28 Exciting Ideas to Create Your Own Basement Bar

By: Caroline Warnock |

When you think of a bar, you usually think of your neighborhood bar that you hit up to watch a game or meet some friends. But what if you could have a trendier and better bar, all in the privacy and comfort of your own home? 

A basement bar doesn’t have to be cluttered or dingy. Read on for tons of ideas to show you that you can have a gorgeous bar in your basement, no matter your budget.

Build a Fold-Out Shelf for a Hideaway Bar

Build a Fold-Out Shelf for a Hideaway Bar
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If you want a small basement bar but you don’t have a lot of space, you can build a clever hidden bar! As we see here, the hanging shelf is just big enough for a selection of alcohol and liqueurs, and the cover folds down to create a drink preparation area. 

The whole thing folds up and hooks on to the shelf when it’s not in use to protect your bottles and save space.  

Keep it Mobile with a Stylish Bar Cart

Keep it Mobile with a Stylish Bar Cart
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If you’re not ready to build a more permanent bar in your basement, you can start smaller with a bar cart. It’s mobile so you can keep it wherever you want, but you don’t have to sacrifice style for convenience. 

This bar cart is simple yet gorgeous, with a flower arrangement for decoration. The brown of the cart matches really well with the statement wallpaper in the background. The result is a fashionable bar area.

Go for the Rustic Warehouse Look

Go for the Rustic Warehouse Look
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The trend in bars and decor is leaning towards warehouse, industrial, and rustic looks, using a lot of repurposed wood, exposed bricks, and mixed materials. You can get this look yourself in your basement bar if you have an exposed brick wall. 

The shelving unit mixes wood and metal perfectly, with a hanging wine glass rack to finish it off. The bulk of the bar items are located on a simple tray for better mobility. 

Convert an Old Barrel into a Sink

Convert an Old Barrel into a Sink
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Keep the alcohol theme going throughout your basement bar by using an old wine barrel for your sink. If you can manage it with your home plumbing, having a sink in your bar area makes the washing up step much easier. 

You can make this yourself if you’re having trouble finding the perfect sink barrel for your bar. Check out this guide by Gascon Wine for the full rundown on making a wine barrel sink.

Add Non-Bar Items for Style Points

Add Non-Bar Items for Style Points
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You may want to mix some non-bar items in with the rest of your things for a more appealing decor style in the room. This basement bar shows that perfectly. 

The addition of items like the plant, the books, and the candles, help to change things up with the bottles and glasses lined up on other shelves. The whites and browns of this bar shelving unit create a modern yet warm atmosphere.  

Use Creative Shelving Solutions for Small Spaces

Use Creative Shelving Solutions for Small Spaces
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If you don’t have a lot of space for your basement bar, you’ll have to think of creative ways to maximize the room you have. 

This shelf is amazing because it’s an open under-sink shelf, so you can still display your alcohol collection for your guests, and you’re getting the top surface for drink preparation. The sink is useful for clean up after, and the look is completed with abstract art leaning against the wall. 

Get an Interesting Geometric Backsplash 

Get an Interesting Geometric Backsplash
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You can make a statement in your basement bar with an eye-catching geometric backsplash, like this honeycomb one pictured. It’s a gorgeous bar, with the navy of the marble counters and backsplash complemented by the brass accents of the handles, sink fixtures, and the bar tray.

This is a good idea if you don’t have a lot of alcohol to display on the tray, because the majority of it is wine chilled in the fridge.

Buy Art Deco Brass Stools

Buy Art Deco Brass Stools
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When you have more space in your basement for a full bar or island, you can really show your style by getting some trendy bar stools. These brass ones topped with black leather make a big impact on the room. 

Along with the curved marble top bar and thick-panelled wooden flooring, the result looks like a trendy bar you might head to on a Friday night, except that it’s in the comfort of your basement!

Turn a Console Table into Your Basement Bar

Turn a Console Table into Your Basement Bar
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You can use other pieces of furniture for your basement bar if you’re not ready to build a real bar. For example, a desk, trunk, or a console table all work really well as a bar. 

In this case, the console table has shelving space on the bottom shelf for plants and other items, while the top is dedicated to bar items. The white unit is simple and charming, tucked in a corner of the room.

