“You don’t know how to drink. Your whole generation, you drink for the wrong reasons. My generation, we drink because it’s good, because it feels better than unbuttoning your collar, because we deserve it. We drink because it’s what men do.” – Roger Sterling
Having just finished its 6th season, the penchant for all things Mad Men and mid-century modern continues to entice us all! (For now we’ll have to suffice with our Sunday, 6 am fix of reruns.) This got us all thinking at GO Home Ltd. about the resurgence in the popularity of bar carts. How did this newly chic, vintage home accessory come about?
The bar cart actually dates back to the 1940’s. With the end of prohibition, the public was ready to imbibe once again in all things alcohol! Homemakers entertained their guests with ease from a fully stocked bar cart that could be wheeled throughout the party and amongst guests.
As the bar cart segwayed into the 50’s and 60’s, the popularity of the Rat Pack, Miami Beach and James Bond made this home accent de riguer. During the 70’s, homes moved towards humongous, permanent built-in bars and cabinetry that had the early markings of the man cave as we know it today. Dark woods and leather abounded along with the ever-present wet bar. Sadly, our little friend the bar cart went the way of fedoras, Tupperware and the deviled egg.
Fast forward to 2014 and hey, everybody’s back! (Yes, due to the tough economy Tupperware has risen up, the foodie craze has given gourmet deviled eggs their due again and nobody can compare to Don rocking a fedora.)
In today’s health conscious society, the bar cart now serves a multitude of purposes in any room of the home – from providing an extra surface, to serving meals and creating extra storage. The best bar carts of course are mobile and adorned with wheels, making it easy to go from indoor to outdoor entertaining. Look for carts with metal finishes as well to hold up to the elements.
Bar carts are meant to be efficient, so space is a consideration as well. GO Home’s Farmhouse Sidetable (pictured below) measures a mere 25.5″ L x 17.5″ D x 24.5″ H and is compact enough to be the perfect small space solution for apartments and low square footage homes. Bar cart styles have also been adapted to appeal to any type of home decor from farm house sidetable to vintage shopping cart and industrial factory station carts. Register at GO Home Ltd. here to check these styles and more.
(right-to-left: Miami Bar Cart, Farmhouse Sidetable, Factory Station Cart, Vintage Shopping Cart,)
Know that you’ve immersed yourself in the history of the bar cart, you just need to learn how to stock your bar cart! If you have an insatiable curiosity for finding out how some of the greatest traditions, services and products of all time came about, check out The New York Times Innovations Issue. You’ll discover the man behind items like the Brannock Device (the shoe sizing contraption from your childhood!) who started the Cat Video craze and how the tradition of Brunch began.