A well-stocked and stylish bar cart is a must for any home entertainer. But it can be challenging trying to figure out how to stock a bar cart. Luckily, we’ve created this bar cart essentials guide the help you create your perfect bar cart!

Below, you’ll learn about the key items you should use to stock the perfect bar cart including barware, glassware, liquor, and décor. We’ll even share some of the things you should consider when purchasing a bar cart!

Some necessary items to make your bar cart stand out include:

  • Liquor: The Bar Cartist recommends at least three (3) types: Whiskey, Gin, and Vodka
  • Glassware: Decanters, “Champs” Glasses, Cocktail Glasses, Wine Glasses
  • Bar Top Accessories: Shot Glasses, Ice Buckets, Coasters
  • Drink Making: Shakers, Stir Sticks, Mixing Glasses, Picks
  • Décor: Flowers, Trendy Dish Towels, Trays, Candles


The first thing to keep in mind when picking a bar cart is finding one matches your style! 

Are you a minimalist? Or do you prefer something a little extra? 

Consider whether or not you want a one, two or three-tiered bar cart. Make sure to shop for a bar cart that has enough space so that you can use it to display all your accessories.

Finally, always check the bar cart’s dimensions to make sure it will fit in the space where it will be showcased!


Do you like wine or whiskey?

The decanter is one of the focal points to your bar cart making it one of the most important aspects of the cart! There are so many different styles of decanters, from an etched crystal decanter to a sleek glass decanter. We recommend getting a stylish decanter with a set of decanter tags so you can label what’s inside!

*Pro Tip: When not utilizing your decanter for liquor, it doubles as an amazing vase for fresh cut flowers.


Nobody likes a warm drink. Make sure your guests don’t have to scavenge your freezer to find ice cubes.

Make sure the ice bucket is both accessible and functional. They tend to take up a lot of real estate on your bar cart so optimum positioning is key.

Need to chill down that bottle of your favorite Champs or Rosé?

The ice bucket has now become your new BFF.


You aren’t in college anymore!

Adding some well-placed coasters can really complete the overall look to your bar cart. 

Plus, your mom would be so proud!


The shaker is the most versatile item on your bar cart and is a true essential

Use it to craft your favorite drink or use it as a flower vase to bring life to your bar cart. Shakers come in all sorts of shapes, designs, and sizes.

We recommend you match the shaker to the color of your bar cart to tie the theme together.


When the night starts rolling, and Brad and Chad get fired up…

Don’t let them drink straight from the bottle!

Because shot glasses don’t take up too much room, feel free to get wild with your shot glass selection.  Himalayan Salt Shot glasses are awesome for tequila lovers! Just don’t forget the lime!


Our recommendation is to stock your bar cart with a bottle of whiskey, vodka and a liquor of preference (gin, tequila, rum, more rosé, etc..)

Having these liquors on hand will give your cart great character. Ultimately, the decision on which liquors to stock on your bar cart are based on what you and your guests enjoy most!

A good rule of thumb is to have no more than three bottles of liquor in your bar cart. This allows you to have a variety available, but also ensures you don’t have a cluttered bar cart!


There are so many different types of cocktail glasses to choose from.

If you prefer whiskey-based cocktails, then you should definitely get a good set of rocks glasses. Likewise, the copper mule mugs are popular along with a set of martini glasses or coupe glasses if you enjoy a gin-based cocktail.

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