If there’s one furniture trend that has really stuck around, it’s the bar cart; so much so that it has become a true shelter staple—considered by millennials and Gen-Z to be as essential as a dining table or bed frame. Even the design-clueless men in my life have caught on (which is how you know bar carts have reached the masses). And whether that’s due to the array of stylish options out there or the fact that your favorite beverages deserve their own shelf, there’s no sign of the cute carts leaving anytime soon. 

And yet: There’s a new vessel for your booze that’s gaining popularity—the bar cabinet. I like to think of this unassuming chest as the bar cart’s chicer, older sibling who spent a summer abroad and now appreciates the finer things in life.

For one, the doors of a bar cabinet help cut back on clutter. As anyone who’s ever tried to style a bar cart knows, it can fill up with bottles fast. Why not keep your cocktail collection behind closed doors rather than add visual chaos to your living room? And if your collection is less than bountiful, now nobody has to know, so win-win! 

But what makes a bar cabinet different from any old cabinet? Unlike shelves on wheels, the chest is filled with surprises; smart custom storage that perfectly fits bottles and even glassware. Stemware racks, shelved doors, wine cubbies, and more details set it apart from open-air carts. 

Aesthetics aside, your wine will actually last longer in a dark space—think about how a wine cellar rarely has windows. UV rays can degrade and prematurely age wine, which makes a bar cabinet a smart and chic choice, even if that means you can’t wheel a cocktail to your sofa. Your upholstery will thank you. 

Avalon Rattan Bar, CB2 ($900)
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Line Wine Bar, DWR ($4000)
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Fern Bar Cabinet, Anthropologie ($2300)
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Op Art Bar, Jonathan Adler ($4500)
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