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The best garden bars for summer gatherings in 2022

Get the party started with our top picks.

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Spring is on the way, so you’ll need to spruce up your garden ready for a new season of outdoor entertaining. Once you've got your dining set and picked up a fire pit to keep guests warm, it's time to get the drinks in – which is where a garden bar comes in handy.

Whatever your needs, there are plenty of garden bar ideas to help you carve out a fun, sociable spot in your garden. If you're working with a small space, there are foldaway garden bars that won't impose when not in use and drinks trolleys that can be moved indoors once the party's over. For big spaces, we've found several larger builds offering plenty of shelving for your enviable spirits collection. Or, to add a bit of fun, putting up a Tiki bar will create a beach holiday vibe without you ever having to step on a plane. Piña colada, anyone?

We've also thrown in a few garden bar accessories, including chic glasses for you and your guests to clink together and decorative ice buckets for your rosé to ensure your garden bar set-up is in full working order.

Here are our favourite garden bars to gather around on lazy summer weekends in 2022.

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The Table Bar - Best Garden Bar
Drinks/planter bar table

This garden bar is expensive, but we think it's worth it. Crafted from high-quality teakwood, this gorgeous piece has a steel ice trough to chill bottles – or you could use it as a decorative flower planter. A removable baseboard covers the trough when it's time to lay out all your barbecue goodies.

There's a smaller option available, too.

Seats included? No.
H110cm x W180cm x D70cm (table); H12cm x W80cm x D17cm (trough)

The Folding One - Best Garden Bar
The Lilly drop down bar
Barsoutdoors etsy.com

If you don’t have room for a standalone garden bar, try this clever fold-away option instead. Hang it on a (sturdy) fence or wall to turn small gardens or balconies into a mini home bar.

For an extra £25, add an optic rack for your favourite spirits.

Seats included? No.
H96cm x W69cm x D18cm (door closed) and D105cm (door open)

The Tiki Bar - Best Garden Bar
Beach bar gazebo
Habitat argos.co.uk

Pop this fun Tiki bar on your lawn and transform your garden into a heavenly beachfront in Hawaii (well, it’s worth a try!). To finish the look, hang colourful paper lanterns, serve piña coladas from coconut cups and fix on a matching bar sign. Then you’ll be ready to host all your big summer parties.

Seats included? Yes.

The Cheaper Tiki Bar - Best Garden Bar
Rattan Tiki Bar

Here's another Tiki bar to transport you to that sunny resort in the Maldives for a fraction of the price. This one is especially good value: the handwoven rattan design, thatched roof and glass tabletop is really stylish – and it's just under half the price of the above option, while still including two stools.

Seats included? Yes.
H205cm x W102cm x D60cm (table); H72cm x W38cm x D38cm (chairs)

The Garden Pub - Best Garden Bar
Garden bar
Barbaydos etsy.com

Rather than fruitlessly searching for a seat outside at your local, create your own with this fun pub-style outdoor bar. Considering it’s twice the size of most on this list, it's really reasonably priced and it comes unfinished so you can spruce it up however you'd like.

Ask a friend for help with the DIY and you can repay them with a beer when it's up in all its glory – check out the finished creations on the product page for inspiration.

Seats included? No.
H200cm (back) x H213cm (front) x W168cm x D130cm

The Slim One - Best Garden Bar
Outdoor bar table
Cwoodcreationsshop etsy.com

This slimline garden bar has plenty of fun features, including five wine glass holders, two ice buckets and a roof herb planter, where you can grow mint for your mojitos – or just use it as an extra trough for ciders.

They're handmade to order and you can choose from a selection of woods and sizes. Excitingly, this bar arrives fully assembled, so the party can start ASAP.

Seats included? No.
H165cm x W120cm; H96cm (worktop height) x 48cm (worktop depth)

The Wooden One - Best Garden Bar
Mercia 6 x 4 Pressure Treated Garden Bar
JD Williams

Make your drinks station the focal point of your outdoor space with this robust, pressure treated wooden garden bar. All you need is a few stools, some fairy lights and plenty of drinks, of course!

