8 Essentials for Your Perfect Bar Cart

Shaken or stirred—these stylish picks are all you need!

Courtesy of Pottery Barn

Whether you built your bar cart yourself as an A+ DIY project (in wood perhaps?) or took your inspo from one of these swanky styles you can find in stores, the next step is to deck it out with all the at-home bar essentials.

You'll need to prioritize certain things depending on how big your bar cart is, but having a shaker, jigger and set of glasses is the perfect place to start. From there you may want to add a variety of glasses for different drinks (coups and highballs and tumblers, oh...MORE my!), as well as a pitcher, bottle opener and ice bucket.

To get you started stocking your dream bar cart (we suggest this beauty from Pottery Barn), we rounded up some of the coolest and most cocktail-worthy accessories. From fancy-looking Ikea glasses for less than $2 each to a snazzy, investment-worthy shaker, you'll be ready to shake and stir drink with the best of 'em!

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    ice bucket
    Courtesy of Mark & Graham

    For impromptu champagne celebrations or at-home cocktail hours, having an ice bucket on hand makes for an instant classy touch. Rather than sending your guests to and from the kitchen you keep their drinks cool and refreshed on the spot.

    Stainless steel ice bucket, $149, Mark & Graham

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    Courtesy of Target

    You can't make a proper mojito without a proper muddler, so be sure to add one of these essential wooden tools to your bar cart. Muddling helps extract and mix the flavors of cocktail ingredients like fresh herbs, fruits and simple syrups together—making for an expertly balanced drink.

    Threshold 'Acacia' wood muddler, $5, Target

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    kate spade jigger
    Courtesy of Kate Spade

    Get jigger with it! (Sorry, we couldn't help it.) When mixing cocktails with rather elaborate or specific ingredient lists, having a jigger is essential. The larger end is perfect for measuring out liquor, while the smaller is great for things like simple syrup and Triple Sec. We also happen to think this one from Kate Spade is especially cute.

    Two of a Kind 'less and more' jigger, $20, Kate Spade

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    decorative coasters
    Courtesy of Shopbop

    Coasters are one of those home accessories that sound boring until the moment you realize just how many incredibly cool options are out there. Home designers, stores and brands have taken the concept of the humble coaster and ran with it—creating prints, pictures, fresh shapes and designs that are almost too pretty to put a glass on. Almost. (And if you're feeling inspired, check out all these DIY coaster ideas you can make at home!)

    Jonathan Adler 'Anamalia' coaster set, $78, Shopbop

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    stirring spoon
    Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

    Perhaps one of the more superfluous tools for your bar cart, we still had to give a shout out to the cocktail spoon. Use for stirring drinks and not much else, we think they're worth the purchase if you love a well-crafted old fashioned or martini.

    Open Kitchen cocktail spoon, $8, Williams Sonoma

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    Courtesy of Anthropologie

    Celebrations can happen any time, and we fully believe that having at least two champagne flutes (or coupes) at the ready is essential for any home bar. Plus—they will look gorgeous on your bar cart. These petite flutes from Anthropologie have delicate etching on the vessel and short stem, making them both unusual and rather practical.

    Alexia petite flute, $14 each, Anthropologie

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    Image Courtesy of Mark and Graham

    Oh you fancy, huh? If you like the occasional brandy or cognac, it helps to have the perfect glasses on-hand for imbibing. To get the perfect pour, simply hold the glass horizontally and fill until the liquid almost reaches the lip of the glass.

    Snifter glasses, $69 for four, Mark & Graham

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    Courtesy of IKEA

    Making your bar cart look great doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you're just starting out with home decor or accidentally blew your budget on the cart itself (we don't blame you!) swing by an IKEA and stock up on their extremely affordable glassware. These glasses are roughly the right size for a double old fashioned and cost less than $2 each!

    'Flimra' glass, $1.79 each, IKEA