Hannah Palasinski


Design & Lifestyle Insights of a Yankee Designer Living in the South

Bar Cart Styling 101

I remember coming across bar carts for the first time on Pinterest and I knew I had to make one for my apartment. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect bar cart!

To elaborate on the call outs here are some suggestions.

Alcohol: Beer, Bourbon, Brandy, Champagne, Gin, Liqueurs, Rum, Scotch, Sherry, Tequila, Vermouth, Vodka, Whiskey and Red & White Wine.

Mixers: Club soda, Fruit Juice, Soft Drinks, Tomato juice, Tonic Water and Sparkling & Still Water.

Flavors & Garnishes: Bitters, Lemons, Limes, Maraschino Cherries, Olives, Simple Syrup, Sugar. Don't forget the ice!

Tools: Bottle Opener, Coasters, Cocktail Napkins, Cocktail Shaker, Corkscrew, Cutting Board, Drink stirrers, Ice Bucket, Jigger, Strainer and Pairing knife. 

Glassware: Champagne Coupes, Old-Fashioned Glasses, Highball Glasses, Martini Glasses and Red & White Wine Glasses.

Odds & Ends: Carafe, Cocktail recipe books, Umbrellas, Decanter, Straws, Tray, Toothpicks, Vase with Fresh Flowers, Small candle and matchbooks.

*Note: This is a lot for one small cart so pick one or two of your favorite cocktails and have those select ingredients displayed on your cart. I bought a colorful tray from West Elm to contain all of my bottles. I have two selections of glasses displayed on my cart, tall highball glasses (which work for almost any cocktail) as well as old-fashioned glasses. In my kitchen I have martini, margarita and wine glasses hidden away for those guests. You can always swap out depending on your guests preferences! I found an old mint julep cup which holds a selection of straws as well as a bottle opener and corkscrew. The bottom of my cart is meant to display books so space was limited on mine.

Cheers my dears!