All the Adorable Mobile Bar Carts That’ll Come to Your Philly Wedding
Prosecco on tap. Yep, dreams really do come true.
Philadelphia has a thing for on-the-go food and drinks — particularly when those bites and sips show up at gatherings such as birthday parties, family reunions, work events and, of course, weddings. Our list of food trucks that will come to your soiree covers the cuisine. As for the cocktails? These Philly mobile bar carts sling all the suds (wine, beer, bubbly, coffee) and set the scene for cheersworthy fun. (We suggest stationing one at your ceremony entrance.) Keep in mind: State law prevents these services from selling you alcohol directly, but the companies will walk you through the ordering process through the approved vendors — and some will even pick up (and return!) the kegs for you. And if we missed your favorite, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your tips.
This wouldn’t be a mobile bar carts 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, vintage horse trailers, and a sweet vintage Italian moped (the bar part is on a tiled trailer connected to the back). 13th Street also offers coffee and oyster bars. It’s no wonder Philadelphia Wedding tapped them for our 25th Anniversary Summer/Fall 2021 Issue Launch Party. Prices range from $300 to $800 for bar rentals, not including beverages and beverage services.
We’re big fans of this franchise, which is run locally by Philly proprietress J’nelle Lawrence. The best part about this cute bar cart? The front-facing black chalkboard sign can be customized with any message you’d like. From $1,250 for four hours.
Launched in 2020, this Jersey Shore-based cart gives us all the sweet hippie-chic vibes thanks to its playful flower backsplash. Four taps serve beer, wine, sparkling sips, custom kegged drinks or nonalcoholic sips. The cart can also be outfitted with midcentury decor accents like a peacock chair and a trio of bamboo tables. Packages from $699 for two hours; booking is also available for custom packages or by the hour; a $2 per mile fee applies for events outside 30 miles of Manasquan, New Jersey.
The West Chester-based outfit buzzes with, among other things, its three-tap Fizzy trailer and its Flash vintage photo booth — and the team will suggest you book both for your Big Day. The 6-by-9-foot Fizzy can serve wine, prosecco, beer, Moscow Mules and birch beer, in addition to kegged cocktails or a custom menu. $899 for three hours for Fizzy and $999 for Flash; 10 percent off when booked together.
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 added a second option to the fleet. The Chelsea is a 12-foot-long horse-trailer bar that’s attached to a towing vehicle and boasts serving windows on both sides. Available add-ons include coffee and tea, lounge furniture, a licensed bartender for mixing drinks, and a photo booth. From $1,330.
Delaware-based Magnolia Lounge is a 1960s-era West Coaster tap truck (similar models were once used for mail deliver and ice cream trucks) as well as a bar and tap cart. 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 $500 for a four-hour event.
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 40 — yes, 40 — of your nearest and dearest. Read more about it here. Prices range between $1,350 and $1,950.
When Jen and Matt Woolston debuted the Roving Bar, their Jersey-based prosecco van, at a Springfield Country Club wedding a few years back, demand in Philly was off-the-charts. Their second vintage Piaggio Ape came next. Though the original is a lovely shade of blue, the bar also has a wedding-ready shade of pure white, complete with a gussied-up pearl disc backdrop for the taps. If this intimate South Philly block-party wedding is any indication, it’s always a hit. From $800 for two hours.
Soon To Come: The Tipsy Tapster
While you can’t book this bevvy bar quite yet (it is expected to launch in fall 2021), we’re pretty thrilled to learn about another option for on-the-go cocktails. Owner Justine Denea, a hospitality pro, is renovating the vintage horse trailer into a custom-designed, full-service bar that uncorks curated menus and add-ons such as a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar and optional decor. From $1,195 depending on party size and customizations.