ISSUE 83  |  Entertaining: Summer Edition

5 Favorites: Outdoor Bars, DIY Included

August 01, 2013 7:00 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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