Mobile Bars and Food Trucks That Can Roll Right Up to Your Party
There's a new craze in town: Vintage trailers, stylized airstreams, customized carts, and tricked-out trucks that you can hire for your wedding, effectively ensuring that your cocktail hour and the wee hours of your reception get switched into high gear. We're not saying that your caterer can't handle crafting signature cocktails, presenting a lovely coffee service, or passing late-night snacks to guests, but bringing in an additional vendor can be a fun surprise for your guests. This is especially true if that vendor can drive right up to the party.
It didn't take long for the food truck craze to find its way into weddings. Couples latched on almost immediately, hiring trucks, carts, and more to serve everything from traditional street food to organic takes on global cuisine at their celebrations. And since they're kitchens on wheels, we've seen couples use them to cater the entire meal or as an extra treat, say for the after-party or during cocktail hour. You can even bring in a food truck for dessert! Ice cream trucks are serving up gourmet flavors, pleasing guests of all ages. But your mobile surprise doesn't actually have to serve food at all. There are a number of adorable bars created from vintage horse trailers, pick-up trucks, and even a customized tricycle that will wow your friends and family, too.
Regardless of what they serve, many of these trucks and carts also make for a great photo opp. At this couple's south Florida wedding, red was their main color so the Curbside Gourmet food truck was an on-palette fit, in addition to offering full-service catering for the small backyard affair. Want to find an option that's just as cute in your area? Start by considering the trucks you've spotted around your own city or hometown. Drawing a blank? Then check out Roaming Hunger, a website that helps you track down the food truck of your dreams.
Or you could just see if one of our favorites suits your wedding style. Here, 35 of awesome mobile bars and food trucks to book for your bash. Cheers!
Change up the format of your Champagne toast by bringing Bubble Bros into the mix. Book their prosecco van for your New York City wedding (though it'll easily travel up to two hours away) and clink glasses in style. The vintage three-wheeled wagons started in the United Kingdom but arrived stateside in 2018. If you're getting hitched in England, they also have "The Bubble Bike"—a motorbike and sidecar bar—that's unlike any bar we've ever seen.
If ice cream is your favorite food, skip the cake and serve cones instead. If you're located in the Washington D.C. area, you can hire Westray's Finest to handle the scooping.
One of the most iconic New York City snacks is a soft pretzel from a street cart. Sigmund's Pretzels takes it up a notch with their Little Pretzel Cart. Choose from about a dozen flavor options (including feta olive, Gruyere-smoked paprika, and truffle) and corresponding dips.
If you're getting hitched in Tuscany, serving gelato is practically a requirement. Make it fun with a vintage-style gelato cart like this one from Class Ricevimenti.
Sweet Lulu's Bakery, Cocktail Caravan & Pedal Pub
Sweet Lulu's dessert trucks began with the intention of solving a problem in Charleston: A majority of the outdoor venues wouldn't permit traditional food trucks because of their size and needs. Because their baked goods were already made, Sweet Lulu's trailer didn't need an oven and could be smaller. Now, the bakery has a larger fleet. There's "Mini Pearl," a white vintage-style camper used exclusively for their mason jar desserts, "Buck," the cocktail caravan that's the city's only mobile speakeasy, and "Pedro," a custom-built stretch bicycle with an insulated copper-looking box that holds two kegs. Not into beer? Pedro can serve Nitro cold brew, craft cocktails, or margaritas on tap.
Coffee Cart MPLS
Coffee Cart MPLS (and its sister company Coffee Cart Nashville) specialize in bringing a high-end coffee shop experience to any event. The husband and wife team behind the carts partner with local roasters to serve a full menu of espresso-based drinks and cold brew. The cart is a combination of industrial pipe legs with either a rustic wood top or white marble surface depending on your preference. It breaks down easily to make it portable and to fit through any doorway or elevator. Talk about a late-night pick-me-up.
Get Cozy - Vintage Mobile Bars
Get Cozy - Vintage Mobile Bars has a fleet of vintage-vehicles-turned-mobile-bars, including a prosecco van a craft beer mini-truck, making the company (based in Richmond, Virginia) one of the premier providers of mobile bar services. The Piaggio Ape seen here was outfitted to serve bubbles and brews, thanks to a pair of beer taps in the back. With locations in Tampa, the New York City area, and Southern California (plus more cities coming soon!), couples have the option of renting just the vehicle itself, which can then be staffed by their caterer, or going all-out with a full-service package.
