All the Adorable Mobile Bar Carts That’ll Come to Your Philly Wedding
Prosecco on tap. Yep, dreams really do come true.
True story: After Jen and Matt Woolston debuted the Roving Bar, their Jersey-based prosecco van, at a Springfield Country Club wedding, demand in Philly was so off-the-charts that they decided to launch a second vintage Piaggio Ape this June. (More on that below.) Clearly, Philly has a thing for adorable mobile bar carts, because a number of portable beverage stations have rolled into town, each ready to serve a quick pour of champagne, beer, wine, cold-brew, or anything else that can be drawn from a keg.
When it comes to your wedding day, an ideal spot for a bar cart is at the ceremony entrance — nothing sets a festive tone quite like a pre-vow glass of bubbly — but cocktail hour is also prime placement. Also good to know: Pennsylvania and New Jersey law prevent these services from formally providing alcohol, but the companies will walk you through the ordering process — and some will even pick up (and return!) the kegs.
For a list of the cutest mobile bar carts serving the Philadelphia area, see below!
Though the original is a lovely shade of blue, the Roving Bar’s new debut is a wedding-ready shade of pure white, complete with a gussied-up pearl disc backdrop for the taps. From $800 for four hours.
For a more relaxed, boho-style celebration, the Trailer and Tap mobile bar team also rents out additional decor (rugs, marquee lights, macrame hangings, etc.) to gussy up their bar display. We love their idea of pairing pours of bubbly with a DIY mimosa bar. From $649.
Though proprietor David Cornwell started his business in August of last year, orders for Philly events really only kicked off in February. Cornwell has a few bar cart models, but our favorite is the whimsical bicycle bar, which is comprised of a vintage 60’s bike, four-tap wooden bar, and a resort-style umbrella. From $200 per hour.
We’re such a fan of this franchise that Philly proprietress J’nelle Lawrence joined us for the launch party of our Summer/Fall 2019 print issue. The best part about this cute white bar cart? The front-facing black chalkboard sign can be customized with any message you’d like. From $1,250 for five hours.
Delaware-based Magnolia Lounge is a 1965 West Coaster truck. (Similar models were once used for mail deliver and ice cream trucks.) The four taps on the 5-by-9-foot vehicle can serve traditional alcohol, but owner Erin Noonan also loves orders for non-alcoholic options like lemonade, cold brew, and kombucha. From $1,200 for a four-hour event.
What started as a “rusty, beat-up old horse trailer with no floor” is now a beautiful wedding-white mobile bar (complete with enough room to sit and stand in!) thanks to the remodeling work of husband-and-wife team Kelli and Joe O’Brien. They first debuted the bar — lovingly named “Chester” — at their own 2018 wedding, and it was such a hit that they’re adding to the fleet: a second trailer launches in October. Available add-ons include coffee and tea, lounge furniture, a licensed bartender for mixing drinks, and a photo booth. From $600.
Run by Andy and Kerri Marin of Plymouth Meeting, the Philly Yard Bar is *not* your typical cutesy portable bar. The 30-foot-long rustic-chic trailer comes with a 20-by-16.5-foot porch, a retractable awning, a flat screen TV, and room for forty—yes, forty—of your nearest and dearest. Read more about it here. Prices range between $1200 and $1800.
This wouldn’t be a mobile bar list without 13th Street Cocktails! An O.G. member of Philly’s custom cocktail scene, Aaron Gordon and his team whip up beautiful, flavorful drinks from a variety of set-ups, including a vintage camper, two vintage horse trailers (one is pictured here), and a sweet new vintage Italian moped (the bar part is on a tiled trailer connected to the back.) 13th Street also offers coffee and oyster bars. Prices range from $300 to $800 for bar rentals, not including beverages and beverage services.
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