Patio Bar Ideas and Options

Grab some patio bar ideas and options and transform your outdoor living space into a truly great place to gather.


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From: Room Crashers

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're considering adding a drinking station to your outdoor living space, you'll want to browse patio bar ideas and options and get some inspiration for transforming your patio into the neighborhood hotspot.

You'll have some choices to make up front about your patio bar, the first of which is, will it be a wet bar or a dry bar? A wet bar comes fully equipped with running water, a refrigerator and ice maker, and possibly even taps for adult beverages or other liquid refreshment. A dry bar, on the other hand, offer storage for bottled liquor and other bar implements, but none of the functionality of the wet bar. Wet bars are considerably more expensive, and better suited for outdoor spaces where entertainment is frequent and large crowds gather. Dry bars are more economical and can be perfectly sufficient for smaller crowds and less frequent use.

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Another option is even more no-frills than a dry bar: a drink cart. This portable station on wheels has a few advantages over its permanent fixture cousins—chief among them, it can move to follow the party, can be shifted aside to make room for a dance floor or large seating area, and won't do too much damage to your wallet in comparison to a permanent fixture.

Whichever patio bar option you choose, its sure to help create a fun and welcoming atmosphere in your outdoor living space.

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