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Any good bottle collection, whether in your kitchen or at the office (or anywhere else you might indulge in the occasional nip), needs a designated place to call home. A great bar cart offers a solution to your bottle storing woes––not only does it offer storage space, but it creates a sense of display, all while adding an element of design.
An evolution of the Victorian-era tea trolley, bar carts come in plenty of different sizes and style options. Choosing the right one is a challenge, but it all comes down to personal taste and functional needs. If mid-century modern is your vibe, look for metal finishes, a defined pushcart handle, and rounded angles. For a contemporary look, opt for something more angular in a neutral or industrial color palette. With many style variations, there are endless bar cart options to accentuate or completely change the design scheme of your space. Here are some of our favorites on the market for every aesthetic.
Best for Small Spaces: 17 Stories Behrens Bar Cart
Small spaces require a bit of ingenuity. That’s where a foldable bar cart comes in––the industrial-chic Behrens cart by 17 Stories proves that functionality and design don't have to be mutually exclusive. With its metal frame and two, slightly distressed dark wood shelves, this bar cart arrives fully assembled and features locking wheels as well as a 30-day warranty. When unfolded, the Behrens cart measures 16 inches deep, 31.5 inches wide, and 31.5 inches high.
Best Splurge: Sika Design Originals Carlo Rattan Mini Bar Cart
There’s something special about this handmade rattan bar cart by Sika Design––perhaps it’s that the natural material comes from the forests of Indonesia (which regenerates every five to seven years), or that the design itself is an homage to the artisan’s grandfather. The Carlo bar cart ships fully assembled, measuring 35.1 inches deep and 32.3 inches tall with two, 17.7-inch-wide shelves and wheels for easy transport. Use this cart for indoor or outdoor entertaining, or just for display.
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Most Functional: Walker Edison Furniture Company Industrial Bar Cabinet
Walker Edison Furniture Company’s hybrid bar cart and cabinet is both spacious and stylish. Mesh metal doors, two interior wood shelves, and a glassware rack allow for safekeeping of bottles, wine glasses, and other items while still keeping everything on display. The wood laminate display top is also durable and can hold additional bottles, bar supplies, or decorative items, depending on your needs and design objectives. This bar cart measures 17 inches wide, 33 inches deep, and 38 inches high, and its locking casters can be removed if needed.
Best Minimalist: Nathan James Carter Rolling Bar and Serving Cart
Keep things simple with this sleek, minimalist Nathan James cart in matte black. Measuring 24 inches deep, 17 inches wide, 35 inches high and with two tiers––one tempered glass and one wood, which can hold up to 10 bottles––the Carter model comes with a lifetime guarantee from the manufacturer, so you can rest easy when purchasing. You’ll have to put it together when it arrives, but it’s easy enough for one person to execute and can be done in around 25 minutes. This cart’s wheels are fully functioning and can be locked in place.
Most Versatile: Safavieh Elle Bar Cart
A clear, acrylic bar cart is perfect if you're looking for a versatile cart that'll go with most rooms or if you’ve got a busy space and want to add a neutral, functional piece into the mix. Safavieh’s two-tier Elle bar cart is easy to assemble and moves effortlessly on its stainless steel-accented wheels. This cart weighs just 12 pounds (and holds up to 20 pounds) and measures 25.6 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 31 inches high.
Best for Outdoors: West Elm Halden Outdoor Bar Cart
Take your alfresco dining space to the next level with West Elm’s Halden Outdoor Bar Cart—this beautiful cart is vintage-looking yet modern, with clean lines made up of solid mahogany wood and a water-based lacquer finish. This model measures 18.1 inches wide, 33.5 inches deep, and 28.5 inches high and requires assembly. You can also purchase a cover to keep this cart safe from the elements.
Best Vintage: Astoria Grand Rockmart Bar Cart
Thanks to Astoria Grand’s vintage-inspired two-tier bar cart, you can add old-world elegance to your bar space without spending a fortune. The dimensional bronze finish on the frame gives the metal cart an elegant, worn-in look, and the attention to detail extends to the metal trays’ intricate edges with a small pillar-ésque design. This cart, which weighs 33.1 pounds, comes with caster wheels and is 29.4 inches high and 24.9 inches wide with a 17.9-inch diameter. Assembly is required.
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