10 of the best bar carts

Did someone say happy hour? A must for anyone who loves entertaining, find the best bar cart for your scheme

West Elm bar cart
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No longer a relic of a bygone era, the bar cart has long shed its Abigail's Party-esque past and become one of the most coveted pieces of furniture going. So whether you fancy yourself as a bit of a mixologist or just want a place in your kitchen or living room to show off your ever growing selection of spirits, we've rounded up the best bar carts for every style and budget...

Find how to choose the best dining furniture in our guide. And once you've shopped, check out our guide to styling your bar cart like an interiors guru.

Oliver Bonas gold bamboo drinks trolley

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1. Oliver Bonas Luxe Round Bamboo Drinks Trolley

Best for: All the glamour
Dimensions: H87cm x W74.5cm x D41cm
Material: Marble, glass, wood
Reasons to buy
+Generous size 
Reasons to avoid
-No lips on the shelves which could make manoeuvring tricky  

With its painted gold bamboo frame and marble and mirror shelves, this trolley definitely nods to the Art Deco era. It’s also pretty sizeable, so if your alcohol stash doesn’t expand over three shelves, you could always double it up as as side table and use it for some handy extra storage.

John Lewis and Partners Riya drinks trolley

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2. John Lewis & Partners Riya Drinks Trolley

Best for: A classic look
Dimensions: H74cm x W73cm x D37cm
Material: Glass, metal
Reasons to buy
+Can easily fit full sized bottles 
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty pricey for a simple design 

If it’s a civilised and simple vibe you are after, then this John Lewis & Partners’ offering is just the ticket. With smoked glass shelves and 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. 

West Elm bar cart

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3. West Elm Mid-century Bar Cart

Best for:
Dimensions: H81cm x W82cm x D51cm
Material: eucalyptus wood with walnut veneer
Reasons to buy
+Brass rails to keep everything in place
Reasons to avoid
-Only two castors make it difficult to manoeuvre 

Has this bar cart literally just been wheeled out of Don Draper’s office? The walnut finish, rounded legs and brass details definitely recall the fifties and sixties 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 so you will have to pick it up slightly to move it, so be careful not to overload it. 

Oliver Bonas Alana bar cart

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4. Made.com Alana Drinks Trolley

Best for: Smaller spaces
Dimensions: H73cm x W42cm x D40cm
Material: Copper-plated steel
Reasons to buy
+Compact design +Comes in two different finishes 
Reasons to avoid
-Don’t totally love the black plastic wheels

Still love all things copper? Yep, us too. And lucky for us it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere so adding this glorious trolley to your interiors will definitely give your home an instant style hit. It’s pretty small, just 73cm high, so it's great if you want to add a touch a glamour to a small kitchen or living room. It also comes in a black nickel finish if you are all (completely understandably) coppered out.

Living room withe bar cart and green velvet sofa

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5. Graham and Green Caldwell Drinks Trolley

Best for: Art Deco vibes
Dimensions: H83cm x W85cm x D47cm
Material: Metal, glass
Reasons to buy
+Unique design+Room to store taller bottles
Reasons to avoid

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 the perfect height for mixing drinks. 

Dunelm antique brass bar cart

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6. Dunelm Pimlico Antique Brass Drinks Trolley

Best for: Budget ‘Antique’
Dimensions: H69cm x W45cm x D45cm
Material: Glass, iron
Reasons to buy
+Vintage style at a budget price 
Reasons to avoid
-The glass shelves are delicate

If your drinks' 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, looks pretty swish for under £150 don’t you think? 

Argos 3 tiered bar cart

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7. Argos Chrome and Glass Drinks Trolley

Best for: '70s retro style
Dimensions: H80cm x W70cm x D35cm
Material: Glass, steel
Reasons to buy
+3 tiers for plenty of storage+Good price
Reasons to avoid
-Lower shelves won’t fit a standard bottle of spirit 

Four wheels, three shelves and two handles, this bar cart ticks all the boxes in terms of practicality and how easy it is to use, it also doesn’t look too shabby either. There is definitely something quite old school about the design, perhaps a little '70s, but that need not be a bad thing. It’s also under £70 and considering how pricey bar carts can get we reckon that’s a bit of a bargain. 

Ikea kitchen trolley

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8. Ikea Sunnersta Trolley

Best for: Bar cart on a budget
Dimensions: H97cm x W56cm x D33cm
Material: Steel
Reasons to buy
+Budget friendly
Reasons to avoid
-Basic design (which actually may not always be a bad thing)

It could be argued that this is technically a kitchen trolley rather that a bar cart, but hey we say it's a great choice for those looking for a budget friendly, no frills option. Pile it high with fancy bottles and a funky looking cocktail shaker and no one will even notice you are trying to get that Mid-century style on a millennial budget.

Top tip: You could always don your DIY dungarees and give it a bit of an upcycle with some metallic spray paint and marble contact paper.

Cox and Cox vintage metal drinks trolley

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9. Cox & Cox Vintage Metal Trolley

Best for: Industrial style
Dimensions: H89cm x W80cm x D40cm
Material: Metal
Reasons to buy
+Could double up as extra storage
Reasons to avoid
-The slatted shelf is a bit of a pain 

If you are looking for a vintage bar cart but found that they are eye-wateringly expensive this vintage – in inverted commas – metal trolley is your next best bet. Slightly less of a bar cart and more of a side table on wheels, this industrial style trolley has three roomy shelves – the bottom one is slatted which is a bit 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. 

Swoon Editions bar cart

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10. Swoon Editions Carrello Bar Cart

Best for: Chic and simple
Dimensions: H64cm x W41cm x D31cm
Material: Iron
Reasons to buy
+Simple, unfussy design
Reasons to avoid
-Too small for some?

As much as we love a shimmering metallic bar cart with all the vintage-style trimmings, if you are looking for a more contemporary design, this Swoon Editions bar cart would be perfect. Its simple style is unfussy and practical – an understated background for all those glorious cocktails you are obviously going to be making. (And for all of you magpies, you’ll will be pleased to know it also comes in a gold finish). 

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