25 Outdoor Bars to Celebrate National Beer Day
Grab a beer. We're going outside.
While every Friday is pretty spectacular in its own right, April 7 is an extra-spectacular Friday. It’s National Beer Day, which means you should definitely get a beer after work. Who am I kidding? You were going to do that anyway. So maybe you should celebrate in a different way. Maybe you should finally give in to your outdoor bar daydreams (you know, the ones born from the House Hunters marathons). I’ve rounded up 25 of my favorites for inspiration, including categories for every dreamer — from the waterfront homeowner to the budget-conscious renter.
Trendy + Tropical
Contemporary Outdoor Kitchen And Swimming Pool
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International
Bright + White
Hot Tub Hideout
Relaxing Roof Deck With Hot Tub and Bar
The Bucktown Hot Tub Retreat provides a serene space to relax amid the active city. The space features a new roof deck with ipe decking, concrete counters, cedar pergola, tempered glass panels and fire pit. Additional features include seating around the fire pit, sun loungers, bar area and outdoor refrigerator/freezer.
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden
Design by Ryan Hughes Design Build
Fire + Water
Warwick P Hunt
Design by Studio H Landscape Architecture
Design by Heather Garrett Interior Design
BARS WITH OUTDOOR KITCHENS
Sleek + Gray
Design by LaGuardia Design Group
Contemporary Roof Deck With Wooden Barstools and Outdoor Bar
This outdoor space rests on the roof deck of a historic building on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Wooden barstools line the outdoor bar, while two grills wait at the ready for fun outdoor entertaining.
Chicago Roof Deck & Garden
Design by Bea Pila
Warm Wood Tones
Design by Chicago Roof Deck & Garden
Trevor Boyle Studio
Design by Hidden Creek Landscaping
Design by Jamie Durie
Flowering Plants Grace a Rustic Outdoor Sideboard Wine Rack
A unique wood and metal sideboard stores drinks and serves the dining space of this colorful and eclectic courtyard. A wood structure that surrounds the space is lined with metal mesh that filters light and screens the outdoor room from surrounding houses. Lush plantings bring the courtyard to life.
Bamboo Bar Cart
Outdoor Bar Cart
To get the look of this high-end bar cart on a budget, start with a basic metal or wire shelving unit, says Michiel Perry, founder of Black Southern Belle. Spray paint it your desired color. To add the lattice and bamboo trim, use a piece of vinyl diamond lattice, which you often see on outdoor decks and fences. Use bendable PVC pipe that is spray painted to match or in an accent color, for the trim.
Black Southern Belle/Lyndi J Photography
Metallic Bar Cart
Design by Sam Henderson
Spray an old bookshelf with outdoor protectant to create a DIY bar cart.
Turn an old, unused outdoor fireplace into a bar with a little imagination and creativity.
Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Spray an old dresser with rust-preventative paint to create an outdoor sideboard.
Make a Statement With Lighting
Good lighting will not only help you enjoy your patio after the sun goes down but will also draw your eye vertically — important in a small space. This rattan pendant light makes a statement and shines a glow on the conversation area. Make sure to use outdoor cords and light bulbs.
Choose Multifunctional Furniture
Furniture that can pull double duty is perfect for smaller spaces. Think creatively: this jute pouf can function both as a side table or extra seating when needed.
Make a Space-Saving Fire Pit
The glow of a fire pit draws people together and gives off warmth. Even the smallest outdoor room can benefit from a fire feature like this DIY tabletop version, which offers the beauty of a full-size fire pit while saving floor space.