10 Bar Cart Essentials

Written by on July 19, 2012 in Entertaining, Lifestyle - 15 Comments

Los Angeles wardrobe stylist Catherine Shepard’s home was one of our absolute favorites to feature. The standout piece in her adorable abode was her refurbished vintage bar cart. Catherine found it at a flea market and poured her blood, sweat and tears to give it its facelift. Then she scoured Etsy, Craigslist, and eBay to give it some personal style flair. Here are 10 of her bar cart essentials to help you achieve the same classic look.

1. I love to have a stack of cocktail recipe books. They look cute but also provide great inspiration for the bartender.
The Art of the Bar
The PDT Cocktail book
2. A great shaker is crucial and you’ll use it more than any other one item on your cart.
3. Pretty decanter for special spirits – I love the Tiffany ones but there are some great vintage finds out there too.
Tiffany Decanter
4. Liquors chosen solely for bottle design (quality doesn’t hurt either).
Pinky Vodka
Crystal Head Vodka
5th Distilled Gin
St. Germain
5. Clever bottle openers serve as great decorative statements.
18 Waits Antler Bottle Opener
6. Bar tool kits naturally look cool but also serve a variety of necessary cocktail mixing purposes.
Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Bar Tools & Stand
7. A great ice bucket is fun if you can find vintage, but modern ones can be equally as pretty.
1stdibs Harry Kratz Brass Apple Ice Bucket
Copper Ice Bucket With Tongs
8. Bubbly of course! The pinker, the better.
Beau Joie Champagne
Sofia Mini 4-pack (no bubble left behind!)
9. Vintage cocktail glasses fit for Don Draper are so easy to find at flea markets or on Etsy, and it’s a great victory when you do.
Vintage Cocktail Glasses via Etsy
10. Pretty bottle stoppers add a touch of glamour in place of a cork or run-of-the-mill stopper!
Gara Bottle Stoppers

  • Molly McConn

    Love the copper ice bucket! 

  • http://domestikatedlife.com/ Kate {domestikatedfe}

    really pretty wine stoppers!

  • Roz

    I need a bar cart as pretty as this in my flat!

  • themyershouse

    I can never have enough Sofia and St. Germain.  :-)

  • The Stylish Student

    Those bottle stoppers are beautiful!  I would also recommend a small bowl for limes, swizzle sticks, and cocktail umbrellas!


  • http://www.champagnereveries.blogspot.com/ Lauren M. Ferreira

    Wow that refurb was amazing!  It’s gorgeous!  I love the bar cart and the asymmetrical gallery wall behind it.  So fun!

  • A Girl In Transit

    Wow, her bar cart really is awesome. Now I want one!

    – Sarah

  • Margaret

    Lovely post. I am actually about to upload my post on unique liquor bottles to my blog. You spotlighted a few of my picks! Love the site ladies!

    xo- Margaret


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  • Grace_floods

    Does anyone know the source for the hot pink ampersand print?

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  • Emily

    I just LOVE this! I created a home bar using an antique sewing cabinet. Here’s my blog post about it–thanks for the inspiration, GG!


  • http://www.baxtton.com/ Neso

    The decanter is pretty cool !

  • http://www.lovelyinla.com Lovely In LA

    Ohhhh! Making my bar cart right now :) Thanks for the inspiration.

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