Any excuse to be outdoors is a good one.
For some, that means taking a hike or playing a sport… For others, it’s taking a dip in the pool or playing some yard games.
For you, it might be relaxing with your backyard outdoor bar set.
Make yourself a cocktail of your choice, take a seat at the bar… And relax as all your cares wash away.
But before you buy an outdoor bar set, you’ll need to know what you’re looking for!
Today, we’ll cover popular bar set designs and the best options. By the end, you should have a solid idea of what bar set you want!
Without further ado, let’s begin.
Outdoor Bar Set Designs
Before you go all-in on a new bar set… You’ll need to decide what design you want to go for!
There’s quite a few you could consider, so let’s jump right in.
Tiki Bar Set
If you like the relaxed, coastal aesthetic… You’ll always be on island time with a tiki bar set!
Most of the time, you’ll see them made with either wood or bamboo.
And depending on the outdoor bar set you buy… It might come with a thatched roof as well. A roof made from bamboo is fairly common, too.
Although, if you want a bar set designed to last a long time… You might want to consider a different roof material!
Either way, the tiki bar design also tends to be dual purpose. One side is often dedicated to making cocktails… With the other side providing room for bar seating.
But what if you’re looking for something a little more subdued?
Want to bring your idea to life?
Rattan Wicker Bar Set
Wicker tends to have a laid back look… But not quite as laid back as a tiki bar!
So if you’re looking for something relaxed, but not too relaxed… You might have your sights set on a wicker or rattan bar set.
You’ll often see them in a dark mahogany or walnut color, with a black or brown countertop.
And just as a tip… Resin wicker tends to be more durable than real, wood wicker.
Most rattan outdoor bar sets are dual-purpose, like a tiki bar.
One side will be reserved with storage for making cocktails… And the other will have a bit of room for bar seating.
But perhaps you’re going for a more refined, restaurant-feel. In that case, a bistro set might be up your alley!
Bistro Bar Set
If your outdoor living space has a more upscale aesthetic… A bistro outdoor bar set could be the perfect match!
Often, these sets will come with wrought iron tables and chairs. Their intricate design will make you feel like you’re on the patio of a coffee shop in france!
Typically, bistro-style outdoor bar sets are used only for dining.
And while you can purchase a large table… Most bistro sets come with a petite sized table, perfect for two.
However, what if you’re looking for something a little more modern?
Modern Outdoor Bar Set
Modern design is a wide category… So many options can apply here!
However, there are a few connecting threads that run through them all.
A modern outdoor bar set (or kitchen!) will always have striking, clean lines. Rectangular and square shapes dominate this category.
Additionally, neutral tones will nearly always be used. Shades of gray, black, white, and beige are all commonplace here.
Modern outdoor bar sets might also play with textures. While most offerings will be made from metal… Concrete bar sets are also beginning to make a wider appearance. (Or just concrete countertops!)
Do you see the outdoor furniture style you like, yet?
If not… Let’s get to some product examples!
Popular Outdoor Bar Furniture Sets
To give you an idea of what outdoor bar table set you might like… Allow us to show you a few examples to consider.
Christopher Knight Acacia Wood 5 Piece Bar Set
This patio outdoor bar set from Christopher Knight might be exactly what you’re looking for!
This classic design will fit right in with just about any outdoor aesthetic.
There’s two color options available, being teak and gray.
The Christopher Knight set comes with a bar height table, and five matching chairs.
And although beautiful, the acacia wood base may not have as much longevity as you’d hope for.
While it’s true that acacia is far more durable outside than many other types of wood… It doesn’t come without its problems.
This material requires constant maintenance to keep it in tip-top shape. You’ll have to frequently wipe down your patio furniture… And make sure it doesn’t get alcohol spilled on it. (This will dry out the wood and cause cracking.)
You also have to keep it away from excessive heat! This will warp your acacia… And cause a ton of frustration.
Plus if your acacia wood dries out too much, it can buckle, crumble, or break.
But if you acknowledge all this and are up for the challenge… This set comes with a 90 day manufacturer warranty.
And if you purchase through Overstock, you can add on an optional 5 year protection plan.
Currently, this set will run you $515.82 on Amazon.
Now, let’s look at something a bit different!
Safavieh 7 Piece Rattan Patio Dining Set
This set is made from an all-weather wicker material… So it will not rot or mold like natural rattan.
