A Millennial’s Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

How do you perfectly style a bar cart? With the essentials of course. Introducing vodka, gin, and whiskey. Millennials don’t have time for swizzle sticks and experimenting with ice shapes. We graduated college without jobs people! We need alcohol. But in all seriousness, a few books, some old records, and a print will do just fine. Here is a millennial’s guide to a perfectly styled bar cart.

A Millennial's Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

A Millennial's Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

The cart

The cart you choose is important. You want something modest enough that says, “yes I am down to have a good time” or “yes, I enjoy a good nightcap.” Go too big, and you’re saying “yes, I am a raging alcoholic.” Basically, the perfect bar cart fits in a corner and has no more than two levels – one level for alcohol, and one level for glasses or other styling extras.

I purchased my bar cart at Target on a last chance clearance sale. Unfortunately it’s no longer available, but they have an array of other cute bar carts!

A Millennial's Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

The essentials

One. Gin is the new vodka. A perfect bar cart needs a classy bottle of gin, and I mean the good stuff. I prefer Hendrick’s gin because of its crisp, cool taste. Hendrick’s is insanely versatile and can be used with many different garnishes to produce a variety of flavors in your gin and tonic.

Two. Vodka is absolutely essential. Vodka is the second most consumed alcohol in the world (thanks to us Russians (kidding (but also probably true))). Every bar needs a good vodka. We typically have Ciroc, Tito’s, or Ketel One on our bar cart.

Three. Whiskey completes the perfect trio. Because there’s always that one friend who is a die-hard whiskey drinker. There is always that one friend who’s a die-hard tequila drinker too, but I refuse to have tequila in my house, so that settles that. Whiskey is the most consumed liquor in the entire world.

A Millennial's Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

A Millennial's Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

A Millennial's Guide to a Perfectly Styled Bar Cart

The extras

There are a few things that really complete a bar cart for us millennials, and it’s all in the staging. I personally have chosen to add a few ‘coffee table-esque’ books to my bar cart. This includes The Little Book of Brunch (which is bloody brilliant by the way) and Brew, a guide to making coffee at home. Currently, I am working on curating some cocktail books which also make a great addition. It let’s people know that you’ve read the manual.

I also found that styling it up with some old records really added a nice vintage touch. While I am still waiting for a gorgeous new record player, nothing says excellent taste like booze and music.

Next, let’s talk glasses. Here are the styling essentials:

  • Balloon glasses (gin)
  • Lowball glasses (whiskey, but we tend to use these for vodka too) (hey, we’re not perfect)
  • Flute glasses (champagne)
  • Martini glasses (vodka martinis)

Lastly, everyone’s favorite boozy-themed print. I chose a gin reference, naturally, but there are lots of really cute prints with different alcohol references that you can buy and frame. If there is one thing that you cannot miss on your millennial-styled bar cart, then it is a framed print. Aside from the actual alcohol that is. Definitely splurge on the right print, and make sure to have it framed nicely.

Now, obviously, people have different taste. If you don’t fancy the way I’ve styled mine and need some other sources for inspiration, the interior designers at Havenly have a blog post with a few tips of their own that make styling a bar cart easy!

That completes the cart, the essentials, and the extras that you need for a perfectly styled bar cart! How would you style your bar cart?

Content created in collaboration with Havenly. As always all thoughts & opinions are my own.


  1. I definitely need that book in my life since brunch is THE best. I also love this idea of a bar cart. I saw a display in IKEA where they used a cart for the bathroom and instantly fell in love with the idea of using a cart for organization. Thanks for sharing!

    cabin twenty-four

    1. Haha! I cannot stand tequila, but that’s my own fault after some unfortunate nights in college lol. You’re totally right about feeling adult!

  2. Ooh I love the idea of having a bar cart which is so weird because:
    1. I don’t have my own apartment/place
    2. I don’t know much about alcohol and I don’t really drink

    But I really love the idea of this, yours looks so nice. Love the styling! 🙂
    Coco Bella Blog

    1. Haha thanks lady! I am actually not a huuuge drinker myself. But it’s super nice when guests come over! That’s what it’s mostly used for. 🙂

  3. This is such a perfect post for us millennials with our own places! Your bar cart is so cute! Thanks for some of the tips to style one! Definitely will be useful when the right time comes!


  4. I adore this post! Only today I was talking to my boyfriend about how I wanted a bar cart in our next home – I’m definitely tempted by a marble/gold cart. Some brilliant tips Emily!

    Musings & More

  5. Oh wow now I know what I will add to my interior collection next – I just got myself new pillows and wall pictures so I am totally in the mood. Such a great idea Emily, I like your minimal approach but how you still keep everything in place perfectly! Thanks for this inspiration <3
    xx, Carmen – http://carmitive.com

  6. I love the idea of bar carts. I especially loved the Oh Joy for Target one. I don’t drink alcohol at all so I have no use for one but I want to make a coffee cart someday with my Nespresso and espresso shot glasses/syrups!

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

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