Earlier this month, Lloyd’s of London — the last bastion of City workplace drinking culture — called time on lunchtime pints and boozing within office hours. It was a well overdue move by the insurance giant, and one that displays a commendable step forward in cutting down on boisterous behaviour in the workplace. We raise a glass to Lloyd’s — or not, as the case may be.
But is banning business drinking outright the best plan? We’d argue that, rather than bundling all the bottles out of the office, it would pay to keep a dram or two desk-side for special occasions. Just look to the Japanese, whose ‘Nomikai’ culture places drinking at the heart of important business deals. Or, of course, the — albeit fictional — offices of Mad Men, where Don Draper conjured many an inspired idea out of the bourbon-tinged air.
So, to introduce a little more Mad Men to your office, we’ve rolled out a trolleyful of the best bar carts money can buy. So shuffle out that old filing cabinet, invest in a couple of choice bottles, and enhance your workspace with some refined, restrained drinks…
Go for gold with your drinks trolley
It may be more Gatsby than Draper, but we’re fully behind adding a little pizzazz to your office with a golden bar cart. Even if you’ve only managed to muster a couple of bottles, and your glassware is second class, the shine of your trolley will see you through, and ensure any visitors consider you a 24 carat businessman.
John Lewis have partnered with Swoon for this striking bar car, inspired by the modernist architecture of the famous De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea. Or head to West Elm, whose Terrace Bar Cart is modelled with an art deco look and boasts a mirrored bottom shelf for extra shine. Alternatively, this Montes Cart from Canora Gray goes the full Gatsby with its geometric silhouette.
Swoon X John Lewis Bar Cart
West Elm Terrace Bar Cart
Canora Grey Montes Art Deco Cart
Knock on wood with a classic bar cart
If you recall, Don Draper’s own bar cart was crafted from wood — and reliably stocked with Canadian Club blended whisky and Smirnoff vodka. And, while we may not agree with the bottles he decided to invest in, we’re unswerving admirers of his choice of trolley.
Why not bring a little Sterling Cooper into your own office with West Elm’s Tiered Bar Console, easy to hold everything from bottles to ice buckets to mixers. Or opt for this handsome Mid-Century Bar Cart from the same supplier, which recalls the clean-lined aesthetic of the 1950s and ‘60s. To go even more minimalist, Klong also offer a loop-handled oak trolley perfect for a pared-back workplace.
West Elm Tiered Bar Console
Mid-Century Bar Cart
Klong Julius Trolley
A trolley with an industrial feel will keep things grounded
We know it’s not the ‘60s anymore, and some people may react a little unfavourably to you wheeling a bar cart into your office. But, with these industrially styled options, the pomp and ceremony of a work time tipple is stripped away and your drinks selection is afforded a more practical air.
Just take this Fulton bar cart, set on wheels and ready to move to any corner of the office come party time. Or Williston Forge’s Alford Serving Cart — complete with distressed metal frame and wooden shelves on which to arrange your bottles subtly and stylishly. Rockett St George are another of our favourites, and their distressed Tin Utility Trolley has the look of a genuine utilitarian antique.
Fulton Bar Cart
Williston Forge Alford Cart
Rockett St George Distressed Tin Trolley
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