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The best drinks cabinets around

The best drinks cabinets around

With full Christmas mode in action I thought I'd join in with the celebrations with this blog post and possibly an accompanying glass of prosecco. I've been craving a drinks trolley for years now and, as yet, haven't committed to any and was beginning to wonder why. Maybe its my aversion to dusting or lack of space or just not finding the right one at the right price (all the ones I really love are upwards of £350).

Then I was in good old marksies and I spotted not one but 2 beauties winking at me from the home section and I quickly realised the drinks cabinet was the perfect piece of furniture for my collection of miscellaneous bottles for some of very good reasons: 

1. It only requires minimal dusting- perfect for those quick swipes with a dust cloth before any visitors arrive because lets face it who wants to dust bottles? (Big selling point for me!)

2. its designed specifically to hold a nice selection of glasses and those all important bottles of fizz neatly, so there's no rummaging around the back of a cupboard looking for a cocktail stirrer.  They also provide a lot more storage than a 3 tier trolley.

3. It can hide in plain sight, camouflaged among other furniture until it is opened in a taaadaa moment to display everything like a mini bar for your guests to be amazed at (all dust free I might add)

4. There are some beautiful cabinets out there to suit every budget and taste

So with that in mind I've rounded up the best affordable and beautiful drinks cabinets available. Yes they are slightly more expensive than a drinks trolley but I think they are worth the investment.

Marks and Spencer Carroway art deco inspired drinks cabinets is something else. In a light grey lacquer with a gold etched design it's perfect for those great Gatsby parties. Priced at £599 *M&S have a 20% on furniture when you buy 2 pieces at the minute so you might get in cheaper if your in the market for new furniture.

Up next is this tall Oro drinks cabinet from Oliver Bonas this is the most expensive cabinet on the list at £1200 but it makes some impact! There's sections for wine storage, a mirrored section and glass holders for the prettiest of wine glasses.

Also from Marks and Spencer is the Webster which looks much more stunning in real life. When i saw it in store it was styled with some art deco gold etched glasses and a gold and teal serving tray. (I bought the tray!) Its dark charcoal with a geometric pattern etched on the doors. Also £599 and on the 20% off if you buy 2 pieces.

Mid century vibes with this smaller Salvador cabinet from West Elm £399 finished in walnut with antique brass inset handles and a removable wine rack. This would fit perfectly in amongst my vintage furniture!

If you liked the tall Oro there is a smaller version at a much more affordable price from Oliver Bonas, blush pink and herringbone cabinet of dreams on gold legs plus a nice little section to hold glasses. Priced at £550

Lastly there is this version from IKEA, technically not a drinks cabinet but perfect for those who want to display their bottles and glasses whilst avoiding the aforementioned dust. Its also a bit of a bargain coming in at £130!

And just because it Christmas I've rounded up the best/ quirkiest bar accessories to display on the top of your cabinet. Perfect for gifting too (unless you don't drink then this post is pretty much pointless apologies!)

Hope you enjoyed and Happy Christmas! Cheers!

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