Kevin McCloud
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How To Make A Garden Bar

22nd May 2020

Summer is fast approaching! Something about the warmer weather has many of us longing for holiday cocktails or our favourite tipple to enjoy in the sunshine. Whether your drink of choice is a rum punch or an ice-cold beer, a garden bar is a fun and exciting way to make the most of your garden. 

Garden bars are trending in 2020! This could be something to do with the recent lockdown – the pubs and bars have been closed and we have had nowhere to drive to! Right now keeping busy, being happy at home and home improvement are at the top of everyone’s list – and adding a bar to your garden is a great way to do just that. 

garden bar with drinks optics


How to make a garden bar:

  • Add a garden building as a year-round option
  • Add bar furniture into the open garden space for summer use
  • Plan what style of bar or pub you are wanting to achieve
  • Decide whether you are looking for a year-round use space or something more ‘pop-up’ for just summer
  • Make sure to add the essential bar-top counter
  • Choose themed accessories and bar decor
  • Decorate to suit your chosen style; whether it be a stylish cocktail bar or rustic garden pub
  • Add the essential bar accessories like glasses, coasters, cocktail making equipment, preparation area, fridge etc.

Our garden rooms are a great way to add extra space at home to use however you like! We have had enquiries through the roof for our garden buildings to be used as bars – and the results are amazing!

Here’s a snippet from our customer Allan’s Gin Palace:


Your Garden Bar Building


A bar in the garden needn’t be a novelty to enjoy just on hot summer days. With the addition of a quality garden room, you can create a space that is designed for use all-year-round. Meaning you can keep the summer feeling going as long as you like!


Pub Shed

Pub sheds is an idea on the rise for 2020, with many people looking for sheltered, safe and secure ways to create a garden pub. Compared to a typical garden shed, a garden room is a quality investment that is built and designed to be “lived-in”. With a Green Retreats garden building, the hard work is done – all you need to do is add bar furniture and accessories! 

garden bar with beer taps

Keep your shed as it is and what it’s good for; storage for bits and bobs, cobwebs – the lot!


Garden Bar Decor and Furniture

As a unique space detached from the house, your garden bar building offers complete freedom to decorate and furnish however you’d like it! We install the building with lighting, heating, internal electrics and stylish oak laminate flooring – the rest of the decor is up to you!

A garden pub could consist of a beer tap, traditional Old-English pub artwork, a wall-mounted tv and soft comfortable sofas. 

You could go themed with your garden pub too, with a pool table and games room vibe, or sports memorabilia for a garden sports bar!

garden bar and games room

If your style is more cocktail bar, gin palace or prosecco pod then the latest art-deco inspired barware and furnishings will be right at home. Cocktail chairs, accents of delicate gold and lots of potted plants create a luxurious feel that compliments your chosen cocktail beautifully.


Bar Accessories

Any bar needs the all essential barware. Glasses, shakers, stirrers, trays, coasters and of course the drinks! You can add to your collection through time, no need to rush this part! In no time, you will have a fully-stocked bar with all of the accessories you need – perfect for socialising as soon as we are able!

garden bar in the evening

Garden Bar Alternatives

We’ve been following this trend for a while now, and we love seeing the exciting ways that our customers are using our garden buildings to create luxury bars that dreams are made of!

Whilst we’ve been keeping an eye out, we have found some rather ingenious alternatives that might be a way to dip your toe into the garden bar game. 

Like this pallet-wood drop down bar! We love it! A bit of a DIY project, but for those of us who don’t have space in the garden for a full garden building – something like this is a compact alternative. Find out how to make one at

Pallet Bar Idea

There are also clever table cool boxes that would suit as a garden bar start off point on the patio, or use it as part of the outdoor seating arrangement of your bar building. Find out more at

cool gang box bar

Start your Garden Bar Project!

If you have been inspired and are interested in starting your garden bar building project, contact a member of our sales & design team today!

 Even if you are in the very early stages of considering a garden building, a chat with a member of the team is a great way to start gathering the information you need. 

For more inspiration, take a look at our videos!

Our garden rooms are priced based on the internal sizes rather than the exterior footprint, making it easier for you to plan your work space. A commercial unit from Green Retreats could end up saving you a fortune from the costs of renting a workspace alone. The price includes base, installation and VAT so there are no (nasty) surprises when it comes to final payment.

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Using our configurator you can design your perfect garden office with minimal effort, ensuring it’s tailored to your own personal preferences and specifications.

You can get a great idea of how your new garden office will look by using the 360 degree rotating viewer.

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