5 Favorites: Outdoor Bars, DIY Included by

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · July 31, 2013

5 Favorites: Outdoor Bars, DIY Included

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · July 31, 2013

You know how it goes: Just as everyone in the household (from family members to guests) sits down with their drinks in hand to watch the sunset, someone inevitably needs a touch-up, or some ice, or a twist of lime. Save yourself the grief of going back inside with a judiciously stocked outdoor bar. Here are five favorites, including a DIY for extra measure.

Wallbanger, Wall mounted fold down outdoor bar | Remodelista

Above: Named after the drink (as in Harvey), the Wallbanger sits unobtrusively on the wall until its services are required and the hinged panel door comes down and doubles as a work surface; $399.

Orange Luxembourg Bar Trolley outdoor bar by Fermob | Remodelista  

Above: The Luxembourg Bar Trolley by Fermob, complete with removable tray, is a stylish and colorful way to entertain outdoors; $932.

DIY outdoor bar made from pipes, connectors and wood shelves by A Life Designed | Remodelista

Above: Interior design student and blogger at A Life Designed built this bar made from plumbing pipes and wooden shelves for a friend's new home. A few trips to Home Depot and a broken glass later, she lives to tell her DIY tale here

Wall mounted fold down outdoor bar made from pallet | Remodelista

Above: Dallas-based upcyclers Lake Highlands Pallet Creations devise a wall mounted bar from a pallet. Image via Lake Highlands Pallet Creations

DIY Drinks Cooler Remodelista

Above: Throwing a party? Consider this DIY drinks cooler via Michaela Rae.

Now that you have the outdoor bar, what are you going to serve? Have a look at Amy Stewart, The Drunken Botanist's South American take on the Gin & Tonic. And if you prefer non-alcoholic thirst quenchers, have a look at our recipes for Lavender SodaSummer Goddess Sun Tea with Chamomile Syrup, and Elderflower Cordial

Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.