In the era of DIY, there is nothing you can’t make yourself, including an at home bar cart! In home bars have always been popular (for obvious reasons), but they take up a lot of valuable space in your home. With a bar cart, you can have all the aspects of a bar in a compact and mobile cart.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Cart
    • A cart with wheels is preferable, but not necessary.
    • I would recommend a cart with three shelves for better organization.
  • Glasses
    • You’ll want a variety of glasses on hand, you never know what you’ll be mixing up!
  • Ice bucket
    • You will eventually want ice for this bucket, it’ll help keep your wine chilled.
  • Shaker
    • This definitely depends on how adventurous you are with your drink making, but if you’re feeling up to the challenge, it’s worth investing in!
  • Napkins
    • These will come in handy as accidents do happen.
  • Coasters
    • Especially in the summer when your glasses are sweating.
  • Bar tools
    • This will include a long bar spoon, a corkscrew, and straws.
  • Bar art
    • This can include art pieces, flowers, and whatever else you think would bring your cart together.
  • Alcohol
    • Make sure you have all the bases covered: wine, gin, vodka, rum, whiskey, beer, tequila, scotch, and bourbon.
    • You’ll probably want to put just a couple of your favorite booze out on your cart to start.

 

Making Your Bar Cart

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The first step to making a good bar is the cart. I would recommend a cart with wheels, and three shelves. This will give you room for storage and preparation. You also may want to purchase a cart that has a wine glass holder, if your cart doesn’t have these, it’s okay, they are super easy to install. In addition, this is the step in which you will want to make any color changes to your cart, you can spray paint it or decorate it to your liking!

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After you have your cart prepped and ready to go, you are going to want to grab all the room temperature alcohol that you want on your cart together; this would include gin, vodka, rum, whisky, tequila, scotch, and bourbon. I would recommend keeping your un-chilled booze on the bottom shelf of your cart. This makes for easy access and organized storage.

Next, you will want to add your glasses. Carefully place a few of each kind of glass on your rack, and always be mindful of them. If you decide not to put a glass holder on your cart and your cart doesn’t come with one, I would recommend keeping your glasses on the second shelf. This way, you can easily reach the glasses when making drinks. Make sure to have your red, white, champagne, etc. glasses so you and your guests have the proper beverage ware.

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After your glasses are secured, you are going to want to fill up your ice bucket with ice. You can use an ice bucket to chill wines and beers, or just to hold ice to be put in your beverages. I would recommend putting the ice bucket on the top shelf if using it to store ice for drinks, and the bottom shelf if using it to chill beverages.

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Your final step is just adding the finishing touches. You can place your bar tools on the top or middle shelves for ease while making drinks.  I would recommend putting a cup of straws out on the top shelf. You might also want to put a piece or two of art on your cart. You could also finish off this project with a vase of flowers. The choice is yours! Get creative with your bar cart. It’s a fun weekend project that you can finish off with a cheers!