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 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. Search terms such as ‘how to make a garden bar’ on Google have increased by 550 per cent in the UK over the last six months – with pubs and bars closed for the last three months, us Brits are clearly desperate to recreate the same 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 from 4 July we can mix with groups of up to six people in private outdoor spaces and gardens (provided social distancing is still observed).

With that in mind, hosting social gatherings in our gardens is about to become 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. 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 by a garden bar this summer, have a look at our round up of some of the best options out there for you to buy now.

7 of the best garden bars for at-home summer socialising

wooden tiki bar

Middlet Tiki bar, £359.99, Wayfair

TRUESHOPPING Extendable Outdoor Wooden Bar

TRUESHOPPING Extendable Outdoor Wooden Bar Table, £386.99, Amazon

John Lewis tiki bar
John Lewis

Honolulu Bar, £575, John Lewis & Partners

Argos garden bar

Argos Home Solid Wood Space Saving Bar and Stools, £220, Argos


Wickes build your own garden bar

Build Your Own Garden Bar, £350, Wickes

wooden garden bar
Dunster House

Cabin Corner Bar, £399.99, Dunster House

Tidyard Bar

Tidyard Bar, £174.85, Amazon