If you are content to drink beer or wine, there are plenty of options for drinking on-the-go or to grab something on the way to a party.  For those of us who prefer something a bit more complex we find ourselves often disappointed by alcohol options at parties or find it is too much work to bring all the necessary accouterments to make what we like to drink.

The Travel Bar inside a suitcase is a way to always have exactly what you need to make more complicated drinks anywhere. My case is designed to make 3 different whiskey based drinks and has enough glasses and coasters for 6 people.  

For more photos of the finished case and higher quality photos, please visit my personal blog by clicking here

Note:  Some of the photos/steps may seem out of order.  I made this suitcase for the Instructables Show and Tell at the Craftsman Experience studio.  To properly document how I made the case I had to take it apart at times after completing steps and reassemble while taking photos.

Step 1: What It Is Built to Carry

To begin with, you must locate a good suitcase for this project.  I strongly recommend a hard-sided suitcase and to avoid anything that is soft or fabric.  A lot of the stability of the case comes from the suitcase itself so starting with something sturdy will lead to a successful project. 

I created this case to hold supplies for a few types of whiskey drinks specifically.  This case was built around the objects I wanted it to carry so before I started I searched my local stores and purchased the objects needed to complete my vision.  This included bottles to hold the alcohol and mixers.  I might change the brand of whiskey to carry or the company may change the size/shape of their bottles and I didn't want those things to effect the future usability of my case.

Here is a list of items the case is set up to hold:
- 2 large bottles (one for whiskey, one vermouth)
- 2 medium bottles (one for lemon, one bitters)
- A shaker
- A set of 6 glasses
- A jigger
- 3 glass jars (for cherries, sugar, and orange slices)
- A set of coasters
- Tongs for serving sugar
- Straws
- Stir sticks
and you're making Manhattans and Sours on the go! Bravo sir!<br>(is there also an ice container on board?)
<p>This is so nice, bought a suitcase right now!</p>
<p>Nice idea well done</p>
<p>Nice job! The link to your blog entry is broken... removing the date from it will fix it.</p>
<p>The perfect gift for a lawyer or politician. Now, about building this laser cutter? I seem to have misplaced my neighbor's.</p>
Old Fashioneds.. yeah. :D Great work, way nicer than my Executair 100 (?).
You can't deny that the simplicity and straight-forwardness of the Executair 100 would make it a lot easier to serve your self after a few rounds...
<p>I have since acquired 6 more portable bars... one is leather exterior and wood/velvet interior... yours is still the nicest one, though. :D</p>
<p>This looks like the very expensive Item like 150$/&euro; great</p>
<p>Awesome Instructable.</p><p>A shame all my work travel is by plane, I wouldn't want to have to check this. I guess I could fill the bottles when I touch down, but that kind of negates being able to have exactly what I need in the travel bar.</p>
This design is well done. I like the Art Deco look (or maybe it's just a 1920's look) because that's when cocktails were king. <br> <br>How much does the full kit weigh when loaded up? Can it be carried with one hand, or it is more of a luggable?
Thanks, it was something I wanted to make to have around for forever and I really thought about how to design a functional object that will last. <br> <br>It is around 20lbs when fully loaded. It can be carried with one hand but 1) It is a second hand suitcase, I'm not exactly sure how abused it was before I bought it, 2) I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on it and risk breaking it, 3) It is a bit heavy for me to carry and any momentum that builds up when carrying/swinging it can pull me over pretty easily so I carry it with a careful lift.
<p>Then maybe better with a carry on luggage with pull out handle and wheels :)</p>
<p>I thought I was the only one who felt like this I also drink whiskey, scotch, cognac, and usually I have to bring my own bottle places but don't like drinking out of plastic cups or not having drinks to mix or chase. Thanks for this I will be attempting this myself. Nice job </p>
<p>Funny and useful ! </p>
<p>Wow, that's a great build. Impressive work. Nice detailed instructable with great photos, material list, and step-by-step instructions. Nice use of laser cut pieces! Great work!</p>
This is amazing! I concur with asandoval7
I will for sure be telling my mom about this she will use it a lot!!!!!!!
This is brilliant, so so classy!
Thanks a million pounds a bit like that and it will take a while now available on this product out the new one for me is a great deal on a daily rate for this transaction is an automated response free of viruses as the one you want a copy for the use the information in it to you soon
Very cool little drinking travel kit! Might need to add something to my site about drinking games www.halfnakeddrinkinggames.com.
This is very cool! I might need to add something to my &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.halfnakeddrinkinggames.com&quot; alt=&quot;Half Naked Drinking Games&quot;&gt;website about drinking games.&lt;/a&gt;
That's cool I might make one for my dad
I hope you win! Good luck.
Ahhhhhh beyond cool. Now to incorporate a record player or an app that notifies your friends of the location of the suitcase bar when its opened.
QR code with the 'subscribe' link stuck on the side of the case.
Thanks! I need to become friends with someone who owns a suitcase record player and we will be a traveling party duo! Wherever we are there will be a party. ;)
Will carry one with me in my travel car. Thank you. <br>http://shanaihaku.naturum.ne.jp/e1554121.html
<u><strong>WOW<br> what a good job !!! </strong></u>
I just saw this idea today selling at World Market. Original price was $600+, marked down to $350. So to make this yourself is a HUGE savings and a very cool item to have. Thanks for posting it. Here's the world market link where they're selling one: <br> <br>http://www.worldmarket.com/product/clyde-steamer-trunk-bar.do?&amp;from=fn
you are my idol!!
very good good job
Congratulations on being a winner in the digital fabrication contest!
Thanks! I wish I had won the CNC router but I'm sure I can do lots of fun things with the goodies at Inventables.
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest! (Look at you go ya little contest ninja!)
Beautiful and practical. I love this!
Thank you!
Now it just needs a Fuller Brushes advertising logo on the outside of the case. Awesome.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Suitcase-Picnic-Table-and-Speaker-System/ <br> <br>this travel bar reminds me of this other instructable that made a picnic table out of a suitcase. couple the travel bar with this picnic table and you can have a good party anywhere. I could also use this set up for organizing all of my gadgets too. add some foam to protect everything.
I love this, especially all your finishing touches. It has given me a great idea for my sewing machine and all it's paraphernalia. Think I'd rather a bar though...
Making a beautiful compartmental box exactly to fit your sewing machine parts would be awesome, too. Maybe add a compartment or two to your sewing box to hold a few bar-like items. ;)
Ingenious! Love the idea of a bar &quot;to go&quot;!
Thank you! You have everything you need all tidy and in one place. :)
My wife loves a classic Manhattan!

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Bio: I'm a visual artist and fashion designer. I make pretty things. I post pictures of what I make on my website: http://theantibromide.com
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