Style meets function with these bar carts all (well, mostly) under $500.

Serena & Lily's New Del Mar Store Bar Cart
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As any entertainer knows, a home bar isn’t complete without a matching bar cart. Regardless of your home design, whether it’s vintage or tropical or industrial, there is a bar cart out there to suit your needs and decor.

To select a bar cart based on your design style, look to elevate accents that are already in the room. Modern decor calls for metal, minimalism, and sharp edges, whereas a retro style can utilize a mix of materials, rounded corners, and playful shapes. In addition, take into consideration the colors and fabrics in your room. If you have velvet couches, a shiny metal bar cart can provide a stark contrast; if you have tan, wooden decor, look for complementing rattan or Scandinavian-style carts with clean lines.

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Chosen a bar cart? Now you get to stock it! Start with the basics, like vodka, rum, tequila, and gin before moving on to specialty liquors such as those you need to make this apéritif made with California heirloom roses or a smoky mezcal. Lay out a few classic mixers like ginger beer and club soda as well as simple syrup and bitters. Add a bowl of lemons and limes for fresh ingredients to add to cocktails or to use as a garnish, and keep a bar tool kit for easy mixing. Finally, don’t forget to store glasses for wine, martinis, and lowballs. 

Bar carts add storage that is stylish yet functional and create an easy way to make cocktails for yourself and guests. If you need more convincing, they’re just another way to show off your home decor style.

To make your decision easier, we’ve compiled a list of bar carts for a range of popular home decor styles.