The Luxe One - Best Garden Bar
Six seater set
Hartman homebase.co.uk

Create a relaxing bar seating area with this luxe furniture set. Made from weatherproof resin wicker and aluminium, this investment piece can stay outside all year long and remain looking good-as-new. It comes with six comfy bar stools, a spacious round table and an ice bucket to keep beers cold while you chat.

Seats included? Yes.
H100cm x W126cm x D126cm (table); H110cm x W46cm x D61cm (chairs)

The Small Space One - Best Garden Bar
Steel dining table
CosmoLiving by Cosmopolitan wayfair.co.uk

From fellow Hearst title, Cosmopolitan's CosmoLiving range at Wayfair, this chic dining table makes for a stylish garden bar setup with the matching stools. A handy option for small-space dwellers; you can adjust the shelves to store the chairs when it's time to pack it into the shed at the end of the season.

Both are currently on sale, so snap them up quickly before they're gone.

Size: H77cm x W41cm x D43cm

The Serving Cart - Garden Bar Ideas
Outdoor/indoor serving cart
Dorel robertdyas.co.uk

If you don't have room for a full outdoor bar setup, try a drinks trolley instead. Simple yet striking, this turquoise bar cart (also available in red, yellow and grey) will add a pop of colour to your outdoor space. Lockable wheels keep it steady on windier days, too.

Size: H77.72cm x W60.9cm x D 49cm

The Small Drinks Trolley - Garden Bar Ideas
Round Drinks Trolley

This bijou trolley is perfect for smaller spaces, if your balcony needs a revamp – and for £70, it's very reasonably priced. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, it wouldn't look out of place as a side table in your living room, so you don't have to relegate it to the shed come September.

Pick from either forest green or black to suit your scheme.

Size: H79cm x W42cm x D40cm

The Rattan Drinks Trolley - Garden Bar Ideas
Rattan outdoor bar drinks trolley
Rockett St George rockettstgeorge.co.uk

Rattan furniture is effortlessly chic so, naturally, this gorgeous trolley (and matching bistro stools) caught our eye. Handy bottle holders will ensure your remaining Pimms or pricey glassware won't topple over as you're wheeling it inside at the end of the evening.

It's currently 50 per cent off, so snap it up with an impressive discount while you still can.

Size: H89cm x W76cm x D46cm

The Drinks Stand - Garden Bar Accessories
Revolving optic stand
Argos Home argos.co.uk

Fun yet functional, this optic stand keeps all your favourite spirits in place and makes for a good conversation starter. It’ll pour the perfect measurement each time too, so you'll save your guests wincing through some seriously strong vodka cranberries.

The Cocktail Shaker - Garden Bar Accessories
Pineapple cocktail shaker
John Lewis & Partners johnlewis.com

Impress guests by mixing up margaritas in this cute cocktail shaker. It's definitely one to keep behind your tiki bar to maximise the tropical vibes.

Dishwasher safe? No.

The Martini Glass - Garden Bar Accessories
Martini cocktail glasses (set of four)
Oliver Bonas oliverbonas.com

We're big fans of Oliver Bonas glassware in general, but we particularly like these 1920s-style martini glasses; they'll add a touch of glam to proceedings.

If you like this classy design, complete your set with some of the matching pieces in the range.

Dishwasher safe? No.

The Gin Glass - Garden Bar Accessories
Halden gin glasses (set of two)

The White Company has a lovely selection of glassware too, including these handblown gin glasses. We love the unusual chunky stems, said to help keep drinks cool; handy when the sun's blazing in the garden.

Dishwasher safe? No.

The Bottle Opener - Garden Bar Accessories
'Hop To It' bottle opener

Keep a bottle opener handy for all your beers. We think this one, with its rabbit design reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, is very cute.

Dishwasher safe? No.

The Ice Bucket - Garden Bar Accessories
Pineapple ice bucket

Not much beats a cold cocktail on a balmy summer afternoon, so this ice bucket will be a great addition to your garden bar. It doubles up as a fun decoration, too.

The Garden Bar Sign - Garden Bar Accessories
Personalised bar sign

This personalised sign will give your garden bar a fun finishing touch. Add your name or a witty phrase to give your guests a chuckle.

Size: H18cm x W23cm x D2cm

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