Add some character to your festive libation station. Vintage and repurposed bar carts and set ups will make a holiday happy hour even happier.


Vintage ironing board bar

Nearly anything can be converted into a bar, and this ironing board is proof, decked out with vintage items like a playful owl ice bucket, a mason jar cocktail shaker and a soda crate brimming with non-soda libations. If you’re serving a buffet, this is a great way to move traffic elsewhere.


Copper boiler

Corral your offerings in sturdy old crates or a cool copper boiler.


dresser 3 ways ikea hack

A dresser takes a turn as a cool bar thanks to wood trim appliqués, wood stain and metallic accessories. The drawers offer easy storage, while cocktail party essentials rest on top. With casters and a towel bar handle, this dresser-turned-cart is usefully portable, too. Cheers!


stocking a mid century bar animation

We discovered this midcentury piece  at an antiques mall for $75, and yet it certainly kicks cocktail hour up a notch! Sliding lower doors conceal bottles of liquor, a tiered rack holds stemware in place and a drop-down front provides an ideal surface for mixing drinks. To complete the 1950s vibe, decor pieces from the era are situated around the bar.


9 Bread pan wine storage hung on the wall next to the bar

Bread pans, hung on wall studs, can double as stylish wine storage.


Dining room hutch

Upcycle an old dining room cabinet into a useful entertaining spot. A coat of white paint breathes new life into the piece, creating a backdrop for spotlighting a bar.


Dining room hutch drawer

Drawers hide bartending tools, napkins and more.


Utility cart bar

A bygone metal utility cart makes an attractive place to showcase top-shelf liquors.


Ice bucket and citrus on cart

Perfect for when space is tight, tuck it into a kitchen or dining room corner and place lemons, limes and a bucket of ice on a shelf so guests can help themselves.

Want some advice on how to stock and style your bar? Check out our advice here.


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