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How to Turn Your Garage Into a Bar – Top Garage Bar Ideas

If you are tired of reaching into a cooler just for a cool, refreshing beer while working on your car or bike, consider transforming your garage into a cool bar hangout. With a little time and effort, you can transform your garage into a bar and workshop all into one.

Garage bars are part throwback retro and part modern. However, they don’t have to be bound by this type of decor. This living space can be rustic, contemporary, uptown, or rockabilly. It all depends on your personal style, what space is available, and if you have a detached garage or another type of space.

Cozy Country

If country or rockabilly is more your style, you may want to consider this design. All things that need to be stored are up high on sturdy shelves. This leaves more floor space for the bar itself. The walls are a simple wood paneling. They aren’t painted, just raw. Neon signs and wall banners decorate the walls.

Behind the bar are shelves to store bottles. In one corner, by the end of the bar, is a mini fridge.

The bar itself is made of a thick, rustic wood. Retro ‘70s-style swivel bar chairs flank each side of the bar.

Narrow Niche

modern tall wooden bar stools placed in bar

This garage may be narrow, but there are huge possibilities! This garage was transformed by increasing the height of one wall and adding a slanted ceiling with beams running across. To add additional light, a skylight was placed on the ceiling.

The walls have a rustic, exposed, greyish wood. The floor is white with a wood inlay done that matches the walls in the center. Shelving for bottles and glasses are along the back space of the bar, along with a vintage bar mirror.

The bar top is just a simple white, and the underneath is a chocolate brown wood. The bar is also lit from underneath, giving it a cozier feel. Leather bar chairs are lined up against the bar area.

Convert-a-car Counter

One cool look for a garage is to convert the back of an old truck into a bar. All you need to do is remove the back of an old Chevy truck and add a wood countertop to it. Sand it, then stain it, and you have the perfect complement to your garage.

Cozy on up to the Saloon

This garage bar has a fun, western feel to it. To do this design, two windows were added on the back of a garage for light. Neon lights flash brightly in each window.

The back wall is done in a light, wood panel. It juts out into the bar area with a tin overhang with wood support posts. A saloon sign appears under the tin overhang. Wooden wine barrels are on each side of the bar. A chalkboard is on one side of the bar.

The bar itself is a high glossed wood with a tin underneath. Wood accents the bottom of the piece and ties the look together.

The bar is backlit with dim lighting. Plain wooden shelving holds drinks and bottles. An industrial grilling area, wet bar, and vintage white fridge are all along that back wall, completing the bar area. An industrial chandelier completes the look.

Friendly Farmhouse

This bar has a few extras in it. The back of the garage contains farmhouse wooden planks installed on the wall. They run horizontally along two walls. The bar area has a black, granite countertop with wooden legs. The bar area itself is open as opposed to closed in. Chairs tuck in underneath.

It has a long shelf to hold bottles and a wooden cupboard for storage along the opposite wall. The countertops are the same granite, and it has cupboards underneath for extra storage. It has a wet bar, prep area for food, and a stove in one corner.

The floor is in a medium grey slate. Above the wooden planks of the bar are vinyl siding up to the ceiling, which completes the look.

Simply Subtle

If you have a limited space in your garage for a bar, one can simply be installed in the back corner. To do this easy conversion, paint the back wall with a paint that you can write on with chalk. Your “menu board” can be written on it.

Find a large rectangular mirror and place it on the back wall. Use red lighting to backlight the bottom of the mirror and a large wooden bar to serve drinks. Pendant lights hanging overhead complete the look.

There are many things you can do for a garage man cave bar. It boils down to how much space you have available, and what you need to store. Plus, quite often, storage space can be incorporated into the decor as well.

Even in the smallest garage, you can still install a very simple bar. All you need is a bar, a fridge, and a sitting area. This is usually enough to create a distinctive area in which a man can hang out with his friends and enjoy a frosty beverage.

No matter what the size of your garage, you can still turn part of it into a bar area. Just make sure that, before you do, invest in proper insulation, lighting, and a good electrical setup. This is usually the largest cost in converting a garage to a bar or man cave.

After that, it is all purely decoration.

So, before you begin decorating or putting in a bar, examine how much space you have and select the furniture accordingly. There is nothing more frustrating than finding that perfect piece only to discover that it simply does not fit.

Themes are fun, but they may not be entirely necessary. You can create a bar for your garage that has no theme. If it’s functional, everyone can have fun using it.

For those who enjoy a theme or who want a theme, get creative about it. Choose one that reflects your personality. That way, it will always feel like your special space.