How to Style a Bar Cart Like a Professional

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on December 18, 2018

We thoroughly believe that any host worth her salt ought to have her bar cart game locked down. Why? Because bar carts are versatile, beautiful, stylish and functional. And if those reasons aren’t enough, then this one ought to seal the deal: Bar carts are EASY! 

Whether you’re styling a bar cart as a finishing touch to your living room design or are just whipping up a quick bar scene for a get together, these decorating tips are quick to style and fast to impress.

How to Style Your Bar Cart Like a Designer

1. Add a Tray & Shaker

And not just because they’re pretty! The shaker adds height to your visual landscape while the tray serves to corral your drinkware.

2. Insert Plenty of Stylish Drinkware

Don’t forget, bar carts are magic. They serve their function as much as they honor their style. So when your stash of drinkware isn’t being used to serve your guests, it will serve to create a gorgeous bar cart vignette that’s nothing less than eye candy.

3. Add Color with Straws, Fruit & Stir Sticks

Your bar cart ought to be entirely self supported. An occasional trip to the fridge for ice is acceptable, but don’t make your guests go rooting around in your kitchen drawers for cocktail accoutrements. Always keep your bar well stocked and stylish.

4. Collect Your Booze

It’s worth spending that little bit of extra effort to source bottles and cans (just clap your hands!) that have some visual interest. In short – select only the prettiest liquors to put on display.

5. Store Wine in Style

We all get a little thirsty in the evening hours. So when your guests hit their sipping stride, be prepared to keep the good times rolling with easily-accessible but cleverly-stored drinks.

6. Don't Forget Tools of the Trade

Muddle that lime! Mix those bitters! And don’t forget to protect that wood grain from stains! Yep, your bar cart is only as strong as the drinks you can serve from it. Style with a mortar & pestle, coasters and any other tools you might need to mix it up.

7. Finish with Art

The cart alone is a work of art. That said, if you’ve placed your cart up against a wall, you’ll likely want to fill in that empty space with a piece of art to complete the picture.

Shop everything you’ll need to create your perfect bar cart at Havenly. 

Words by Kate Connors