10 Inspiring Outdoor Bar Ideas

Updated: May 28, 2024

Looking for a reason to spend more time outside enjoying the weather? These ten concepts for outdoor bars are sure to inspire you to build your own.

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Open Kitchen Bar

If your kitchen looks out on your deck or patio area, this open bar concept might work for you. It connects your patio and kitchen with a restaurant-like bar opening that makes it easy to serve drinks and food. Check out these outdoor kitchen kits for cooking up a storm.

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Dual-Purpose Pub Shed
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Dual-Purpose Pub Shed

Want to build an outdoor bar and a new shed? If this is beyond your DIY skill level, show this plan to a builder and have it custom-built.

Here are some awesome pallet furniture ideas for you to choose from to add to your newly built space!

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Combination Outdoor Kitchen and Bar

This impressive stone structure is the perfect place to host a summer cookout. By combining a bar counter and chairs with the grilling station, everyone can visit while the food is sizzling. When planning an outdoor bar and grill combo, carefully consider the elements and proximity to your home. You don’t want smoke from the grill getting in the house. And if there’s a prevailing wind, you don’t want it blowing smoke in the faces of your guests at the bar. Psst! We love this outdoor bar table, too.

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This bar is tucked in a corner of the patio, accessed from the inside through French doors. When the weather’s good, this bar is an extension of the living space. With a ceiling overhead, these homeowners opted to included an outdoor ceiling fan for ultimate comfort.

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Rustic Lodge

This outdoor bar features a live-edge wood-slab bar countertop. Reclaimed barn wood below the counter on the front establishes a distinctly rustic vibe for backyard bar designs.

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Backyard Bar Ideas: Portable Tiki Bar

Not everyone has the space for a permanent outdoor bar. If your home has a tiny yard, you’re renting, or you want the flexibility to take the party wherever you go, this portable bar is for you! The bar stools fold for easy transport. A wheeled storage bag, the tiki umbrella and a removable ice bucket are included.

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Elegant Patio Bar

This luxurious outdoor bar and kitchen features handsome tile, stately wood and classic iron stools. The columns and greenery add authenticity to the grandeur.

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Concrete Bar Kit

This compact outdoor bar (48 in. wide x 24 in. deep x 38 in. high) was made from a kit. The concrete was precut and sized to fit. Complete course-by-course instructions are included. If that’s got you ready to go out and build your own, check out our guide to DIY bar building.

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Wine Barrel and Reclaimed Wood

This attractive outdoor bar features wine barrels for the base and a spectacular piece of reclaimed wood for the bar countertop. Using repurposed and reclaimed materials is the best way to create a truly unique outdoor bar — the perfect place to open that bottle of wine you’ve been saving.

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Cruisin’ Tiki Bar

For a unique twist on the outdoor bar, check out this motorized, floating bar. You can rent it by the hour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

If the captain needs help tying up this bar to the dock after your ride, you’ll be able to lend a hand with these 5 essential knots to know.