Add an Outdoor Bar for Summer Fun
by Kathie Robitz
Outdoor living spaces are meant for relaxation and fun. And adding an outdoor bar to your patio or deck is a great way to get the party started. It’s easy, too, when you have a variety of outdoor bar sets to choose from. Some patio collections include bar sets with their line of outdoor furniture, but you can coordinate a variety of designs by choosing a similar colorway or by using matching accessories, such as umbrellas and cushions.
Outdoor bar sets
Make a splash with a poolside bar set that provides the perfect place to socialize before and after a dip. With comfortable sling seating that can stand up to wet bathing suits and an umbrella for sun protection, the Garden Oasis 5-Piece Bar Set and Umbrella, shown at right, invites you to relax. Complete the pool scene with a matching chaise and side table, or coordinate everything with the line’s seven-piece dining set plus umbrella. This collection is cool and contemporary.
When you choose a patio bar set as part of a collection, your design work is done for you. If you prefer something more traditional, the La-Z-Boy outdoor Dylan party bar, shown at left, is a classic. The design resembles a paneled wood bar with a tile top. In back and under the bar, there’s plenty of storage, including two cabinets, one sliding drawer and nine bottle slots. It’s perfect for any occasion, from informal get-togethers to black-tie events. Made of steel and aluminum, the weather-resistant finish keeps its handsome look season after season. The bar is part of La-Z-Boy’s Dylan collection of outdoor furnishings.
Getting away from it all
The three-piece Bella Luna Lighted Bar, part of the Bella Luna Collection by Agio, sets the mood of a moonlit night in Tuscany. Made with an aluminum frame and a tempered glass top, the bar, shown at right, features an LED-lighted front and top. There’s an on/off dimmer switch so you can control the light level. The battery-powered light is good for 45 hours at maximum output; just replace the batteries when needed, and you’re off to the Tuscan hills again.
Or, you can recreate the feeling of an island paradise with Bamboo54’s three-piece set that includes a bar table with a thatched roof and two bar stools. Made of bamboo and grass, it has the look and feel of a Caribbean island setting. It’s the perfect set for a small patio or deck or any location in your backyard. Flip-flops and T-shirts are not only allowed, but welcome at this outdoor bar.