The Best Outdoor Bar Accessories for Your Summer Parties

Throwing an alfresco soiree is a cinch once you have the bar basics covered. Shop our favorite picks for stocking your outdoor bar.

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June 22, 2021

This summer is already feeling different from last summer. It’s safer to gather with friends and family, meaning we can celebrate summer’s best holidays and events. Keep your outdoor space prepped for expected and unexpected summer gatherings by stocking up on these bar essentials, including melamine wine glasses and stainless-steel ice cubes. You'll be the best backyard bartender on the block.

Rolling Cooler

For a really large crowd, a portable cooler is a great investment for summer entertaining. Use one half of the cooler to store drinks and beer, and use the other half for any food items that need to stay cold. You can easily wheel it around to different areas of your yard or deck throughout the day and night.

Acrylic Glassware

Acrylic is an outdoor hostess's best friend. It has the elegant look of glass but is shatter resistant and still dishwasher safe. These chic glasses mimic the stemless wine glasses we all know and love, but they're virtually indestructible.

Bottle Opener

Everyone needs a stylish bottle opener, and this silver crab claw is top on our list. It's fun, summery and functional.

Cocktail Shaker

Don't wait for a night out to enjoy your favorite cocktail. Mix them up yourself with this stainless-steel shaker. Whether you're making a classic martini or tropical mai tai, this insulated shaker gets your drink ice cold without freezing your hands. Plus, we love that it features an integrated strainer and a cap that doubles as a jigger.

Seasonal Cocktail Mix

Great for picnics and barbecues, these time-saving cocktail mixes help you create delicious, refreshing cocktails — blended or on the rocks. All you need to do is add rum and ice!

Rimming Salt

Liven up your homemade margaritas with this artisanal cocktail salt. It's the perfect way to highlight the flavors of classic and fruit-flavored margaritas. Just twirl the rim of your glass in the salt and fill it with fresh margaritas.

Wine Opener

Having a bottle of wine you can't open is the epitome of a buzzkill. Bring instant style to your bar with this sleek and functional stainless-steel wine opener. This All-Clad tool features a patented outer handle that adjusts to the width of any wine bottle and is coated with Teflon for a secure grip.

Ice Bucket

Keep your bottle of rosé ice-cold even on the warmest day with this stainless-steel and copper wine chiller. The triple-wall insulation keeps ice frozen for hours and prevents condensation on the outside — so no watermarks on your furniture.

Reusable Ice Cubes

Ice that never dilutes your drink — sign us up! Store these stainless-steel ice cubes in your freezer to reuse over and over again. While a definite splurge for big parties, they're a smart bar addition for your nightly cocktail or small gatherings.

Pitcher

Mix up a batch of sangrias or refreshing iced tea in this clear pitcher that features a ripple design reminiscent of vintage, handblown glass. But surprise! It's actually durable recycled plastic so it won't break or shatter if accidentally knocked over.

Beverage Dispenser

A pretty drink dispenser like this one is one of our favorite go-to summer outdoor bar accessories. Make your life easy and serve one custom cocktail, or fill up the dispenser with lemonade, water and iced tea during cookouts.

Cocktail Picks

Dress up your drink service with these modern stainless-steel cocktail picks. In addition to holding olives and other drink garnishes, they're great for cheese, meat and fruit platters.

Cocktail Napkins

You can never have enough napkins, so buy a few packs of these linen cocktail napkins that you can toss in the washer at the end of the night. These clean and elegant napkins will lend a touch of refined style to your year-round tablescapes.

Serving Tray

Stunning serveware is a must-have for outdoor entertaining. Organize drinks and snacks on the tray for tabletop display or to pass around to party guests. The dishwasher-safe melamine finish will last for years, too.

Serving Bowl

With the look of wood and the durability of melamine, this organically shaped faux bois serving bowl is an excellent choice for hassle-free alfresco dining.

Melamine Plates

Have a stack of plates on hand for snacks and appetizers. A myriad of hues combine for a statement-making abstract design on these stylish plates while the durable melamine is safe to use outdoors.

Beverage Tub

The perfect complement for your backyard bar — this extra-large galvanized tub ices your refreshments in style. The stand raises the tub so guests can easily grab their favorite drink. Plus, this is a great dedicated spot for “kid-friendly” drinks.

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