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Bar Sets & Carts

You can put your barware and mixers in your kitchen cabinets, but why not have some fun by creating a home bar station? If you want to own cocktail hour, turn it into happy hour with a glamourous, sparkling bar cart or cabinet that looks like you know how to make a mean boulevardier. Start learning or showing off new bartending skills on a bar cart that looks like it was designed exactly with your style in mind. Let our cocktail experts at west elm help you decide which size and style bar set is right for your needs.

Bar Carts

Bar carts both small and large hold an entire range of barware, bottles and mixers – yet they often take up little space. A small tri-level cart that’s about 20" wide, for example, can fit into the tiniest nook, ready and able to roll into the party to refresh your guests. Larger carts and consoles run about 28" to 40" wide and include more amenities such as built-in wine bottle holders and stemware racks. Keep in mind that carts are mobile, and consoles are meant to stay in place.

For the most elegant looks in bar carts, opt for styles that include glass and mirrored shelves set in stainless-steel frames, walnut veneer surfaces with antique brass-finished details or models with marble shelves. When considering a rolling cart, look for shelves with ridges to hold glasses and cocktail tools in place and shelves with safety bars to prevent bottles from tipping over.

Bar Cabinets

Outfit your dining room or living space with a bar cabinet that matches with a buffet table for a complete entertainment space. Without a buffet, even a small bar cabinet opens up to a surprising amount of space to hold ample quantities of barware and your favorite bottles. Cabinets designed as bars often have doors with built-in shelving to hold glassware or bottles. Cabinets may also come without interior racks. You can tailor them to hold your barware and bottles exactly how you prefer for a sophisticated presentation.

Bar Entertainment Centers

Grab a wall and set up a bar with a sleek entertainment shelf system. Oak shelves outlined with brass offer drawers and cubby space for barware and bottles. This functional type of furniture also holds other items such as books, decorative objects and electronics, making it a multi-tasking center with style. Shelving centers typically run about 56" wide by a slim 16" deep and 76" high, offering more than enough vertical space to hold a full selection of liquor, mixers, garnishes and glassware during your parties.

More Tips

With all the beautiful bar options in front of you, how do you choose? Pick a cart or cabinet with features you know you’ll love, such as enough prepping surfaces to prepare drinks or serve appetizers.

If you plan on trying a mobile cart, make sure it’s light enough for you to handle, even when it’s packed with cocktail gear, and look for locking caster wheels. It’s fun to serve cocktails. But what will you do with your cart or cabinet after the party? Look for one that fits in with other rooms in your home so you can use it anywhere – from the foyer to the kitchen. When it’s not filled with bar accessories, you can even use the cart in a guest bathroom to hold special towels and toiletries.

Now, about that boulevardier: here’s the recipe to start you off with your new bar. Pour 1 and 1/2 ounces bourbon, 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth and 3/4 ounce Campari together into a mixing glass. Add lots of ice. Gently stir, and then strain into your cocktail glass garnished with orange twist. Set it on your new bar set or cart and offer it up to your guests.

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