The best garden bars to elevate your outdoor space this summer

Even with lockdown lifting, it’s clear that things just aren’t going to be quite back to ‘normal’ for a while, and we’re going to be spending a lot more time in our own gardens again this summer.

So it’s no wonder we’re all looking for ways to elevate our outdoor spaces, with the DIY garden bar one of the fastest rising trends. Last summer, Google searches for ‘how to make a garden bar’ increased 550 per cent between January to July and the trend looks set to stick around for summer 2021, too. With visiting pubs and bars still not the most straightforward affair, us Brits are clearly desperate to recreate the vibe at home.

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While socialising out in public may still pose some risks and difficulties, socialising at home is becoming ever easier, with the government guidelines stating that we can now mix with groups of up to 6 people in private outdoor spaces and gardens and on 17 May, that number should increase to 30 (if all goes to plan).

With that in mind, hosting social gatherings in our gardens is officially the new out-out, and so we need to do it in style. And what better way to be the most memorable host of the summer than with your very own garden bar to keep the drinks flowing al fresco? Not only do they look super chic, you don’t even need a big garden as there are options of all shapes and sizes for gardens big and small. And the best part? While you get to play at being bartender, an outdoor garden bar means you don’t spend your evening in and out of the kitchen, missing out on half of the fun of your own party.

Unless you’re a DIY whizz, knocking one up yourself is easier said than done, so luckily there are plenty of pre-made, build-it-yourself options on the market, too. Some might require a bit more DIY knowledge than others to put together, and some might need a lick of paint to brighten up the natural wood look, but otherwise these are your ticket to garden bar fun this summer. A good quality garden bar will set you back at least a couple hundred pounds, but the years of fun you’ll no doubt get out of it will make it a worthy investment.

If you’re tempted, have a look at our round up of some of the best garden bars out there for you to buy now.

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Aldi garden bar

Rattan Effect Garden Bar (available online from 9 May), £199, Aldi

Habitat garden bar

Habitat Beach Bar Gazebo with Stools – Natural, £350, Argos

wooden tiki bar

Middlet Tiki bar, £429.99, Wayfair

rattan garden bar

Greenland Rattan Bar Set, £379, Kaleidoscope

fold out grand bar
Cotswold Teak

Solid Teak Mobile Garden Bar, £599, Cotswold Teak

DIY garden bar

Outdoor drinks bar, £199, Etsy

garden bar

Mercia Pressure Treated Garden Bar, £475, Wilko

2 seater garden bar

Porak Wooden 2 Seater Bar, £252, B&Q

wall-mounted garden bar

Garden Bar, £80, Etsy

Wickes build your own garden bar

Build Your Own Garden Bar, £400, Wickes

wooden garden bar
Dunster House

Cabin Corner Bar, £459.99, Dunster House