Cocktail Hour: Bars and Bar Carts

Ahh…cocktail hour…another trend that we can thank Mad Men for…there’s something grown-up and “cool” about the resurgence of cocktail hour…

and, what would a cocktail hour be without a well appointed bar or better yet a bar cart.  I mean really, how cool is it to have cocktails on call and on a cart the you could theoretically wheel from room to room?


I’d be perfectly happy with a bar stocked only with Hendricks and Champagne…Just saying.  Duncan Barware from DWR


iitalia modern decanter designed by Antonio Citterio

or…the more traditional and very pretty Fern Decanters from William Yeoward…approximately $900 from Bloomingdales.


Cocktail Shaker designed by Ron Arad – available at Hive Modern


Vintage Modern Bar Set – 1stopretroshop


Modern Bar Tools from All Modern, this doesn’t “roll from room to room” but still has a sophisticated and classic modern look.  The Line Bar from DWR


The Swig Mini Bar from CB2




Smoke Barware and Marta Barware from CB2

So Charming!  Dimpled Tumblers from West Elm


Two Tier Brass Bar Cart from Blackman Cruz



For the real cocktail emergency…cuz, it happens…


Simple…charming….(photo credit unkown)


The Raymond Polished Nickel Bar Cart from Plantation Home


Old Hollywood Bar Cart from Plantation Home


Wow…this is the home bar of Zsa Zsa Gabor…not kidding.  From Diy Life.



from Martha Stewart



And of course, what would a bar be without the Booze?!

Essential Liquors for a Home Bar (according to Martha Stewart)

For sidecars, brandy milk punches, crustas, daisies, and smashes.

White Rum
For daiquiris and mojitos.

For martinis, gin and tonics, Tom Collinses, etc.

For Manhattans, old fashioneds, and whiskey sours.

Vodka is the workhorse of the liquor cabinet, used in basic drinks such as vodka tonics, screwdrivers, and the vodka martini.

For margaritas, sunrises, and palomas. The best tequilas are made from 100 percent agave; check the label.

Read more at Cocktail Essentials

And of course, the most expensive bottle of Whiskey…Sotheby’s recently auctioned a Lalique decanter with a blended Macallan scotch whiskey ….for $460,000.


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