The best thing about having your own outdoor garden bar is that you don’t have to worry about the last orders ringing. A stylish garden bar can not only help create a welcoming and sociable space on your balcony, patio or lawn, but also help keep any party flowing into the wee hours. From bespoke designs to off-the-shelf DIY solutions, there are a number of great looking garden bars to buy online depending on your budget and space to play with.
You have a choice of a compact drinks cart setup or a beach-style tiki bar that creates a little paradise amongst the garden perennials. You can also buy attractive standing tables and stools that have drink storage built into their frames. However, if you want to go for something more substantial, you can opt for an outdoor bar and cooking configuration and add a mini-fridge and one of the latest pizza ovens.
In GQ’s Best Garden Bars edition, we’ve highlighted a selection of attractive and useful garden bars that should be easily assembled by a skilled DIY enthusiast and add style to your outdoor space. And once you’re in place, all that’s left to do is the important task of stocking it with your favorite beverages.
What is the best garden bar to buy in 2022?
We love the value and good looks of the Forest Garden Shiplap Pent Garden Bar by Robert Dyas. With a solid top bar and two bi-folding shutters, you can easily open the serving hatch when you’re ready to dish out the piña coladas. And when the work day is over, you can take advantage of the ample interior space to stash drinks, cushions, games and any other garden essentials you have hanging around.
Excellent value for money at under £250, the Rowlinson Garden Mini Bar has everything you need on board to store and serve drinks and party snacks. The built in storage shelves are useful for storing all your BBQ utensils, drink glasses and cutlery while the hooks hold your drink bottles in style.
Enjoy the beach vibes from the comfort of your lawn with the Habitat Beach Bar Gazebo with Stools. With a glass top and rattan and steel frame, not only will its fun design liven up a garden party when you’re serving drinks, but there are handy built-in shelves on board for food, drinks and all your BBQ accessories.
How to take care of your garden bar
Do you want your garden bar to look stylish all year round? Jimmy Englezos, Ronseal Senior Brand Manager, explains how to keep your patio furniture in top condition all year round:
Check the forecast: “If you want to paint a wooden garden bar after assembly, you need to make sure you have the right drying conditions. For most maintenance and weatherproofing jobs, it’s best to work in a mild climate when the weather is dry and the temperature is at least 10 degrees – this is important if you plan on cleaning, priming or producting any outdoor wood surfaces to apply. Even quick-drying products take an hour or two to become rainproof, so keep the weather in mind when planning updates.