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.
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!
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.
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.