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Outdoor Living: What You Need for the Perfect Outdoor Bar

by Reyna Thomas

Whether it’s a standalone element or part of a complete kitchen, an outdoor bar can transform your backyard into a destination that everyone will love. From refrigeration to seating, we’ve rounded up some outdoor bar options that you and your guests are sure to enjoy.

Outdoor Bar Packages

An outdoor bar center package has everything you need, such as a sink and faucet, ice bin, condiment holders, a bottle opener, shelves, and other items. It also includes handy wells for storing your favorite mixers! This can be an amazing cost-effective and space-saving choice if counter space is limited.

outdoor bar setup

Pro tip: Go mobile with a stainless steel beverage center cart with wheels; great for a party on the move!

If you don’t need a full setup, you can also find standalone bar sinks, serving shelves, and trays if you only need certain components or want to add on to your design.

Outdoor Refrigerator

No one likes to repeatedly rush back and forth between the main house and the bar area for cold beverages. At the very least, you should invest in a small refrigerator that will fit under your outdoor bar table or countertop without looking out of place. Not only will your drinks be kept cool, but you will as well!

Five friends toasting cocktails

• Compact Refrigerators: Store food and beverages outside without too much space. They’re adaptable and can be used in a variety of outdoor environments.
• Refrigerator Drawers: Sliding doors provide convenient access to stored objects. These models look and act as drawers, just with a bonus of refrigeration.
• Wine Coolers: Wine coolers are a must-have for wine enthusiasts. Keep temperatures ideal for perfectly chilled wine. For different wine varietals, look for dual-zone wine coolers.
• Beverage Center: Beverage coolers typically feature a glass door and are designed to fit bottles and cans.

Kegerator

By adding a Kegerator to your outdoor bar, you can enjoy a cold draft beer while throwing the perfect party. Kegerators are small refrigerators with a single or dual tap. A dual tap is more popular because it allows you to dispense two different varieties of beer from a single tap.

With the addition of a small pony keg, you’ll have plenty of room inside to store beverages or condiments. You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood if you serve out fresh draft beer for the next block party.

Seating

No outdoor bar is complete without comfy seating for your guests to enjoy. Adding seats to your bar allows you to enjoy the outdoors and style to your bar area. If you want to make it easier for your guests to have conversations, use backless barstools or generously padded seats for extended, intimate chats.

If you don’t have room for pull-up seats in your bar space, surround a table with a comfortable sectional sofa or chairs with backrests and cushions. Or consider a separate bar table and chairs off to the side. Whatever you choose, make certain that your outdoor bar furniture can withstand the elements.

armchairs at bar area on home patio

Finishing Touches

Finally, it’s time to add the final pieces that can tie your bar all in. Personal touches like umbrellas, soft area rugs, or even a spectacular fire pit can be added to your outdoor bar space. For a wonderful and mood-setting treat, you can even include hidden speakers. Most importantly, give the space the finishing touches you want - after all, an outdoor bar can be your ultimate retreat for both relaxation and entertainment.

woman with a glass of red wine by a fire pit

No matter what appliances you choose, how you design your outdoor space is entirely up to you. Outdoor living suites integrate various outdoor appliances into one set if you prefer to spend less time configuring your outdoor bar.

We hope that these outdoor bar ideas will assist you in turning your bar into a fantastic outdoor gathering spot. Whether you’re always hosting BBQs or backyard bashes, your home will be the number-one spot in the neighborhood. And if you have any questions, the experts at JJ Gloss are always here to help! Just give us a call or stop in!