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Everything You Need for the Perfect Bar Cart

The bar cart has transcended mere trends to establish its position as an essential item in the home of every modern entertainer.

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Whether intended for mixing an after-work negroni or shaking up a dinner-party martini, a well-stocked bar cart adds another level of ritual and experience to the act of crafting a sublime drink. But creating a perfectly stocked and stacked bar cart is a process. Once you’ve selected the cart itself, it’s a matter of mixing and matching glasses, cocktail tools and liquors to set yourself up for alchemy. We’ve found a selection of bar carts, tools and accessories to help you set up your dream mixology station – and hopefully inspire many cocktail hours to come.  

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The Bar Cart

Is your space Mid-Century Modern or contemporary and minimalist? Your bar cart design will drive the look and feel of your tools and toys, so decide on something you feel provides the perfect bones for your station.       

Bar Cart | Vintage Drinks Trolley | House and Leisure
Vintage Drinks Trolley | Was R5 599
Now R4 760, @home 
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Bar Cart | Craig 3 Tier Drinks Trolley | House and Leisure
Craig 3-Tier Drinks Trolley | Was R2 799
Now R2 380, @home 
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Bar Cart | Noir Drinks Trolley | House and Leisure
Noir Drinks Trolley | Was R1 599 
Now R1 360, @home 
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Bar Cart | Gatsby Drinks Trolley | House and Leisure
Gatsby Drinks Trolley | Was R5 499
Now R4 675, @home
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Bar Cart | Executive Drinks Trolley | House and Leisure
Executive Drinks Trolley | Was R5 499
Now R4 675, @home
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Bar Cart | Rolleo Drinks Trolley | House and Leisure
Rolleo Drinks Trolley | Was R1 999
Now R1 699, @home
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The Glassware

A classic highball, a whisky tumbler, a cocktail coupe... these are the fundamentals. But are you a crystal connoisseur or would you prefer to sip out of tinted stemware? Mixing and matching glass textures and shades adds another element to your cart. 

Bar Cart | Textured Glass Tumbler | House and Leisure
Textured Glass Tumbler 
R65, Woolworths
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Bar Cart | Arno Highball Glass | House and Leisure
Arno Highball by Country Road
R349 (for 4), Woolworths
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Bar Cart | Lead Free Champagne Glass | House and Leisure
Crystal Champagne Saucer Glass 
by Spiegelau 
R449 (set of 4), Yuppiechef
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The Decanters

Layering decanters of different textures and sizes is a great way to bring dimension to your bar cart’s overall look. Mixing vintage crystal with modern lab-style bottles filled with botanical tinctures is very 2019. 

Bar Cart | Elixir Decanter | House and Leisure
Elixir Decanter by Luigi Bormioli 
R249, Superbalist.com
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Bar Cart | Talo Carafe | House and Leisure
Talo Carafe by Country Road
R249, Woolworths 
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Bar Cart | Diamond Cut Crystal Decanter | House and Leisure
Diamond Cut Crystal Decanter
R1 200, Woolworths
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The Tools

This is where you can add quirky pieces and family heirlooms. Do you have a flair for the exotic or a deep and unshakeable love of rose gold? Add your favourite metal to your cocktail mixing set, bottle opener and Champagne cooler.

Bar Cart | Kitchen Craft Cocktail Set | House and Leisure
Cocktail Tool Set by Kitchen Craft
 R549 (5pc set), Superbalist.com
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Bar Cart | Botanical Bombs | House and Leisure
Botanical Bombs Cape Town Collection by Sundowner Society
R199, Yuppiechef
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Bar Cart | Stainless Steel Straw Set by Colonna | House and Leisure
Stainless Steel Straw Set by Colonna
Was R149 Now R119 (for 8), @home 
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Bar Cart | The Bar Cocktail Shaker | House and Leisure
The Bar Cocktail Shaker | Was R399
Now R319 (500ml), @home
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Bar Cart | Stainless Steel Ice Bucket | House and Leisure
Stainless Steel Ice Bucket by Kitchen Craft
R899, Superbalist.com
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Bar Cart | The Bar Mixing Spoons | House and Leisure
The Bar Mixing Spoons | Was R299 
Now R239 (for 3), @home 
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The Decorative Items 

For additional colour and quirk, add a variety of functional yet beautiful items – think trays in various metals or your dodo-emblazoned coasters from a trip to Réunion Island. It’s also a great idea to layer your cart’s look with stacks of snack bowls. 

Bar Cart | Misa Tray | House and Leisure
Misa Tray by Sixth Floor
R199, Superbalist.com 
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Bar Cart | Stackable Wine Rack | House and leisure
Stackable Wine Rack with Copper Finish by Kitchen Craft
R599, Superbalist.com 
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Bar Cart | Bamboo BLock Coaster | House and Leisure
Bamboo Block Coasters
R69.99 (set of 4), MRP Home
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Bar Cart | Round Madiera Tray | House and Leisure
Round Madeira Serve Tray by S&P
Was R549 Now R439, @home 
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Bar Cart | Fruit Basket in Rose Gold | House and Leisure
Fruit Basket in Rose Gold | Was R126 
Now R101, @home
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Bar Cart | ROund Glass and Plastic Tray | House and Leisure
Round Glass and Plastic Tray | Was R499 
Now R399, @home 
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The Drinks 

With the right collection of basic spirits you can bring a dinner party back to life or draw the evening to an elegant close, depending on your mood. Start with vodka, gin, rum, tequila and whisky. For extra credit, you can add vermouth, St-Germain, Campari and an orange liqueur to the mix. Two trends to keep an eye on are the rise in alcohol-free spirits, which offer all the fun and none of the tears, and craft tonics, which come in beautiful bottles and add a new dimension to the classic G&T.

Bar Cart | Ginifer Sober Non-Alcoholic Distilled Dry Gin | House and Leisure
Ginifer Sober Non-Alcoholic Distilled
Dry Gin
R299, Yuppiechef
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Bar Cart | John Ross Virgin Distilled Botanicals | House and Leisure
John Ross Virgin Distilled Botanicals
R399, Yuppiechef
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Bar Cart | Symmetry Concentrated Floral Tonic | House and Leisure
Symmetry Concentrated Floral Tonic
R199, Yuppiechef
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The Signature Cocktail

Everyone should have their own signature cocktail that can be shaken (or stirred) together from memory, with all the ingredients at hand for any given moment. Whether you are an Old Fashioned aficionado or an Espresso Martini expert, it’s great to have that one drink you can knock out of the park every time. For everything else, there’s a recipe book.

Bar Cart | I'm only here for the drinks | House and Leisure
I'm Just Here for the Drinks 
$16.50 (about R428.27 incl delivery*) 
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Bar Cart | The Essential Cocktail Book | House and Leisure
The Essential Cocktail Book
R295, Takealot.com
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Bar Cart | The Art of Mixology | House and Leisure
The Art of Mixology 
$11.74 (about R318.95 incl delivery*)
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ALSO READ: 6 Tasty Drinks to Add to your Bar Cart Now

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