A few months back, I helped a good friend come up with a unique birthday present for her boyfriend, a vintage bar cart! Bar carts have become a big trend in recent years, thanks to the excessive boozing on period shows like Mad Men [I refer to it as the 'Don Draper Effect.' Though they're typically seen as more of a bachelor pad fixture, I don't consider bar carts to be masculine at all. I think it's all in how you style them, and what you decide to use your cart for. They don't even necessarily have to hold liquor and alcohol accessories. A drink cart filled with pretty glasses, juices, sodas, ice and other fixings can make for a perfectly lovely drink cart at any party.
After two days of SERIOUS bar cart hunting, we found this baby at one of my go to antique stores in the Decatur/Atlanta area, Kudzu. I believe the cart was $48, give or take a few dollars. It needed some cleaning, but I LOVED the worn in vintage charm of it!
This particular cart was going into a small space, so we chose the cart based on it's petite size and it's ability to store lots of goodies within the confines of its three shelves. As a basic rule of thumb, I love referring to this post on 'The Art of the Bar Cart'. But basically, it boils down to having:
- DRINK ACCESSORIES: shaker, strainer, bottle opener, corkscrew, ice bucket, etc.
- GLASSES: a mixture of types for different drinks [Tom Collins, High Ball, Martini, Wine]. Just curate this based on your needs
- LIQUOR: having the basics is always good, but again, fill it with things YOU like to drink!
- MIXERS: bitters, lemon twists, olives, and the like are always good to have on hand
- SNACKS: crackers, nuts, veggies, or at least a serving piece [we used a teal tray to counter all the red]
- DETAILS: a couple stylist touches brought this vignette together [vintage playing cards, an 8 ball, a mini Empire State building- my fave!, an old license plate, plus a couple bar towels tied the entire cart together]