Setting up an Outdoor Bar Area
Setting up your own outdoor bar area at home doesn’t need to break the bank. With a little bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you should be able to set up a great outdoor bar that you can be proud of.
We’re going to go through five simple ideas for setting up an outdoor bar in your own home. In order to cover a wide range of set ups, we’ll discuss both affordable and high-cost bars. We’ll also discuss various aesthetics from the charming modesty of teak outdoor furniture to the luxurious aura of granite benchtops.
Keep in mind that these ideas might work for some home decors but not for others. So, feel free to mix and match different styles and find the look that’s right for you and your property.
- Indoor-outdoor bar
If you want a seamless flow between your indoor and outdoor areas, then an indoor-outdoor bar might be for you. This layout involves upgrading your existing kitchen by adding a wall-mounted bar counter just outside of it. Both areas are linked by a large open window which allows you to serve drinks directly from your kitchen. Typically, the bar will extend out into your patio or deck.
If you really want to take things up a notch, you can also add teak bar stools with coloured cushions. This will give your bar a lively summer vibe, a perfect aesthetic during Australia’s hotter months.
Since you’re only adding a wall-mounted counter, an indoor-outdoor bar isn’t going to cost you as much as building a complete bar from scratch. Indeed, this set up is one of the more cost-effective options on this list.
- Outdoor kitchen and bar
A combined outdoor kitchen and bar is ideal for those who want to fully experience their natural surroundings. Typically, these types of bars are installed in an open patio and are completely detached from your main house. Common setups consist of a full bar counter, a sink and a stand-alone grill. Of course, your bar doesn’t have to be limited to these features. Some people also add a small refrigerator to store drinks. There are even others who set up an entire dining table next to the bar. If you have the budget for it, you can even add a TV above the bar so that you can use the space for watch parties.
This bar layout is perfect for serving burgers and franks along with beers and cocktails. It’s a great place for barbecues, birthday parties and family gatherings.
Typically, outdoor bars like this are made of natural or engineered stone. Granite, for example, is a great material for outdoor benchtops due to its heat-resistance and durability. A granite benchtop will be able to endure harsh weather conditions, rain or shine.
- Recycled bar
You don’t need brand new materials to come up with something fresh and exciting. If you’re into the rustic aesthetic, it might benefit you to create a bar out of recycled items. By recycling items that you find around the house and around your community, you can end up creating something original and authentic to your personality.
For example, you can use a couple of wooden pallets to create a small bar table. The hollow insides of the pallet can be used as storage and the slats can be used for decorations like vintage signs or artificial vines. This will give your bar a modest but charming look, an aesthetic that’s perfect for rustic homes. You can also use barn wood or reclaimed teak to really establish that weathered, vintage look that you find in old cabins and cottages.
One advantage of having a wooden pallet bar is that you can move it around depending on the occasion. So, if you have a small property, the pallet table can simply be put away when not in use.
Not only will recycled materials save you money on building costs, but it will also reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.
- Pizza oven bar
Along with the combined kitchen and bar set up, this bar is one of the more luxurious options on this list. As its name suggests, a pizza oven bar consists of a counter with three sides and a pizza oven stationed at the centre. With this, you and your guests will be able to smell traditional Italian pizzas being cooked while having a nice glass of wine. If you have a home garden, you can even use fresh ingredients for your pizza.
Indeed, this is a far-cry from the previously mentioned pallet table. It’s grand and luxurious, perfect for intimate family dinners and gatherings.
- Wall-mounted folding bar
Don’t want your guests to see your expensive bottles of wine? Then a folding bar table might be the set up for you. Folding tables (or drop-down tables) are typically mounted on a sturdy wall. When not in use, the table is folded into the wall, freeing up some space for you to use. When it’s time for a drink, you can simply fold the table out and, suddenly, you have an impromptu bar table.
Most folding tables only consist of a single piece of wood that folds in and out. For personal bars, however, it is common to have a wall-mounted shelf with a small cover. The shelf acts as storage for your drinks and the cover can be pulled downward and used as a small bar counter. This saves a ton of space and gives you the option to hide your guilty pleasures.
There you have it, five simple outdoor bar ideas. Of course, there are plenty of other bar set ups beyond the five listed above. Because of this, we recommend using this list as a starting point. It’s a good idea to explore different set ups and experiment until you find one that’s right for you.