I always liked the idea of the bar cart: a localized station in one's home where one could make herself a drink (or several). The thing is, bar carts only look good when they're stuffed with a variety of items at various different heights. I simply don't drink enough to warrant a bar cart. It'd be like buying a large shoe rack but only having two pairs of shoes, and one of those shoes is already on my feet.
These carts are stuffed to the brim with liquor and/or San Pellegrino and they look fabulous. I think I buy two bottles of liquor per year, one bottle of Bombay gin and one bottle of bourbon/whiskey. I pretty much hate everything else, including San Pellegrino, which always looks great on carts.
And even bar trays, smaller in scale, don't work for me. There's still too much floof.
More San Pellegrino!
I used to have a bar tray in my old apartment when I lived with someone who drank more types of liquor. It was in the living area far removed from the tiny kitchen and although it looked good where it was, it never made sense. Making a drink was a pain in the ass because you'd get the cute vintage tumbler from the bar tray, walk all the way to the freezer to get ice and then go back to the tray to pour the gin, go back to the fridge to get a cold can of tonic water and cut a lime wedge, and then go back to the couch.
I realized, now when drinking is involved, whether it's a gin and tonic or the occasional whiskey on the rocks, or Somersby ciders (which are always refrigerated), the fridge, particularly ice, is always involved because I like everything cold. So what's the point in a bar cart if I'm never going to have all my resources in one place?
Which is why when I stumbled upon this mid century Hollywood Regency style bar cart, I decided immediately that I'd sell it. With every liquor bottle in my home, look how paltry it is.
4 bottles of liquor over a 2 year period. And that baiju is never getting open or drunk, it's just around for decorative purposes because it's 110-proof Chinese moonshine that tastes like rubbing alcohol and smells even worse.
But it'd be a really nice piece for someone who did enjoy cocktails and aperitifs. I love the gold-toned frame and the black trim.