7 Essentials You Need for Building the Perfect Bar Cart

Instead of taking up cabinet space to store your bar tools and specialty glassware, we've rounded up everything you need to build the perfect bar cart. From wine glass sets to a cocktail shaker, you'll be ready to host the big New Year's Eve party and any other celebration throughout the year.

Gold bar cart with two shelves and a rack to hold wine glasses photo

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Belham Living Braxton Bar Cart

Ideal for keeping barware in a centralized location (or displaying plants and decor when you're not entertaining), this classic gold bar cart is a charming addition to your space. Fill the bottom shelf with bottles of wine, spirits, and other heavy items, and use the top as a station where your guests can make their own drinks with bar tools, glasses, a cutting board, and garnishes. It even features a 12-glass wine rack underneath to utilize more storage space.

Price: $180 (usually $230)

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Gold bar tool set including a strainer, jigger, bottle opener, bar knife, and tongs photo

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Bar Tools

Specialty cocktails require the right tools. This stunning gold bar tool set complements the gold finish of the bar cart above and comes with everything you need—including a marble and gold stand for storing. With the two-sided jigger, strainer, bottle opener, bar knife, and tongs you'll be making refreshing beverages in no time.

Price: $80

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Black stainless steel cocktail shaker with recipes around it photo

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Oggi Dial A Drink Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

When you add this Oggi stainless steel cocktail shaker to your bar cart, not only will you have a handy tool, you'll also get a built-in recipe guide. Classic cocktails are listed toward the top of the shaker, and all you have to do is twist the base to your desired drink. Whether you're making a cosmopolitan or an old-fashioned, you'll see all the ingredients you need (and how much) to make a delicious mixed drink every time.

Price: $30

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Chelsea Barware Ice Bucket

Following the gold color scheme, this stainless steel ice bucket is a must for any bar cart. Instead of going back and forth to the freezer, fill this bucket with ice so guests can help themselves. This ice bucket is part of a collection, so check out the wine cooler and tray for a cohesive set.

Price: $48 (usually $69)

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Glassware set including six tall tumblers and six short rocks glasses photo

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Set of 12 Bar Glasses

This is one of the best deals we've seen; you can get a 12-piece glassware set for only $10 at Target. It comes with six tall tumblers for mixed drinks, and six short glasses for whiskey cocktails or neat spirits. The simple, clear glass blends in with practically any barware, and it can even be added to your everyday dinnerware set.

Price: $10

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Four different sizes of wine glasses for each kind of wine photo

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Long Stem Oversized Glassware Collection

Make sure you have the correct glasses for wine night and stock your bar cart with the long stem oversized glassware collection. Did you ever wonder why different wines require a special type of glass? The Bordeaux and Burgundy wine glasses are best used for red wine because the large bowls allow the varietals to breathe, while the narrower white wine glass traps the aromas. Of course, champagne flutes are a must for mimosas at brunch or toasting on special occasions.

Price: $24 for each set

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Square marble coaster set with a gold edge photo

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White Marble Round Coaster

To protect your furniture, place these white marble coasters on your end tables and coffee table. They feature a modern look with real marble and shiny gold accents, and have nonslip backing so they don't scratch surfaces.

Price: $20 for four

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