The 6 Best Travel Bar Sets in 2021

Concoct classy cocktails anywhere with these compact kits

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Whether you’re camping, glamping, on holiday, or just picnicking in a park, you deserve bar-quality cocktails. But how do you tote a bar’s worth of tools? With a handy travel bar kit.

Travel bar tools wrap up mixers, shakers, jiggers, and bar spoons, all into one easy carrying case. They range from camp-ready backpacks to bartender-approved bags to Bond-ready suitcases. With one in hand, you have all the fixings to create excellent cocktails—just add alcohol. 

Ahead, the best travel bar sets.

Our Top Picks
Packed with an arsenal of mixology tools, both standard and pro-level.
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For expert cocktailers or serious entertainers, this kit comes with 17 different tools.
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It comes with 16 different stainless steel bar tools; simply slip your three favorite bottles into the sleeves, and you’re set to go.
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The durable bag that will hold all the bottles and tools a wine or cocktail lover would need.
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Whether you like this classic cocktail with gin or vodka, dirty or dry, this case has you covered.
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This portable bar is a classy, James Bond-worthy gift.
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Best Overall: Legacy by Picnic Time Hamilton Portable Cocktail Bar

Legacy Hamilton Travel Bar Legacy shop all Legacy
What We Like
  • Wide range of bar tools and glasses

  • Slots to store spirits

  • Sturdy, durable construction

What We Don't Like
  • Very large

This travel bar kit is outfitted with everything you need to host an elegant cocktail hour. The front and top open up to reveal an arsenal of mixology tools. There are the standard ones: a shaker, a strainer, a double jigger, and a stirrer. Then there are a few that will really come in handy for more elaborate drinks: a small cutting board (yes, really), a knife, ice tongs, cocktail picks, and a muddler. 

The set also includes four modern rocks glasses and three slots to store your favorite bottles of spirits. Everything gets safely locked up in a 14 x 10-inch hard case outfitted with padded dividers that you can take anywhere without having to worry about broken glass or spilled liquids. This is your perfect secret weapon to bring to parties and on vacations—and not to mention gifting as a housewarming present. Plus, for those living in a smaller-sized apartment, this is an excellent alternative to a bar cart. 

What’s Included: Four glasses, four cocktail picks, jigger, shaker, paring knife, cutting board, strainer, tongs, stirrer, muddler | Bottle Storage: Three | Size: 14 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches

Best For The Serious Cocktailer: Mixology & Craft Travel Bartender 17-Piece Bar Tool Kit

Travel Bartender Kit Bag
What We Like
  • Rolls up small

  • Stylish and sturdy

  • Pro-level bar tools

What We Don't Like
  • No room for bottles

  • Bar tools may tarnish over time

For expert cocktails or serious entertainers, this kit comes stacked with a bartender’s toolbox (yes, literally—there are 17 different tools). There are strainers (three in total, including Hawthorne, Julep, and Fine), a double-ended opener, a Boston shaker, two liquor pourers, a juicer, beechwood muddler, 10-inch cocktail stirrer, zester, double lever corkscrew, ice tongs, and a Japanese jigger. There are 27 different pockets that will perfectly fit your favorite tools, small bottles of syrups, bitters, and bags of garnishes. There’s even a Lewis bag tucked into the slot for crushing ice for mint juleps.

All of this wraps up into an easy-to-carry canvas bag complete with shoulder strap and handle. Smart leather straps with brass buckles add a rustic flair. Just add booze bottles and mixers, and you’ve got portable cocktail heaven—making you the star of any party. All of the tools are dishwasher safe and made with premium stainless steel.

