Top 15 Travel Bars For Those On The Go
Travel bar sets are back 'in' these days!
John and I have a travel bar set and love to tote it along on our car trips (it's too difficult to take on flights these days) - no, we don't use it while driving but, after a long and dusty road trip, once you're in the hotel, a cold martini will never taste better. And, there's just something about a kit that I love - it doesn't matter if it's a travel sewing kit or a travel bar - kits are just plain old cool.
Any or all of these portable cocktail bars would make wonderful birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas or Chanukah gifts for someone who loves to travel and imbibe.
So, come along and find some of the coolest and nicest traveling bars that I could find. And, happy travels!
Note: I also think portable travel bar sets are a great gift for any caregiver. When I was caring for my elderly Mom, Gertie, our travel bar was never far away at happy hour. You can see more travel bars (along with some excellent gifts for the elderly) on my web article: Portable Travel Bar Sets.
Updated 23MAR13 - When I first wrote this Travel Bar article, there were only 5 choices; today, there are 28 travel bar sets on this Squidoo article. So, stay tuned - I find new travel bar sets all the time and will put them right here for you.
Update: 3MAY13: I brought our travel bar with me on my month long vacation to Tucson. It came through perfectly intact. Glad to have it along!
Picnic Time Deluxe Portable Travel Bar Set
in Black and Green
Investing in this travel bar means that you're investing in one of the best! This is a portable cocktail party ready to happen. This travel bar set is more geared to the manhattan, martini, or cosmo lover but that shouldn't top you from mixing up a good bourbon and coke.
Included in this leatherette case are shakers, strainers, jiggers (who measures?!), martini glasses and room for two of your favorite spirits. It even comes with a spray atomizer for just the right touch of vermouth in that martini.
The mahogany leatherette travel bar case is fully insulated with velveteen interior. This is the picnic travel bar set to get if you love an antique look - you won't be disappointed. This set includes all kinds of tools to help you shake a martini or spear an olive. With a detachable shoulder strap, you could tote this cocktail case bar to a ball park as easily as to a picnic.
I'll bet a favorite man in your life will love this travel bar set for Father's Day or, heck, make it a great Christmas!
This Lovely Two Tone Three Bottle Bartender's Cocktail Bar Travel Bar with Tools Can Be Yours!
This is one of the prettiest travel bars around, in my humble opinion. This travel bar holds three bottles of liquor - my parent's was stocked with Scotch (Dad), Bourbon (Mom) and Vodka (me).
And, it comes complete with every tool you'll need to make the best Rob Roy, Dry Martini, Manhattan, or Cosmopolitan around.
4 metal cups are provided (tip: pre-chill them with ice water before adding your ice cold cocktail!) along with a beautiful silver tray. All you need is to hire a server to bring your cocktail right to your bar chair.
And, as a nice bonus, two reviewers on Amazon noted that they contacted the seller and he monogrammed initials on top, free of charge. What a nice touch!
This is the perfect travel bar set for anyone on the go who enjoys a good happy hour.
Travel Bar Set or Flask?
Which item do you carry to store your libations while traveling?
Ann Taintor Travel Flasks
Someone gave me some Ann Taintor cocktail napkins once and I was sold. I love the sayings her products carry - most of them have a fun twist to them. But browse through a few of her fun travel flasks and tell me she isn't funny....
Note: to see Ann Taintor products on Amazon.com, you can click that blue link under the picture to the right.
"Old enough to know better....too young to give a rat's ass"
"I'm going to be the most popular girl in rehab"
"Did someone say Open Bar" and others.
A very compact 10-piece leather travel bar set
for the most discriminating traveler
This very cool leather travel bar set is a party just waiting to happen. Fill up all 3 flasks, add ice to the enclosed container, pour in your jiggers of vodka, shake (not stir) and, voila - 4 amazing martinis to pour in the awaiting cups (chilling the cups would be a nice touch - just fill with ice and water and dump out right before you add your liquor).
Perfect for a concert, picnic or even to take along on a golf course - well, you should celebrate that hole in one!
My amazing Mom, Gertie, loved a cocktail daily until she died at 95.
Here's a few more gift ideas for a drinker
Unusual and unique wine glasses - from a boozers perspective
Unusual and unique wine glasses have always interested me as I tend to be a bit of a snob when offered a dry martini (3 olives please) in a plastic cup at a ...
Bonus Recipe: Extra Dry Martini
- Splash Extra Dry Vermouth, Do not get sweet vermouth!
- 2 oz to 4 oz Good Quality Vodka
- Olives or onions Garnish
Make the best dry martini ever
- Add vermouth to a martini glass. Swirl around and throw out the vermouth.
- Add 2 oz of good quality vodka to an ice filled martini shaker. Shake away and strain into the glass. Hopefully, you'll have little ice shards floating on top.
- Garnish with an olive for a Martini or a pickled onion for a Gibson.
Put a cork in it: A gift guide for wine lovers
Wine lovers are easy to Christmas shop for as there are all kinds of accessories to help them enjoy their happy hour. I know because I'm a tibbler myself, an...
Ah, Key West
This demure martini set comes with smallish martini glasses if you ask me - I'd want two! The case is just 7 3/4" x 8" x 7" so it's just the right size for a picnic for two.
Black Leather 10 Piece Travel Flask & Shaker Cocktail Barware Set
This is sort of the granddaddy of portable travel bars.
This 10pc set is made of stainless steel and comes in a beautiful Italian leather carry case with silver latches.
Liquor easily will flow from the enclosed flasks into the collapsible glasses. When someone shows up with this gorgeous portable bar set, you'll know you're in for a party!