A well-styled bar cart is a chic and timeless addition to any space. Even if you abstain from drinking alcohol, a bar cart is a cute way to exhibit your glassware and show off your sense of style with little details that display your personality and design savvy. They can also be a great option for open shelving storage and an opportunity for adding some practical decoration when space is limited! Whether you’re renting a small apartment, or decorating your first home, we’ve got the inside scoop on all the essentials for a home bar that’s totally trendy, and totally you! Read on for our recommendations for how to style a bar cart that’s perfect for your lifestyle.
Liquor: The most essential part (if you drink)! When it comes to stocking your bar cart with liquor, there is no need for a full arsenal of top shelf bottles, just pick up some larger bottles of the basics, what you know you like, and mix in some versatile crowd pleasers. It’s also fun to research new cocktails you want to try and mix in small quantities of fun and unusual finds! Not into alcohol? Skip on to the next step for other beverages you can display on your cart.
— Basics: Vodka, Gin, Tequila (gold or silver), Rum (light or dark), whiskey.
— Crowd Pleasers: Wine (red, white, rosé), an assortment of classic and craft beers.
— Fun and Unique: Vermouth (great for martinis and beyond!), Amaretto (an almond flavored liqueur), St. Germain (elderflower liqueur).
Mixers: It’s great to have a wide selection of mixers on hand for mixing up new cocktails, and they also make your bar cart look chic!
— Sparkling Water: Pellegrino, La Croix, etc.
— Juice: Cranberry, Lemons/Limes, Pineapple, Grapefruit.
— Bottled Mixers: Bloody Mary, Pina Colada, Margarita.
Barware/Glassware: Now that you’ve got the ingredients, it’s time to mix them up and serve! Once again, you don’t need every piece to stock a great bar cart, think about your go-to drinks and stock barware and glassware accordingly.
— Tools: Bottle Openers, Ice Bucket/Tongs, Cocktail Shaker.
— Embellishments: Coasters, Napkins, Straws.
— Glassware: Shot Glasses, Wine Glasses (Red and White), Margarita Glasses, Martini Glasses, Champagne Flutes, Highball Glasses.
Make it Your Own: Now you can really get creative! Add little knick knacks and pieces you like to add style and personality, such as plants, pom pom garlands, globes, cocktail books, candles, and more!
How would you style your perfect bar cart? Tell us your in the comments below and share your pics with us on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!