Basement Bar Ideas and Designs
Add a bar to your finished basement with these design ideas.
A basement bar is a fun addition to a renovated space, providing a great area for entertaining family and friends.
Stocked Bar With Adjustable LED Backlighting
Kelly and Co. Design created a contemporary-style bar in this renovated barn entertainment space without losing the ambiance of its rustic surroundings. A black granite countertop and zinc bar top sit atop wood cabinets and stainless steel fixtures. LED backlighting, which can be changed according to mood, showcases the bar selections. The bar features a keg tap, a wine fridge, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, and ample storage for glassware and other serving pieces.
The basement bar uses space that would otherwise be empty square footage. A custom bar aligns with the stair treads and is the same wood and finish as the steps. A dark charcoal wall is a complementary accent to the light gray paint. Glass subway tile adds a simple pattern to the space and open shelving keeps bottles organized and accessible.
Custom-Built Stainless Steel Small Wet Bar
Nestled in the corner of a large kitchen designed for a family of five, this small wet bar was planned to serve the needs of the entire clan. “It’s prepped and ready to hold all of the fixings for adult beverages, but instead of wine storage we incorporated a chilled fridge space for water bottles, children’s drinks and beverages,” says the design team. “With glass storage above, the homeowners can also display their glassware and china.” See more small home bar ideas >>
The backdrop for this bar is a glass-enclosed wine room, which features a textured wall adorned with countless wine bottles. The bar itself boasts cabinetry for storage and barstools for seating.
The Wendl family lived in a humble home with an outdated retro design. The cousins, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri updated their home with a modern, chic look while complementing their desired retro design. The family room has been redesigned to include a fun white and mint green bar.
For flexibility in a small space, consider creating a bar from a cart or cabinet on wheels, as designer Leanne Ford did here: You can move it out of the way when you need the extra room. When styling your bar, “mix your bottles and glassware with special odds and ends that have meaning to you,” says Ford. “That will give the space some character and turn your bar into something special for you and your guests to enjoy.”
This sunken bar is a completely hidden room that can't be seen from anywhere within the home. The secret space is concealed by bookcases in the hallway. Contemporary touches spice up the room's stunning Old World design.
In a New York City apartment with a spectacular view of the city skyline, designer Amy Lau brought in “gorgeous, sweeping curves and natural materials” in the design of the built-in wet bar to offset the linear visuals. “Organic shapes and materials strikes the perfect balance with the cityscape,” she says.
During the renovation of a home in Greenwich, Conn., Anthony DeRosa of DeRosa Builders was able to incorporate a wet bar into the design of the family room without adding on or stealing space from the seating area. “We fit the bar into a little-used closet,” says DeRosa. “We had cabinets custom built for the space. The biggest challenge was finding a sink small enough to fit within the tight dimensions.” Mission, accomplished.
A retro wet bar with cosmic accents sits outside the entry to a Star Trek-themed pinball arcade, turning this finished basement into a fun party spot. A curved soffit mirrors the lines of the curved, quartz-topped bar.
A built-in bar leads to a glass-enclosed wine cellar that's separated from the room's seating area by a high-gloss piano, turning this Los Angeles living room into a nighttime hotspot. A gray sectional sofa provides ample seating. Bright shots of blue and green pop against neutral walls and floors.
An impressive bar crowns this basement home theater. With plenty of storage and shelf space for glassware and beverages, a small refrigerator and wine fridge, neon signs, marble countertop and expertly placed television, your friends won't want to leave even after the game is over.
Textured black tile provides eye-catching contrast against the smooth white cabinets in this bar area. The textured backsplash coordinates with the backsplash in a nearby powder room, giving the home a sense of cohesion and flow.
Classic and glamorous, this gold bar cart is both functional and stylish. Glossy black doors contrast against the soft gray walls of this traditional home office and sitting room.
A chic blue and white tiled bar with clear lucite barstools provides a suitably dramatic entrance to this decidedly impressive contemporary living room done in a cool color palette.
A finished basement serves as a game room, bar and extra living room. Recessed lights brighten the windowless space while pops of orange add color and cheer. The stacked stone bar counter and accent wall provide unique texture and warmth.
This spacious basement wet bar features stainless steel countertops paired with dark brown cabinets and a red brick accent wall. Industrial style pendant lights and bar stools complete the look of the area, while a nearby pool table provides an additional space for entertaining guests.
HGTV Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this casual dining space into a family coffee bar – a place for family and friends to gather for eating and entertaining. Chalkboard paint on the wall creates a cafe-like atmosphere, while the floating shelves add a hint of rustic style.
Timeless Traditional Basement Bar With Oak Cabinets, Marble Counters & Handsome Barstools
Built for impressive entertaining, this elegant and handsome basement bar boasts chic oak cabinets, marble countertops and electronic games. Glass-front cabinets, ideal for displaying drinkware, smartly designed curves highlighting focal points and leather upholstered barstools combine to create an attractive and functional space with a sense of timelessness.
The built-in bar provides storage for all the homeowners' entertaining essentials. Designer Casey Noble paints the back of the bar a brilliant orange for a bold burst of color and adds two stools for extra seating.
This game room features a rustic bar area complete with a neutral stone accent wall, glass pendant lights and four tan upholstered barstools. Just beyond the pool table area is a space for a home theater with brown leather reclining seats and a large flatscreen that makes it easy to kick back and enjoy favorite movies.
This luxurious contemporary lounge features everything you could want to entertain and then some: a wet bar, a seating area and outdoor access, while behind the glass wall a gorgeous indoor hot tub awaits.
To make the most our of the family room space, designers divided the room into vignettes, including a relaxation area that is arranged in circles to encourage social interaction, a lounge and a bar area to give the family plenty of options when it comes to entertaining.
This cinema inspired home theater system gives the family a great place to catch a flick. With a bar in the back for entertaining with food and drink and luxurious overstuffed cinema chairs, the family and their guests will be able to view in style.
Just like any room in your house, a basement bar design should reflect your personal style. If your taste is elegant and classic, then you may want to consider a dark wood bar with a marble or granite countertop and leather-wrapped stools. This basement bar option allows for setting the mood with a lighting design that gives the bar a soft glow. Line bar shelving with wine glasses, crystal, and top shelf wine and spirits. Choose paint colors that will accent the bar's rich design, like red, ivory or a deep purple.
A basement wet bar within a game room is a typical choice in many homes. Invest in a poker or pool table, air hockey or even arcade games to give the bar area a fun feel.
It might be a bit of a sterotype, but one basement bar idea that is popular among men is a sports-themed bar. Pair it with a lounge area, flat screen television and decorative memorabilia from his favorite sports teams to create a space where everyone will want to watch the big game.
Other design ideas for basement bars include fresh paint colors, budget-friendly drinking glasses and coasters that suit your particular style.
See also: Planning a Basement Remodel
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