Published on November 7, 2017

The season of entertaining is upon us. If you’ve yet to get a head start on gathering all your hosting essentials, now’s the time. While a bar cart stocked with all the appropriate spirits should go without saying, it’s equally just as important to have all the necessary equipment for whipping up your signature cocktails. For those who’ve been hacking a shaker by way of a mason jar, an upgrade is of the essence. To help, we rounded up the chicest barware around. Take a look. 

 

Decant in style with this ultra sleek combo. The contemporary glassware and tray set boasts a no-frills composition that exudes pure elegance. Your bar cart is about to get a major dose of sophistication. 

Whiskey Decanter and Black Serving Tray, Nude, $99

Start with the basics, every bar cart should at least come with a mixing spoon, jigger, and strainer—even if it’s more for decoration than use. This teak and gold-finished set will definitely do the trick. 

Gold Bar Set with Wood Handles, Be Home, $65.00

 
Decorative table tiles, coasters, call it what you’d like. Toss out that old coaster set for this trendy one instead. Plus, it’ll guarantee the absence of water rings on that new coffee table.
 

Table Tiles, Bower, $18.00

 

No libation should be exempt from an elevated experience, beer included. This handy foamer-contraption will yield a fresh-from-the-tap finish which, even the more avid of brew enthusiasts will approve. 

Beer Foamer, Menu, $9.99

Buy one or collect ’em all. Set out these playfully colorful bottle openers in vibrant bowls or dishes for a functionally style-focused element.
 

Bent-Nail Bottle Opener, Brendan Ravenhill, $12.00

 

This martini mixer was made for the minimalist. Designed by a Copenhagen-based studio, it not only serves up major style but it stands as an effortlessly cool piece that’s also elegantly functional. 

 

AJ Martini Mixer with Spoon, Stelton, $100

It’s all about the details and this double-sided muddler has the right idea. Featuring a classic wood base and a sleek marble tip capped off with a copper ring, this must-have bar accessory will surely make a mean mojito. 

Muddler, Williams Sonoma, $24.95

 
Chill these drink rocks in the freezer before the evening—they’re way more interesting than regular, old ice blocks—and pop them into your drink of choice at the bar.
 

Drink Rocks, Runa Klock, $35.00

Detailed with a scorpion, jaguar, snake, and dragon, these lustrous gold cocktail stirrers will lend a welcome dose of personality to your cocktail. Pair with CB2’s Marta glasses—which should be a mainstay of every bar cart. The ultra thin glass is beautifully tinted with a hint of color. 

Prowl Gold Cocktail Stirrers, CB2, $24.95 & Marta Lilac Double-old Fashioned Glass, CB2, $3.50 ea

 
Gone are the days of attempting to scoop ice cubes with a spoon. These sleek and streamlined tongs are what our lives were missing.
 

AJ Ice Tongs, Stelton, $35

Because, even the standard ice cube deserves an upgrade. Add a single ice sphere to just about any drink to instantly elevate even the most mundane of cocktails. 
 
Marble Single Sphere Ice Mold, W&P Design, $12.00

Discover more ways to make the most of your holiday entertaining:
How to Properly Stock a Bar Cart
The 10 Best Bar Carts You Can Buy for Less Than $200
How to Throw a Chic, Stress-Free Dinner Party

 

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