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The Best Bar Trolleys For Hosting At Home

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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? 


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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.

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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


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

Restored Teak Trolley, Vinterior


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

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