Invest in a Wine Fridge Storage Unit

Invest in a Wine Fridge Storage Unit
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If you’re more of a wine drinker than mixed drinks, you may want your basement bar to focus more on wine storage. In this case, you’ll need less counter space for drink preparation, and instead invest in a wine fridge and storage unit. 

Keep your bottles chilled, on display, and ready to go with this glamorous white glass fridge with gold accents. 

Decorate in a Nautical Dive Bar Theme

Decorate in a Nautical Dive Bar Theme
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You might want to pick one theme for your basement bar and stick with it for a consistent appearance. This nautical dive bar theme is classy and simple. 

The pale wooden chairs and countertop are matched with navy furniture, hanging brass light fixtures, and a navy inspired print on the wall. Another great aspect of this room is all the extra space it has that can double as a play space for younger guests.

Create Space and Glamor with a Wall of Mirrors

Create Space and Glamor with a Wall of Mirrors
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This bar looks like a true speakeasy and it’s hard to believe it’s in someone’s basement. You can get this look yourself by installing a wall of mirrors behind your bar. It’ll make the room appear larger, especially if you’re in a basement with dimmer lighting. 

The separate mirror panes also add glamor instead of having only one full mirror. Top it all off with metallic accents and velvet-topped stools for Prohibition era charm.

Use a Simple Tray on a Media Unit

Use a Simple Tray on a Media Unit
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If you’re really short on space, use other furniture for your bar and keep only the necessary items on a tray. 

As you can see here, the media unit is also used as shoe storage! If you’re not yet at the stage of creating a whole space for the bar, or your collection is still quite small, this is the way to start. All you need is a simple yet fashionable tray.

Buy Old-Fashioned Velvet Stools

Buy Old-Fashioned Velvet Stools
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If you’re all about the glamor and intrigue of an old-fashioned speakeasy, you should definitely be investing in some red velvet stools. These are absolutely gorgeous, with ornate bases and feet. 

This bar also has a foot rest built in to it, which is a bonus touch that your guests would appreciate when they pull up their stool at your basement bar!

Mix Materials for a Trendy, Upscale Bar

Mix Materials for a Trendy, Upscale Bar
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Your bar could benefit from mixed materials, especially if it’s in a darker corner of your basement. Because the lighting isn’t too bright (which is completely fine to set the mood of the bar), you want to be sure to create texture and flair. 

This is achieved by mixing materials, like the shiny brass accents, the black and white marble countertop, and the navy patterned backsplash. The result is a bar with trendy and intimate vibes.

Add a Chalkboard Wall for a Fun, Interactive Background

Add a Chalkboard Wall for a Fun, Interactive Background
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Going for a rustic, farmhouse bar? Consider making one of the walls a chalkboard wall. The black goes really well with the reclaimed wood furniture and black frames. 

It’s also a fun way to display what drinks you have available, some pretty drawings if you have an artistic side, or some inspiring or witty quotes. If you’re hosting a basement bar party, you’ll probably find some funny gems written on the wall in the morning! 

Include an Intimate Bistro Nook

Include an Intimate Bistro Nook
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A bistro nook is a great way to add seating to your basement bar even if you don’t have a lot of space. Create an intimate atmosphere with dim lighting, some flowers in a vase, and vintage wallpaper around the bar and table area. 

This basement bar even has a record player on the shelf below the bar so you can set the right mood for your intimate get-together! 

Use a Closet if You’re Short on Space

Use a Closet if You’re Short on Space
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Whether you don’t have a lot of space for a bar or you want the luxury of hiding it away, a closet bar is a great idea! In the bottom cupboard is a mini wine fridge, there is enough counter space for drinks and preparations, and a couple of shelves for glasses. 

The back wall is covered with a bold wallpaper to show you can still have a stylish bar and keep it hidden away.

Pair Steel Countertops with Colored Cupboards

Pair Steel Countertops with Colored Cupboards
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When you have a basement bar, you can afford to make bold decor choices. After all, you don’t want the finished result to look dingy and cheap. 

