5 Favorites: Outdoor Bars, DIY Included by

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · August 1, 2013

5 Favorites: Outdoor Bars, DIY Included

Issue 83 · Entertaining: Summer Edition · August 1, 2013

You know how it goes: Just as everyone in the household (from family members to guests) sits down with drinks in hand to watch the sunset, someone inevitably needs a touch-up, or some ice, or a twist of lime. Save yourself the grief of going back inside with a judiciously stocked outdoor bar. Here are five favorites.

Above: Named after the drink (as in Harvey), the Wallbanger sits unobtrusively on the wall until its services are required. The hinged panel door comes down and doubles as a work surface; $399.


Above: The Luxembourg Bar Trolley by Fermob, with removable tray, is a stylish and colorful way to entertain outdoors. It comes in 21 shades (carrot is shown here), $932.

Above: The interior design student and blogger at A Life Designed built this bar from plumbing pipes and wooden shelves for a friend's new home. A few trips to Home Depot and a broken glass later, she lives to tell her DIY tale here

Above: Dallas based upcyclers Lake Highlands Pallet Creations devised a wall-mounted bar from a pallet. Image via Lake Highlands Pallet Creations

Above: Throwing a party? Consider this DIY drinks cooler via Michaela Rae.

Now that you have the outdoor bar, what are you going to serve? Have a look at The Drunken Botanist's South American take on the Gin & Tonic. And if you prefer nonalcoholic thirst quenchers, try our recipes for Lavender SodaSummer Goddess Sun Tea with Chamomile Syrup, and Elderflower Cordial

Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.