Chug-A-Lug Wagon came to be in the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina, when a vintage Piaggio Ape was transformed into a tiny mobile booze-wagon with six keg taps. Choose up to six options (including beer, wine, kombucha, and sparkling sodas), get two bartenders, and you'll have all that's necessary to serve your guests. You can also choose from their adornment packages, which allow you to dress up the wagon with seasonal flowers, custom calligraphy on the windows, lawn games, or upgraded glassware.
The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla food trucks roam around the Austin area, but you can book them for your big day, too. Their menus range from Korean braised short ribs to street food style small bites—it's what they call "simple Southern comfort food with an Asian flare." Want some booze with your meal? Since they have a full catering company, they're also able to provide bar packages.
Tying the knot in the Los Angeles area and looking for some late-night grub for your celebration? Consider Kogi BBQ's food truck. Started back in 2008, the truck created a commotion when it launched its Korean short rib taco. Now, with four trucks total (and a full catering operation), you can cause similar excitement by booking them for your big day.
In Rhode Island, Del's Lemonade is a regional treasure. Many people include the lemonade-making packets or cans in their welcome bags, but there's nothing quite like having the real truck roll up to your wedding. How refreshing would the tart beverage be—served from their truck or a smaller cart—before guests settle in for your ceremony on a summer day?
Tap Truck San Gabriel Valley
With a love for vintage American-made cars, beer, and event planning, the trio behind Tap Truck San Gabriel Valley proudly serves the San Gabriel Valley of California and its surrounding areas. They are a part of Tap Truck USA, which services clientele nationwide. A Tap Truck provides cocktail catering to guest lists that range from 25 to 5,000. Just let them know your favorite craft beer, cider, IPA, Pilsner, or even kegged wine and they'll show up as your mobile bar anywhere they can legally serve.
Carmela Ice Cream
Carmela Ice Cream operates this umbrellaed push cart in Pasadena, California, as well as a larger ice cream truck and three retail locations in the great Los Angeles area. Their custard-style bases and fresh, seasonal ingredients result in delicious flavors like candied pecan, rosemary with toasted pine nuts, lemon verbena vanilla bean. They've got sorbets and sherbets, too.
Short & Stout Mobile Bar
Based out of Columbus, Ohio, Short & Stout Mobile Bar offers an elevated bartending service—using house-made juices, fresh herbs and fruits, and locally-sourced produce whenever possible. Which means your drinks will be fresh, and thanks to the 1964 Atwood canned ham camper (it now has a beer sink, hand-washing sink, ice bin, two beer fridges, and a keezer that serves two draft beers), they're served in style.
Union Wine Company
Union Wine Company is best known for being one of the first wineries to can their wine, and now they're being innovative once more with a wine tasting truck named Celeste. The truck just needs a place to park and is ready to go. Located just outside of Portland, Oregon, Celeste will hit the road if her schedule allows—as the truck is used for other non-wedding events throughout the year.
Little Champagne Cart Co.
Get ready to cheers! Little Champagne Cart Co. has taken the Champagne toast up a notch, thanks to their one-of-a-kind carts. The stylish, portable bars bring a ton of personality and character to any wedding and can also be transformed to coffee bars or late-night snack buffets. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the company also services Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Nashville, and you can simply book the cart or go for a full-service option.
Mirabeau en Provence
France is known for its wine, and Mirabeau en Provence is no exception. Buy your wine from Mirabeau (located in the southeast region of Cotignac) and then book "Belle"—their blue vintage truck as the bar to serve the vino from.
Happy Camper Cocktail Company
Happy Camper Cocktail Company is a "garden to glass" cocktail, beer, and wine catering company that uses produce from their own farms and local suppliers. The full-service company, which is based in the greater Seattle area, also offers cocktail hour appetizers.
Pizza Luca puts a different spin on the words "food truck." The company has a beautifully restored 1952 Chevy flatbed with a pizza oven mounted on the back. That's where they cook their authentic Napoletana pies using house-made dough and authentic Italian ingredients. The truck travels across the tri-state area, serving slices in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
L'Arte del Gelato
Park a cute cart outside your venue and let guests grab a scoop on their way out. New York City's L'Arte del Gelato's adorable cart serves up tartufi gelato, alcoholic sorbetti, and more. You get seven flavors, two servers, and lots of smiling guests.
Scout & Sage Spirits
Getting hitched across the pond? Consider Scout & Sage Spirits, in southwestern England. The company has a mobile gin bar named Margo, who is a repurposed 1940s Beaufort rice trailer. They offer a wide range of gins and are in the process of producing their own—which means that couples will be able to visit their distillery to craft their own unique bottle.
