Can you tell I’m on a decorating kick? I really want to decorate our apartment. Like it’s starting to bug me. And while there are more important purchases on the to-do list (cough, a couch, cough), a bar cart would be perfection beneath the gallery wall I’m in the process of making. SO. It’s all one big interior design puzzle. And honestly I’ve had bar carts on the brain for a while. I even posted about bar carts around this time last year and a couple of the bar carts in that post are featured here. It wasn’t until Dan told me he’d like to get a bar cart that I started thinking about it seriously and doing some research.
While there are some gorgeous bar carts out there at various price points, I suggest exploring your options. Check out antique stores, thrift shops, flea markets as well as your favorite home decor brands. While antique shopping I found a really cute oval bar cart with mirrored shelves in excellent condition for $230. And by excellent I mean sturdy and well made. When shopping for bar carts I tend to shake them to see how wobbly they are because nobody wants a wobbly bar cart! But you never know what you’ll find.
Even though I love the look of some of the pricier carts, I don’t know if I would spend more than $200 on one. We don’t do that much entertaining, but maybe some of you do. Maybe you can’t live without the lucite bar cart from Anthropologie, because honestly that thing is amazing. So I tried, as usual, to give you variety but unless I find a serious steal while exploring antique shops, we might go with one of the more affordable Threshold™ bar carts from Target.
Anthropologie Oscarine Lucite Bar Cart – The lucite is not for everyone but I really dig it. It makes this bar cart is so unique, and fun with a bit of an art deco feel. Definitely a piece you won’t find elsewhere.
Metal, Wood, and Leather Bar Cart – Gold – Threshold™ – A little funky, this bar cart is giving off some 1970s vibes. Love the wood shelves with the gold and leather wrapped handle. Plus, it’s a steal.
West Elm Terrace Bar Cart – This might be my favorite because of its classic look. It’s not too glitzy, clunky, or masculine. It’s art deco inspired but very versatile with its simple, sleek design.
Williams Sonoma Beckett Bar Cart – This 1930s industrial bar cart would look smashing in a living room. It’s the only three-tiered cart on this list and can be used for cocktails or food during parties. Just wheel this puppy out on the terrace with tea, sandwiches, and cakes.
Alsager Serving Cart by House of Hampton – You can’t tell from this picture but there are a lot of art deco details on this cart. From the circle design in the middle to the geometric pattern on the glass shelves. And you can use it as a bar cart or side table.
Wood & Glass Gold Finish Bar Cart – Threshold™ – Another affordable option, the design of this cart is similar to the West Elm Terrace Bar Cart. It features a glass top shelf and wood bottom shelf.
Joss & Main Yves Serving Cart – The delicate details of this bar cart give it a Parisian feel that would make it a standout piece in a small apartment. It’s also the most ornate of all the bar carts in this post.
Williams Sonoma Truman Bar Cart – This cart is fancy! Very glam and very luxe. It looks like the type of cart you’d find in the penthouse or on a luxury yacht. For our purposes though, this is a great way to serve up a couple Manhattans.
Lulu & Georgia Zelia Bar Cart – I don’t know what it is about my love for unique looking bar carts but this one rocks! I love the contrast of the glossy white trays with the golden frame. So pretty!
Domino Felicity Bar Cart – Similar to the Yves serving cart in that it’s very slim and feminine compared to the other bar carts. It’s a beautiful piece with mirrored glass on the top and bottom shelf, welcome in any home or apartment.