Well lockdown is easing, so we can start to meet up again, but if you are still a bit nervous about getting out and about, what better way to see friends than by creating your own cocktail bar in the garden? You could make your own, or if you don't have the DIY skills, just buy one! and there are some cool ideas for mini wall-mounted ones that do the job too. Here's a few cool ideas, sorry if you haven't got a swimming pool or live on your own island, but the inspiration is there....
Ok, let's start with the dream ones, this outdoor kitchen is built-into rocks! with a matching bar next to it overlooking a lake. This is probably on one of the hundreds of islands off Norway where everyone has a summer cottage and swim in the lake and generally have a lovely time. However, you could re-create this in a back garden, and you could certainly create that bar with some basic DIY skills. Blue Silk Natural Stone from £680, Lundhs Real Stone
Image: Morten Rakke
Another dreamy one, again next to water, such a nice way to spend an evening, or weekend, or any time really. This is one of those clever tables with a recess in the middle for ice and drinks, so you could sit there all afternoon without having to get up and go to the fridge! Could be dangerous.... Bar table with 6 stacking bar stools and drinks cooler, £1995, Moda Furnishings
If you want to get the party started, choose this modular outdoor bar from Danetti, its got everything you need, so all you need to do is put it together and fill up the ice container - cheers! Palm Outdoor Garden Bar and Pool Set, £1865
Stylish cane bar stools sit neatly around a rectangular teak table with a central trough for ice and drinks. It's a good size for a narrow space, or pool-side like this. Look at the size of those hydrangea heads. Teak Drinks Cooler Table, £1150, Lime Lace
Or for something funkier, this contemporary set is Tribu Mirthe Garden Bar Table, £1260. Made from aluminium so it won't rust, its scratch and weather-proof and its recyclable. Go Modern
This is what kicked off this trend last year - the Tiki bar. They don't take up much space and they look like fun! Great for informal cocktail parties - shorts, Hawaiian shirts and a Pina Colada recommended. Beach bar gazebo, £350, Habitat
John Lewis also sell one, The Honolulu, £575 see below.
This compact version seats four easily and in white, it has a Mediterranean feel. White square bar table with stools, £999, Bridgman.
This fab Tiki Bar belongs to @jl-allie Tucked neatly into a corner, she has gone for a jungle theme with green leaf design seat cushions and outdoor rugs. Dress the area with jungle plants in baskets to add to the South Seas feel!
Or if you want to add a bit of Caribbean colour, how about this one from Wayfair? Its compact, so perfect for a small garden or patio with plenty of shelves for drinks and drawers for cocktail stirrers, add a drinks dispenser too for the complete home bar.
And how about this neat home-made version from @through-the-letter-box-at-114 ? Some timber lengths, decking panels for the sides, you could easily knock it up in a weekend, and they've even got drinks optics!
Another home-made version, this is basically a box on the wall made out of timber. Create shelves, a drop-down front and there you have it! A mini bar with all the essentials, it would be ideal on a balcony too. Painted in Seasoned Oak from Cuprinol.
Or for the completely unfussy, instant version, open the window and use the window sill as the bar counter! Place two stools outside on a rug and there you go. Walls painted in Superdec Cirrus and Grey from Sadolin.