8 Outdoor Bar Carts That’ll Make Your Porch or Patio the Ultimate Hangout

updated Jun 4, 2021
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Bar carts are by no means solely for the living room. If you love to entertain outdoors, why not set up a chic drink station on your porch or patio, too? To help get your creative juices flowing, we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite outdoor bar cart setups right in time for summer.

Wicker wonderland

Stacie Flinner brought traditional touches outdoors, styling a woven bar cart with chinoiserie accents, fun rattan glasses, and festive garnishes. She even added a few coffee table books (who says they’re solely for indoor setups?!).

South Seas Side Cart

Buy: South Seas Side Cart, $448 from Serena & Lily.

Nice and natural

Beth Aschenbach also opted to use a rattan bar cart on her patio, decorating it with natural touches like oversized shells, fresh flowers, and even fruit. Her setup proves that accent pieces don’t have to cost much to make a statement.

Pretty and petite

Rachel Pereira completed a major patio makeover and placed a small metal bar cart in an empty corner. A bar cart is an excellent way to add intrigue and function to a petite nook and will instantly make your gathering space more festive.

Credit: CB2

Go-Cart White

Buy: Go-Cart White, $149 from CB2.

Credit: Tamara Anka

Darling drinkware

Tamara Anka kept her bar cart simple and functional, placing drink dispensers atop cute cake stands to add a charming touch. Decanting beverages from unsightly plastic containers will go a long way in making your drink display feel more luxe.

Hello, yellow

Amanda Hendrix majorly transformed a rusty bar cart that had seen far better days by spray painting it a sunny yellow. Her project is proof that the perfect entertaining piece may be waiting for you in your garage or at the thrift store, and a little TLC can go a long way. Opting for a paint color that’s different than what you may normally gravitate toward indoors is all part of the fun!

Industrial icon

Can you say industrial chic? Medina Grillo built her own outdoor bar cart using copper pipes and spray painted it a sleek black. The towel bar she installed to the front of the cart is our favorite feature.

Feeling Blue

Why not fully embrace the outdoor theme by transforming a potting bench into a bar station, like Heather Thibodeau did? After scouring the internet and struggling to locate a bar station that caught her eye, Thibodeau decided to take matters into her own hand with some creativity and blue paint.

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Aanya Hardwood Dark Red Meranti Potting Bench

Real rustic

Denise Cooper also turned a potting bench into a bar cart, but opted for a rustic look, staining the wood to a shade of her liking and jazzing up the piece with all of her favorite happy hour essentials.