Budget Bar Cart Essentials

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Liquor: Cognac, Gin, White Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila
Mixers: Cointreau, Red Vermouth, White Vermouth, Bitters
Vintage Cocktails Book – $27
Vintage Gold Ice Bucket – $19

Paper Straws – $4.50
Vintage Gold Cocktail Shaker – $10

Vintage Glasses – $44
Z Gallerie Perspective Tray – $24.95

If you follow me on instagram, you know I recently  moved my barcart to a different location in the dining room.  I really feel the new location makes our place feel so much bigger.  Isn’t it weird how that happens? 

The new location is always in view from the living room, and it has me thinking about what I need to add to it to make it perfect. 

I think every bar cart should start with the items above.  I feel they are the perfect foundation for a fantastic barcart.  Once you get really good at making fancy cocktails, you can add some more sophisticated tools, but these will have you looking like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t. 

Do you have a bar cart?  Do you have any “essentials” that I might have missed? 


  1. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Love it! I've been slowly gathering items to style my bar cart since last summer! It's a labour of love.

  2. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    I love straws like that! I also like the idea of having a cocktail book, kinda like a coffee table book.

    I don't have a bar cart but I have a credenza and my staple there is my high-heeled shoe wine bottle holder! 🙂

  3. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    I don't have a barcart, but now I really wish I did! I especially love those paper straws!

  4. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    This is great! I'm thinking of surprising my husband with a bar cart of some sort–we recently "inherited" a huge collection of booze too large for our tiny above-the-exhaust-hood cabinet that had been storing our one bottle of whiskey.. This gives me some great ideas!

  5. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    Love everything you picked out! We just got some paper chevron straws and they are so cute!!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  6. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Me gusta todo muchísimo !!


  7. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 9:22 pm

    I've been dying for that cocktails book for a while now! $10 for that gold shaker?! Kind of a steal. I just need to find a bar cart!

  8. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    We dont have a bar cart, but I've been keeping my out when I got to my local second hand stores!! I'm waiting for the perfect cart to show up one day just for me!! I love the essentials!

  9. Thursday, April 11, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    I really (reallllyyy) want a bar cart for my new apartment. I think they're so vintage and charming!

  10. Thursday, April 11, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    I think you covered all the bases! I love having paper straws on hand. They make drinking funner than it already is! Hooray for that! Love the vintage cocktails book 🙂


  11. Thursday, April 11, 2013 / 6:55 pm

    Love these options so much! You always have the best bargain finds!!! Xo, Katie

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