones do you love?

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  1. Lynn, these carts are so pretty! Unfortunately, with our downsizing we don’t have a place to have one, anywhere. I’m glad we did downsize, but it has it’s cons.

    1. Hi Carol, that is one of the downsides of downsizing (see what I did there?!) And truthfully, since Terry and I plan to put our home on the market in the spring, I probably shouldn’t be conniving for a bar cart…but nevertheless…I am! I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can.
      Thanks for swinging by.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. With limited cabinet space and a growing interest in craft bourbons and whiskeys we’ve considered getting a bar cart; love the options you’ve included here!

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