Compact drinks station. Trolley for dessert or afternoon tea. Stylish side table. There are so many uses for a bar cart. Many hosts and hostesses are entertaining at home - creating signature libations and emulating sixties cocktail culture with martini shakers, seltzer bottles and vintage bar carts. If you are planning a party this holiday season, you may want to use one of these elegant, yet utilitarian tables for additional serving space . . . 

"A well-stocked drinks cart is a sure sign of a home for grown-ups. Peruse thrift stores for a small cart that will hold bottles and glasses in a corner of your living room. Liquor bottles are often brightly colored and fun to display."
Interior design by Nancy Riesco.
Photography by Janis Nicolay.
Canadian House and Home - Best Decorating 2012 Special Issue.

"The daring red-lacquered walls and ceiling add light and energy to the living room. A well-stocked bar cart stands ready for guests."
Christian Leone's Sutton Place apartment.
Interior design by Christian Leone, vice president of brand relations for online luxury retailer Gilt Groupe.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Gilty Pleasures" written by Robert Leleux.
Lonny (September - October 2011).

" 'In today's changing economy, there has been a huge trend to do more entertaining at home,' [says Dian Brun Gow, a.k.a. The Cocktail Deeva]. 'So the home bar is making a huge comeback, and of course, it has to blend seamlessly into your beautiful interior. It can be a full on wet bar, or something as simple as a nostalgic art-deco bar cart.' "
Photography by Andrew Grinton.
"Why You Need a Bar Cart" by Lisa Murphy.
Canadian House and Home (February 12, 2010).

"Graphic artwork delights in the dining room. A modern bar table provides an additional surface for serving."
Interior design by Karen Miller, Karen J. Miller Interiors.
Photography by Jeff McNamara.

Banquette, Jan Showers Collection in Glant faux leather. Leopard pillow in Owens and Perry linen. Maison Jansen vermeil floor lamps. 
Austin, Texas, home of Carla McDonald, a marketing firm owner, and her husband, Jack, a technology entrepreneur. Ms. McDonald "has an enthusiasm for French forties and fifties furniture."
Interior design by Jan Showers.
Photography by Stephen Karlisch.

"The front office is designed like a living room and doubles as a conference area for meetings with brides-to-be."
Charleston, South Carolina, studio of wedding planner/event designer Tara Guerard.
Design by Tara Guerard.
Photography by Julia Lynn.
"Wedding Belle" written by Jennifer Fernandez. 
Lonny (June 2013).

"The front office is designed like a living room and doubles as a conference area for meetings with brides-to-be."
Charleston, South Carolina, studio of wedding planner/event designer Tara Guerard.
Design by Tara Guerard.
Photography by Julia Lynn.
"Wedding Belle" written by Jennifer Fernandez. 
Lonny (June 2013).

"A midcentury bar cart stocked with entertaining essentials."
New York City apartment of Tom Ambler, studio director of Drake Design Associates.
Photography by Marco Ricca.
"The Art of the Upgrade" written by Sarah Storms.
Lonny (May 2013).

"Original finish on 20th century Italian walnut glass bar cart with two removable glass trays."
Offered by Novecento Antiques via 1stDibs.
Photo via 1stDibs.

 "The living room's 1920s Christofle bar cart stands beside a '60s lacquer screen by Jansen."
Photography by Douglas Friedman.
Text by Lynn Yaeger.
Architectural Digest (September 2013).

"In an alcove, a McDermott and McGough painting hangs above a '50s Paul McCobb bar cart stocked with vintage Steuben and Baccarat glassware."
Photography by Douglas Friedman.
Text by Lynn Yaeger.

The living room "looks a tad like a retro men's club. Its convivial effect is underscored by the presence of a well-stocked bar cart whose cocktail shakers are polished to a high gleam. . . . Ford Beckman's painting Meat hangs beside a steel-and-wool factory stool; 19th-century French secretary is from Vol. 1 Antiques."
New York City apartment of Richard Lambertson and John Truex, accessories designers for Tiffany and Co.
Photography by Joshua McHugh.
Text by Mitchell Owens. 
"Manhattan Transfer" produced by Robert Rufino.
Architectural Digest.

"The sitting area off the master bedroom features a pair of 1950s Edward Wormley armchairs, a 1960s Austrian blown-glass chandelier, and a vintage Milo Baughman bar cart; the ottoman is custom, a flat-screen television is mounted above the cast-glass fireplace surround, and the walls are painted Benjamin Moore's White."
Bridgehampton, New York, home of a Manhattan couple.
Renovation by architect Timothy Haynes and interior designer Kevin Roberts.
Photography by Simon Upton.
Text by Ingrid Abramovitch.
"Out of the Ordinary" produced by Cynthia Frank.

