Wheel out the big gins…the drinks trolley is back with a bang. Rebranded as the bar cart, it evokes the spirit (pun absolutely intended) of the mid-century design revival, with a generous measure (one too many…?) of Mad Men vibes.
No longer a relic of a bygone age, it has been revived to serve a new discerning generation. So, whether you are buying for someone who has a touch of the Don Draper’s about him or simply a man who likes to entertain with flair at home, this is a stylish and very desirable gift.
And equally, whether you are purchasing high end or high street; for an urban man cave or family home; retro or contemporary, there is a vast menu to choose from.
To save a bit of time though, we have poured over the dozens of bar carts out there to bring you our top 5 for you to mull over…
Not so much a nod to the Mad Men scene, more a thumbs up to the urban man cave, this industrial-style trolley is a real multi-tasker. Made from highly durable carbon steel, this multi-tiered console on castors is also a statement piece of furniture in the right interior. Starting at the bottom, the wine rack holds 12 bottles, nestled on top of these is a steel shelf to house more liquor and glasses, while detachable holders allow you to store fluted glasses. Fancy. Acacia wood tops the whole thing off, providing space to mix drinks and display some snazzy bits of barware. Plus, when it’s not in use, it can be collapsed and easily stored away. But why would you want to hide it?
Style and functionality are combined to great effect with this beautiful trolley. A glass top shelf allows you to mix cocktails and pour drinks, with room left over to display all your accessories and accoutrements, such as your jigger and your muddler! Beneath this, the mirrored bottom shelf stores attractive liquor bottles, reflecting colour and light to dazzling effect. Designed with four castors, this really is a classically understated piece of furniture with a purpose, which can be wheeled smoothly into play in any part of the room.
Stylish and distinctive, the Rockett St George Shoreditch bar cart has a definite masculine undertone. The warmth of the copper effect metal combines with the strength of the simple circular design to create a very desirable piece of furniture. With two perforated shelves, there is plenty of room to house several bottles, an ice bucket, cocktail shaker and of course, some decent glassware. Its strength is also displayed in its ability to look good as a standalone piece of furniture, without needing to be cluttered with bar paraphernalia. Fitted with three castors, it can be wheeled about, making it the perfect mobile drinking unit.
Sleek and commanding, this Oliver Bonas bar cart is definitely what you might call an heirloom piece of investment furniture. Formed from dark acacia wood, inlaid with stripes of golden brass and crowned with a solid marble top, the Ottone drinks trolley deserves pride of place in any room. The curvy brass frame holds two shelves to house liquor bottles, gorgeous glasses and a myriad of bar accoutrements. Complete with two wheels it can be steered effortlessly around the home.
If this David Rockwell bar cart was a car, it would probably be a Bentley. An aura of machismo surrounds it, but in a very good way! Its natural palette and tactile finish complement its contemporary, yet timeless design. With an air of the gentleman’s club about it, the Valet is discreet, efficient and impeccably turned out.
Possessing a leather sling wine rack and two levels of walnut shelving it performs its function, while delivering on mobility, functionality and tradition. The top shelf provides a working surface, while the bottom holds liquor and supplies. But its the finishing touches that elevate this bar cart into a league of its own. A leather bag holds the mixologists tools, leather cord-wrapped handlebars add comfort and luxurious detailing, even the bottle opener dangles from a leather cord! And to top it all off, four custom brass castors swivel at 360 degrees to make it glide like a dream.