Best drinks trolleys: 10 stylish bar carts you need for hosting

With the best drinks trolleys, entertaining has never looked better

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Are you on the lookout for the best drinks trolley in the run-up to the festive season? We've got all of the bar carts to make your living room an enviable space for entertaining, mixing up a cocktail, or simply giving you a little more space to store your favourite bottles. A drinks trolley can add something a little different if you're thinking of sprucing up your living room, dining room or kitchen, and with an array of styles and budgets catered to, there's sure to be something to match the decor of your home. Plus, you can get inspired with how to style your new purchase with our bar cart ideas, and discover new ways to dress up your bar cart. 

If wine is more your bag, then why not also check out our guide to the best wine fridges, and find innovative ways to store your collection at the optimum temperature. 


The best drinks trolleys for your home

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1. John Lewis & Partners + Swoon Cole Glass Bar Cart

The best drinks trolley you can buy right now

Reasons to buy

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Handles for easy moving 
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Minimalist design 

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Quite large
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Might be impractical for those with children

If you want to entertain in multiple rooms, this glass bar cart has wheels and boasts handles for easy pushing and moving, with two mirrored trays for your bottles and glassware to sit. It's ideal for minimalist homes, with a simple black matte metal frame and elegant brass-capped legs. It's also rather sizeable, so you can really make a statement in your dining room, though we would suggest moving it out of the way of children or clumsy family members as it's quite easy to knock things off its shelves. This collab piece was designed by Swoon for John Lewis & Partners, and is bound to compliment any style of room with its understated look.

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2. Soho Home Oval Bar Cart

The best drinks trolley for a vintage vibe

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Standout design 
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3 levels to store drinks

Reasons to avoid

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On the pricey side

One for those who love a handcrafted vintage look, this Soho Home bar cart boasts a unique antique finish and it's made of 100 per cent brass-plated metal. With two glass shelves and four wheels, it's spacious and convenient – perfect for a dining room. With an elegant trim to protect your bottles and glassware from moving when transporting, it's even easy to keep clean and shiny with a quick wipe down. With an undeniably eye-catching design, this bar cart ought to spruce up your dining room and add a little flavour to your evening drinks.

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3. Maison du Monde Hippolyte Aged-Effect Brass Metal and Glass Serving Trolley

The best drinks trolley for smaller homes

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Extremely high quality 
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Compact for smaller rooms

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Only able to hold drinks across two levels

If you're a little short on space, then this compact yet high-quality Hippolyte bar cart from Maisons du Monde is the perfect choice for you. Boasting a classic chic look with a brass metal frame and two glass shelves, we say it would look equally as impressive in a dining room or living area as it would look in a hallway. Match it with the rest of your gold accessories and use the high bottom shelf for storing your spirits, and the top area for your cocktail-making utensils to sit, for the perfect accompaniment to your dining room table. 

If you love the bar cart look but aren't much of a drinker, you could always use this Maison du Monde pick as a side table in your home. Simply adorn with photo frames, plants or lamps for an effortlessly sophisticated look.

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4. The Forest & Co Black Coated Metal Drinks Trolley

The best drinks trolley for outdoors

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Ideal for summer months
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Weatherproof for outdoor placement

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Not as sturdy as other trolleys

Celebrate with drinks outside with this coated bar cart, which is weatherproof, making it suitable for outdoor use (You might want to cover it come wintertime, though). It's a bargain at less than £100, and can double up as a corner unit if you want a spot to display a lamp or books.  For summertime entertaining, this is a convenient purchase to encourage fewer trips from your garden to your kitchen and back while entertaining; simply pop an ice bucket on top and a few glasses and bottles on the bottom and you're all set!

