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6 Outdoor Bar Essentials

6 Outdoor Bar Essentials

Whether you have a sprawling lawn or an urban balcony, any space can be transformed into a tropical paradise. With summer on the horizon, get ready to entertain with these outdoor bar tips, tricks and essentials.

Find Some Shade

Consider finding a shady spot for your outdoor bar, whether it's a permanent or temporary setup, so you can keep snacks, spirits and mixers fresh all day. If you're preparing an outdoor bar for a nighttime soiree, there's nothing more beautiful than magical twinkling lights entwined in the tree branches overhead. No tree to work with? No problem! There are plenty of other options to create your shady space, such as a canopy, pavilion, open-air cabana or adjustable umbrella that will keep your bar cool while providing a convenient place to string up lights.

Raise the Bar

Outdoor bars, buffets and buffet hutches make setup simple. Opt for outdoor bar furniture made from synthetic wicker or mixed materials such as wood and concrete, all crafted to withstand the weather. Some outdoor bars even have built-in amenities such as bottle-openers, hooks, drawers and adjustable levelers for uneven ground. With an array of sizes and styles, you can easily show off your style, indoors and out.

Select the Seating

Depending on your bar setup, there may be room for a variety of seating options. If you prefer seating at the bar, opt for two to four outdoor bar stools. For extra seating near your bar, add one or two bistro table-and-chair sets, and voila, you have an instant outdoor cafe! Bistro tables' smaller dimensions are also ideal for apartment balconies, too.

Stock It Up

Fill your bar with spirits and mixers, including vodka, tequila, rum, gin, sodas and juices, and don’t forget some snacks to munch on. For serving, consider plenty of festive outdoor dinnerware, serveware and drinkware to complete your oasis. Think about mix-and-match melamine plates to accent your decor, and enough acrylic drinkware, dispensers and pitchers to go around. The best part? These materials won't shatter, even if the party gets extra lively.

Give It a Glow

Light up the night with outdoor lanterns of all sizes, shapes and styles. Place them on or beside the bar to illuminate the party and set the mood for warm summer nights.

Pick Practical Tools

We’re not finished yet! Waste and recycle bins are extra helpful to have on hand, making cleanup a breeze. You’ll also want to keep drinks crisp and cold, whether you have a mini-fridge or a stylish cooler in your space. For large gatherings, think about filling easy-to-clean galvanized buckets, planters or rolling party beverage tubs with ice. Now you’re all set to take the party outside.