When it comes to happy hour at home, bar carts are key for putting your spirits on display. We love this Crate & Barrel bar cart ($599) for its brass finishes and Mad Men vibe. While the overall design is simple, the distressed finish and leather handles promise to serve up timeless style, even when you aren't drinking. However, this beauty will cost you. At just under $600, this cart is practically charging a cover for every cocktail you mix.
Imagine our delight when we found a similar piece for a fraction of the price. Target's brass-finished bar cart ($130) is sure to shake up your happy hour and is an absolute steal, helping you save $479! You'll get your money's worth, too, since it can hold both your booze and your barware. Cheers!
When it comes to entertaining at home, bar carts are key and just the way to showcase your style and personality. If you're drawn to industrial decor, metal furniture with distressed finishes help to create a sleek and simplistic look. This Jayson Home bar cart does just that. Minimal in design yet loaded with character, it can be used for more than happy hour. But it will cost you. At $1,195, this cart makes for one expensive cocktail.
CasaSugar Community member SpencerFran recently wrote into the CasaSugar Q&A group, saying, "I'm looking for a bar cart for my house, but don't want to spend a lot of money. I'm on the hunt for a vintage (or vintage-looking) one, and I'm not sure where to go? Any suggestions?" I've come to her aid!
Steel industrial modern bar cart — $2,185
Powdercoated white steel bar cart — $149
Brass and glass bar cart — $1,169
Midcentury-inspired mirror and silver leaf bar cart — $999
1960s rattan and leather bar cart — $490
20th-century factory steel cart — $195
Vintage rolling side table — $140
Midcentury-inspired walnut bar cart — $550
The best places to shop for affordable vintage bar carts are flea markets, antique fairs, or garage sales. Vintage furniture is prevalent at these spots, and you can purchase directly from the owner and not get charged for labor and production costs. Be sure to polish up on how to shop at flea markets before you go. Good online resources of vintage carts include Etsy, eBay, and 1st Dibs, as well as other auction houses, but items tend to sell quickly at these spots. Unfortunately, new "vintage-looking" bar carts often have a high price tag.
I've done some of the legwork for you and rounded up a few bar cart selections from around the web, including vintage designs, vintage-inspired pieces, and new productions. As you can see, they range from $140 to $2,185, and these are the more affordable ones I discovered. Another idea for you is to add castors to a standard side table that has a vintage look. Or, use a table without wheels if you're not intent on being able to roll it around. Hope this helps!
Have any decorating dilemmas of your own? Be sure to direct questions to the Assisted Living group!
On Tuesday night I was lucky enough to be among a select group of Nirvino users to attend a special tasting at San Francisco's Fifth Floor. The restaurant recently launched an old-fashioned tableside bar service in which the bartender, spirits extraordinaire and all-around amazing guy Steven Liles, prepares drinks at your table. The 1950s-style wooden cart is stocked with all the necessary tools to create beautiful and delicious cocktails.
While at our table, Liles stirred classic gin martinis and chatted about the history of the cart. He's a seasoned pro who can tell when the concoction is ready simply by touch, but for home bartenders, he recommends 20 stirs to the right and 20 stirs to the left. Since my preferred gin for a martini is Plymouth, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the Beefeater one — it was perfectly balanced. To get his recipe for the classic cocktail, read more