However, it still is not the most durable material for long-term use! But if you’re okay with a short-term solution… This set could be a great option!
This set features a long tabletop that can comfortably fit 6 bar stools. So if you need a lot of seating… You’ll find plenty of it here!
This set from Safavieh also comes in two different color types. You can choose from a titanium and sand combo, or brown and sand.
No matter which color combo you choose… The bar stools will come with a light beige cushion on top.
This patio bar table set will come with a 90 warranty from Safavieh… And costs $943.98 MSRP!
Best of Both Worlds
Darlee Curved Outdoor Bar Sets for Patio
Darlee offers a wide variety outdoor bar sets… Including this outdoor bar with 4 chairs!
This party bar comes in a half moon shape… And happens to be multipurpose!
Inside the crescent, you’ll find two tiers of shelving. This gives you plenty of space to store glassware and other accessories.
And of course on the other side… You’ve got room to seat four people! Naturally, this set comes with four matching swivel chairs. (Complete with cushions!)
The wrought iron design is a lovely, upscale touch!
But this set from Darlee is not made with iron… It’s actually made from powder coated cast aluminum!
Compared to the other materials we’ve discussed thus far… This is one of the more durable options.
Being metal, you don’t have to worry about rot, mold, or insect damage. Aluminum in particular isn’t susceptible to rust… But it is susceptible to corrosion!
So if that powder coating chips… The risk of corrosion becomes a real possibility.
That said, this set is a fairly solid option for outdoor use. (We prefer to see 304 stainless steel for outdoor appliances and furniture.)
Darlee provides a 5 year warranty on the furniture frame, and 3 years on the powder coated finish. They also cover the cushions for the period of 1 year.
Currently, the MSRP for this outdoor bar set with chairs is listed at $2,805.99.
Polywood Contempo 4 Piece Bar Stool Set
Polywood is yet another outdoor bar seating brand to consider!
And this small outdoor bar set is likely one of the more unique options you’ll find!
The small round table and saddle bar stools provide an upbeat pop of color. So if you’re one for bright, vibrant colors… This set could be a great fit for your outdoor space!
At the same time, keeping the rest of the frame white prevents the colors from being too loud.
Now, what really makes this set unique is the material Polywood uses.
While they’re made to look like wood… This outdoor bar table and stools are made from recycled plastic!
Not only is this a great benefit for the environment… Polywood furniture is incredibly durable.
Being plastic… You don’t have to worry about rot, mold, insect damage, cracking, rust, or even corrosion.
There’s nothing Mother Nature can do to harm this furniture!
And Polywood has a fantastic 20 year warranty to back their claims!
So, what is this all going to cost?
This outdoor bar with stools will run you $995.00 through Polywood’s website.
Christopher Knight 3 Piece Patio Bar Set
Here’s another outdoor bar and chairs set from Christopher Knight… But you’ll notice this option is quite different!
It’s also made from acacia wood… But rather than being simply a dining set, this one is multipurpose!
One side has shelving for stowing away your serving and cocktail supplies… And the other side has room for two people to be seated at the bar!
Now, this set is made from acacia wood… So it will come with the same challenges as the previous example. (Keep this in mind!)
The listing also claims there is a wrought iron frame used. This may rust over time!
That said, if you’re okay with these setbacks… This outdoor bar set will also come with a 90 day warranty.
If you purchase through Target, the current MSRP is $479.99 on Amazon.
Safavieh Nautical Outdoor Patio Bar Set
Let’s take a look at another bar outdoor patio set from Safavieh!
If you’re looking for something on the smaller side… This outdoor bar patio set could be just the thing!
The small, square bar table is perfect for two! It comes with matching chairs that also have footrests.
The primary material used in this set is eucalyptus wood. The included cushions will be made from polyester.
Like acacia wood, eucalyptus is somewhat hardy outdoors… But it does have its problems!
For one, eucalyptus wood cannot handle cold temperatures. So if you live in a freeze/thaw climate… Don’t be surprised if your eucalyptus furniture cracks and breaks!
Additionally, eucalyptus is susceptible to insect damage. (Yikes!)
But if you live in a warm area and aren’t concerned about pest damage… This set from Safavieh offers quite a few beautiful color options!
The table and chairs can be selected in a natural, gray, or white finish. Additionally, cushions come in a variety of navy, black, white, and striped options.
