Published on June 23, 2019

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There are few first-apartment purchases as gratifying as a bar cart. Even if it’s stocked only with bottles of $3 Trader Joe’s wine, you will think: Finally, I’m an adult. However, the joy of buying an organized station for your weekend get-togethers will quickly be ruined by the unfortunate realization that bar carts are expensive. Generally over-$500 expensive, and drink trolleys don’t usually appear on the list of worthy furniture splurges. But don’t worry, we’re here to help.

From a snazzy mirrored find to a natural rattan option, these pieces will do the job without breaking your budget. Read on to find seven under-$200 bar carts you won’t feel guilty about snapping up. Save that regret for your hangover.

If You Like to Glam It Up

Forgo expected brass for a serving cart in copper. This one balances out its opulent finish with a sleek silhouette, so it won’t overpower your space. Embrace the shine and mix in other metallics via glassware or a variety of accents in the room.

If You Prefer to Live in a Technicolor Dream 

It’s hard to find a trolley in something other than neutral metals, which is why we love this cheery blush option so much. Pair it with equally colorful glassware for the happiest of entertaining corners.

If You’re a Proud Bohemian

Bring resort vibes home with this rattan design. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for tropical cocktail adventures, and a great way to keep summer alive in your space 365 days a year. Pair this cart with melamine barware in vibrant pinks and blues for an ode to retro ’60s entertaining.  

If Your Home Could Double as a Vintage Shop

With its aged brass finish and leather handles, this Novogratz bar cart has an old-school vibe. It basically demands a decanter of whiskey perched on its top.

If You’re Here for the Space-Age Design Revival

This glittering option resembles a bar cart from the future, ideal for lovers of all things sci-fi (or simply anyone who is a fan of chrome). The mirrored piece is guaranteed to stand out, so keep the rest of your decor minimal.

If Your Apartment Is an Ode to Mid-Century Design

Project 62’s overall nod to the Mad Men era is alive and well in this clean-lined cart, which is the perfect pared-back base for any number of bar accessories.

If You’ll Never Abandon Neutrals

Small space–ready and über-minimal, IKEA’s multifunctional utility cart won’t compromise your living room’s calming aesthetic. Since it’s so inexpensive, don’t be afraid to customize it with removable wallpaper or a paint color of your choice.

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