Raleigh’s first mobile bar for hire is hitting the streets and looking for a party. Esmeralda, the vintage 1962 Shasta camper, is the culmination of a two-year project for Tipsy Gypsy Caravan owner Cami Bell. “I saw a similar camper bar at a clambake a few years ago; it was the cutest thing I’d ever seen,” says Bell. “I immediately knew I wanted to build one.” After fi nding the camper she needed, Bell enlisted the help of Lori Langdon from Indigo, a Raleigh interior design fi rm, and Foundation Bar Manager Kyle Hankin to create a beautiful and functional mobile bar.
The bar is ideal for private events and weddings—guests rent the caravan, including the bartender, ice and glassware. Bell hosts a tasting party to pick cocktails for the event beforehand and the client provides the alcohol and mixers. “Cocktails, wine and beer are carefully paired with your food and style, and Esmeralda will be dressed out to match,” says Bell. ”We can do anything and go anywhere with alcohol or not in the Raleigh area.”