Trailer Made Mobile Bar
Trailer Made Mobile Bar serves the Columbus, Ohio, area and offers retrofitted vintage horse trailers that put a new spin on the basic bar. Want to wow your guests even more? They will work on signature cocktails that suite your tastes, or you can have them put together a coffee bar for when dessert is served.
Happy Lobster Truck
The Happy Lobster Truck has many happy customers—the proof? It was named Chicago's best food truck by the readers of The Chicago Tribune. And now they've expanded their reach to a second location in Austin. They specialize in all things Maine lobster—with their go to being their lobster "roll" served on a brioche-style bun instead of the traditional split-top hot dog bun. Want to try something a bit saucier? Their "angry lobster" is topped with hot giardiniera peppers and spicy mayo.
Daisy the Vintage Ice Cream Van
Conjure your favorite childhood memories by hiring a retro-style truck like Daisy the Vintage Ice Cream Van to serve scoops at your reception. This restored 1972 Bedford CF ice cream van is located in Surrey, England, and would be so sweet at a lunch-time celebration, with its floral exterior in pastel hues. Their ice cream and sorbet is served in vintage glass bowls to add to the nostalgia.
Penny's offers an ice cream truck and an ice cream cart to rent for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they will travel within an hour of their home base, let you choose your flavors (including dairy-free sorbet), and serve up deliciousness in sugar, waffle, or pretzel cones.
13th Street Cocktail Catering
13th Street Cocktail Catering serves speakeasy-style cocktails from their five mobile trailer bars. This one, a former horse trailer from the 1970s, comes with a wood front. While they're based in southern New Jersey, they've traveled as far north as Vermont and all the way down to Maryland, so they're open to crossing state lines for couples who want to serve bespoke wedding sips.
You can find Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches at its two Southern California storefronts, or at grocery stores across the country. But if you want them to come to you, you can rent one of their ten mobile ice cream trucks and carts in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas. You'll be able to select five flavors to serve—and they even have vegan and gluten-free options.
The idea for Bar Car came when the owner was having a taco at a food truck and asked himself why no one was doing a mobile bar. He got a catering license and a vintage Airstream trailer and decided to do it himself. Based in Northern California, the mobile bar will travel the entire state and offers full beverage services for all kinds of events. The side of the 1965 ride opens to reveal a full liquor bar inside, and self-service beer taps on the outside pour local micro brews.
The Rosebery gives a whole new meaing to the idea of a "party bus." This restored Routemaster bus offers two levels of party-ready space: a chic cocktail bar below and an elegant dining area above.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
The Red Hook Lobster Pound's truck hangs out in Brooklyn but is available for catering and events all over the New York City metropolitan area, the Hamptons, New Jersey, upstate New York, and also the DC metro area. The trucks offer a full menu that highlights lobster rolls and seafood, with raw bars and small bites available upon request. You can book the truck as a full kitchen or go for food-truck style service where folks order at the window.
The Burnt Truck
The sliders served from The Burnt Truck aren't your basic sliders—the gourmet offerings range from angus beef cheeseburgers to buffalo chicken sandwiches with bleu cheese coleslaw. The Orange County, California, based truck also serves up classics like sloppy joes, cheese steaks, and fries—all with upscale twists. Want to keep the festive atmosphere going while your guests wait for their fare? The truck will play a custom playlist.
Ipswich Ale Brewery
Ipswich Ale Brewery has been around Ipswich, Massachusetts, since the early 1990s, but their pickup truck-turned-tapmobile dates back to 1951. The Ford F-1, lovingly dubbed "Big Red," is one of the company's vintage rides that's been converted into a mobile bar. Their trucks (or van) arrive at your venue filled with the brewery's ales and lagers and staffed with knowledgeable brewery staff ready to pour.
Kimchi Taco Truck
Based in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Kimchi Taco Truck doles out Korean fare with bold flavors. Their three packages (tacos only, tacos and sides, or tacos, bowls, burritos, and sides) allow you to choose between using them for a late-night snack, as part of a meal (possibly with other food trucks in the mix), or a full dinner.
Leopold's Ice Cream
Leopold's Ice Cream is a Savannah, Georgia, staple. The nearly century-old ice cream parlor often has lines down the block, but if you rent one of their retro ice cream carts you won't have to wait long. Couples can choose the flavors that will be served at an ice cream tasting, just like you would do with your wedding cake, or you can have a custom flavor made. The carts come with costumed Soda Jerks to serve up scoops that will truly end your night on a sweet note.
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