4 Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Bar

Because it’s the ultimate place to relax and unwind this summer

Outdoor Bar

While you probably haven’t been visiting many of your favourite local bars this summer, it’s likely you’ve experimented playing bartender, recreating your favourite beverages from the comfort of home. With vacation travel cancelled and more leisure time than ever being enjoyed at home this summer, some are calling it the revival of cocktail culture. And it makes sense – we’ve got plenty of time to experiment with new recipes and outdoor entertaining is one of the safest ways to spend time with those family and friends in your bubble.

If you’re looking to set up your outdoor bar, here are a few tips for incorporating one into your own backyard:

 1. Keep it Cool

Find a shady spot to set up your outdoor bar. Cooler temperatures will help keep your drinks cool and prevent ice from melting too quickly on a hot summer day. Add an umbrella, depending on the time of day to keep your bar in a cool spot.

2. Choose a Multipurpose Piece

Especially if you live in a smaller footprint home or have a small outdoor space, why not opt for something multipurpose to use to set up your bar? A potting station, work bench, console table, or even an indoor bar cart you already own, are all great options to use for an occasional outdoor bar and won’t take up any extra storage space in your home. Try to opt for pieces that can stand up to the sun, wind, and rain that are likely to hit your patio.

 3. Go for Easy Drink Service

When it comes to drinkware, go for unbreakable melamine and Tritan glasses and serveware to avoid breakages on the patio. Minimize the amount of bartending you’ll need to do with a signature cocktail served in a large dispenser for people to help themselves and leave an erasable marker on the bar to allow guests to write their name on their glass so that no one confuses their drink for someone else’s.

 4. Don’t Forget the Ambience

If you’re using your outdoor bar at night, place string lights or lanterns around your bar to add a romantic glow when the sun goes down. Candles in large hurricane vases propped up on the bar will also do the trick. Be sure to choose a playlist to suit your mood or fit with the theme of the drinks you’re making, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the day!

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