Over the past year, you may have - through no fault of your own - acquired a significant liquor selection. Turns out, learning how to make your own cocktails is a fun and diverting exercise during a pandemic, in part because you’ll never run out of bourbon, rye, mezcal, and amari to try. But where are you keeping all these bottles? Under your bathroom sink? On the side of the couch you never sit on? Neither of those scenarios will do. People are going to be visiting your house again one day, so get yourself a proper, stylish bar cart. Here are the ones we’re currently enamored with, ranging from a timeless gold version and a mint green cart to something that looks it belongs on a cruise ship in the 1950s and one exceptional use of rattan.
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The Timeless One
A classic round bar cart will, without fail, feel right at home in your sunken living room with shag carpeting. Or, if you don’t have one of those, it’ll also look great near a window or a fridge. You really can’t go wrong with this design.
The Sleek Space Saver
Not quite ready for an ostentatiously gold bar cart? Try this little round one in chrome that could also double as a side table. It should fit just fine in any house or apartment.
A Nice Pop Of Color
Meet your new mint green bar cart. The plain, utilitarian design of this thing is the perfect compliment to its charming pastel shade, and if your friends don’t say this verbatim upon entering your home, you should invest in new friends.
The Yacht-Ready Cart
This bar cart looks like it belongs on a super villain’s Art Deco yacht. Which is to say it is a very nice bar cart. Put on a captain’s hat, and push this thing around your home.
The Sturdy Minimalist One
If you’re looking for something clean and simple that won’t draw too much attention from your own (shining) personality, check out this bar cart from Burrow. It looks sort of like a minimalist toy blown up to a size suitable for adults, and it’s especially attractive when covered in bottles.
The Rattan Your Home Very Much Needs
Have you been waking up late and spending your days staring at clouds that all look like the last person who broke up with you? It’s probably because you don’t own a rattan bar cart. This one is unique and stylish, and it deserves to live in a home filled with potted plants.
An Understated Copper Piece
Elegant, understated, and slightly shiny, Food 52′s Crowe Utility Cart is perfect for any home that is or might one day be filled with vintage furniture. The finish is copper, and you can always throw some books on one of the shelves if you’d like to remind people that you read.
An All-Gold Throwback
Put this mid-century cart on a faux fur rug, install a dimmer switch in your living room, and go find some logs to put in a corner of home to make it seem like you have fireplace. Once you’ve done all that, make a batch of Manhattans.
Something With Personality
This round, mirrored bar cart is slightly offbeat, just like you. Yes, you could always purchase something a little more boring, but if you’re going to buy some furniture to live in your home indefinitely, it might as well have personality.
A Cart With Just Enough Design
Are we obsessed with gold bar carts? That’s a rude question, but yes. This one right here is mesmerizing in its simplicity, and, for some reason, it feels especially appropriate for making White Negronis.
A Living Room Statement Piece
Before you send us a sternly worded email about throwing another gold bar cart on this list, you should know that this is actually rose gold. Also, it has a fun, asymmetrical design, and it’s the bar cart of choice for people who drink Martinis at 4pm while doing the New York Times crossword. Probably.
Furniture From The Future
Do not underestimate the appeal of a clear, acrylic bar cart. Yes, you will have to keep it very clean (because dust has no place to hide), but the futuristic aesthetic will send the message that you're a person with taste who does things a little differently and only watches the very finest shows on Netflix.
A Cart For Your Modernist Home
This bar cart exudes confidence. It’s also fairly specious, and if you ever forget where it is in your home, you can just shine a flashlight around as you search for something highly reflective. The only caveat is, if you own this classy piece of furniture, you need to have sparkling wine on hand at all times in order to make Champagne Cocktails.