Summer is just around the corner, which means that if you have a backyard deck, you will want to start entertaining guests outside. One of the issues with the summer heat is keeping drinks cold while you are waiting for dinner to be prepared on the grill. DIY outdoor bars are a great solution to this issue, but it can also be difficult to come up with DIY outdoor bar ideas that fit your existing décor.
40+ DIY Outdoor Bar Ideas to Make Your Patio Sing
You can create something with a cabin type of feel that is made from wood, or you can make it more detailed by adding a lot of tile and intricate designs to your new outdoor bar. I have found that creating an outdoor bar that incorporates part or your home into the design is easier than I first anticipated.
The first step to creating this outdoor space is deciding on the type of bar that you want. Do you need a large bar for weekend parties that you are going to throw, or are you going to need something that is smaller to accommodate your relaxation needs after a long day at the office?
This guide is designed to help you find DIY outdoor bars that you would like to have in your backyard and help you make them your own.
1. Unique Wooden Crate Bar on Wheels
This awesome bar has built-in shelves that are useful and look fantastic as well. You can use them to hold glasses and bottles, or you can turn it around and use them as display shelves for your outdoor decor items. It is made from wooden crates, wheels, and one large piece of MDF. It is a very easy DIY project that you can complete in an afternoon. Your guests will definitely take notice of your cool outdoor bar at your next party.
2. Outdoor Bar Cart with Plant Stand
Show off your favorite plants with this fun bar cart. The top holds everything that you need to share refreshments with your guests while the bottom two shelves can display plants, flowers, or other decorations. This handy cart has two wheels so it can be tilted slightly and moved if necessary. It also has two storage drawers to store bottle openers, beverage napkins, and corks.
3. DIY Outdoor Buffet Stand with Tiled Top
Stunning does not even begin to describe this outdoor buffet stand. Two metal cabinets were given new life when a tiled top was added to bring them together. There are shelves inside to add some much-needed storage for glassware, napkins, and anything else that you need for outdoor entertaining. There are also doors on the cabinets to keep everything dry and clean. The gorgeous, tiled top makes this buffet table one-of-a-kind.
4. Upcycled Potting Bench as a Beverage Cart
Potting benches make the perfect outdoor beverage cart. Instead of putting potting soil in the containers, you can add ice. Instead of hanging tools from the hooks, you can hang bar towels or bottle openers. You can customize the color by painting it so it matches your decor if you would like it to really stand out. This is truly a cute way to add some fun to your backyard, patio or deck for your next outdoor party.
5. Sleek Metal Bar Cart on Wheels
This bar cart is perfect for smaller spaces. It is on wheels, so it is super easy to roll right into any space. With three shelves, there is plenty of space for everything that you need. An added basket on the bottom shelf keeps smaller items from tumbling out, and it definitely adds to the look as well. There is plenty of room for a variety of beverages as well as ice, napkins and other accessories.
6. Outdoor Metal Bar Cart Makeover
This old metal cart was rusty and dirty, but it was given new life and looks just fabulous. You can use this DIY to transform an old cart too. With a little bit of scrubbing and the right kind of paint, you can make the perfect beverage cart for your outdoor entertaining area. The open shelves are perfect for grabbing what you need quickly. They could also just be used to display some favorite decor.
7. Best Outdoor DIY Murphy Bar
Clean-up is a breeze with this awesome outdoor bar. The Murphy style allows the front to drop down just like Murphy beds do. Simply wipe it off and close it up. There is just enough storage to keep some entertaining items out of the elements when closed. When open, you will have a nice place to set your pitcher or to place some snacks.
8. DIY Wall-Mounted Fold-Up Table Bar
This clever table can fit in a very small space but provides the perfect table or bar top when it opens out. It would be the perfect addition to a small deck or patio. If you have a fenced yard, it would work great anywhere along the fence. What makes this bar so special is that it folds up when you are finished, allowing more room for other activities.
9. Upcycled Vintage Chair Beverage Stand
This unique idea is absolutely adorable and can be made in just a couple of hours at most. With so many different types of wooden chairs available at antique shops, you will have lots of options to find your perfect style. Simply replace the seat with a bucket filled with ice and some drinks, and you have the best beverage stand on the block. You can customize the look with different paint colors or wood stains.
11. Desk Upcycled Into Rolling Island Bar
An old desk gets a new lease on life when it is turned into a rolling island. This is perfect for an outdoor bar with all of the storage space. The top is made from reclaimed wood and rustic handles were added to the drawers. Wheels were the final touch to make this an amazing rolling bar. With so many different styles of desks available, you can definitely find a fun one in an antique store that you will love.
12. DIY Pallet and Paver Bar
Put pallets and pavers together to create one of the most unique outdoor bars you have ever seen. This bar is totally on-trend with cement pavers creating the top. Cement is very popular right now, and it is certainly great for outdoor use. Combine it with a couple of stabilized pallets, and you have a great place to serve drinks or to display your favorite outdoor decor items.
13. Upcycled Baker’s Rack Outdoor Bar
An old baker’s rack is the perfect solution to all of your outdoor entertaining needs. Most of them have built-in wine racks. They often have multiple shelves as well. Baker’s racks are traditionally made from metal and wood, both of which can be treated to last outside. You can pick up an old one at a second-hand store for a great DIY project.
14. Best DIY Pallet and Door Bar
With an old door and some pallet wood, this bar came to life rather quickly. The hardest part of this DIY may be choosing a paint color. The sample shown uses chalkboard paint in the center so they can write messages. The simple addition of a mounted bottle opener helped this to look like a beverage bar. Add a bucket with some ice and some drinks, and you are all set for entertaining.
15. Awesome Upcycled Patio Bar Cart
This bar cart actually began as a laundry sorter. The amazing transformation was made easy with some reclaimed wood and spray paint. The laundry sorter was already on wheels, making it simply perfect for entertaining. A bright-colored bottle opener and matching towel hook were added to the front to complete the look. You can customize the colors of the metal and the wood to match your personal style.
16. Built-in Outdoor Bar for Decks
If you have a deck, then you already have the beginnings of a perfect outdoor bar. With the addition of some treated wood to match your deck, you can easily add a bar that looks like it was built-in with the original deck. This is a great way to add some extra seating without adding a large, bulky table. Add some stools and you are ready for outdoor entertaining.
17. Upcycled Wooden Outdoor Bar Cart
When you see an interesting piece of furniture in a second-hand store or alongside the road, try to its potential. Perhaps it could be upcycled into a bar cart like this one. Some chalk paint, some wax, a cute stencil, and a glass rack is all that was needed for this transformation. There are so many ways to make these carts unique. The addition of the word “bar” on the bottom shelf of this one really made it stand out.
18. Full-Sized Outdoor Pallet Bar with Lights
This bar is absolutely amazing. It is a full-sized bar with three sides that can be used for seating. It also has a roof for shade. There are lights hanging under the roof, making it just perfect for summer nights. Pallets were used for the structure, so this project is very affordable. Paint it in any color to fit your style and invite the neighbors over for a fun summer party.