Our Favorite Bar Cart Essentials for Creating Absolutely Perfect Cocktails at Home

updated Aug 18, 2023
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It’s not every day that a new piece of furniture comes along and instantly becomes a staple in homes across the world, but that is exactly what the bar cart did. Sure, the bar cart isn’t exactly a new invention, but to say this gorgeous piece of storage isn’t having a renaissance would be an understatement. Blame it on the popularity of mid-century modern design aesthetic, or blame it on their appearance in movies and television (I would be lying if I said Mad Men didn’t influence my decision to get one). Either way, the bar cart is here to stay. With that being said, if you’re a new bar cart owner, you’re probably in the midst of stocking your cart and may find yourself a bit lost. No worries, we’re here to help! From stylish drinkware to bar tools that will help you shake up the most delicious concoctions, we rounded up 16 bar cart essentials you need for the perfect setup.

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A good bottle opener is a must whether or not you're drinking wine. This gorgeous pick features a striking moonstone handle and comes equipped with a corkscrew and foil cutter to get through even the most finicky seals with ease.

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was $14.95

For drinks you prefer stirred, not shaken, keep a mixing pitcher on deck, like stunning vintage-inspired piece from CB2. It sports a convenient pitcher-like design, so you can pour drinks with ease, plus it's dishwasher-safe!

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World Market

Of course, you need a good strainer to go along with your mixing glass. We were instantly dazzled by this gold number from World Market. Despite its glam appearance, it does its job effectively and prevents ice, muddled leaves, and other small particles from making their way into your mixed drinks.

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Designed specifically for amateur bartenders who want to make professional-quality cocktails at home, the editor-favorite Elevated Craft cocktail shaker is sleek, stylish, and oh-so-useful. It's double-wall vacuum insulated, so your hands stay warm while your drink stays cold; the twist top prevents leaks and sticking; volume measurements are marked right into the cap; and the ergonomic shape lends itself to a one-hand shake.

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Curious Elixirs
was $120.00

For folks who choose not to drink (or anyone looking for a tasty non-alcoholic mixer), we recommend Curious Elixirs' lineup of booze-free craft cocktails. Every Curious Elixir is handcrafted with organic ingredients and no refined sugar, so you can feel good about the craft mocktail you just mixed up. We love their monthly variety subscription pack, which ensures you have delicious nonalcoholic mixers at the ready each month.

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For a muddler with a little style, say hello to the farmhouse pottery craft muddlers. Available in two varieties (the beehive muddler and the pantry muddler), these essentials will fit perfectly in your hand as you muddle fruits, mint leaves, sugar, and more for your next sip.

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West Elm

You can't enjoy a drink without the right glasses. When it comes to a bar cart, there's a few styles to consider. The first? A good set of rocks glasses. These Italian-made crinkle-cut Cassiopea glasses by Bormioli Rocco are eye-catching and perfect for classic cocktails or anything you'd prefer on the rocks.

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Designed to be able to reach the bottom of any glass, mixer, or shaker, a bar spoon helps mix your layered drinks with ease. We love this affordable Amazon pick because it not only comes in a classic silver, but also a stylish rose gold and even a rainbow hue!

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If you gravitate more towards refreshing, fizzy cocktails, a highball glass is for you. This set from JoyJolt features a unique geometric shape that'll perfectly showcase your next mojito or gin and tonic.

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The secret to a great drink is balance and that's where a jigger comes in. Designed to measure different amounts of liquors, jiggers, like this stainless steel version, come precision engraved with every measurement line you’ll need, allowing you to make a perfectly flavored drink.

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If you're really green to the cocktail scene, a guide on how to make the best drinks will make a chic and useful addition to your cart. The Cocktail Codex offers a comprehensive deep-dive into the world of mixed drinks, giving novice drink-makers the tools to understand, execute, and improvise both classic and original cocktails.

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Whether it's to toast friends and family at your next celebration or to enjoy a classic Manhattan in style, the last style of glasses we'd consider stocking your bar cart with is the coupe glass. Featuring a glittering gold rim and textured glass that refracts light, this ethereal set will bring the magic as you raise your glasses.

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West Elm
was $30.00

No one likes a lukewarm drink, so no bar cart would be complete without an ice bucket. We're fans of this durable acrylic pick because of its lightweight construction and chic, fluted design.

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If you really want to take a stab at becoming a top-tier cocktail maker, leave the paring knife in your knife block and pick up this Bartender's Knife. It's specially designed for drink-making with a multi-purpose blade that peels, slices, and picks your cocktail garnishes with ease.

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Designed to keep a tight seal on open wine bottles, a top-of-the-line wine stopper is a must to keep your vino fresh. This version from Vacu Vin features a patented pump design: Just insert the universal wine stopper into the bottle and pump until you hear the click that signals an airtight seal.

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Last but certainly not least, you want to make sure your bar cart is stocked with the big five: vodka, tequila, gin, rum, and whiskey. These liquors serve as the base for many of your favorite drinks and they're even easier to get ahold of on Drizly. Think of it as the Uber Eats of spirits, where you can get your favorite adult beverages delivered to your door in less than 60 minutes!

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 16 Bar Cart Essentials for Creating Perfect Cocktails at Home