The bar cart is no longer a 1960s throwback: it's a staple for any entertainer, and when done right, holds equal parts style and function. Check out these 10 bar cart essentials.

By Andrea Crowley
November 03, 2016

Whether top-shelf or not, a versatile liquor selection on your bar cart is essential to please every palate. Stock up on one bottle of each of the basics: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, whiskey, and scotch.

Premade Mixers

We can't all be like Mad Men's Don Draper. Swap straight vodka for a well-mixed cocktail splashed with simple syrups and even homemade bitters. Bonus points if you toss in edible flowers!

Copper Cups

There's no mule-ing this one over -- copper cups are a bar cart must. Pro tip: stick your mugs in the freezer for an hour before party time to ensure they stay as cool as a cucumber all evening long.

Gadgets and Gizmos

All the best bartenders have them. We're talking wine aerators, stoppers, muddlers, pourers, and whiskey stones. Oh, and be sure to stock an opener!


A good drink knows how to get jiggy with one. Stock up on an assortment of different-size measures for darn-near perfect drinks. Shot glasses work, too.

Sparkling Water

Pop the bubbly! And we're not talking champagne. Look to Seltzer water and club soda to make classics like gin and tonic, mojito, and Tom Collins.

Cocktail Guide

Mixologists or not, we all could use a little inspiration. Besides you never know when you'll be in the mood for a French 75 or an El Perro Salty Cocktail. (Yep, it's a thing.)

Ice Bucket

Lukewarm drink, anyone? We didn't think so. Be prepared with a cute ice bucket. Go plastic and insulated or stainless steel -- either way, your guests will never sip unhappily.


No proper cosmo was ever made without one. Look for a decent one on the cheap at your local home goods or discount store.

Odds and Ends

From a small bouquet of flowers to a bowlful of lemons, add a pop of personality to your bar cart. Think mini marquee signs, paper straws, or your most adored books.

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