Bar Cart Styling 101

Bar carts have become such a staple piece in home decor trends and styling one is definitely an art form of it’s own.

I know I struggled when I was trying to style my bar cart. After doing tons of research on Pinterest, I finally got the hang of how to make a bar cart look Instagram ready!

Choosing the perfect trendy bart cart is easy if you have around $200-$500 to spare. West Elm, Overstock, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, Target, etc. have amazing bar carts!  My budget was actually less than $100 so I had to look for alternatives to finding an affordable yet cute one. I got mine from a buy/sell app called Letgo. So I would definitely advise downloading all those buy/sell apps like Craigslist, Letgo, OfferUp and even Facebook’s Market place is great! I also did a lot of flea market runs and I found a lot of cute bar carts there. Also a tip, not all bar carts look like bar carts (if this makes sense). What I’m saying is that maybe a kitchen utility cart or a 2-tier furniture piece can always work too!

Style your bar cart in 4 easy steps!

1. LIQUOR

Your first necessity is definitely liquor, so fill up on bottles of your favorite kind. I personally like getting small and big bottles to add a little bit of dimension. Get the basics like Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, Bourbon, Rum, Gin, depending on your preference. But also add some fun stuff like flavored liquors! My personal favorite is Aperol.

2. CHASERS, MIXERS, BITTERS, SYRUPS AND GARNISH!

This is my favorite part. Get tons of things like juice, sparkling lemonade, bloody mary mix, ginger beer, soda, etc. This will depend on what kind of cocktails you drink often. I personally love Moscow mules so I always make sure I have ginger beer. Bitters are used for giving flavor to cocktails and you would add these in drops or dashes. Syrups are pretty straight forward, the basics are simple syrup and grenadine. But try experimenting with more exotic flavors, I have a lavender syrup that I love and use all the time! Finally garnish, the most common are usually cherries, lemon, lime, oranges and grapefruit.

3. COCKTAIL KIT & GLASSWARE

A cocktail kit is essential for making drinks. You can buy these separately but to be honest, I don’t know much about what makes a cocktail kit complete so I just looked up a already packaged one. I got mine from amazon and it was pretty affordable! There are a lot of cute ones that come in rose gold, silver, gold and all sorts of color. Since my actual bar cart has a lot going one I decided to go for a simple stainless steel one. Get the staple cocktail glassware like highball glasses, wine glasses, champagne glasses, shot glasses, martini glass, tumblers, etc. Try to get super cute cups, this will definitely elevate the vibe. Mine are patterned and I got them from IKEA.

4. MISCELLANEOUS ACCESSORIES

The basics would be: straws, napkins and coasters. Target’s part section is the perfect place for these. Try to get funky ones, I got some paper black and white straws and some gold and white striped napkins. I got some normal marble coasters from Marshalls that I already had. (BTW, I highly recommend only getting coasters from Marshalls, they’re always under $10 and I always find the same style for like $30 everywhere else). Other things you can add are flowers, plants and string lights! I thought putting some flowers in an old wine bottle would totally blend in this bar cart and the fairy lights at such a cute touch at night.

That’s it! You got yourself a Pinterest board bar cart! I remember feeling so overwhelmed when I got my bar cart, I didn’t even know where to start so I really hope this blog post is helpful! I tried my best to make it as simple as possible but also explain why and what those components are. I know I would’ve love to find an article like this when I was researching.