Festive Cocktails at Home Start with the Perfect Bar Cart
A curated mix of glassware, mixology tools, and spirits makes for a glamorous night of entertaining—even if it’s just for two
With decadent nights out on the town a distant memory, it’s up to us to conjure our own type of evening magic at home. Whether it’s a simple night for two or a gathering of a few near-and-dear guests, upping the ante when entertaining at home has never been more important. So, take advantage of this opportunity for creativity and indulgence. Perhaps it’s the perfect time to finally commit to that chic bar cart you’ve always dreamed, or maybe you’re ready to stock the butler’s pantry with glasses for every imaginable style of cocktail.
Here, Galerie has curated three separate bar carts paired with everything you need to shake, swizzle, and stir.
De Sousa Hughes
California metal masters Tuell & Reynolds handcraft unique furnishings, lighting, and home accents inspired by nature. This blackened-steel Hohla bar cart melds an industrial aesthetic with Art Deco glamour, courtesy of bronze details and a striking batik burl art panel top.
Bunny Williams Home
Leading design doyenne Bunny Williams conceived the perfect way to deliver a round of drinks with this chic tray made of antiqued mirror surface, brass finish, and wood handles.
This classic shagreen set features a jigger and shaker, julep cups, corkscrew, cocktail picks, linen napkins, and matching coasters, all meticulously organized in three layers of burl-wood trays.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of its Collection of Versailles, Saint-Louis has created Galerie des Reines (Queens’ Hall), a set of four low-stemmed glasses designed in conjunctions with the palace. Each pattern was designed to represent a queen of France, including Marie-Antoinette and Marie-Amélie de Bourbon-Siciles, and is stamped with her initials.
Keep bottles of Champagne ice cold with this sleek bottle chiller, available in brass or silver.
Everyone is the guest of honor with the Royalty cocktail napkins from Sferra. Bright white linen is adorned with a series of crowns, embroidered in a shimmering metallic-gold thread.
Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
The newly introduced Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 7, is distinguished by its intensely spicy blend of candied orange peel and honeycomb, which is created by marrying 21 unique casks from Balvenie’s aged whiskey stocks.
The New Traditionalists
With its vibrant cherry hue and geometric shapes, this artisan-made bar cart is the perfect complement to a Pop-Art collection. Handmade in New England and topped with a walnut tray, the piece can be customized with different wood options and finishes.
A festive accompaniment to any cocktail, Kim Seybert’s striking hand-beaded Seville coasters capture the colors and intricate patterns of Spanish tiles.
Ten to One
Trinidadian Marc Farrell’s Ten to One white and dark rum blends bourbon-cask aged spirits, sourced from around the Caribbean. With no added sugars or flavorings, it’s a delectable taste of the tropics bound to warm up even the chilliest of fall nights.
Ralph Lauren Home
A gleaming stainless-steel box hides this sophisticated collection of mixology tools. Lined with supple leather and engraved with the polo pony logo, the Academy bar tool box includes a bottle opener, muddler, jigger, strainer, garnish tongs, ice bucket, bar spoon, and cocktail knife.
Lalique’s graceful Louvre mouth-blown wine decanter is accented by a slender top artfully etched with rows of tumbling vines.
Add warmth to your array of crystal glassware and silver bar tools with this rich cognac-colored leather ice bucket from Annie Selke that’s adorned with chic brass accents.
These crystal whiskey glasses from Tuscany glassware studio Mario Cioni capture the illusion of flames in an undulating circle of etching. Asymmetrical in shape, these tumblers bring an artistic element to the traditional double Old Fashioned. Meanwhile, the studio’s minimalist Negroni glasses use gentle peaks and slopes to create a graceful glassware set, aptly dubbed Everest.
These robust Spanish wines are made from grapes harvested from vines that date back more than 120 years. This fruit-filled, full-bodied tempranillo Termanthia 2013 offers notes of licorice, truffle, balsamic, and spice.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Both modern and minimalist, the Melrose bar cart combines mirror-polished stainless steel and clear acrylic in a petite size.
These sleek Sky bar accessories in a mirror-polished stainless steel add a jewel-like impact to a bar cart collection. Ranging from a minimalist ice bucket to a sinuous jigger, the collection looks elegant whether shaken or stirred.
Raised in a family of antiques dealers, furniture designer Maximilian Eicke “rebelled” by designing a collection of modern furnishings and home accents, which he creates out of his Hamptons studio. These sculptural Ghost highball glasses and tumblers come in a range of sexy shades—from sherbet-like pinks and greens to moody blues and grays, even a luxurious tortoise pattern.
The rarified 100 percent Blue Agave Añejo Barrel Blend Tequila from Casa Dragones is matured in both French and American oak barrels for a delightfully complex flavor.
Designed by Josef Hoffmann in 1912, this geometric print decanter from the Hoffmann Bronzit Series adds Bauhaus beauty to a modern bar cart. The pattern also carries over to various drinkware include a champagne coup, wine glass, and tumblers.
Von Gern Home
These pretty horn and lacquer coasters offer a beautiful decorative element to any tablescape. Here, a watercolor-like wash of neutral shades found in natural horn pairs perfectly with a dynamic hand-painted swipe of vibrant gold or deep ruby red.
Family owned for nearly 60 years, California winery Heitz Cellar uses organically farmed fruit to create its full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon blends a harvest from vines in Oakville and Napa Valley to create an intoxicating mix with notes of red plum, bay leaf, anise, and dark chocolate.