Madison Avenue Mixer - With a custom-painted cane tray and a fabulous faux bamboo bottom, this cart plays well in both a penthouse or poolhouse.
The Madison Mixer, $439, Society Social. shopsocietysocial.com
Twist of Lime - The punchy lime lacquer plus a simple structure mixes modern and retro.
Gusto bar cart in lime lacquer finish, $1,195, Mecox Gardens. 257 County Road 39A, Southampton, 287-5015
On The Rocks - This bright and curvy bar cart boasts two deep trays. A smooth, powder-coated exterior and sturdy wheels give it even more of an outdoor edge.
Orange serving bar cart, $2,400, Mecox Gardens. 257 County Road 39A, Southampton, 287-5015
Old Fashioned - A vintage 1950's rattan tea cart is the perfect complement to a classic Hamptons summer cottage.
1950’s Rattan tea cart, $875, Homenature. 6 Main St., Southampton, 287-6277
Champagne Cocktail - Glamorous glass and brass details lend a quiet sophistication to a 1960's rolling bar cart, but its sturdy wheels and bottle holders says it’ll go anywhere there's a party.
2-tier rolling brass bar cart, $2,800, John Salibello Antiques. 2309 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton, 537-1484 and 1stdibs.com
Whether serving martinis poolside or on the terrace, keep your summer entertaining breezy and carefree with a well-appointed bar cart. One of today's party essentials, an elegant bar cart creates a fun, retro vibe for cocktail hour and allows the host to ferry libations to thirsty guests in a flash.
When looking for the perfect cart, it's best to focus on those with a set of sturdy wheels to ensure your portable party smooth access to both indoor and outdoor venues—brakes are a plus, too. Carts should also feature trays with a generous rim; you won't want a broken glass to spoil the festive mood. From vintage rattan to bright modern, there’s a smart bar cart ready to roll into your summer cocktail session.
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