You can tell a lot about a man by what he drinks. You can tell almost as much by how he drinks it. The type of liquor, the glass, the way it’s sipped all tell a story. And the drink you make on your own tells the most revealing tale of all.
We live in an age where the cocktail exists in an artisanal state. Sometimes it reaches absurd levels of pretentiousness where drinks take longer to make (or “craft” to use the term de rigueur) than they do to consume. But you don’t need a handlebar mustache and amateur ice sculpting skills to mix a memorable drink, and making a good cocktail is one of those requisite “man skills” every guy needs.
While the choice of ingredients plays the most important role in cocktail drama, the setting has a part to play as well. One of the most striking things about Mad Men was the revelation or rememberance (depending on how old you are) that workplace drinking was so prevalent. But it wasn’t just that they had booze in the office, it was that they had proper bar carts. There is something about a cocktail mixed on a handsome cart that just makes the experience a more enjoyable. It adds class to the affair, whether that’s for a party of one or one hundred.
While you probably can’t get away with installing a bar cart in your cubicle at work, you definitely could (and should) do so at home. These 6 bar carts will instantly class up your crib and yourself in the process.
MOORE & GILES
For its bar cart, Virginia-based leather company Moore & Giles tapped one of the godfathers of modern cocktail culture, Jim Meehan, who founded the renowned PDT cocktail lounge in New York City. With Meehan’s guidance, they created a cart as beautiful as it is functional. Made of Virginia walnut wood affixed to an aluminum frame, The Sidecar has ample space for liquor storage and a butcher block-style top for chopping ingredients that has a shallow resevoir to prevent spills from getting all over.
MATEO BAR TROLLEY
In a different time, it’s easy to picture this cart sheparding parts to workers at a factory. But the industrial-style design is also well suited to holding bottles of booze. The iron frame gives the cart a sturdy and solid feel that compliments the wide-plank wooden shelves. Despite its imposing frame, the locking wheels allow you to move it around easily depending on the occasion.
This cart is a master of disguise. All sealed up, it resembles the vintage leather steamer trunks that would accompany travelers on oceanliners. But pop the top and open the doors and the cart reveals its inner workings, complete with a rack to hold wine glasss by their stems and more than enough space for all your spirits of choice. The mirrored underside of the lid allows guests to watch your cocktail-making expertise without breathing down your neck.
GRETA DE PARRY
Chicago-based woodworker and sculptor Greta de Parry was tasked by bourbon maker Basil Hayden’s to create the quintessential bar cart, and this is what she came up with. The geometric frame is assembled from metal wire and topped with either a dark walnut or a bleached maple top. As de Parry notes, “although The Coleman Bar Cart doesn’t roll, it definitely rocks.”
For those who live in smaller spaces but still want the distinguished quality of a bar cart, this one from Jayson Home is a great option. It is less than a foot-and-a-half square and has marble shelves that give it weight both physically and psychologically. The brass-finished frame has a classic look that goes well with every decor.
ONE KINGS LANE
The shape is about as traditional as bar carts get, but the clear acrylic completely modernizes the feel, so it comes across as the best of the old and the new. The transparent nature of the acrylic lets the cart’s contents, i.e. the booze, be the star of the show.