The 13 Best Bar Sets for the Aspiring Mixologist

What is it that makes drinking an outstanding cocktail on a warm spring day one of the most satisfying experiences there is? Perhaps it has to do with the automatic air of relaxation that results from taking that very first sip of an alcoholic beverage, or maybe it’s related to the serotonin boost many of us experience when it’s finally nice enough outside to consume a cold drink without shivering. Of course the beverage itself likely has something to do with it, too, although not all cocktails are created equal. The quality of the ingredients — from the spirits to the mixers to the garnishes — can make a world of difference, as do the tools with which it’s crafted. 

And while it’s certainly luxurious to sip a cocktail that was made for you by a trained bartender, sometimes a drink tastes even better when you make it yourself. Even if you’re not a mixologist by trade, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have the tools to whip up a tasty cocktail from the comfort of your home. Fortunately, there are a number of unique, high-quality cocktail-making tools and bar sets that can provide you with everything you need to create the perfect drink — and you can be sure they’ll also look stylish and sleek on display in your home.

The Cocktail Aficionado Set – Cocktail Emporium

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This classic, 11-piece bar set includes every tool you need to bring your bartending skills to the next level. It features a mixing glass, shaker, three strainers, jigger, bar spoon, muddler, tweezers, ice tongs, and a sleek bottle opener — so you’ll have the right equipment to craft any beverage your palette (or your guest) desires. This stainless-steel, dishwasher-safe set is perfect for the cocktail-creator who wants to enhance their mixology abilities. ($200) 

Shaken & Stirred Cocktail Set – Bartools

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For beginners looking to acquire the basic tools needed to craft a crisp, refreshing cocktail, look no further. With a shaker, bar spoon, jigger, two strainers, and a mixing glass, it includes everything you need and nothing you don’t. Your guests will no doubt be impressed by this copper set, even if you’re not yet sure how to make them a Martinez or Gin Fizz (baby steps!). ($155)

Cocktail Mixing Set – Craft Bartenders

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This set includes unique two-in-one tools, as both the strainer and spoon feature built-in jiggers for quick and easy measuring. With just these two tools plus a mixing pitcher adorned with a classic Japanese Yarai weave pattern, you’ve got everything you need to hone your mixology skills. Bonus: it won’t take up too much space on your bar cart. ($50)

SKY Set – Georg Jensen

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If sleek, stunning barware is what you’re after, then the SKY Set from Georg Jensen is for you. This minimalist set comes with just three tools, each of which is made from mirror-polished stainless steel and constructed into an abstract, organic shape for a modern look. It may not include any bells and whistles, but the shaker, stirring spoon, and measuring jigger are just enough to ensure your next drink at home will taste as good — or better — than your last $25 cocktail. ($200 USD)

Classic Shagreen Bar Set – Aerin

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If you’re looking for a complete, thorough set with every tool a mixologist could ever dream of having in their back pocket, look no further than the Classic Shagreen Bar Set. This luxurious, deluxe set includes everything you need for a home bar, all contained within a gorgeous shagreen box with brass hardware. Not only does it come with a generous selection of Leon bar tools and a Fausto jigger and shaker set — it also includes julep cups, linen napkins, and coasters, so you can show off your newfound bartending abilities with style. ($3,900 USD)

Bamboo, Leather and Stainless Steel Cocktail Set – Lorenzi Milano

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This exclusive, unique bar tool set from designer Lorenzi Milano is perfect for the cocktail enthusiast who’s looking for something high-end and original. The entire set has been handcrafted and carved from stainless steel and bamboo at the workshop in the Navigli district of Milan, and it includes six practical tools encased in a leather-bound box that will surely look beautiful on display. (€1,970)

North Tide Bar Set – Alessi

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This deluxe five-piece set will have you looking like a pro while you mix up your favourite cocktail — regardless of whether or not you are one. It includes a thoughtfully designed shaker, ice bucket, jigger, bottle opener, and ice tongs, all made of 18/10 stainless steel, leaving you with an elegant set that will impress your guests and make your home feel like one of the world’s finest bars. ($450)

Madison Acacia Tabletop Bar Set – Legacy

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This set is quite literally its own portable bar. It includes 19 practical tools, all of which are contained within a gorgeous, cherry-stained acacia wood box. Open its doors and pull out the tray to impress your guests while utilizing the marble cutting board, paring knife, ice bucket, and more to create a delicious, upscale cocktail. ($475 USD)

Craft Cocktail Bar Tool Set – Rabbit

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For those looking for a bar tool set that goes beyond the ordinary, this modern collection is right up your alley. It features all the necessary tools — including a bar spoon, garnish tool, muddler, strainer, jigger, and mixing glass — though they’re anything but basic or traditional. This sleek set will no doubt help you elevate your cocktail game, and you’re sure to look good living your bartending fantasy. ($100 USD)

Zebra Marble & Wood Onyx Hanging Bar Set – Be Home

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If you’re planning to leave your new cocktail set on display in your home, you likely want it to look just as much like decor as it does a set of kitchen tools — and the Zebra Marble & Wood Onyx Hanging Bar Set accomplishes both. This set of four hanging bar tools — each of which has been hand-assembled in India using marble sourced and hand-selected from Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal — is no doubt a conversation-starter. The combination of zebra-print marble and wood is as gorgeous as it is unique, and you can buy the matching cocktail shaker to go with it if you really want to make a statement. ($110 USD)

Deluxe Gold Bar Tools Set – Cocktail Emporium

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This gold set may be traditional in its appearance, but sometimes that’s precisely what you’re looking for. It features a classic Ada Yarai mixing glass and a choice of two shakers, as well as a strainer, jigger, bar spoon, and muddler. Each metal piece is made from a stainless steel base with a gold finish, and a protective coating ensures the tools will stand the test of time. ($135)

Signature Bar Tool Set with Stand & Cocktail Shaker – Williams Sonoma

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This set is about as sleek and smart as it gets. It features a three-part shaker, stand, and six essential tools to ensure you have everything you need to nail that new cocktail recipe. Made from solid walnut, marble, and stainless-steel and adorned with copper-plated accents, this set will convince your friends you know exactly what you’re doing (even if you don’t). ($200 USD) 

Monkey Bar Tool Set & Shaker – Williams Sonoma

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If one thing’s for sure, it’s that this whimsical, unique bar set will have your guests talking (and probably giggling). This set features literal monkey bars, so your tools will hang in place and stay organized until you need to reach for them. Though this may seem like a novelty set, rest assured it includes high-quality, practical tools to elevate your bartending skills — it just also happens to come with adorable, stainless-steel monkeys. ($200 USD)