The Bar Cart — New York City Vs. Los Angeles


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It’s a battle of the East Coast versus the West Coast. Our first challenger is the ever popular bar cart. Whether you’re inspired by the Mid-Century look of Mad Men or the decadence of the Jazz Age, a bar setup with martini shaker, ice bucket and decanters is a welcoming home accessory. A bar cart on hand is an open invite to socializing, relaxing and laid-back conversation. Our two opponents, each with their own winning characteristics, vary in size, style and price. Take a look and tell us which one you would choose.

Vintage Danish Teak Cart by Poul Hundevad in Bedford – Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Designed by Poul Hundevad and complete with the Danish Furnituremakers’ Quality Control label guaranteeing of its quality, this mid-century teak serving bar cart has been carefully restored by hand. It can be used as two shelves or transformed effortlessly into a long serving surface all at one level. High-end solid brass castors from the same period adorn the feet and the whole cart has a hand-rubbed teak oil finish.

Find it on I Like Mike’s Midcentury Modern’s Corner. $799.

Vintage Red Cane Bamboo Cart in Burbank, California

A vintage table has been refurbished into a fun bar cart. Painted a fire engine red, this stationary cart has two smoked glass shelves for storing your champagne glassware and gin. This table is made of bamboo style wood complete with detailing.

Find it on Queen B Vintage’s Corner. $45.

Our Vote

Despite the hefty price, we have to go with the Poul Hundevad-designed cart. The meticulous attention to detail during restoration is worth every penny and will be worth more in the future. It’s also a more practical choice due to the casters and that it can easily be transformed into a buffet cart. Sturdy in weight, this cart is more of an investment but is sure to last for the long haul.

Your Vote

Tell us which one you would choose? The classic Danish cart from Brooklyn or the fun, trendy Bamboo cart in Los Angeles?

  • Victoria Thomas-Bodie

    I like both, but the cart is more user-friendly for New York apartments. Less storage space and you can use the cart as a multi-purpose item…love it

  • Marlena

    The Native New Yorker in me says New York but the aesthetician in me says the bamboo cart. I just wish that I hadn’t spilled bleach on my mother’s cart when I was a kid because hers beat both of them.

  • Andrew A. Wagner

    I gotta go New York too. Maybe it’s the wheels, maybe it’s the teak. Who knows, but it looks like a true beaut! However, the price does seem a lil’ high. But maybe that’s the price you pay for the Danish Furnituremaker’s Quality Control label : )

  • CJ Lotz

    I have to go with the New Yorker! Love the simple lines. One night it’s a bar cart and the next day, it doubles as a cleanup cart!