Best Drinks Trolleys 2021: 15 Bar Carts & How to Style One

This winter’s hottest home accessory? The drinks trolley. With more of us opting for a big night in over a big night out, drinks trolleys (also referred to as a bar cart) are experiencing a huge revival – and just in time for you to be the host with the most at a your next Christmas extravaganza.

From roaring-twenties-themed antique brass and glass drinks trolleys to Scandi-inspired design black metal bar carts, bring a touch of glamour to your next get-together (and outshine all of your every other Christmas drinks party) with a shiny, stylish drinks trolley. 

Are drinks trolleys actually fashionable?

In one word: yes! Think of it as a fun, stylised piece of interior design rather than something purely practical. Today’s modern living pretty much demands a mobile drinks service that’s as fun as it is functional. We think a drinks trolley is the perfect party partner.

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What should you put on a drinks trolley?

Other than your favourite bottle of flavoured gin, Champagne or vodka, the best drinks trolleys include statement glassware – such as champagne flutes, highball glasses and martini glasses – and striking cocktail shakers. We also think it’s also worth investing in an ice bucket and tongs.

How do you style a drinks trolley?

Show off your spirits and glassware by styling your drinks trolley with different sized and shaped bottles, beautiful decanters and different types of glasses. Dress it up with a decorative tray, snack bowl, cocktail shakers and coasters. Then, if you have the room, add a vase of fresh flowers and a few candles to give your cart that extra wow-factor. 

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Looking for some more drinks inspo? We’ve got recipes for every kind of cocktail drinker, from fizzy cocktail recipes to summery cocktails, and even 5 cocktails for 5 different kinds of cocktail drinker. If you fancy leaving the comfort of your own home, we’ve also got the lowdown on the best cocktail bars in London. Bottoms up!

For our edit of the best drinks trolleys to buy to suit all budgets – keep scrolling.

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