Garden Bar Trend Looks Set to Continue this Summer as People Stay at Home to Socialise

Garden bars are proving to be one of the biggest garden trends of 2021 with thousands of people searching the web for ideas and inspiration daily. 

According to Google, over 28,000* people tap in the term ‘garden bar’ or ‘how to create a garden bar’ each month and with many of us still nervous about welcoming people back into our houses, garden bars look set to provide the perfect solution offering the perfect night out whilst still at home. 

Recent Aurora research by Forest Garden suggests that 6 million** people in the UK are creating outdoor entertainment areas to host friends and family at home, “it’s a massive amount of people that want to really maximise their garden spaces in order to lift their social lives whilst bringing back a sense of normality into their lives” said Forest Garden Marketing Manager Jenny Davis.  

She continued: “This year, the bar in your backyard trend looks set to continue as people welcome family and friends back into their lives. As a result of this, Forest Garden has created a new modular garden bar that can be poshed-up and painted or enjoyed as it is and that supports this desire and passion for being in our own spaces with those that matter most to us most.”  

The 6 x 3 Dip Treated Shiplap Pent Garden Bar is made from shiplap tongue and groove and has a solid timber floor. It has a single-entry door that can be fitted to open either way and has a padbolt and hidden hinges making this a secure bar-in-a-shed ideal for storing precious single malts and aged wines. Fitted with bi-fold shutters to create the perfect serving hatch effect, this highly attractive outdoor drinking den allows for cocktails and beer to be served on a solid wooden bar area whilst guests sit on bar stools whiling away the hours.  

Jenny concluded: “The best thing about this home bar is that you can make it your own. Paint it, decorate it as a tiki bar or a gin bar, add optics and accessorise it to your heart’s content. It’s guaranteed to get the party started and, of course, one of the major benefits of having it in your garden is that once you’ve finished enjoying your beer you just secure it and walk the few feet to the comfort of your own bed. What is more, in the winter months, this handy space can double up as a drinks store of course it can be used for storage.” 

The Dip Treated Shiplap Pent Garden Bar is made in the UK from FSC® certified timber and comes with a 10-year anti-rot guarantee. For full details and to find your nearest stockist, visit RRP. £635.99 

*Google searches July 2021 

** Aurora report compiled for Forest Garden into Garden Trends March 2021 

Top tips to achieve the perfect bar’bience this summer  

If you’re thinking of bringing the garden bar to your home this summer then Forest Garden has joined forces with the multi-award-winning, Cheshire based, Kirman Garden Design to create some top tips that will help you to make the most of your soiree-filled summer ahead. 

1.       Make sure that your new bar isn’t directly facing or adjacent to your neighbour’s patio area. Giving them and yourselves, a little bit of distance could be just the tonic for keeping you on good terms.  

2.       Ensure that the bar is on a solid, flat surface with no major trip hazards around it. Low light, uneven surfaces and alcohol do not mix well. 

3.       An outdoor fridge is a fantastic asset to any bar as it enables the party to continue without having to pop into the house for a ‘cold one’ all the time. 

4.       Consider having warm rugs, a chimnea or a fire pit so that those chilly British evenings don’t put an end to the warmth of your hospitality. 

5.       From gorgeous solar fairy lights to WIFI lights that change with the mood, there is a wealth of lighting options now available to create the perfect look even as the sun goes down. 

6.       Make it uniquely yours. Tailor your bar so it exudes the style you want – pool bar, tiki, hipster, contemporary or cocktail – whatever your style, slap on some paint, grab some accessories and just go for it! 

7.       Which way should your bar face? Positioning your bar either north or east could lead to it being dark and whilst this is good for your precious drink collection, you and your guests could potentially find yourselves in the dark. South and west-facing bars could have the opposite problem – too much sun! The way around this is to site your bar in a partially shaded spot under a tree or self-created shade.  

8.       Don’t forget to consider the great British weather when creating your perfect bar’bience – rain is guaranteed to stop play if you don’t have a parasol or other rain-reducing cover for your bar area.  

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