If you don't have a bar for your next event, don't worry – the Tipsy Pony Party Bar will come to you.
This St. Louis area-based traveling bar company all started with owner Robbie Cassell, who has spent plenty of years in the food and drink industry, wanting a retirement project. Cassell and his son found a 1970s horse trailer for sale on the side of a road, and after renovating it themselves, it became a traveling bar, nicknamed Margarita. And what started as a retirement activity – what Cassell assumed might take up a few days a month – has become a full-blown business, with two bars on wheels and a portable bar that has suddenly made Tipsy Pony an area hit for events.
"It's not like I'm out with the bar every day, but I'm doing something every day," he says.
After Margarita was such a hit, Cassell bought Dionysus – a 1965 converted stock trailer – and The Inzzy – a portable bar built from two wine barrels and an antique door – to round out the lineup. The varied bar options also allow guests to customize their experience to their liking and price. For example, Tipsy Pony can just drop off the bar to you and you can provide your own liquor, or you can go all in and have them bring a trailer, bartenders and a full bar. And there is no limitation to the kind of event the company will pull up to, whether it's a company retreat, a wedding or a celebration of life.
"We try and build each bar for each individual client and for their needs," Cassell says. "We have an option for every person."
The company can even create bespoke cocktails for events. One of Cassell's favorites is using a triple berry lemonade – which the team makes by mixing lemonade with blackberry, raspberry and blueberry purées – for a fruity vodka lemonade or a triple berry Margarita. And the fun flavor combinations will carry into the cooler seasons, too. Tipsy Pony can also bring out hot chocolate with spirits for spiking; think adding peanut butter whiskey for a peanut butter cup in a mug.
For those who want to book one of the trailers, you'll have to submit a request online and make sure that Cassell or someone on his team will be able to make it to your event. However, they've gone as far south of the St. Louis area as about 40 miles north of Lake of the Ozarks, and they've gone as far east as Greenville, Illinois. And if customers are located within where Cassell is based in Chesterfield, they aren't charged for travel.
Although Tipsy Pony was supposed to be a couple-times-a-month project for Cassell during retirement, it's been a culmination of what he has always done – serve people – and he's having fun doing it.
"That's what I've tried to accomplish my whole life, was to be able to entertain people and enjoy myself at the same time," he says. "And we do, we have a blast at these parties."
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