Anthony Mitsos, Showroom Manger for Max Sparrow, sheds light on the ever increasing demand for bar carts, and reveals how you can style your own cart for maximum practicality and stylish appeal.
Are cocktail stations / home bars a growing trend right now? If so, what’s the appeal?
Yes, they are becoming more popular and in demand.
Whether you love to have a gin and tonic or a sparkling water, the bar cart serves both. Yet while practical, the modern redesign of bar cart adds a uniqueness and injection of personality to a home, so people are incorporating them into their home to complement a beautiful aesthetic.
Where are 2-3 nice spots in the home where you could set up a bar / drinks cart?
The positioning of a bar cabinet or bar cart can be tricky. The placement will need to be in an area that will serve a purpose. I would look at placing it in a formal lounge or setting area. In a dining room, more and more buffets are being designed to feature storage for both crockery and a bar section.
When it comes to bar carts, what are 3-4 of the most important things to look for? I.e. are castors helpful so you can move it around? Are shelves a must? Do some have cupboards? Should you measure up the space where it’s going to go to ensure that it fits?
When selecting a bar cart or cabinet there are a few points that you need to consider. The sizing that you have for the area – this would be more important for a bar cabinet that does not have castors or wheels.
In regard to the style, you would want to select a bar cart that will fit in with your existing décor. In terms of the functionality of the bar cart, it depends on how you intend to use the cart and if you need additional storage.
What are 2-3 of your favourite looks or materials for bar carts?
When looking for a bar cart or cabinet, I personally love a stone top, gold metal hardware, and a dark stained or painted timber finish.
Could you provide a couple of styling tips for your bar cart?
You do not want to over style the bar, rendering it impractical. I would recommend keeping the styling to a minimum.
I would select 3-4 drink bottles, ones with colour. Mixing tools for cocktails on display make the cart look like you know what you are doing when it comes to cocktails. I would complete the styling with fresh lemons or limes. Depending on the size of your bar cart, I would add 2-4 classic tumblers on a serving tray.
What about glassware – what are some looks you’re loving? And should glassware be hidden or kept on display?
With any bar cabinet or cart, I love a great classic tumbler. Why I would go with a classic tumbler glass is because I personally love the weight of the glass and the beautiful detail that tumblers have.
Glassware should be hidden, it will keep the area clean and clutter free. If I was to have glassware on display, I would keep it to a minimum, a maximum of 2-4 glasses.
Please include a checklist of all the essentials you need for a well-equipped home bar / drinks station.
1. Glassware: Classic tumblers (4-8), depending on the amount of people you like to entertain. Set of champagne flutes. Set of snifter glasses.
2. Bar tools: Jigger, shaker, bottle opener/corkscrew, tongs, muddler, cocktail spoon.
3. Top shelf alcohol: Vodka, gin, tequila, whiskey, rum
4. Mixers: Juices, soda, tonic water, bitters.
5. Set of glass bottles and jugs with stoppers – metal or wood stoppers depending on your bar cart.
7. Ice Bucket
8. Cocktail books: Not a requirement, adds colour and difference.