Build an ultimate home bar

Emporium’s guide to building the ultimate home bar

Let’s face it – who hasn’t dreamed of owning a bar in their garden? A space where you can enjoy a few drinks with friends whilst watching the football without having to worry about last orders, or a somewhere where you can unwind with a glass of wine and the supplements on a Sunday afternoon.

Here are some of our top tips for converting your garden room into a stunning bar which will be the envy of all your neighbours.

Building the initial structure

Unless you want to be sipping your pint in the pouring rain, it’s probably a good idea to opt for an indoor-bar – we’re not in Barbados after all. Whilst there are bar-specific sheds on the market, you might want to opt for a quality summerhouse or garden room, as these offer better durability and insulation, and can be re-purposed should you need the space for something else in future, such as somewhere for guests to say.

Both these options are easily wired up to the household electrical mains and can be plumbed in, important factors for your fridge, sink, lighting and other mod-cons.

Assembling the bar

No bar is complete without a bar-surface. Make sure you choose a durable material such as varnished wood for the classic look, or for something more modern consider stainless steel or even glass. Don’t forget though, there are likely to be a few spillages, and you don’t want a material which scratches easily.

Match bar stools to the bar material

If you want your home-bar to look as authentic as it can be, try to match your materials as much as possible. For instance, if you’ve opted for a metallic bar try to source matching barstools and go for an industrial theme throughout.

Use mirrors to your advantage

There’s a reason why some smaller pubs and bars feature mirrors on their walls – it makes the space appear larger and less claustrophobic. Use this simple trick to make your garden pub feel more comfortable.

Don’t forget about storage

Storage is often overlooked – glasses, dishes, (and bottles of course!) take up a lot of space, so make sure you factor this into your plans. Under-bar storage is an effective way to maximize your space, whilst shelving at the back of the bar is a great way to display your glassware and exotic spirits.

Invest in an icemaker

If you’re serious about entertaining, it might be an idea to have an icemaker on hand, as your standard fridge-freezer won’t be able to keep up with the pace if you have more than a few friends over.

Keep the bar fully stocked at all times!

Keep your bar stocked beyond a crate of beers and a few bottles of wine. Make sure you have a cocktail book on hand, and keep mixers such as tonic, bitters and soda water topped up. Nothing wows more than a fancy cocktail, so keep all bases covered so you can keep even the most discerning drinker quenched.