Move Over Man Caves – There’s a New Trend on the Rise: Bar Sheds

epic bar shed from readersheds

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “bar shed?” I’m guessing many of you have never heard that phrase. It’s so simple, yet until I saw my first one (above this paragraph), I’d never heard of them, let alone seen one.

It’s pretty genius, right? When a friend of mine sent me that picture a few weeks ago, I was blown away. How have I never thought of this? I wondered. You’ve got a private area, outdoors (yet still covered), disconnected from your regular living space. An attainable retreat at almost anytime. It’s perfect.

From what I’ve gleaned, the trend started in the UK with Community Gardens, where everyone is given an allotment to grow fresh fruit and vegetables. Oftentimes, these allotments have sheds for storing gardening tools and what not. Naturally, folks started enjoying a quick beer or cocktail in these sheds, and eventually, a few people gathered, mini happy hours casually formed, and from there, the natural evolution of bar sheds began.

I did a little digging and came across a website based out of the UK, called ReaderSheds. The website serves as a hub for “sheddies” to share thoughts and pics of their pimped out shacks. The Pub page is home to 350 different pub sheds, as they call them, displayed in digital photo albums.

I got in touch with the man behind ReaderSheds, Andrew Wilcox, also known as “Uncle Wilco, Head Sheddie,” and he told me a bit about the rise of this trend in the UK: “When the indoor smoking ban came into force in 2007, I saw a steady increase in the number of pub sheds added to my website,” Uncle Wilco told me. “But for years and years people have always had a quick beer in their sheds on allotments.”

So we’re looking at over seven years in the UK, and it’s now starting to pick up steam in the US as well. Many homebrewers use their sheds on brew day and refer to the space as a “brew shed.” And of course, we’ve all seen a backyard shed fitted with tiki decor.

I even have a friend whose parents have a bar shed. They don’t call it that, and I never realized it until writing this article, but it’s the size, shape, and build of a standard shed, located near their pool. It houses all of the pool supplies, alongside a nice 4-person bar, a beer fridge, and a sizable selection of liquor. It was right in front of my eyes all this time. I just never really thought of it as a bar shed.

[Check out some of my favorites from the ReaderSheds website below]

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TimbecToo Bar Shed

The Drunken Duck Bar Shed

The Carpenters Bar Shed

The Three Chicken bar Shed

The Garden Bar Shed

The Nags Pub Shed

So, now that you’re convinced, and you’ve realized you need a bar shed for your backyard parties this summer, what’s next?

Well first, do you have an operational shed in your yard? If not, you may need to look into either buying a pre-made shed or building one yourself. Many places will deliver the shed right to your home.

Once you have the structure up, it’s time to outfit. That’s where we come in. I don’t think I need to tell you about all of the awesome bar furniture, tools, and decor we carry. Basically anything from our Man Cave shop would work well in a bar shed. The setup and theme is of course up to you.

That should be enough to whet your appetite. You’ve seen the light. Bar sheds are the next big thing, and now you know. Expect more from us in the future on building and outfitting your bar shed. For now, however, I think we’re all just focused on the 4th.

If you’re lucky enough to celebrate American independence inside a fully-functional bar shed this weekend, please send us some pictures. May the Fourth be with you all.

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  • Brian Quinn April 8, 2015 @ 8:47pm

    I am an independent television producer in NYC, do you go to homes and build these sheds, or are you just providing the hardware to build your own?
    I am interested in doing a broadcast program featuring the men who build and the product.
    212 496 1694

    • Caleb Houseknecht April 9, 2015 @ 9:40am

      Hey Brian, We do not build these sheds, nor do we provide hardware in way of the wood to build a shed. What we do is provide all of the equipment for the inside of the sheds – so, draft beer systems, refrigeration, pub tables, bar tools, glassware, etc. If you’re still interested in talking, feel free to shoot me an email at

      • Harvey Vazquez May 14, 2015 @ 7:05pm

        Caleb do you have a website?

        • Caleb Houseknecht May 18, 2015 @ 10:18am

          Hi Harvey,

          Our website is just! Hope that helps!

    • Ben Wassell April 10, 2015 @ 5:26pm

      Hi Brian,
      Feel free to join us at the facebook group Pub Sheds, with over 8000 members, many of whom build their own and other sheds too.

      Pub Sheds

      • Joyce April 16, 2015 @ 12:25am

        It is a closed group, do I need to be invited by a member to join? I would love to see the sheds and meet people to brainstorm with.

        • Ben May 8, 2015 @ 3:23pm

          Joyce, you can request to be a member and I will add you!

    • Angie April 18, 2015 @ 8:59am

      My husband will be building one in the next few months if you’re interested in what he’s doing. Should be pretty cool! We’re in MN with an awesome open back yard.

      • brian May 25, 2015 @ 4:00pm

        Hi Angie! where are you at….I am considering doing something like this…I’m on Prior Lake.
        : )

    • Dave Jurgensen April 21, 2015 @ 4:53pm

      We build them in back yards. Never the same floor plan. No structural restrictions 952-201-0396

    • Teresa Simmons June 15, 2015 @ 9:00am

      My son built a tiki bar shed in his backyard several years ago. He used scraps & reclaimed items & the result was unbelievable! He lives in Florida & had limited space in his small yard. He then built his wife a salon space of reclaimed products as well as an enclosure for the hot tub. Now it looks like a little town in their backyard.

    • Judy Hooper July 30, 2015 @ 8:41am

      I would be interested in seeing a show like that

    • Tom August 31, 2015 @ 12:33am

      I am getting ready to build or buy a pub shed for a total renovation house project in the village of Greenport. I would be interested in working with you on the project if you would like to film it. Please contact me if you are interested

  • Theresa Early May 11, 2015 @ 2:03pm

    I love the concept but I don’t drink alcohol. I would stock mine like a soda fountain and stock soda and ice cream. I don’t currently have the space for one and don’t plan to in the near future, I love interior design and will work on designing one myself just for fun.

  • Harvey Vazquez May 14, 2015 @ 7:03pm

    Interesting concept. Almost like adding a room. Electrical work would be the challenge to run out back in my yard.

  • Vince May 20, 2015 @ 5:42pm

    Awesome! great idea to spend some time in the backyard or make the best of backyard space. Its sort of like the “pool house” only better.

  • shalee May 21, 2015 @ 2:01pm

    its beautiful.
    great for summer on backyards:!

  • Jim June 6, 2015 @ 9:44am

    I have this vision of one on a 5’x10′ utility trailer, tables, chairs, umbrellas designed to fold & mount on the exterior walls for transport. “Quiet” generator with long cable for refrigeration & lighting. A frat house dream, a fishing hut supplement (even ice fishing), one shed serves my house or your house (not at the same time). Fun could be designing the shelving, storage, displays such that the glass wear won’t break but doesn’t have to be unpackaged for use/display…. I would call it Mo-Bar. Perfect it & sell design to Coleman… lanterns, stoves, and bars;-)

  • Dave July 6, 2015 @ 11:08am

    I am thinking of using a empty sea container as venue, has anyone done this already? I have seen them converted to small homes, excited at opportunities for a man shed!

  • Geoff July 19, 2015 @ 10:48am

    My honky tonk band has been getting into backyard parties and this makes perfect sense.

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