Bar Cart Essentials | Everything You Need for Your Home Bar

things I need for a bar

It seems like these days, everyone and their mother has a bar cart. Instagram, Pinterest, everywhere you look, bar carts big and bar carts small. Bar carts in the living room and down the hall. It's like a boozy Dr. Seuss story. Long gone are the days of the locked liquor cabinet, our alchie is on parade in this day and age, and I couldn't be more excited about it.

Ever since I could remember, I've been a sucker for pretty bottles. To me, a trip to the liquor store is like walking through an art museum. Don't even get me started on novelties like Crystal Head Vodka and that glitter galaxy Viniq stuff. The liquor store is just plain cool. I don't even have to buy anything. I just love to look around!

That being said, I've decided it's time to start putting together a bar cart for myself. I love the idea of creating new cocktails, or even just trying out all the classics one by one. Having a bar on hand will give me the opportunity to get creative with drinks, and it will turn Bob's Burgers marathons with my friends into festive occasions. Even if they are just normal Wednesday nights! You know what they say, It's always five o'clock somewhere.

After doing some research (and some online shopping) I boiled it all down to the essentials of a fully-stocked mini bar. Lime wedges and all. I've linked the items I featured in the photo above. Most are under $20.

Home Bar Essentials:

Well, first you'll need a bar cart, a cabinet, or another surface you'd like to use as bar storage.

  • The Spirits:
    • Vodka
    • Gin
    • Rum (light)
    • Rum (dark)
    • Tequila
    • Bourbon
    • Whiskey
    • Vermouth
    • Triple Sec
    • Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava
    • Novelties of choice like KahlĂșa, Baileys, Moonshine, etc.

  • Mixers:
    • Fruit Juice (cranberry, pineapple, etc)
    • Colas (Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, etc.)
    • Club Soda, Seltzer, or Sparkling Water (is there a difference?)
    • Tomato juice
    • Clam Juice
    • Lime cordial
    • Pre-packaged mixers
    • Coconut cream
    • Grenadine
    • Simple syrup

  • Garnish:
    • Coarse salt
    • Pepper
    • Fresh mint
    • Lemons
    • Limes
    • Maraschino cherries
    • Any other fruit you like
    • Celery
    • Olives
    • Cocktail onions

And that's it! You can add or subtract anything you'd like from your own personal bar. The only thing that matters is that you have fun with it.

If you have a home bar, a bar cart, or something similar (or are planning one), tweet me a photo! I'd love to see what you've come up with!

What are you drinking lately?


  1. WOW, after reading this post I just feel like having a drink! Im moving into a new house soon and would love to get a few of these items for my own little bar area. thanks for the post

  2. Andddd now I want a drink! Great post... will be bookmarking for whenever I move to the burbs!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

  3. those coasters are phenomenal! we have all of these things in our bar.

  4. This is an awesome list! I don't have a bar cart.. But I do have a bar, cupboard? That still counts right? I have recently discovered a love for pure grenadine, man I could drink that stuff straight! Haha!

  5. I want a bar cart!! Love that marble ice bucket!

  6. Great list! My hubby and I are currently living in an RV for 2016 and space is an issue. We've started building up a small bar, as w find ourselves way more relaxed and enjoying cocktails more than we did when we working our corporate lives. We have started drinking salty dogs (grapefruit juice, vodka and a salted rim) after meeting a grapefruit farmer. We are drinking Jim Beam apple whiskey with a splash of sparkling water. I would love to have the mixings to make a martini, your list will certainly help!

  7. Oh this so makes me long for the days we used to entertain before kids! I might have to get back in to it after seeing all these goodies!

  8. Love this!I don't have an ice bucket and that is definitely something I could use.

  9. Love this and the Mango cocktail at the bottom looks devine!

  10. Great post. I have everything except a bonafide cart! It's so much easier to be creative with mixology when everything is already at your house!

  11. Ooh those coasters are gorgeous! I want a bar cart so badly, they are so chic!

  12. Definitely a huge fan of the marble ice bucket and the agate coasters!

  13. I need a cocktail cart for my house! Or even better, a full bar haha xx

  14. The coasters are beautiful!

  15. Currently we just have a cabinet, but I would LOVE to make my own little bar cart at home. I think they are adorable.

    Bree ||

  16. Christine TatumJune 27, 2016

    I NEVER thought I wanted a cocktail cart - UNTIL I read your post. Now I am going to dig around in the kitchen cabinet and find something to make a drink!


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