The 7 Best Travel Bar Sets of 2020

Concoct classy cocktails anywhere with these compact kits

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Our Top Picks
"Packed with an arsenal of mixology tools, both standard and pro-level."
"As long as you stick to simple drinks that don’t require a shaker, this kit has everything you really need."
"Comes with 16 different stainless steel bar tools; simply slip your three favorite bottles into the sleeves, and you’re set to go."
"For expert cocktailers or serious entertainers, this kit comes with 17 different tools."
"The durable bag that will hold all the bottles and tools a wine or cocktail lover would need."
"Whether you like this classic cocktail with gin or vodka, dirty or dry, this case has you covered."
"This portable bar is a classy, James Bond-worthy gift."

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 most toast-worthy travel bar sets.

Best Overall: Legacy by Picnic Time Hamilton Portable Cocktail Bar

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 gift as a housewarming present. Plus, for those living in a smaller-sized apartment, this is an excellent alternative to a bar cart. 

Best Basic: Trav-L-Bar Vinyl 2-Bottle Travel Bar

This is an excellent starter travel bar kit. It’s not a great choice for an all-purpose bar kit or for a more experienced mixologist, but it may be just what you’re looking for if you’re in the market for something small and sleek. It fits two bottles of liquor and comes with only the basics: two highball glasses, a two-sided jigger, and a bottle opener. But remember how many great cocktails are made with just two liquors—this kit is ideal for martinis, Manhattans, old-fashioneds, and Aperol spritzes.

The good news is that it’s small enough to travel easily by train or plane, and the limited carrying capacity really lowers the amount this kit will weigh when fully stocked. It even boasts a lock and gift box to keep your favorite libations secure on your journey. As long as you stick to simple drinks that don’t require a shaker or any other specialized tools, this kit has everything you really need.

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

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.

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

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.

Best for Camping: Jillmo Travel Bar Bag

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 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. 

Best for Martinis: Franmara Martini Travel Bar Set with Case

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!

Best for Gifting: Concession Express Portable Travel Bar

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.

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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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