I bought a vintage bar cart a WHILE back, and wound up using it in the kitchen next to the stove. This tray and stand was way on sale at West Elm so I went for it. The tray had a couple of very small marks on it, so when I spoke to someone they wound up giving it to me for more than half off. Tip - it never hurts to ask, and sometimes really pays off! So, while it doesn't have shelving for extra storage, it's really a great piece for a small space because you can take it apart and put it away. I have ample storage in my kitchen so I didn't feel that I was sacrificing anything. It also doesn't take up a lot of visual space - the stand is airy which allows your eye to pass through it, feeling less cumbersome.
I styled it up with some booze, obviously, and some cute glasses, a bowl for citrus, glasses, tools, fun straws, and a couple of shakers. The rocks and shot glasses are Sisters of Los Angeles, coasters were a gift from a friend, paper straws you can find here, and the rest is stuff I picked up here and there. As far as the technical components go, my essentials are vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila, triple sec, seltzer, tonic, ginger beer, and bitters - I have orange, angostura, and peychaud's. All the fixin's to make lots of tasty cocktails. In the ice department, I have giant sphere ice molds. I bought them in store at West Elm for less but can't find them online. They get your drink nice and cold and don't melt as fast.
SO. What's missing...highball glasses...I think my favorites are the green stripe and gold rim (click for source):
An ice bucket:
A little light reading:
And maybe some fun art:
Do you have bars at home? More to come!