...and the cocktail to pair with it.
"A bar cart should always feel like a party!" says designer , one of the five tastemakers who inspired the various bar cart styles we brought to life. Whether that soirée has a Palm Springs vibe, complete with a tequila spritzer, or it's a beach bash with tiki drinks in golden pineapples, above all, your bar cart should reflect your personality.
Photographer motto is "Make everyday a getaway," so it was only fitting that the bar cart we created for him would be dripping in vacay whimsy. From the playful print to the gilded pineapple, this cart "incites joy and makes you want to have a little bit of fun," he says. Pro tip: Decorate with citrus instead of fresh flowers. Not only are they functional, but they last longer. Gray also encourages you to think beyond the cart, making sure that whatever art you choose sets the tone for the whole setup.
Mitchell Gold Bob Williams bar cart, $1,940, , Calligaris chair, $250, , Paddywax candle, $32, , Gray Malin wall art, starting at $249, .
More dynamic than your basic vodka soda, this clean cocktail is the perfect refreshment on a beach or on your bar cart when you're trying to create beachy ~vibes~.
Bloomingville ceramic pineapple, $30, , Gray Malin coasters, $95, , Jonathan Adler dish, $32, , Juliska goblet, $89, , Waterford whiskey glasses, $300 for set of 6, , Juliska bowl, $59, .
"A bar cart is a vacation," says . So for his set up, we "traveled" to Mexico, taking inspiration from the greenery and vibrant colors, which he says makes a space "more lively and full of depth." We also added abstract art, which lends versatility without being vanilla.
Bloomingdale's bar cart, $1,100, , Waterford Sauvignon Blanc glasses, set of 2, $70, , Waterford coupe glasses, $70, , Art Addiction Inc., succulent wall art, $598, , Paddywax candle, $30, , Farrow + Ball paint.
Dabito's go-to? Smoky mezcal on ice. A bright blood orange and cucumber garnish goes a long way in transporting any modern boho into vacation mode.
Georg Jensen wine and bar set, $185, , William Yeoward crystal high ball glasses, $80, , Rabbit 5-piece coaster and stand set, $40, , William Yeoward decanter, $475, , Juliska, bowl, set of 2, $89, .
For , one of New York's leading mixologists, a bar cart should be like a well-appointed family room — comfortable, liveable, but without sacrificing style. She needs her cart to be both completely functional but also, like her cocktails, have a touch of fun. We set it against a light wall so the rich color of the spirits really shines through. The taped $2 bill is a lucky totem that reminds her of her early bartending days. Pamela also loves having a bowl of nips on hand to give to friends before they travel.
Mitchell Gold Bob Williams classic parsons buffet, $1,545, ; Christofle hors d'oeuvre server, $560, , Christofle tray, $850, , William Yeoward crystal cocktail shaker, $195, , Orrefors decanter, $200, , Olli Ella basket, $42, available in-stores at Bloomingdale's, Farrow & Ball paint, .
The vibrant color makes this deceptively easy drink instantly welcoming. Pamela likes to store a big batch in her fridge so she always has a beverage on hand (or on cart) when guests stop by.
William Yeoward crystal mixer and stirrer box set, $395, , Christofle ice pail, $710, , Baccarat vase, $750, , Thirtystone coasters, $18 for set of 4, .
According to and , the eclectic hosts of the and authors of , a bar cart should make your guests feel automatically comfortable — it's a place they gravitate to for conversation. On their cart, you'll find an ice bucket with Cava at the ready, and kicky napkins for a hint of reverie.
Mitchell Gold Bob Williams table, $1,660, , Mitchell Gold Bob Williams remy side chair, $970, , Babe candle, $75, ; Michael Aram twist nut dish, $65, .
The gin martini is the perfect metaphor for Rico and Brendan's ideal bar cart — clean, streamlined, and not alienating. "It’s a small, simple, well-made drink around which conviviality can be arranged in any number of different patterns. Not to mention an elegant pivot point to kick off a special evening," Rico and Brendan agree.
Orrefors Intermezzo Blue Martini Glasses, $130, .
Designer grew up in Yosemite National Park so it's only natural that he's drawn to wood and colors that evoke a California coastal sensibility. In his work, he also draws influences from Japan, so we added geometric pieces here. When you're looking to add interest to your bar cart (or in this case, bar dresser), Orlando advises using a few tiers of boxes for height as well as sculptural items.
Huppé dresser, $2,800, , Art Addiction Inc., wall art, $898, , Orrefors decanter, $200, , Simon Pearce decanter, $185, ; ANNA new york by RabLabs heritage ice bucket, $525, ; ANNA new york by RabLabs emerald & gold kivita coasters, set of 2, $195, ; Kendra Scott filigree tray, $225, .
Adding a rosemary sprig to this traditional tipple makes it instantly more elegant while tying in the nods to nature.
Moser old-fashioned glass, $95, , ANNA new york by RabLabs, coasters, set of 2, $195, , ANNA new york by RabLabs, ice bucket, $525, , Kendra Scott, filigree tray, $225, .
Style director: India-Jewel Jackson. Art director: Rebecca Kimmons. Prop stylist: Erin Swift.