Inspirational DIY garden bars – all competing to be crowned 'Britain's Best Home Bar’

Lockdown has sent the DIY outdoor bar trend through the roof. Meaning if you’re looking for garden bar ideas there’s never been a better time to seek inspiration.

From transforming sheds into replicas of much-loved locals to fashioning tropical Tiki huts it’s happening right now across the nation.

Related: Make your own DIY bar using old wooden pallets – for as little as £35!

To celebrate the growing trend Liberty Games has launched a competition – to find the best home bar. They are asking the British public to share photos of their pub-style setup, to be in with the chance of being crowned ‘Britain’s Best Home Bar’.

Garden bar ideas

Which of these would you crown ‘Britain’s Best Home Bar’? The following are just some of the impressive entries in the running to win the title…

1. Luxury-look garden Tiki bar

Image credit: Grey Rhodes

This is channeling the vibes of Mahiki, one of London’s hottest night spots. From the bamboo cladding to the under lights on the bench seating, this is a throughly well executed DIY Tiki bar.

Celebrity spotting won’t be as good here of course, but we bet the tropical-themed cocktails are just as impressive – and nowhere near as expensive!

2. Tempting garden gin bar

Image credit: Ciaran Tommey

A bottle of Hendrick’s in a bowtie, Fever Tree bunting and balloon gin glasses, what’s not to love?! Surely every garden deserves a gin bar just like this one.

3. Clever converted garage bar

Garden bar idea in a garage with artificial grass turf

Image credit: Peter Bowcock

Maybe you’d prefer a speakeasy vibe, with your bar hidden from view or you simply don’t have the garden space to spare? Whatever the reason this ingenious garage bar is a fabulous idea to inspire. From the artificial grass flooring the faux palm tree we love it all!

4. Sophisticated shed bar

Image credit: Damien Barrell

Simply taking some panels out and staining it black has made this shed-like structure a sophisticated garden bar – worthy of high praise. We’d happily sit in the sunshine in this garden, cold beers and fun outdoor games. Win, win.

5. Lit garden bar with rope lighting

Garden bar ideas for lighting with exposed bulbs

Image credit: Joe Allen

We’re big fans of this rope light feature, what a fabulous use of lighting above the bar. This feels like a feature you’d seen in a trendy hipster bar, a great take-away to inspire the humble garden bar.

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6. Fancy garden cocktail bar with ceiling drapes

Image credit: Alan Wigg

To create a fancy cocktail bar finish this competition entry has swathed the ceiling in fabric – to create an upmarket marquee kind of feel. The upcycled country-style dresser and the cocktail sign add further attention to detail.

7. Beach-style Tiki bar with bright colours

Image credit: Paul Cranham

This Tiki bar feels more like that found on the beach in a paradise location. The pops of sunshine yellow help to create a summer vibe.

8. VW Camper van themed bar

VW Camper van garden bar

Image credit: Nicholas Bardell

This garden summerhouse is on the road to being one of the best ‘themed’ designs surely? From the VW caper van bar to the matching dog bed and road sign wall art, it’s busting with character.

There’s some stiff competition among this lot. We’re just glad Ideal Home isn’t having to judge to pick a winner, because they’re all winners in our eyes. The competition is open until 30th June, so there’s still time to be crowned winner if you enter now.

More outdoor fun: How to create an outdoor cinema in your back garden

Have you developed a thirst for your own garden bar after seeing these?


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