While there are no warranty details available… Walmart offers a 90 day free return policy on this bar set.
Currently, this outdoor patio bar furniture from Safavieh is listed for $368.54 on Amazon.
Darlee Fire Pit Set with Bar Chairs
Looking to wow your guests?
You might be interested in this black outdoor bar set from Darlee!
This isn’t any outdoor dining table… There’s actually a small fire pit in the center of the table!
The propane-fueled fire pit creates a stunning aesthetic… And also throws off a little bit of warmth!
Like Darlee’s previous option… The high top bar table and chairs are also made from powder coated cast aluminum.
This is a rust resistant material that withstands fairly well outdoors.
This set from Darlee will also come with 8 dining chairs… And beige cushions are included.
For the warranty, Darlee covers the frame for a period of 5 years. The powder coated finish is covered for 3 years, and fabric cushions for 1 year.
As far as price goes… This bar height patio set is listed for $5,483.33 MSRP.
Polywood 9 Piece Outdoor Bar Set Furniture
Let’s take a look at another bar set outdoor from Polywood! This massive 9 piece set is perfect if you’re looking for as much seating as possible.
With a refined design from Martha Stewart… This family-size bar set is sure to elevate the aesthetic of your outdoor living room!
There are also 7 different colors you can choose from. Depending on the hue you select, the price may vary.
Just like the other option from Polywood… This set is made from the same high quality recycled plastic!
So no matter the weather… You have nothing to worry about when it comes to durability!
And of course, this will be covered under Polywood’s 20 year warranty.
What about the price tag?
Depending on the color you select… This outdoor bar with seating will run you $4,895.00 -$5,595.00.
Alright. At this point, you’ve seen quite a few different outdoor bar patio furniture sets…
But what brand is best?
Best Outdoor Bar Set
When you’re in the market for outdoor furniture bar sets… There are many things to consider before you pull out your credit card!
You want the right aesthetics, size, price… But you also want to purchase one that will last a long time!
Unfortunately, many of the materials used in these sets simply aren’t meant to last the long haul.
They rot, rust, crack, warp, corrode… The list goes on.
But you know what brand doesn’t have any of the above issues?
As you saw earlier… Polywood lumber is made from recycled HDPE plastic. This super-durable material is impervious to the pitfalls of traditional options.
That’s why Polywood offers an industry-best 20 year warranty on their home outdoor bar furniture.
So you can have zero qualms about your new set lasting the long haul!
Polywood lumber is also surprisingly easy to maintain. Soap, warm water, and a bristle brush are all you need to keep your furniture immaculate.
No need to be concerned about the color fading, either! Polywood uses a specialized UV-resistant pigment to keep your new set looking bright, year after year.
Point is… You can’t really go wrong with Polywood!
But no matter what brand you decide to go with… What’s another way to take your outdoor living space to the next level?
The Essential Complement to Your Outdoor Bar and Patio Set
Here’s the thing.
An outdoor bar set is an excellent addition to your backyard! It provides plenty of dining space… And can be used as a bar station, if desired.
But what if you’re looking for more?
If so, you might want to upgrade your outdoor bar set… Into an outdoor kitchen bar. (Or have both!)
What’s the benefit of this?
Suddenly, your backyard transforms into a complete destination. Where enjoying food, drinks, dining, and entertainment can all occur… In one place!
Just think about it.
How nice would it be to grill a delicious meal at your outdoor kitchen with loved ones… And be able to enjoy it all right outside?
And if you have an outdoor refrigerator or cocktail station… You’ll never have to set foot inside for a drink, either! (Which also means you won’t miss out on a single moment.)
A fully-functioning outdoor bar is the best way to keep your guests engaged, no matter the occasion.
Just add a few outdoor bar stools, and you’re good to go!
The concept of an outdoor kitchen bar is even more appealing if you’re short on space. A small outdoor kitchen will offer everything you need… In a modest footprint!
But perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves. An outdoor grill station is a lot to think about!
If you’re curious to see more… Check out our Learning Hub! Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know (and more!) about what a grill island project entails.
And if you’re ready to take the plunge… We’re here to help!
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Outdoor bar sets can be designed for two different purposes. Most often, you’ll see these sets designed as a taller dining area, rather than counter height. If you want to use your bar set for more than just dining… Some sets will also be designed as more of a bar station or bar cart. They’ll have room to store bottles and other bartending necessities.