The Essential Elements Every Bar Cart Needs

Throwing together a Pinterest-perfect bar cart can be a surprisingly involved affair. Because it’s not always enough to buy a bar cart that fits seamlessly into your space—or even to have vague, social media-inspired ideas about your future bar cart’s aesthetic. You need to consider all kinds of things: what you like to drink, what your guests like to drink, how much money you’re willing to spend, how much space you have on the bar cart itself—the list goes on and on. This whirlwind of things to consider can seem overwhelming, but it also comes with a silver lining: Cute bar cart ideas abound.

Once you’ve settled on a bar cart to buy—or even before then—you need to sift through the mess of inspiration and pare things down to what you really want and need. The ideal bar cart is as functional as it is photogenic. It’s the corner of your house that starts the party every time you invite guests over. It’s the escape that sets the scene for your next romantic nightcap. It’s the respite you yearn for at the end of a long day. Were your bar cart simply aesthetic, it mightn’t be able to fulfill these many duties. But if you stock it thoughtfully—with your life, your desires, your needs in mind—your bar cart won’t simply serve as a backdrop to these delightful activities. It will straight-up inspire them.

So take a moment. Think about who you are—what you love to drink, what cocktails you’d like to learn more about, what activities you’re likely to engage in on weekends and weeknights, alike. And then start piecing together a bar cart that does everything you need it to. Some items are must-haves; others are negotiable. The formula for a perfect bar cart is, ultimately, yours to discover. But we’ve compiled a guide to the 16 core elements you should consider as you begin unearthing it.

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