Bar Cart Styling – Kitting it Out for Cocktail Hour.

A couple of weeks back, I posted about our visit to the distillery Archie Rose, read about it here.

It got me thinking about my bar at home. Now we were the lucky recipients of a Parker drinks trolley, all thanks to the brilliant Tony, a passionate mid century furniture restorer. We bought an amazing Parker dining table and chairs from him, see it in my post here, and he was kind enough to chuck in the drinks trolley for free.

Parker Bar Cart
Parker Bar Cart

This is the trolley, simple in design and a really good size. Some were made with a small drawer under the top shelf for your bar tools. Mine doesn’t, but that’s fine, I’ll survive.

Now it is in need of styling and with Christmas around the corner I want it be ready to use, especially as we are having friends over. But it is missing a few key pieces, so I have been on the look out for the bar equipment to put together the perfect bar cart. I thought I would share some the items that have caught my eye.

Deco Marble and Gold Bar Set - West Elm
Deco Marble and Gold Bar Set – West Elm

First up is this bar tool set from West Elm. I love the mix of gold and marble. Having the tools arranged on a stand keeps the pieces tidy and together, especially as like I said my cart does not have the small drawer.

Marble Hexagon Chopping Board - Bed bath and Table
Marble Hexagon Chopping Board – Bed bath and Table

Keeping with marble, these little hexagon chopping boards from Bed, Bath and Table are perfect for cutting limes or lemons. They really stand out against the timber of the trolley.


Jug Vogue Pitcher - Wheel and Barrow
Jug Vogue Pitcher – Wheel and Barrow

Now no bar cart is complete without a good size pitcher to mix up some cocktails. I picked this one up from Wheel and Barrow. I love its elegant style and it’s handle just adds a little bit of interest.


Pineapple Cocktail Shaker - Oliver Bonas
Pineapple Cocktail Shaker – Oliver Bonas

Speaking of mixing cocktails, there’s the all important shaker. Ok so I wasn’t into the whole brass pineapple fad that seemed to take over the internet, but I do love this shaker from Oliver Bonas.


Studded Decanter - CB2
Studded Decanter – CB2

I am really taken with this textured decanter from CB2, I think its contemporary look would mix in really well with some vintage decanters.

Grid Wine Rack - Oliver Bonas
Grid Wine Rack – Oliver Bonas

Now I also had my eye on this wine rack from Oliver Bonas, but alas they do not ship this to Australia, drat!!
I will find myself a work around on that, I am itching to get may hands on this.

All of these bits are new and are currently in stores. I have also been looking for vintage pieces from Etsy.

Which is where I spotted this…

Imperial Glass 'Shoji' Ice Bucket
Imperial Glass ‘Shoji’ Ice Bucket

I am completely smitten with this piece, and my finger has been hovering over the ‘buy it’ button a number of times. But it’s on the pricey side (hey that’s 24 carat gold decoration) hence the hesitating. But I do think it will look amazing on my cart.

Should I…. Shouldn’t I????

I think I need a drink to help me decide.



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