13 Stylish Bar Carts

Abigail Sawyer | 11 Jan 2014 | Trends

Not all awkward corners can be filled with houseplants. Designers are turning to vintage bar carts which bring functionality and style to small spaces in a snap. A well stocked cart gives endless flexibility during a party, and is perfect when you want to take gathering out on to the patio.

Sedgwick Bar Cart Via Society Social

Achieving this look is essentially effortless. Spray paint a salvaged cart gold, and stock it with fun bar ware, and add some colorful accessories. Seems easy enough, but scroll down for endless variations and inspiration.

What To Look For In A Bar Cart:

Silver bar cart

Sturdy wheels for a quick get away. Anything rickety might be a risk to your pretty glassware. A push handle is nice too.

Brass bar cart

Interesting Details. The brass detail and retro shape of this cart make it a stand-out piece. A lamp on top adds an intimate glow.

Not into Vintage? Lucite is a fun alternative for modern spaces.

industrial bar cart

Great storage. This industrial cart’s drawers and ample surface area will ensure that supplies stay stocked all night long. Built-in wine racks or glasses holders are nice to have as well.

bamboo bar cart

A Unique Look. Hearken back to the tiki bar craze with a kitschy bamboo cart. This would pair perfectly with woven bamboo blinds.

How to Style and Stock Your Cart:

How to style a bar cart

  • Use trays to separate bottles and glassware by type.
  • Add some coordinating color accents on top and bottom to create a flow.
  • Don’t get too crowded. If you have an extensive glassware collection, there’s no need to pile it all on the cart. Choose your favorites for everyday display, and restock as necessary during party time.
  • Check out this infographic to see if you’ve got the essential liquors and mixers.
  • When it comes to barware, we love these:  ice bucket //shaker // tool set // coasters

Other Ways to Style Bar Carts:

These design workhorses can do so much more than hold bottles and swizzle sticks. Here are a few other ways bar carts can come in handy.

Bar cart side table

All the storage space means a bar cart can double as the perfect bedside table.

Stock it with baking supplies that you can roll out when you need them.
bar cart side table
Stick a lamp on top, and your bar doubles as an end table.

Alternative Bar Carts:

Can’t track down a vintage gem or spring for a new version? Here are a few variations that are just as stylish and functional.


A tray-style bar station takes up less space, but is just as portable.
Industrial bar cart
Save some moolah by spray painting an old industrial cart.
Side table turned bar cart
Add casters to a spindly side table.

Are you a Bar Cart Lover?

Pin your favorite cart for later and let us know why you like it in the comments!

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw