5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have!

I was happy for another opportunity to create a style board for Chairish. My last board featured Chairish bar stools in a sleek vintage chic home bar setting… more on that here. This time it’s all about the essentials every bar cart owner must have! Well now, this is definitely a style board that makes me feel right at home.

Chairish provided these six bar carts to choose from, but definitely check out their bar cart section to see the full suite of options!

Brass Bar Carts

I opted to feature this 1940s solid brass beauty:

Sheila Zeller Interiors - Brass Bar Cart

I love the simplicity of this piece, it’s sleek lines and elegant oval shape. I am a weak-kneed fan of classic Hollywood glam, and just know this bar cart is dying to showcase some glamorous barware, sparkle and shine!

Instead of featuring typical barware basics for bar carts, I decided to highlight five essentials that are often overlooked. That’s right. These five little essentials can take your bar cart from ‘doing it right’ to down right cool-worthy (underscore)!

The 5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials

Here’s why and where you can shop to grab ’em quick:

1. Decanter Tags

Chalkboard Hang Tags - Sur La Table

I think you need at least one decanter if not three, to set the tone. They are showy and useful, but it sure helps to know what’s inside! Engraved silver decanter tags are super stunning and on my list of favourites for sure, but I’m all over these chalkboard labels. They let you change things up easy-peasy, and it doesn’t hurt that they are sleek in black but still keep things fun and light.

2. Cocktail Napkins

Georges Briard Cocktail Napkins - Poolhaus Vintage (Etsy)

Nothing serves a classic cocktail in a classic vintage coupe better than a beautiful napkin. We’re used to so many awesome paper choices, but why not go green on this? These vintage napkins are pure linen and designed by Mid Century great, Georges Briard. You know who Georges Briard is right?

3. Coasters

Black Lacquer Coasters - Chairish

No, not just any coasters! This brass bar cart is screaming for a touch of classic Hollywood Glam, and we have that in spades with these vintage black and gold lacquer coasters. And why coasters anyway? Well, they’re great for the stemless cocktail glasses, and they add a touch of cachet!

4. Cocktail Picks

BAR-4383 Cocktail Swords, Toledo (1)

If you’re going to serve a classic martini then you’ll need skewers for the 3 olives please! Actually, you will garnish many-a-cocktail and will be glad to have a swanky set of cocktail picks, or in this case vintage Toledo swords. Throw out the wooden toothpicks. There’s no place for them here!

5. Bottle Opener

Brass Crab Bottle Opener - Chairish

Your bar cart is a statement piece and it’s meant to pop. Well, that’s exactly what this brass crab will do. Who knew this shiny crustacean was actually a bottle opener in disguise?

You can go in many directions with your bar cart, there are just so many options and styles. But if you’re going with a brass bar cart like this you will want to stock up on glam barware basics, add a garnish and some splash with these forgotten essentials of the bar cart mix!
Bar Carts - 5 Forgotten Essentials
 And so… what’s next on your bar cart essential list? These Georges Briard cocktail napkins are definitely on mine! Update: I couldn’t resist!! Wanna see… click here!
 Thanks for stopping by!

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14 Replies to “5 Forgotten Bar Cart Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have!”

  1. Oh, what a great assortment and all together they make a gorgeous bar cart (minus the liquid “stuff”). That crab bottle opener sure caught my eye – sigh – and those tags are beautiful. Thanks Shelia!

  2. Well you are the queen of glam! So glad I have you to help me out in that department. Decanters going on the must-buy list, and chalkboard tags I already have. Woot woot! And you know what? My Oma had that set of coasters at her house while she was alive. Memories of having ginger ale in gorgeous crystal glassware on those coasters so as not to stain the teak coffee table… Thanks so much for sharing Sheila!

  3. Such elegant selections! We have more of an outdoor utility bar cart that I DIY-ed, but I’m thinking about dressing it up for the holidays with some sparkly accessories. I’m sure will use it a lot!

  4. I love all of it, it’s so glam and very sophisticated it all goes perfectly together! Sometimes I wish I didn’t live in a china shop… with Bulls! Sigh! 😉 It would be so fun to have a glamour party, say for the Oscars.

    1. You make me laugh, Laurie! No, a bull in a china shop is not a good idea, but I bet you can have a fun vintage glam Oscar party… and if you do, I know you will put the Laurie spin on it and it will be amazing! Please post pics 😉

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