What’s Included: Bag, shoulder strap, Boston shaker, wooden muddler, three strainers, wine opener, tongs, double-sided jigger, beer opener, juicer, two pourers, Lewis ice bag | Bottle Storage: None | Size: 16.1 x 5.35 x 5.16 inches

Expert Tip

“I suggest purchasing a bar tool bag that has slits that fit most tools, including strainers, jiggers, bar spoons and shaker tins,” says Ashly Levi, bartender and mezcalier at Miss Agave. “If you don’t have one available, you can store the jigger, smaller bar spoons, bottle openers and julep strainers inside the tins to keep it all together."

Best Backpack: Legacy by Picnic Time Bar-Backpack Portable Cocktail Set

Picnic Time® 11pc Bar BackPack
What We Like
  • Easy to carry

  • Holds three bottles of spirits

  • Lots of pockets for storage

What We Don't Like
  • Backpack isn't top quality

  • Rugged appearance

With this bag in hand, you are well equipped to host an impromptu happy hour. This backpack unzips to reveal a rainbow of bar tools. The 15 x 11.5 x 7.8-inch bag holds 16 different stainless steel bar tools including a Hawthorne strainer, bar tongs, a muddler with plastic head, a double-sided jigger, a waiter’s corkscrew, a Boston shaker, a cocktail spoon, and six cocktail picks. 

Also packed into the rustic, denim-style backpack is a picnic essential—a fork-tipped serrated paring knife and an acacia cutting board, which will come in clutch for cheese, fruit, and other cocktail hour provisions. Roomy zippered pockets are big enough to hold all your belongings. 

Slip your three favorite bottles into the protective sleeves, and you’re set to go. If you opt for fewer bottles, the bag has ample room for cocktail glasses if you choose to make the party a bit more upscale.

What’s Included: Backpack, wine opener, six cocktail picks, double-sided jigger, bar spoon, muddler, beer opener, strainer, knife, zester, cocktail shaker | Bottle Storage: Three | Size: 15 x 11.5 x 7.8 inches

Best for Camping: Jillmo Travel Bar Bag

 Jillmo Travel Bar Bag
What We Like
  • Padded and roomy

  • Removable inserts

What We Don't Like
  • With or without tools

Heading out for an adventure? Pack in all the libations for an outdoor happy hour with a durable bag that will hold all the bottles and tools you could need. The travel bag features ten small pockets for bar tools, including muddlers, three different strainers (including a fine and Hawthorne strainers), a bar spoon, tongs, pourers, a jigger, and a cocktail shaker. For the wine fans, the kit is also equipped with a corkscrew and has space for wine glasses.

This spacious bag has plenty of room to pack everything you need to mix up drinks, including garnishes, syrups, sodas, and more. Two foldaway pockets and two zippered pockets can carry up to three bottles, with three removable inserts that protect bottles from clinking. The water-resistant polyester and waterproof lining will protect the outside of the bag from incoming weather, and the inside from leaky bottles and spills. 

What’s Included: Bar bag | Bottle Storage: Four | Size: 13.8 x 12.5 x 4.7 inches

Cleaning Tip

‘To keep your bar tools clean, simply rinsing and washing with warm water and a bit of Dawn soap can do the trick when you’re on the go,” says Levi. “You can bring this in a travel-size container. The key is to dry it all really well using a microfiber towel, which is easy to keep on you when traveling.”

Best for Martinis: Franmara Martini Travel Bar Set with Case

Martini Travel Bar Set with Case
What We Like
  • Perfect for martini lovers

  • Extra padding to avoid breakage

  • Includes lock

What We Don't Like
  • Not for all cocktails

For all martini lovers, here is a travel case for you. Whether you like this classic cocktail with gin or vodka, dirty or dry, this case has you covered. While you’ll need to supply your own gin, vodka, or vermouth, this kit contains everything else you need to bring your favorite drink on the go. It includes two martini glasses, a stainless steel flask for easy alcohol transportation, a jigger, a funnel, and an 8-ounce stainless steel shaker. It even includes two reusable olive spears to dress your martini the way a bartender would. 

The travel case itself has a black exterior and a velvet interior—an elegant look that belongs in an upscale martini bar. The kit locks up with two keys for safe travels. Just don’t forget the olives.

