Lush Life: 26 of the Best Bar Carts Under $300 and How to Trick Them Out

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Ready for some adulting? Nothing says sophisticated more than a chic bar cart stocked with all the right libations. Even if you don’t drink, the best bar carts are versatile enough to work as a side table, serving tray or upscale snack cart. You may want to keep one nicely stocked and ready to offer your guests a little something.

A clear lucite bar cart doesn’t compete with all the colors and patterns in this mod living room. Image: Elle Decor

How to set up a home bar

Depending on your drinks of choice, the key to how to set up a home bar is organization. What supplies do you need to keep on your bar cart so you or your guests can make a cocktail or drink? Don’t forget to include:

Once you have your favorite spirits and accessories ready to go, display them in a way that’s artful and appealing. Add splashes of color to your bar cart with flowers, books, colorful drink glasses or a bright tray. Hang a large, bold painting or framed image over your bar cart to set the stage.

Bar cart display ideas

If you have lots of wine or champagne bottles, insert a bottle rack into the lower tray as shown in the left image. Place drink glasses upside down to keep them from collecting dust inside. Images: The Rinfret Group and Katrina Stumbos
Leave a small spot for flowers or a plant. Don’t drink much? Why not use your bar cart for tea or coffee accessories? Images: Kriste Michelini and Laura Garner Design

Best bar carts under $300, in stores now

Small space bar carts

Ernest Chrome and Glass Bar Cart at CB2, $159

Mid-century modern bar carts

Parker Mid Century Bar Cart at West Elm, $300

Modern brass and gold bar carts

A bronze bar cart is set up for entertaining in this contemporary living room. Image: Metropolitan Home

Industrial design bar carts

Zona Bar Cart at Birch Lane, $250

Chrome and glass contemporary bar carts

Rustic modern bar carts

Art deco-inspired bar carts

Oh Joy! Round Bar Cart at Target, $130

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere … What bar cart is your favorite and how will you stock it?