Very few things compare to the simple pleasure of enjoying a nice glass of wine outside on a gorgeous summer evening. While you could head out to any bar with a nice outdoor space, you usually have to time your visits to avoid a throng of like-minded people. (For introverts, this possibility takes all the fun out of this activity.) If you’re lucky enough to have a nice backyard space at your disposal, having your own outdoor bar is a great luxury — especially if you entertain frequently.
The ultimate backyard bar mimics the stylish spaces you’d find at a neighborhood hangout, like this industrial-chic lounge area with landscape design by Molly Wood Garden Design. The L-shaped terrace incorporates a small bar accessorized with pendant lighting, along with a sectional that invites you to lounge and relax.
Sheds can be many things: reading nooks, workshops, offices…and bars. This design by Pearson Design Group has that on-trend “rustic” look and feels miles away from anything you’d expect to find in a backyard.
You can also take things in a very whimsical direction with a tiki bar, like this one seen on HGTV. If you can’t take a tropical vacation, a Mai Tai enjoyed in a kitschy environment is kind of the next best thing.
Not every bar idea involves built-ins. This bright blue bar by Heathered Nest was made by giving a potting bench a relatively easy makeover.
If you’re a bit handier, you can add a custom counter to your patio space. This tutorial by Shanty 2 Chic for Ryobi Tools takes you through the steps to build the tile-topped bar.
Short on space? This skinny bar counter by Stacked Design can be made to fit any outdoor area. And if you can find the pallets used to create the bar for free, you can spend the extra cash to upgrade your wine/beer/spirits. Win-win.
And if you’re really, really short on outdoor space? There’s no better option than this DIY hanging bar from HGTV. Just “unfold” the bar for an instant happy hour.