'50s Glam: 9 Bar Carts for Chic Entertaining
Retro rollers offer up stylish storage for libations and their accoutrements
There's no denying the luxury of having a cart just for entertaining, with glasses, decanters, and bottles at the ready. But that glamour belies the true practicality of these pieces—with multiple tray tiers, and wheels for mobility, they provide a sweet storage spot that's easy to tuck away when not in use. Bar carts are most closely associated with the 1950s and 1960s, when at-home dinner parties were in vogue and the cocktail hour was a daily ritual, but they're picking up steam again thanks in large part to a renewed interest in DIY mixology. Here, nine different takes, from rustic to refined, to suit your home's style—whether you're hosting a New Year's shindig or just toasting a paint job well done.
Made of: Galvanized iron
Highlights: The oval shape is eye-catching and provides plenty of usable deck space to boot.
About $289; Wayfair
Pier 1 Imports
Made of: Wrought iron and glass
Highlights: Gold-toned bamboo is a mid-century classic. An antiqued finish gives it a vintage vibe.
About $330; Pier 1 Imports
EC World Imports
Made of: Composite wood and iron
Highlights: Weathered wood and an iron frame lend an industrial air; the curved silhouette softens up the look.
About $190; Wayfair
Made of: Walnut-veneered eucalyptus and metal
Highlights: Warm walnut, shiny brass, and a streamlined shape evoke Mad Men–era nostalgia.
About $349; West Elm
Plow & Hearth
Made of: Powder-coated steel
Highlights: A simple shape gets dressed up with a darkened copper finish. Bonus: This one's suitable for outdoors, too.
About $200; Plow & Hearth
Cost Plus World Market
Made of: Iron and glass
Highlights: Two giant rings replacing plain old legs on the sides, plus a silvery sheen, give this cart an Art Deco air.
About $170; World Market
Made of: Steel and MDF
Highlights: Great for small spaces. Both trays pop out for serving, and the legs can fold away when not in use.
About $99; Wayfair
Made of: Rattan
Highlights: A tropical look might inspire you to stock up tiki-bar-style—perfect for chasing away the cold.
About $129 (available starting in January); Target