Matilda Goad and Anthropologie Collaboration of a red bar trolley

The Best Bar Trolleys For Hosting At Home for Autumn 2022

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The Best Bar Trolleys

Bar trolleys are now a living room staple since the pandemic. It’s on every Pinterest feed these days, but the humble carts have would have been a strange interior feature only two decades ago, so where did bar trolleys actually come from?

The Matilda Goad x Anthropologie collaboration with a red bar trolley in a house with a painting above it

Image courtesy of Matilda Goad x Anthropologie

Quick History of the Humble Bar Trolley

Initially the preserve of upper echelons of British society, bar trolleys were an offshoot of tea trolleys that staff would roll up to serve the ladies of the household. This was the standard practice du jour across the 19th to 20th Centuries. The tea trolley only morphed to the bar trolley by the second half of the 20th Century, where many Americans moved to the suburbs in record numbers, and wanted to create their own home bar.

So know when you see the glisteningly golden brass and glass of the bar trolleys on the gram today, these were actually inspired by the 1950s. So pick up a cocktail, and peruse our round-up of the most beautiful bar trolleys out there.

How to Style a Bar Trolley

Think in Colours

The infamous Dakota Johnson faux limes debacle on her Architectural Digest House Tour, is viral a reason: limes add a whole lot of zing to a room. Let the limes, lemons, and whatever niche additions you add to your cocktail, do the aesthetic talking.

It’s all About Height

If we’re going to be pedantic: stack wisely. Vary up the height of your bottles, glasses, and make the trolley visually clear and create a sense of variety.

Let Foliage Enter the Chat

Don’t shy away from adding a vase of greenery, textures, or even flowers to spruce up the trolley. It could also be nice to have a climbing plant tumbling over your various cocktail accoutrements of your trolley.

Glassware is Your Accessory; Use it

If you haven’t already heard: glassware is as much as an aesthetic statement these days as a showstopping outfit. Our pick of the day is a swirly whirly tumblers, by Henry Holland.

 

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The Definitive Bar Trolley Edit

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yellow bar trolley by Matilda Goad

Matilda Goad & Co X Anthropologie, £268, anthropologie.com

Why We Love it: This one’s for versatility. You’ll be be to dress it up as a chic drinks station, just as easily as you’ll be able to style it as a guest bedroom bedside stand.

It’s bold colourways (it also comes in red) will add a zuzh to any tired corner of the house. Plus it’s got nice finishes (see the pattern inlay in the tray).

The Lacquer Company drinks trolley

The Lacquer Company

Belles River Bar Table Brass Base, £2,955, thelaquearcompany.com

 

Nina Campbell Billy Bar

Nina Campbell

Billy Bar, Nina Campbell, shop.ninacampbell.com

Space age liquor / bar cart. Circa 1970. Vinterior

Vinterior

Space age liquor / bar cart. Circa 1970, £650, Vinterior, vinterior.co

Restored Teak Trolley, Vinterior

Vinterior

Restored teak trolley on wheels from the 1960s, £466, Vinterior, vinterior.co

Main Image: Karun Thakar for Soane Britain collection. soane.co.uk

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