I recently read somewhere that we are currently in a cocktail Renaissance, which is a very exciting idea. The original “Golden Age” of cocktails was between 1860’s up until prohibition, when drinks like the martini, the daiquiri, and the Manhattan were all invented (what a productive era!). People learned to love mixed drinks, which of course led to the need for a cart to roll around their bottles of liquor, easily accessible at all times.
If you watch old movies, you will see stars like Carey Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly with their mixed drinks, poured right off a sophisticated bar cart. The popularity of the bar cart began to fade as people favored built in wet bars for entertaining in the 70’s and 80’s. There has been a resurgence in the last few years during our “cocktail renaissance”, maybe as people are realizing that they can have both.
I love the idea that you can roll your liquor around with you wherever you go. We just styled this bar cart for the holidays this year. The lamp serves to provide height and also a light source right on the cart. We added some greenery and champagne with cranberries to make it festive. We usually include a cocktail book like The Curious Bartender or The Craft Cocktail Party.
Here’s a roundup of our favorite bar carts: