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20+ Gorgeous garden bar ideas

By Elise Hodge

Updated: July 13th, 2022

Host your next outdoor party with ease with a functional and creative outdoor bar.

As the weather starts to warm up, I’m sure you are becoming more and more inclined to spend some much-needed time soaking up the sunshine outside. So why not do all you can to make your garden as welcoming as you can, not only for guests but also for yourself?

Adding a bar to your garden is a great extension of your home and can almost add the feeling of another whole room to your home. See what I mean with these amazing garden bar ideas that I’ve collated for you.

Whether you want to complete a full renovation with a kitchen area and outhouse, or prefer to keep things simple with a stand-alone feature, a garden bar will transform your outdoor area into a destination and give you a reason to entertain.

1. Bar on the terrace

This quirky Elm bar on the terrace is a fabulous way to create a space for relaxing in a limited area. Perhaps if you live in the inner city and don’t have a garden, a terrace would be an ideal place to sit back and chill after a busy day. The flowering pot plants add that garden vibe and a vase of flowers on the bar table add that little bit extra. Simple wooden crate shelving is perfect for house drinks and glasses. Hanging wine glasses are a great space saver and a very hygienic way to store them in an outdoor setting.

bar outdoor terrace
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2. Backyard bar

outdoor bar setup

This backyard bar looks like a compact classy cocktail bar you would expect to see in the foyer of a boutique hotel. If you like neat, clean and orderly design, then this bar is perfect for you. White always looks clean and classy, and I love the ice blue benchtop. The neon sign gives this bar some personality and fun.

3. Mancave garden bar

When I think of a man cave in the back garden, I think of a workbench, a few tools and a small bar fridge filled with some nice cold beers. You can take your man cave to a whole other level by adding some sturdy fittings, a stunning bar bench and classy bar stools. Don’t forget to stock your bar fridge with an extensive choice of spirits. Looks like the boys may not come home for dinner.

4. Beach bar

To enjoy that seaside vibe in your back garden, you can easily create a beach bar reminiscent of those warm, tropical holidays you have had abroad.

You can take advantage of casual outdoor furniture which can give your garden bar a more relaxed feel. And this is the most low-maintenance garden ever if gardening is something you don’t want to spend too much of your free time doing.

5. Wood and bamboo

bamboo bar with wooden stools

I love the simplistic and neat look of this bamboo bar. The wooden stools also give this a tropical island look, ideal for refreshing piña coladas on a hot day!

6. Bar stools

outdoor wooden bar stools

To enjoy comfort on a bar stool can be hard to find so these bar stools with back support are such a fabulous idea. They also have a footrest which saves you from weary, dangling legs whilst enjoying a nice cold ale with your friends. The simple wooden slatted bar is perfect if you want to keep building costs down.

This garden bar idea also works on gravel, which means no lawn maintenance too! See more garden gravel ideas that you can use in your garden.

7. Whiskey barrel

whiskey barrel with bar stools
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A whiskey barrel makes the perfect bar table in your outdoor eating area. Not only is a whiskey barrel sturdy, but it is also the perfect height to sit up to on a barstool to have a tipple. Imagine the history and stories your barrel could tell. It is just a barrel of fun, really.

8. Classy charcoal

A modern classy home deserves a modern classy bar. You can’t go past charcoal colours for a truly classy look and this bar is simple and a gorgeous addition to this outdoor area. A drink is always more enjoyable in quality glassware. A responsible bartender offers water with drinks to keep his or her guests well hydrated.

home bar charcoal
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9. Moody lighting

outdoor lighting

Mood outdoor lighting creates a warm, welcoming and inviting mood in any outdoor garden bar and eating area. I would love to welcome friends over for an evening barbeque. They would feel so relaxed and at home as soon as they enter this calmly lit garden.

10. Summer skies

A garden shed doesn’t always have to be used as a garden shed. It could be your very own garden bar. When the sun shines in the summer sky, I’m sure all your friends and family would be happy to gather in a beautiful outdoor entertaining space. A wooden shed can be perfect to house all your bar needs and the door keeps everything protected in bad weather. Paving makes the whole area very practical and easy to keep clean, too.

11. Tiki bar

tiki bar

The Tiki bar originates from tropical cultures, most commonly Polynesian. Bringing a bit of Polynesia to your garden with this cute little bar would inspire you to make some super tropical cocktails with some delicious coconut rum. A simple wooden structure added to an existing outdoor patio and adding a straw fringe would easily transport you back to a dreamy south pacific holiday.

12. Wine o’clock

rustic wine shelf with bottles and wine glasses

This is definitely my favourite time of day. Wine o’clock suggests it’s time to stop work, relax and chat about the day you’ve had. You could make any outdoor wall into a bar and I love the use of rustic wood and clean straight lines to create a neat and organized bar.

13. I am gin-vincible

I am strong… I am gin-vincible. Gin really is a very on-trend drink at the moment with so many boutique gin distilleries popping up everywhere. So why not create your own gin bar in your garden? You could even use a couple of wooden crates to achieve this look.

14. Champagne shack

open bar in a garden patio
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Champagne means celebrating. And I think every single day should be celebrated and celebrated in style. I can imagine propping myself up onto the bar stool with friends and cheering when the first cork is popped. This is a beautiful space that has been carefully designed with an indoor-outdoor feel, open enough to feel like you are sitting in the garden.

15. Birthday bar

Adding a happy birthday banner to a bar really says “let’s get this party started“. This is a great way to decorate for a birthday by adding balloons and photos of the birthday girl or boy.

16. Bar shed

Tin and wood together are classic materials that can be used to build the best outback and rustic style shed. Having bar stool seating on either side of the bar bench makes for easy conversation. Adding bar paraphernalia creates humour and quirkiness to your space.

17. Fairy light courtyard

Fairy lights just make any outdoor area look lovely and welcoming. Also, when the evening is a little more balmy than usual, some sausages grilling with a cold beer in hand sounds perfect too.

18. Bright colour scheme

Walking into a bright and colourful would instantly feel like some fun was about to be had by all. Whether you’re grabbing your favourite beverage from the bar to dancing the night away, you’re bound to have a fabulous time!

19. Matching brickwork

garden bar with matching brickwork

This neat garden bar comes with an outdoor grill, all built with matching brickwork. Can you imagine enjoying an afternoon barbecue with the family, and possibly drinks straight after? I know I can!

20. Sports bar

Well if you can’t watch football while you are having a drink, what has the world come to? Under the bar is a great place for storage and those cushions will come in handy as the evening goes on. Don’t forget to get a hand with your TV installation.

21. Matching bar and spa area

outdoor entertainment bar with corner bar and jacuzzi

Who would ever want to leave home when you could kick back and relax in this fabulous outdoor entertaining area! Imagine sinking into that warm bubbling spa with your favourite drink in hand while soaking up the last warm rays of sunshine. Oh, the bliss!

So there we have 20+ garden bar ideas to assist you in planning out your new favourite addition to your garden. I especially love the garden bars that have been styled in a beachy way as you can bring the tropical island holiday right to your garden. What were your favourite styles? Let’s grab a drink and chat all about it below! Cheers!

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