What’s Included: Lockable box, flask, jigger, funnel, shaker | Bottle Storage: None | Size: 7 3/4 x 8 x 7 inches

What Our Experts Say

"I use soap and water to clean my tools on the go, but I always polish them with vodka for extra shine." — Ervin Machado, Certified Sommelier and Beverage Director at Big Time Restaurant Group.

Best for Gifting: Concession Express Portable Travel Bar

Concession Portable Travel Bar
What We Like
  • Great for gifting

  • Secure combination lock

  • Leather case

What We Don't Like
  • Glasses are small

  • Could use extra padding

This portable bar is a classy, James Bond-worthy gift. To start, the sleek briefcase can only be opened with a three-digit combination. You’ll feel especially suave popping open the gold latch. Swing open the travel bar to reveal martini essentials—two mini martini glasses (remember: shaken, not stirred), a bottle opener, two speed pourers for your vodka, gin, and vermouth, and a double-sided 1-ounce and 2-ounce jigger. (Note the martini glasses are on the smaller size, so adapt your favorite martini recipe accordingly!) There's even a flask for an even more travel-friendly sip.

Divided into two sections, one side holds your tools and the other has three slots to hold your favorite bottles. Elastic straps with snaps hold everything in place to ensure everything arrives at your destination unscathed. The overall packaging and vintage-inspired classic nature of this set make it perfect for giving to a friend as a housewarming gift, too.

What’s Included: Two martini glasses, 6-ounce flask, jigger, two speed pourers, bottle opener, leather case with combination lock | Bottle Storage: Three | Size: 5.5 x 13 x 12 inches

Final Verdict

For a large and in charge setup that holds a wide range of bar tools, glasses, and up to three bottles, we recommend the Legacy by Picnic Time Hamilton Portable Cocktail Bar (view at Amazon). If you're in charge of tending bar on an upcoming camping trip, the Jillmo Travel Bar Bag (view at Amazon) will transport your supplies from A to B.

What to Look for in a Travel Bar Set

Tools

A well-stocked travel bar should contain everything you need to make your favorite drink. Maybe that’s as simple as a bar spoon, shaker, and jigger. If you’re looking to seriously entertain on the go, opt for a travel bar packed with everything from Hawthorne strainers to corkscrews to olive spears. 

Portability

Consider how portable your travel bar is. Working bartenders may want a roll-up bag, so they can tote their tools from home to shift (this is also a great option if you’re headed to a hotel or party where all your bar tools will be needed). Boxed options are great for train travel or picnics and do a great job of protecting the contents, but they can be cumbersome to carry. 

Bottle Storage

Some travel bars are outfitted to carry just a small flask, while others have the capacity to store up to three or four of your favorite bottles. Pick a travel bar accordingly. If you simply want to sip a dram on the go out of decent glassware, the former type of travel bar will suffice. If you’re looking to craft Negronis, martinis, or other cocktails, consider a travel bar with a capacity that can hold all your ingredients.

FAQs

What is included in a travel bar set?

A travel bar will include all the tools you need to craft cocktails on the go. Depending on the size of the bar, that can include a shaker and jigger or a full spate of bar tools. Often the travel bar set have space for bottles, too. 

How portable is a travel bar set?

Travel bar sets are designed to be toted around. Some will be like small, hardshell suitcases complete with handles and locks. Some come in the form of a backpack, while others are rolled up and can be carried around like a briefcase.

Why use a travel bar set?

Travel bar sets are excellent in a range of situations; bring one on a picnic, take it on your next vacation, or pack it for your next backyard drinks. These tiny bars also double as an excellent option for those living in small spaces and don’t have room for a full setup.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Kate Dingwall is a sommelier and spirits writer. She has been writing about the bar and spirits world for five years and has her BarSmarts and WSET certification. She loves a good martini—wherever she may be.

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