In the last years, the world of cocktails is experiencing its moment of glory: cocktails are coming back into fashion, from the great classics like Negroni and Gin Tonic to cocktails created by creative barmen who love to experiment with new combinations. But forget the shoddy Coke&Rhum in plastic cups, the new cocktails have refined and quality ingredients and in fact today we get to spend for a cocktail what seemed unthinkable some time ago.
On this wave, the bar carts (or drinks trolley) to have at home are also coming back: they appeared in the ’30s and the’ 40s, their popularity extended until the 70s and today they are back in vogue . They are perfect for an evening with friends, to have a good cocktail even if at home.
I find them very chic and stylish, both the most modern ones with clean lines and contemporary details such as oversized wheels and those with a retro style in golden metal with glass or marble shelves.
And what rules to follow to style the perfect trolley? Arrange the bottles in order of height and putting in sight the nicer ones, keep the most beautiful bottles (even when empty) or expose some old crystal bottles, arrange cocktail glasses of different shapes and sizes and all the accessories to create your cocktails. Add some touches of color like limes, oranges or fresh mint for the perfect styling! (Ecological message: please stop using plastic straws!)
I have prepared a little scheme based on this styling of the the Block car of Normann Copenhagen that I find perfect.
This is a small selection of beautiful design bar carts. Which one is your favorite?
1 . Block Table – Normann Copenhagen
2 . Chariot – Casamania
3 . Use – House Doctor
4 . Aalto 901 – Artek
5 . Matégot Trolley – Gubi
6 . Gastone – Kartell
7 . Stell pipe drink trolley – Cappellini
8 . Atollo – Minotti italia
To tell the truth, these drink trolleys are as beautiful as expensive. So if you do not want to invest in a design trolley, Ikea comes to help: the Ikea Raskog trolley in fact is perfect also to be used as a bar cart, just look at these photos! PS: in the last picture, you see how my friend Maura transformed her Raskog trolley into a perfect cocktail chart, don’t you think the result is super nice?