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5. Swoon Cartizze Drinks Trolley

The best drinks trolley with gold accents

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Carved bottle holders
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Nautical design

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No handles for easy pushing 

We are quite literally swooning over this incredibly gorgeous – and incredibly practical – drinks trolley. Not only does it boast special bottle holders for your favourite drinks, as well as bars to hold your glasses up, but it has two elegant marble shelves to use as space to make your drinks. It's on three wheels for easy moving, while it's perfectly suited to any size home, whether a large dining room or a teeny kitchen. To say this bar cart is eye-catching would be an understatement. 

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6. John Lewis & Partners Riya Bar Cart

The best drinks trolley with a wide table design

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of space 
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Adds a touch of gold to your space

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Only two levels to store drinks across

If it’s a civilised and simple vibe you are going for, then John Lewis & Partners’ Riya bar cart is just the ticket. With smoked glass shelves and a gold metal frame, this minimalist design is set on four castors so is super easy to manoeuvre no matter how many Martinis you may have consumed. 

The understated design of this drinks trolley means that your spirit collection or cocktail making kit can really take the shine, with any colour combination bound to match the polished gold touches. Create a perfect mixing station at parties and dinners with this bar cart, and attract compliments thanks to its high-quality finish. 

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7. West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart

The best drinks trolley if you're looking for something a bit different

Reasons to buy

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Stylish walnut finish
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Plenty of space for holding drinks

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Only rests on two wheels

Has this West Elm bar cart literally just been wheeled out of Don Draper’s office? The walnut finish, rounded legs and brass details definitely recall the '50s and '60s aesthetic; just fill it with cut crystal glasses and all the ingredients for an Old Fashioned and you are good to go. Just be aware that it’s only on two castors – you will have to pick it up slightly to move it, so be careful not to overload it. 

We love how much space this bar cart has across two levels, meaning that you can fit all sorts of trinkets and finishing touches alongside your drinks. It's also a great match for anyone with hardwood floors, and will bring a room together perfectly.

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8. Graham & Green Caldwell Gold Drinks Trolley

The best drinks trolley for an antique look

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Ideal for taller bottles
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Dark luxury design 

Reasons to avoid

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Pretty expensive 

All the beauty of an antique but without the fragility, this gold trolley from Graham & Green is giving us all the Gatsby vibes. The generous gap between the two shelves is perfect for storing taller bottles (a flaw in a lot of bar cart designs) and the top is an ideal space for mixing drinks. 

If you want something a little different from the traditional bar cart design, then this trolley offers that in abundance, and is a great match for darker-toned living rooms. You can add extra ambience to your trolley with candles and house plants too, as well as by decanting your spirits into darker coloured tumblers.

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9. Dunelm Pimlico Antique Brass Drinks Trolley

The best budget drinks trolley

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Compliments dark living rooms perfectly
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An affordable choice

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Smaller in size

If your drink selection is more on the modest side, this Dunelm drinks trolley is ideal. Its two shelves will still hold plenty but the small dimensions mean it would easily squeeze into the corner of a living room or bedroom (no judgement here). We also think it's a bit of a bargain – it looks pretty swish for under £150, don’t you think? 

For those on a budget, this is a chance to bag a drinks trolley that has the look of more high end pieces without the price tag. Its retro design would pair perfectly with a statement chair, and is bound to add a touch of elegance wherever you would like it in your home.

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10. Cox & Cox Industrial Wood & Metal Drinks Trolley

The best industrial-style drinks trolley

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A great alternative to gold accented trolleys 
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3 levels to divide drinks

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Has less of a bar cart vibe

If you are looking for a vintage industrial style bar cart but found that they are eye wateringly expensive, then this vintage – in inverted commas – metal trolley from Cox & Cox is your next best bet. Slightly less of a bar cart and more of a side table on wheels, this classic style trolley has three roomy shelves – the bottom one is shorter which is a bit of a pain, but why not add to the rustic look and fill some wooden crates with lemons and limes to make the most of the space?


Where to buy a drinks trolley?

Still searching for a drinks trolley or bar cart for your home? Take a browse below as we've listed where you can buy a drinks trolley online – and where to find more of the best looking buys.

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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