Does Anyone Need
a Bar Cart?

Line bar by Nathan Yong for Design Within Reach

Does Anyone Need a Bar Cart?

Probably not. But should
you get one? Yes.

There are plenty of items you need when furnishing a home. You need a bed, and a sofa to relax on; a table on which to eat and maybe a desk where you can work. A bar cart or cabinet is not on the list of essentials when it comes to outfitting your home. Does anyone need one? Well, no. Not really.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't want one—nor does it mean you shouldn't get one. Because these pieces are what will take your place to the next level. And they're not without their function. A good bar cabinet keeps all your bottles and glasses and other imbibing accoutrement in order. Plus, it automatically turns you into a gentlemanly host. You're instantly prepared the next time you have friends over at the last minute. Why toss them a beer from your fridge when you can suavely gesture at your bar and say “what will you have?”

The right bar cart or cabinet serves as a stylish anchor to a room as well. Just make sure you find one that suits your decor. We've pulled a dozen of the best options in a range of price points and styles. Once you find the one that fits, embrace that civilized feeling it offers and treat yourself to a few good bottles to celebrate.


The Best Bar
Cabinets & Carts in 2021

Bar Cabinets

Topped with a Carrara marble slab and a wide drawer with removable dividers.

Enzo bar cabinet,
$1,249 by Crate & Barrel

Arhaus Acero Bar Cabinet

Acero bar cabinet,
$3,599 / $2,499 by Arhaus

Textural carved black-washed mango wood and iron legs give this piece a sexy, streamlined look.

Raffael bar cabinet,
$1,699 / $1,399 by BD Studio

Mercury Row Briese Aster High Bar Mercury Row Briese Aster High Bar

Briese Aster high bar,
$461.99 / $366.99 by Mercury Row

This mid-century teak cabinet tucks into a corner for extra space-saving style.

Vintage Danish corner bar cabinet,
$1,205 at 1stDibs

Nathan Yong for Design Within Reach Line Bar

Line bar,
$3,795 by Nathan Yong for Design Within Reach

Bar Carts

France & Son Livingston Bar Cart

Livingston bar cart,
$978 / $879.95 by France & Son

RH 1950s Milo Bar Cart

1950s Milo bar cart,
$1,575 by RH

Short on space? This vintage-inspired round cart tucks away nicely.

Claude two-tier bar cart,
$550 / $299 by ObjectsHQ

Crafted from sturdy Claro walnut with dark brass hardware and finished with a silver mirrored top.

Bachelor bar cart,
$8,700 by RW Guild

A minimalist style that’s rust-proof and ready to be wheeled outdoors.

Barbie serving bar cart,
$140 by All Modern

Jayson Home Antique Brass Bar Cart

Antique brass bar cart,
$495 at Jayson Home

Hooch History

Cocktail carts reached peak popularity in the mid-1950s. They were everywhere—at home, in restaurants and at the office. Entertaining was a fixture of everyday life for the middle class and the cocktail cart’s mobility made it easy to fix someone a drink without having to pause conversation or switch locations.

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