An Under-$200, Wavy Rattan Bar Cart Is Hiding Out at Walmart
You don’t need to pine for Serena & Lily’s pricey styles.
Published Apr 15, 2023 1:00 AM
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Many weather-resistant bar carts we come across take functionality a little too seriously: metal frames, big rubber wheels, a lack of color; the kind of utilitarian features that would look more at home in your garage rather than poolside or on a patio. So when we spotted this Walmart outdoor bar cart—which could easily hold its own in an effortless Hamptons beach house—we did a double take. From the affordable under-$200 price point (eat your heart out, Serena & Lily) to the surprisingly chic wavy details and reviewer-approved functional design, we clocked this piece as a spotlight-worthy score. Below, we dig deeper into the specs.
For one, the steel frame, covered in a handwoven, hardy rattan-like material, lends an impressive sturdiness. Most shoppers agree, noting that it’s not too heavy either, at just over 20 pounds. Others share they’re happy with how wide and spacious the drink station is. It has a width of 29 inches with shelves that are roughly 20 inches deep. And the bonus matching basket can help corral citrus or go straight to the table loaded up with highballs. Not only is the server roomy, but it can also hold up to 50 pounds. The more glassware the merrier, right?
“Perfect height for sitting next to or pushing around. Well made and very useful for a barbecue, drinks by the pool, or just hanging out,” one commenter writes. Another reviewer points out, “I can imagine it has a lot of uses…a server, a place for plants, etc. This is very well made and sturdy, and it definitely looks like it would stand up to the weather.”
Reviewers also agree on another alfresco win: The fact that not all the legs are capped with wheels. This design choice keeps the piece stationary rather than feeling wobbly on uneven pavers or rolling away on a sloped surface. If you’re looking to elevate the affordable cart, we recommend replacing the simple black wheels with a set of antique-brass casters (we clocked this elegant-looking set on Amazon) to give it a little more coastal-grandmother pizazz. And, when the sun inevitably sets on outdoor season, this darling piece is versatile enough to bring indoors—where we envision it will look just as good dishing out pours of red wine as it does shaking up margaritas.
Considering this latest and greatest Walmart score along with the now out-of-stock sherpa swivel chair that gave Gwyneth’s expensive CB2 iteration a run for its money, we would put the retailer in the shopping category of unsung hotspots for hidden-gem homewares. You just need to dig deep to uncover the good stuff before word gets out—and it, inevitably, sells out.