One way to stand out is to use a steel countertop instead of wood or marble, which are much more common. Steel normally looks cold and industrial, but if you pair it with a nice colored cupboard, like this soft blue, it changes the whole appearance.

Go All Out with Pool Table and TV

Go All Out with Pool Table and TV
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If you want your entire basement to look like you just stepped into your local watering hole, you’ll have to think about every aspect of the room. That means you’ll want a TV so you can watch sporting events, a pool table, and maybe even a dart board! 

Make sure you properly measure your space so you can comfortably play pool from every angle of the table.

Decorate with Cosmopolitan Touches

Decorate with Cosmopolitan Touches
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Many bars tend to go for darker color schemes, with a lot of warm earth tones, wood, and dark countertops. You’re not limited to that style, though. You can have a gorgeous bar that’s white and brightly lit, with some modern and cosmopolitan touches like hanging exposed light bulbs. 

If you’re lucky enough to get sufficient natural light, you can hang some plants from one of the walls to add some life to the room. 

Install Floating Shelves in Front of a Statement Wall

Install Floating Shelves in Front of a Statement Wall
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You can put up wallpaper behind only the bar section of the basement to create an accent wall and draw attention to it. This geometric pattern of black and white goes really well with the thick white floating shelves of the bar space. 

If your bar is open to the room, think about the placement of your drink glasses, because even those can be used as decor instead of haphazardly placing them on the shelves.

Add an Entire Dining Area

Add an Entire Dining Area
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If your space permits it, you can add a whole dining area next to your basement bar. It creates a different atmosphere than simply putting stools against the bar. 

It also means you can host dinner parties in your home bar and have more face-to-face interactions with your guests across the dining table. The bonus in this bar is the skylight, which lets in so much natural light you wouldn’t believe it’s in the basement!

Build Your Own Kegerator and Beer Tap

Build Your Own Kegerator and Beer Tap
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Are you a big beer drinker? Do you like to make your own craft beers? The ultimate basement bar fixture is a kegerator (a refrigerator for a keg) and beer tap.

If you have a pretty high skill level when it comes to DIY projects, you can attempt to make your own beer tap and kegerator at home. This guide has detailed instructions about all the supplies you need and how to build it.

Create a Unique Bottle Cap Bar Top

Create a Unique Bottle Cap Bar Top
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You can get a one-of-a-kind bottle cap bar top by making your own quite easily. This one takes a little while as you need to collect the necessary bottle caps. Ask your friends and family for help and it’ll go much quicker! 

You can arrange them however you want; this example has them divided by color. The result is a pretty rainbow countertop that would look great in any bar!  

Buy a Neon Dive Bar Sign for the Wall

Buy a Neon Dive Bar Sign for the Wall
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A classic dive bar feature is the bright neon sign, and you can get one for your own basement bar. You can either find one online, in an antique shop, or even get one custom-made to show whatever you want. 

This idea works especially well if you hang up your sign on an exposed stone or brick wall, a key feature of any dive bar.

Get Multi-Toned Barn Wood Siding for the Bar

Get Multi-Toned Barn Wood Siding for the Bar
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This entire unit, including the columns and ceiling lighting beam, was built from reclaimed barn wood. The multi-toned colors look fantastic and inviting, especially paired with the brown bar stools and the countertop of the bar made from a single wooden plank. 

If you’re going to design the rustic or farmhouse country look for your basement bar, reclaimed barn wood should be your starting point.

Build a Two-Tier Bar Top 

Build a Two-Tier Bar Top
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It’s a great idea to build two levels to your bar top, because it separates the area where people sit and place their drinks from the preparation and cleanup space. That’s a much easier way to avoid knocking drinks over and accidental spills. 

It also lets you put the bar top at a perfect height for guests sitting at bar stools while the main countertop is optimized for your standing height during drink prep.

Final Thoughts

There are a million ways to design a bar in your basement, and I’ve just scratched the surface here. You have to first consider how much space you have, and how much you’re willing to commit to creating a basement bar. 

No matter your budget, style preference, or decor vision, I’m sure there’s an option among these ideas that appeals to you and will inspire you. 

Consider yourself warned though, that by adding a trendy bar to your basement, you’ll always have friends dropping in for a drink and to watch the game instead of heading to the local bar!