Cooler than Cool – Guide to getting your home cocktail ready
Hosting a dinner party? Watching tennis with friends? Serve your guests in style and make life easy with a dedicated drinks cabinet or bar trolley. With space for tumblers and highballs, tipples and treats; top ups are on tap, so everyone can settle in and enjoy the action.
1 Easy elegance
Bring a touch of glamour to proceedings with this gorgeous Cocktail Station. Inspired by Art Deco design, its glass top and mirrored shelf reflect the light and set a sophisticated tone that’s ideal for serving cocktails, mocktails and shorts.
2 Industrial action
If industrial style is your thing, then this metal and timber Shelf Trolley is just the ticket. Set on castors its ideal for presenting refreshments at parties – and when the fun is over it can be re-positioned and repurposed as a stylish storage unit.
3 Design classic
The Drinks Trolley revival began with this simple Block side table on wheels from Normann Copenhagen just five years ago. Now a modern design classic, this versatile piece works as a serving trolley, home bar or even a bedside table.
4 Compact and convenient
This little beauty has a removable brass tray so not only will your finest crystal be deftly displayed, any spills can be easily dealt with. The bottom shelf has space for the ice bucket, extra bottles and cocktail recipe books.
5 All together now
Seasoned hosts will love the Zabel drinks cabinet from Swoon Editions. Crafted from Rosewood it has slots for nine bottles, two racks for hanging flutes and goblets, and shelving for tumblers, carafes, shakers, decanters and other entertaining accoutrements.
6 Space saver
If you don’t have room for a bar trolley or drinks cabinet, this beautiful raw oak Butler’s Tray will do the job. Display drinks and nibbles when visitors are round and simply fold it away when they’ve gone. The deep-sided removable tray is handy for collecting the empties too.
7 Old World Charm
When party reinforcements are required, wheel in this elegant extra. An original mid-century French drinks trolley, its two generous trays provide ample space for spirits, mixers and glassware, as well as plenty of room for preparing citrus slices, olives, sprigs of mint and other edible garnishes.