Everything You Need for an At-Home Happy Hour

Why go to the bar when you can throw your very own happy hour at home? Complete with a bar cart, glassware essentials, and all the tools you need, this list will inspire you to be the hostess with the mostest. Serve up your favorite go-to drinks, or check out these cocktail recipes to try something new.

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Kahnah Bar Cart

This isn't your average bar cart; all the extras make it more like a portable bartending station. Two wine racks offer plenty of bottle storage, and five stemware slots keep glasses within arm's reach. Plus, two shelves provide space for storing bar tools and extra supplies or setting up appetizers. Bonus: The top is removable and can be used as a serving tray! When you're not entertaining, convert this cart into a display for photos and other decor.

Price: $105 (usually $260)

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Nattie White Wine Glasses

Did you know that different wines call for specific glassware? (Hint: White wines are best in a narrow bowl.) This particular set takes the traditional glass and gives it a modern update with tulip-shaped square bowls. It's also an affordable way to stock up on stemware so you can serve your guests' favorite vino in the appropriate glass.

Price: $28 for eight (usually $32)

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Open Kitchen Stemless Red Wine Glasses

A full-bodied red wine needs space to breathe, so these generously sized stemless glasses are the perfect find. They're made from lead-free crystal for durability and ideal for entertaining or everyday use. Use them for wine, as tumblers for mixed drinks, or for water glasses.

Price: $28 for four

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18-Piece Libbey Bar Glass Set

You can never go wrong with serving wine at a dinner party, and offering cocktails to guests adds even more variety. This 18-piece set comes complete with an assortment of durable glassware perfect for serving specialty drinks. As an added bonus, it comes with a strainer and a pint glass with different drink recipes etched on the side for easy measuring—let mixology night begin!

Price: $30 (usually $40)

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Wine Glass Markers

Make it easy to identify which drink belongs to whom. These markers write on glass for a fuss-free way to keep drinks straight all night long. When the party's over, simply wash it off with soap and water or let the dishwasher do the work.

Price: $10

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3-Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set

Take your drink presentation to the next level by having a cutting board on hand to slice garnishes and prepare herbs. This three-piece bamboo cutting board set is a great option. The little one is perfect for the bar, while the other two are handy to have as extras in the kitchen or to serve hors d'oeuvres during your party.

Price: $15

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Easton Cocktail Shaker

Show off your mixology skills by whipping up a new recipe in this mirror-finish stainless steel shaker. Its sleek design adds a professional feel to homemade craft cocktails. Durable with a classic look, this shaker deserves a spot on your bar cart, or makes a thoughtful housewarming gift.

Price: $30

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Bar Tool Set

Get all the bar essentials you need in this gorgeous set. Complete with an ice bucket and scoop, bottle opener, two-sided jigger, long spade-end spoon, muddler, and spring coil strainer, these bar tools allow you to get creative with cocktails and prepare tried-and-true drinks like a classic old fashioned. Choose from four gorgeous finishes—graphite, silver, gold, and copper—to give your at-home bar some added flair.

Price: $80

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