40 Outdoor Bar Ideas For Festive Entertaining – The Spruce


40 Outdoor Bar Ideas For Festive Entertaining – The Spruce

40 Outdoor Bar Ideas For Festive Entertaining – The Spruce



Entertaining at home has taken on a deeper meaning in recent years, with more and more people outfitting their backyardspatiosterracesbalconies, and porches with amenities that make staying home more comfortable and fun. Building or setting up an outdoor bar is a surefire way to make your exterior space a destination for friends and family. Check out these outdoor bar ideas in a range of locations, sizes, styles, and settings for inspiration on creating your own backyard watering hole.



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Kern & Co.

This outdoor bar from interior designer Susan Spath of Kern & Co. is connected to the main living space. A crisp black-and-white palette flows with the rest of the decor, and contemporary black-framed glass windows can be closed after last call.



How big should an outdoor/backyard bar be? 

Your outdoor bar can be as small and simple or spacious and sumptuous as your space and budget allows. You can build a standalone outdoor bar in your backyard that creates a private getaway feel to make your home ideal for entertaining or a staycation. Or you can add a small freestanding bar to complement a lounging, dining, or fire pit area. You can add a simple outdoor bar to small home patio or apartment balcony with a stylish bar cart stocked with essentials.


What are the key components of an outdoor bar?

An outdoor bar can be as elaborate as a purpose-built dedicated space outfitted with everything from a bar counter and stools to a stocked wet bar with a sink, outdoor refrigerator components, and storage for glassware and accessories. Or it can be a wet or dry bar that is freestanding or part of an outdoor kitchen, living room, or pool house kitchenette.


Written by: Kristen Hohenadel for The Spruce

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