How to Elevate Home Entertaining with Vintage Drinks Trolleys & Bar Carts

Vintage Drinks Trolleys and Bar Carts have been popular pieces of furniture since the mid-twentieth century, and they are making a comeback in modern home decor. Nicholas Wells Antiques is one of the leading British antique dealers specialising in mid-century bar carts, and vintage drinks trolleys. The gallery offers a range of iconic designs that have been carefully chosen, fully restored, and brought roaring back to life.

At Nicholas Wells Antiques, our mission is to enrich lives with the rare and beautiful. We believe that exceptional furniture and objects have the power to transform a space and enhance our daily lives. Our customers value the ability to express themselves through the objects that surround them, and entertaining with our mid-century bar carts is the perfect way to do just that. 

Polished Brass and Black Lacquer Mid Century Drinks Trolley

Bar carts were first popularised in the 1950s and 60s, when entertaining guests at cocktail parties were all the rage. These vintage bar carts were designed to be both functional and stylish, with sleek lines and shiny finishes that made them a focal point of any room. Today, vintage drinks trolleys are enjoying a resurgence in popularity as people rediscover their timeless appeal.

Maison Jansen polished brass bar cart with new toughened glass tops, fully restored, polished and lacquered.

These vintage designs are not only beautiful, but they also add an element of fun to social gatherings with close friends. The new designs may look similar, but on close inspection, they lack the exceptional craftsmanship and unique features of the vintage originals.

At Nicholas Wells Antiques, we offer a range of mid-century bar carts that are sure to impress and delight guests. From the iconic designs of Maison Bagues to the sleek lines of Maison Jansen, our collection is curated to showcase the best of mid-century design. Each bar cart has been fully restored and brought back to its original beauty, ensuring that it will be a cherished piece for years to come.

For instance, the oval burnished reeded brass and glass drinks trolley attributed to Maison Jansen or Maison Bagues is a rare and fabulous design from France circa 1955. This trolley has two removable trays, with the upper one having handles and the lower one fitted with a triple bottle holder. The metalwork is exceptional and worked to the smallest detail. The trolley has two fabulous large wheels at the front and smaller wheels at the back below a curved brass handle.

The social aspect of having vintage bar carts, cocktail tables, and drinks trolleys cannot be ignored. They add an element of sophistication and elegance to any gathering of friends and family, making it a memorable experience for everyone involved. So, if you’re looking to elevate your social gatherings, consider investing in a vintage bar cart or drinks trolley.

“A Very happy client. You did a very nice job of bringing it to this condition. Some vintage and antiques characterise with age as you know better than many but I think what you have done with this bar cart has defined it.”


One of the great things about vintage bar carts is their versatility. They can be used in a variety of ways, from entertaining by serving cocktails or champagne to serving as an end table or lamp table with space to display your favorite decorative items. Drinks trolleys are also perfect for small spaces, as they can be easily moved around and tucked away when not in use.

At Nicholas Wells Antiques, we believe that every piece of furniture should be both beautiful and functional. That’s why we take great care in restoring our mid-century bar carts to their original condition. We want our customers to enjoy these pieces for years to come, and we take pride in knowing that our carts are built to last.

A drinks trolley as a lamp table

Mid Century Bar Cart with polished brass and black and white lacquered tops.

An incredible mid-century drinks trolley from Italy has new white and black highly figured veneer tops and polished lacquer finish. Each tray has a shaped and pierced gallery, with the upper level having two opposing handles in elegant cast brass and steel screw ends. The trolley has four turned brass legs and a double bottle holder at each end, the whole on four steel castors.

In conclusion, the revival of mid-century bar carts is a testament to the enduring appeal of good design. At Nicholas Wells Antiques, we are proud to offer a collection of iconic bar carts that have been fully restored and brought back to life. We believe that these pieces are not just furniture, but works of art that have the power to transform any space. So why not add a mid-century bar cart to your home decor and experience the beauty and functionality of this timeless piece of furniture?

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