14 Best Bar Accessories
Whether you have an outdoor bar cart or an indoor rec room, these handy cocktail-hour gadgets will keep the party going
You've finished building your snazzy new bar cart, so the hard part is over. But before you invite family and friends over to raise a glass to your DIY skills, stock it with a few unique cocktail gadgets and serving items that'll have everybody asking, "Where can I get one of those?" For Father's Day or any day, they make great gifts to thank dear old Dad for years of playing bartender. Here are 14 of our favorite functional bar accessories—emphasis on the "fun."
Shaken, stirred…or tornado-ed? The Cocktail Cyclone beverage maker whirs your liquid ingredients at high speed with the push of a button, so that each sip is blended perfectly. It might just become your favorite outdoor power tool.
About $9; Simply As Seen On TV
When you're ready to take a break from the workbench, keep tool-separation anxiety to a minimum with an engravable Craftsman bottle opener. Twist it either way to remove the cap, then knock back a cold one as you contemplate how to build your next project. (Just make sure your drink wears off before you wield the drill again.)
About $20; Sears
Sure, you can use the back of a spoon for the task, but the Brutul Black & Tan Turtle is just the tool you need: Use the little bugger's mouth to open a bottle of your favorite stout, set it atop a glass half-filled with ale, and pour the brew over his back for a perfectly layered drink every time.
About $12; Brutul
Try your hand as a classic barkeep with the old-school-style Soda Siphon, which turns plain old tap water into the fizzy variety with just a pull of its handle. You'll be concocting sparkling juices and spritzers before your next guest can say "Another, please."
About $50; Kegworks
If you like your liquor cold, toss a few of these Whiskey Stones into your glass to give your drink a chill without watering it down. Unlike real ice cubes, they're ready to use minutes after you pop them into the freezer. And don't worry: the soapstone they're made from is odorless, tasteless, and won't scratch your barware or your pearly whites.
About $20; Vat 19
With the help of the special-shaped silicon Cool Shooters Ice Tray, you can avoid washing extra glassware or using disposables. Just freeze, pop out the cups, and fill with lemonade for the kids, or vodka for the grownups—they'll be sure to charm the crowd.
About $10; Ochelly
Simple, cheap, and useful: Screw the Wall Mount Bottle Opener onto the tall side of your bar cart's upper tray, and guests can pop the tops off their favorite brews without having to hunt down an elusive bottle opener.
About $7; Kegworks
The Instant Beer Stein Can Grip may be a bit kitschy, but we think it's a step up from the tired old koosi: It prevents your favorite brew from slipping out of your sweaty grip and helps keep it cold, too. Stock your cart with enough for all your guests, and watch them toast your ingenuity.
About $4; Kegworks
First published in 1935, Mr. Boston's Official Bartender's Guide offers up some 1,400 recipes, including 200 new ones in the latest edition. The selection includes everything from tried-and-true classic cocktails to party punches to a suite of non-alcoholic beverages for your temperance movement-themed gatherings.
About $11; Barnes & Noble
Skip the ice bucket and put a bottle of white in this insulated acrylic holder instead. It keeps chilled wine cold for up to three hours—long enough to get you through an afternoon cocktail party.
About $20; Sky Mall
Even an dining table looks better without rings from sweaty glasses. These non-skid coasters are far from fussy: Themes like bowling, billiards, and darts keep the vibe festive and playful, and you can customize them with your name so that everyone will know whose house rules to play by.
About $40; Pond Doc
Spare yourself the hassle of wielding a knife and cutting board to make garnishes. The Ultimate Fruit Slicer renders lemons and limes into precise wedges in no time flat, while sparing your fingertips from those dreaded drink-prep injuries.
About $100; Wholesale Bar Supplies
First came the popular Rabbit. Now there's another wine opener named for a cute animal: Place the Penguin EZ Pull Corkscrew on top of your bottle, move the single lever down and up, and you'll extract even the tightest cork from its spot.
About $50; Wine Things