Unlikely as it may seem, drinks trolleys are back in fashion and more popular than ever. Maybe it was the Mad Men effect? Others put it down to the fact that more and more of us are staying home of an evening as we embrace JOMO (the joy of missing out). And also JOSI (the joy of staying in). This feels particularly apt this time of the year, when hunkering down in a warm, cosy home wins hands down over being out on cold, wintery evenings. In which case – we need the bar to come to us.
I do have a hankering for a drinks trolley. Although I prefer their American name – bar carts. They conjure up images of opulence, decadence and frivolous drinks in sparkling company. In my mind’s eye I see lots of gleaming metal and silvery, mirrored surfaces inspired by Art Deco design or Hollywood film sets from the 1950’s.
However, if that’s not your thing consider instead the new crop of contemporary bar carts which are sleek, simple and minimal. Less bling, more Bauhaus shall we say. If you have room for one, there’s almost certainly a drinks trolley out there for you somewhere, whatever your style.
Despite what I said at the start about opulence and decadence, a drinks trolley is actually surprisingly practical. Basically, it’s a compact, versatile side table or console table – with a handle and wheels. Which make it perfect for small rooms or spare nooks and corners. Even better, park it right by the arm of the sofa and put a lamp and books on it as well as your drinks paraphernalia. What could be more convenient?
And whilst drinks trolleys may be small, choose the right one for your style and space and prepare to create a big impact. They’re a fun combination of storage solution and decorative indulgence in one very neat package. So, with every interiors style in mind, here are my top 10 drinks trolleys and bar carts. Bottoms up.
10 best drinks trolleys and bar carts
1. The sixties inspired Silver Hourglass Drinks Trolley from Graham & Green is made of antique nickel and tempered glass, and is easily transported on its four pivoting wheels.
2. The soft curves and sleek lines of the Riya Drinks Trolley from John Lewis & Partners were inspired by 20th century minimalist aesthetics. The simple gold frame complements the two smokey tempered glass shelves beautifully and see how it doubles up as a glamorous side table in the image below?
3. With its contemporary take on Deco design, here’s the Shay Black and White Marble Drinks Trolley. A best seller from Swoon Editions, it’s also available in a gold and white marble version too.
4. I don’t think bar carts get any more glamorous than the Kara Circular Trolley, do you? Palm Springs, here we come.
5. I love acrylic and lucite furniture, so the Lenox Drinks Trolley from OKA is right up my style street.
6. Simple Scandi lines – the Fine Bar Trolley from Bloomingville. Made from iron, it has two glass shelves and a large handle at the back for easy manoeuvrability.
7. More Scandi simplicity – here’s the Block Table by Normann Copenhagen from Amara. Versatile and multifunctional, it could happily also be side table, tea table, coffee table or bedside table. The legs are ash and the metals shelves are available in a range of colours.
8. The Remi Trolley is compact and elegant. Its walnut-toned wood and brass fiddle rails give a real nod to traditional bar detailing.
9. Combine style and practicality with the Ashford trolley. I particularly like slightly rustic distressed metal finish and white-washed wooden trays.
10. And to finish, the Caldwell Gold Drinks Trolley which oozes Art Deco style. Again, the distressed metal finish and matt black elements tone down the overall effect.