It’s many a drinker’s dream to have a well-stocked bar at home. Sure, some ambitious (and deep-pocketed) folks can brag about their impressive basement build-outs that are so detailed and comprehensive they could function as full-blown speakeasies. But now there’s apparently a growing trend in the UK: bar sheds. Yes, backyard sheds transformed into two- and three-seat bars.
In America, the utility shed (purchased at Home Depot and the like) is usually relegated to housing an assortment of yard tools or serving as storage overflow. But in the UK, they’re apparently used as conveniently located dens of drinking—man caves with a more liquid focus. According to this Kegworks article, popping back a pint in a shed has become a more common occurrence after a long day of gardening (a national pastime in the UK). But the practice has since increased even more as real pubs have started to enforce smoking bans enacted seven years ago.
Now there are numerous websites and articles dedicated to the topic, like ReaderSheds and the ShedBlog. There’s even a National Shed Week, when winning designs are crowned. Some of these backyard pubs are nothing but makeshift huts with a few bar stools and bottles, but others are impressive feats of construction and interior design. Below, we’ve selected a few examples of top-shelf UK craftsmanship.