A bar cart by Piero Fornasetti adorned with trompe l'oeil bows.
Milan home of Barnaba Fornasetti, son of the late Piero Fornasetti.
Photography by Andrea Ferrari.
"Magical Thinking" styled and produced by Paola Moretti.
Elle Decor (January 2013). 
By Enrico Decca (Originally in Elle Decor India.)

" . . . the characters on Mad Men love to drink, so of course there's a bar cart adjacent to Don [Draper's] desk for cocktail hour. His cocktail of choice, an Old Fashioned, is served in silver-rimmed lowball glasses."
Photography by Michael Yarish/AMC.

Another office from the Mad Men set - the office of Roger Sterling:
"Roger's glass-and-steel bar features a round ice bucket, vintage seltzer bottle, and gin - the key ingredient for his go-to cocktail, the Gibson." 
Photography by Michael Yarish/AMC.

"Seahorses from a garden antiques store are the wow factor in the dining room. Louis XVI-style dining chairs are covered in a jaunty shade of chartreuse leather and backed in a coral and white print. The table is from Liza Sherman Antiques."
Interior design by Leslie Klotz.
Photography by Laura Resen.
"A Blissful Hamptons Cottage" by Frances Schultz.
House Beautiful (July 2008).

"The dining table and chairs are by Carolina George, the resin light fixture is from the '60s, and the bar cart is vintage."
Los Angeles home of decorator Georgia Tapert Howe.
Interior decoration by Georgia Tapert Howe of Carolina George.
Photography by William Abranowicz.
"On Location" by Ingrid Abramovitch.
Elle Decor (March 2012).

"A painting by Elliott Puckette, a close friend of [Julia] Leach's, is given pride of place on a quiet wall."
New York City apartment of Julia Leach.
Interior design by Julia Leach, founder of the lifestyle brand Chance.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Urban Oasis" written by Robert Leleux.
Lonny (June - July 2012).

"A custom-made sofa upholstered in an Elizabeth Dow linen, a cocktail table from HB Home, and 1940s sconces in the family room; the Borge Mogensen-style wing chair is upholstered in a linen by Calvin Fabrics, vintage bar cart serves as a side table."
A family's weekend retreat on eastern Long Island.
Interior design by Robert Stilin.
Photography by William Waldron.
Text by Nancy Hass.
"Hamptons Classic" produced by Anita Sarsidi.
Elle Decor (December 2012).

"A handsome bar cart falls somewhere between good bourbon and fine guns - you can get along without it, but it certainly makes life more enjoyable. This simple walnut version, designed by the folks at the New Traditionalists, also breaks down for easy transport to a tailgating party, albeit a very nice one."
Photography by Anna Williams.
Garden and Gun (February/March 2011).

"Hand made in New England using North American Black Walnut. Each piece of wood is hand selected for an individual product based on desired grain character and finish process selected. Top tray is removable for cleaning."

Elegant English Regency Style 3 Tier Tea Cart (1940s).
"Tea cart, bar cart, or dessert cart. This ebonized three tier cart on casters with a reticulated brass gallery on each level and heavy brass reeded column supports is exceptional. elegant and very well made. Spanning the design periods, it is comfortable in antique surroundings as well as modern, art deco and contemporary."
Offered by glo via 1stDibs.
Photo via 1stDibs.

"Jill Bar Cart" offered by Ballard Designs.
"With this bamboo-style bar cart, the drinks can follow the party. Two tempered glass shelves with gallery rails keep barware and bottles corralled and ready for serving. Smooth-rolling casters make it easy to maneuver and roll out of the way when the party is over."
Photo via Ballard Designs website.

South Seas Bar Cart offered by Serena and Lily.
"Set atop smooth-rolling brass casters, this entertaining essential also doubles as a fabulous console table. The design is inspired by a mid-century antique and pays homage to the textural beauty of handwoven rattan. A rail on the bottom keeps bottles and barware in place, and sturdy handles on each end make it easy to work the room."
Photo via Serena and Lily website.

Cosmopolitan Bar Cart offered by Williams-Sonoma.
"Our bar cart's refined detailing and gleaming finish capture the glamorous Regency Revival style of 1930s Paris. Set on swiveling casters, it rolls smoothly so you can serve cocktails or afternoon tea with flourish. Its glass top and shelf are surrounded by tall gallery rails to secure bottles and barware in transit."
Photo via Williams-Sonoma website.

Vintage Lucite Bar Cart offered by Jayson Home.
Lucite and brass frame. Glass shelves. Mid 20th century. France.
Photo via Jayson Home website.


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