Bar Carts are Back!

Bar Carts are Back!

What is a bar cart?

− Also called “trolley”
− Basically a stylish, portable, well-stocked bar
− Most definitive features are wheels and shelves (usually glass)
− Used for ease of entertainment
− Holds beverages, barware, glassware, and accessories – everything you need for entertaining or having a night in

 

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What’s the origin/backstory?

− 40’s: end of prohibition – people start to need a place to store all their alcohol
− 50’s and 60’s: classic Hollywood movies and the “cocktail hour” era. Alcohol and the way you served it connoted sophistication and glamour. I mean, who hasn’t heard the famous James Bond phrase “shaken, not stirred?”
− 70’s and beyond: the style shifted to built-in “wet bars” with running water and cabinet space. And with this, the bar cart was out. What this permanent home bar system gained in functionality, it sometimes lost in elegance.

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Okay, then why is it coming back?

− Return to the classics – vintage stuff is back in (hello, mrspkandoz! :D)
− Portable – easy to transition between indoors and outdoors… hint: pool party
− Gives an air of luxury – high-end restaurants in NY, LA, and other fashion-forward cities have adopted the practice of tableside bar service
− Multipurpose – they can be used for storage, serving meals, or displaying art. They can also function as a permanent decoration in a room just as a dresser or vanity would.

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So how do I style a bar cart in my home?

− Where to put it – dining room, patio/outdoor entertainment area (bamboo is perfect for outdoors!)
− Main elements include:
− a serving tray
− your favorite bottles of wine and spirits
− glassware – try these jet-blue tumblers for a pop of color in summer!
− a luxurious gold cocktail shaker
− all the accessories (our 16 favorites can be found conveniently in our “bar in a box
− menu and/or towel

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Have fun bringing mid-century style into your home!

mrspk

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