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Cellarettes: The Original Bar Cart
Learn all about this classic entertaining staple and predecessor of the beloved bar cart.
Long before bar carts were the trend, cellarettes were the home entertainer’s must have furniture. Cellarettes were first used in Europe in the 15th century as a place for pubs to store alcohol. The lid locked to prevent anyone from stealing the establishment’s libations. Cellarettes first appeared in America in the 1700s and were popular... Keep Scrolling
Written by Amelia Carroll


Long before bar carts were the trend, cellarettes were the home entertainer’s must have furniture. Cellarettes were first used in Europe in the 15th century as a place for pubs to store alcohol. The lid locked to prevent anyone from stealing the establishment’s libations. Cellarettes first appeared in America in the 1700s and were popular with army officers during wartime. Soon cellarettes became a common sight in elite homes too. During the Prohibition of 1920s America, cellarettes were often disguised to look like part of another piece of furniture.

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Conception of the Bar Cart

Cellarettes came in many different shapes and sizes. Most were made to be a permanent piece of furniture. Others were smaller and had handles to be easily portable from room to room like the bar cart. Some cellarettes also served as a basic refrigerator. Many were lined with metal so that food and drink would be kept cooler on ice for a longer period of time.

Cellarettes eventually became a status symbol for households with elevated entertaining skills. Today they are modern bar cabinets. Looking to add a chic cellarette to your home’s entertaining arsenal? Here are some chic and classic options:

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Beach cottage inspired bar cart with woven styled doors.
Courtesy of Serena & Lily

This Caledonia Woven Bar Cabinet would look stunning in any beach cottage. Serena & Lily always has gorgeous decor pieces when we’re looking for inspiration.

Antique cellarette inspired bar cabinet with mirrored backing.
Courtesy of Birch Lane

Try this modern take on the cellarette from Birch Lane, Akdeniz Bar Cabinet.

Wooden barn door style home wine cabinet with metal top.
Courtesy of World Market

We love this wooden farmhouse style barn-door bar with a metal top from World Market.

American wooden antique cellarette circa 1850.
Courtesy of Solvang Antiques

Cellarette in walnut with porcelainized steel, circa 1850. Solvang Antiques.

Cream colored large bar cabinet with antique glass paneled doors.
Courtesy of Hickory Chair

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The versatility and storage of this Cleo customizable bar cabinet with antique mirrored doors make it such a quality piece to have in your cottage.

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