It feels like bar carts are making their design debut as we speak. They’re popping up in living and dining rooms everywhere with ambitions of entertaining. Yet the bar cart trend runs deep. And this category of hosting furniture is really just on another upswing after decades of partying.
Originally popularized in the Victorian era, bar carts entered the drinking scene after serving as faithful tea trolleys. Then came Prohibition…And then came the end of Prohibition (yay!). By the 1950s, hosting was an art, and every host worth his salt had a bar cart.
But somewhere along the line, people lost their manners and started making their guests serve themselves from kitchen counters and refrigerator shelves. Luckily for everyone involved, bar carts are making a comeback!
So to keep you drinking in style, we’ve curated a list of our five favorite bar carts for your summer hosting.
Art Deco Glamour
Foxed Mirror Bar Cart: $399 from West Elm
Taking its style cues from the Art Deco movement, this gleaming Foxed Mirror cart has a gently rounded metal frame with polished nickel finish. We’re smitten with its style and love that it’s equal parts elegant and handy.
Oaha Rolling Bar Cart: $899 from One Kings Lane
Is your space decked out with graphic prints, clean lines and a cool modern feel? Consider stashing your bar on an artful, clear acrylic cart. Perfect for rolling out onto a patio!
Double Duty Bedroom Bar
Larisa Bar Cart: $315 from One Kings Lane
Yeah, all bar carts are great at holding their liquor. But have you considered what else they can do? If you feel like experimenting, consider using the Larisa Bar Cart as a bedside table or plant stand in your sunroom. When it’s time to party, the cart will be ready!
Function Meet Fun
RÅSKOG Kitchen Cart: $29.99 from Ikea
You’ve seen this cart before… But where? Let’s see: Kitchens, bathrooms, offices, kids’ rooms – you name the room, this cart has served a purpose in it! This particular usage, however, is perhaps our favorite of all. It’s stylish, the shelves are adjustable and best of all, it’s less than fifty bucks.
Warehouse Trolley Bar Cart: $795 from Restoration Hardware
Inspired by a vintage factory trolley, the Warehouse Trolley Bar Cart owes its allure to the industrial balance of form and function. A handcrafted iron frame supports two burly wood shelves with gallery rails to keep items in place. The integrated handle should be all you need to keep the party rolling.
As the weather warms and the daylight hours stretch, there’s nothing better than a refreshing beverage to coax out that feeling of summertime relaxation. Except maybe for an impeccably stylish home to enjoy your drink in. So if you’re seeking a home design that’s stylish enough to match your bar cart game, connect with a Havenly designer to make your design dreams come true!