Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Bar Cart

At-home happy hours will never be the same with a swanky new bar cart.

A full bar can add a touch of elegance to any home, but if you don’t have the space to install one, you can still host happy hour in. Just roll out the bar cart. It’s like a well-stocked bar on wheels for parties of one or more. There are plenty of them to choose from, but before you splurge on one, keep a few considerations in mind. First, you need to make sure there’s enough space on it to store everything you need. Once you’ve settled on a size, you should decide on a color, pattern and texture that will go with the decor of the room where you’ll usually be serving drinks. Finally, you can’t shake or stir without the right accessories, so be sure to stock up on those, too. Read on for our picks.

For Tighter Fits

The 360-degree swivel casters allow for easy movement, and the dimensions help save space while offering enough room for essentials. HOMECHO

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Can’t decide how much booze to stock on your bar cart? Start with a list of the basic necessities that you’ll need for a wide variety of drinks. The five standard spirits are vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and bourbon or whiskey. Once you have those essentials, you can add beer, win, and mixers. Club soda, seltzer, sparkling and tonic water, cola, orange juice, sweet vermouth, Campari, and Cointreau can be used to whip up pretty much anything.

Easy to Maneuver

This one can easily double as a coffee station, an end table, or a place to store kitchenware. FirsTime & Co.

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If you don’t want to have to run back and forth to and from the kitchen for glasses, look for a bar cart with enough space to store them. Big wine drinkers should also look for one with a wine rack. If you’re new to the mixology game, you’ll also want a place to put a few recipe books for quick, easy reference.

More Storage Space

The top shelf can be removed and used as a serving tray. Haotian

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A good drink might require more than just booze and mixers. If you’re aiming for five-star cocktails, you’ll also need space to store accessories like a citrus peeler, a hand juicer, an ice container, and tongs. Straws, napkins, and coasters are other practical necessities, and a plant adds a refreshing touch to an otherwise drab-looking cart.