By Frank Hamilton
As we enter a new year with the rekindled hope of sharing a beer or two with friends and entertaining again, it might be the right time to think about expanding your home entertainment capabilities. With this in mind, have you ever considered building a Pub Shed on your property?
What Is a Pub Shed?
A pub shed is a personal bar in your backyard, usually created from a shed. Pub sheds can be as simple as a repurposed garden shed with a beer cooler and a couple of chairs or as elaborate as a custom-built replica of an English pub with a three handle Kegorater. That is the beauty of the pub shed. These tiny taverns can be built or repurposed to fit your style, needs, and budget.
How to build a Pub Shed
There are many ways to acquire or build your own pub shed. Some owners have a rarely used shed at the back of their yard they convert. Others build a simple structure, much like a glorified lemonade stand for use on warm summer evenings. Buying a prefabricated stand-alone shed like the type seen in the parking lot of a home improvement store is also an option. If you have the finances, commitment, and yard space, you can even hire a company to build a highly customized backyard bar for you.
Build a simple backyard bar
Sometimes the quickest, easiest, and the least expensive project can provide you with years of satisfaction. You can build a simple structure almost anywhere on the back deck or in the backyard as a place to hold your cooler and gather. Put it on wheels, and you can store it in your garage during inclement weather.
Simple Backyard Bar
Buy a pub shed
One of the upsides to the she-shed and man-cave movement is the host of companies catering to this market. If you don’t have the time, tools, or talent to build your own backyard haven, you can find a company that will build and deliver a pub shed for you to outfit. These cost more than building from a kit, plans, or buying a prefab shed, but they are purpose-built and provide that backyard bar feel. This is a great option for those without adequate resources who would rather drink beer in the pub than build it.
Here is a nice example available from Monroe Shed Depot.
Make a pub shed from a prefab shed
If you want a quick and easy way to build your backyard bar, you can buy a prefabricated shed like the ones you see in the parking lots of big-box home improvement stores and outfit it as a cozy retreat. You can go the extra mile and run power to your shed, or just run an extension cord and set up a few lights, purchase or build your bar, drag in your cooler, or set up your Kegerator, grab a few chairs and you’re ready to entertain.
Turn your prefab shed into a bar.
Hire a company to build the pub shed of your dreams
Whether you're willing to spend a little extra because a pub shed is high on your priority list, or you have the disposable income to build without regard for the cost, some contractors specialize in special backyard structures, like pub sheds. One example is Pub Sheds, Inc. This company will design and outfit a beautiful pub shed in your available space.
Pub Sheds, Inc. Sheehan’s Pub
Pub shed accessories
Equipping your pub shed can be as fin and important as designing the structure. Here are a few ideas to make your pub shed a true backyard bar.