Bar Cart Styling – Building the Perfect Bar Cart

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Today I want to share a new addition to the dining room, and that’s my new bar cart! I’ve been wanting one for years and I’m excited to finally have one. And of course, I love the styling part the best, haha! Bar cart styling can be done in many ways, but I have a bit of a formula for those of you who might be getting one, or who have one and never quite know how to get it right.

What I love about owning a bar cart is how versatile they are. You can use them as they were intended, of course, but also in so many other ways as well!

They can stand in as an end table, a dessert table, an entry way table, or a wine storage table….. the possibilities are endless! I will probably use mine as a dessert table quite often, but for now I’m loving playing with my new bar accessories and fixing cocktails from it! πŸ˜‰

My hubby and I feel like we’re in a 1940’s movie! 


bar cart styling brass bar cart with flowers bottles and accessories

I’m so happy with the style and quality of the cart we picked. I love the brass/gold finish and it’s nice and sturdy, too. I actually found so many cute options, I had a hard time deciding on one!


gorgeous bar cart styling with white roses brass accessories in dining room

Bar carts are perfect for the holiday season and any entertaining you may be doing. They add a great spot to stash liquor and/or food at a larger party, but they can also stand in as the ‘bar’ of a smaller gathering.

It’s such a fun and chic way to entertain and everyone seems to love hanging around them!


liquor bottles on bar cart

When accessorizing a bar cart, I suggest picking a theme or finish and I went with a brass/gold theme. Though I love mixing metals, here I thought it would be a little more sophisticated to keep all the metals the same.

I keep the prettiest bottles of alcohol on the bar cart, while stashing ones that are a little plain or more garish in a cabinet nearby.


bar cart styling with cocktail shaker liquor bottles lemons and accessories

A cocktail shaker is a must, of course and I love the gold tone of this one! And I also added our favorite cocktail book for quick reference and a few accessories to personalize the cart. 


Why not add something unique, like a quirky bottle opener or themed cocktail shaker? Not only is it fun (and what’s a bar cart if not fun?) but it’s also a great conversation starter!


bar cart accessories and glasses

I’ve stocked mine with both low and high ball glasses, but if you prefer to only buy one or the other, then I’d go with a low ball or double old-fashioned. I love how the gold-rimmed double old-fashioned glasses look against the gold frame of the cart.

I mean, is there anything prettier than a gold-rimmed glass – especially at the holidays?


bar cart holding gold rimmed cocktail glasses and crystal liquor bottles

You might want to add some specialty glasses as well, especially if you drink any cocktails that call for them. I’m a huge fan of coupe or martini glasses, but you could also add special glasses for beer, margarita glasses, or even mugs for Moscow Mules. And if you have the room, it’s nice to store wine glasses here as well.


lemons and bottles of alcohol on bar cart

Another thing I like to do is add a few lemons or limes to the cart. Not only because we use them in our cocktails, but they add nice color as well.


bar cart styling with roses and gold rimmed glasses

And for me, flowers are a must, especially if you’re entertaining!


white roses on bar cart gorgeous styling

Other accessories to include are a bottle opener, ice bucket, a jigger or shot glass, and swizzle sticks or cocktail spoons.

And if you don’t want to buy all kinds of accessories separately, there are beautiful bar sets out there that have all the basics already. And don’t forget napkins!


gorgeous bar cart styling on brass gold bar cart with bar accessories and flowers

I love adding crystal or glass decanters to my bar cart. They are so elegant and really add that vintage-chic vibe. And you can store the alcohol from less attractive bottles in them!


Bar cart styling graphic on Maison de Cinq

Bar Cart Styling Essentials

These are the essentials for styling the perfect bar cart!

  1. Pretty bottles of booze
  2. Cocktail shaker
  3. Ice/champagne bucket
  4. Jigger or shot glass
  5. Cocktail tools such as a bottle opener, long cocktail spoon and strainer or better yet, a bar tool set
  6. Cocktail glasses; ideally both low and high ball glasses
  7. Something live! Like flowers or even a plant
  8. Napkins

And a few optional items as well…

  1. Straws and/or swizzel sticks
  2. Lemons, limes or other garnishes 
  3. Vintage or reproduction crystal decanters (just because they’re pretty!)
  4. Pitcher for mixing drinks
  5. Tray for preparing ingredients or mixing drinks
  6. Decor items that add some personality or quirkiness


I hope this guide to bar cart styling has inspired you to create a cute cart of your own. And even if you don’t have a cart, you can easily create a great bar area using a console table or other small table in your home.

Setting up for a small cocktail party with a styled and stocked bar cart is one of the easiest and most stylish ways to host this season. Add your booze and some of the accessories I mentioned, and you’re all set for the holidays!


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  1. Love the pheasant on top of the book! Do you happen to know where it’s from?

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hello. Your bar cart is absolutely beautiful. Any idea where the pitcher with the gold dots is from? I just love it!

    1. It was from Walmart but unfortunately got discontinued. I’ve been looking for something similar to link but sadly I haven’t found anything. Sorry about that!

  3. Donna M Colotti says:

    I too am a lover of the bar cart! I have a lovely circular 3-tier in rose gold. I have silver accessories but am wondering your take on gold?

    1. Hi Donna! So glad you love them too – and yours sounds darling! I think if your bar cart is rose gold I’d go with silver and/or a mix of silver and rose gold (I linked an adorable rose gold bar set!) Yellow gold and rose gold are not as good together in my opinion. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Ethel Alderson says:

    Did you but the container holding the flowers at Wal-Mart? Details, please.
    Happy holidays!!!

    1. Hi Ethel! It was, but sadly it’s discontinued now. However, I’ve linked some other options that will give you a similar look.

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you too!


  5. Sue Mellette says:

    Very elegant and sophisticated looking! Love the colors and of course the flowers!! Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thank you so much Sue! I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  6. Love the cart!!! The flowers are a great touch also. I’d love to replicate but any flowers in our house wilt within 30 minutes πŸ€”

    1. Thank you so much Leslie – I’m so glad you liked it!!


  7. Beautiful cart. I don’t drink, but for awhile I was collecting decanter bottles from the thrift shop. Finding one with stopper was a challenge, but managed to find some cut glass.

    1. Oh, I love the vintage decanters!! And they are pretty whether you drink or not:)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!


  8. That HAS inspired me Sheila! Mr Mantel and I are always talking about having a Classic Movie style drinks area, but have never found just the right area – or piece of furniture. You’ve made me actually stand up and go scout out some potential spots! πŸ™‚ Thanks – and Happy Cocktails!

    1. Oh I’m so glad to hear that! They are so elegant – and so fun to style!! You’d would love having it, I’m sure:)

      Thanks for stopping by!