Throughout our collective history, alcohol remains definite, an enduring motif in the great American narrative. That’s probably because those that wrote it drank, and drank well. It’s hard to imagine the founding fathers at any point sober during the drafting of our Constitution; or a young Hemingway, notebook in hand, without too a flask hidden in his back pocket. Trial has proven that Americans like to knock a few back, and will find ways to do so regardless of law and regulation. But it was actually during the nation’s most notable hiccup that our favorite indulgence grew up, epitomized by the enduring symbol of the most sophisticated of drinking cultures: the home bar cart.
Motivated by the pressures of persecution under the Volstead Act, Americans resigned to their living rooms, tippling in privacy and comfort before leaving for restaurants or an “abstinent” night about town. Once Prohibition had lifted, “cocktail hour” stuck around, and liquored home entertainment became a fixed pre-game phenomenon, often a pastime in itself as a quaint and comfortable alternative to outings at public party venues.
The bar cart does two things: at its base level, it’s a tool to help organize and center the rituals of drinking around. More intimately, the cart is an opportunity to showcase the distinctive taste and personality of he who equips it. Ours is just one interpretation of how the home bar should look and taste. Like with all things great, bar carts are long term investments and need time to develop. It’s not necessary to stock everything below; like with all our kits and buying guides, ours is listed simply to help guide those starting from scratch in the finer points of home drinking.