Clever Basement Bar Ideas: Making Your Basement Bar Shine

Basements are notorious for being dark little caves of a space. While this is not the case with every basement, it can be a challenge for many of us basement owners to overcome. One fantastic strategy to create a more inviting basement area is to install a basement bar. But even that requires some creativity and strategy to make the space feel bright and friendly.

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Here are a bunch of bright and clever ideas to make your basement bar shine and become one of the favorite hangout spots in your home.

Customized Wall Bottle Opener.

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This is an actual sold product, but it would be easy to DIY for your basement bar if you like the look. Simply sand and stain a 1×6 pine board, add a customized message and/or map, and mount a bottle opener on the board. It’s simple but useful…and clever, too.{found on scoutmob}.

Warm Wood + Whites.

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White subway tile adds distinct style to a basement bar, and the colorful bottles are really all the “pops” of color needed here. We love the industrial feel of the bar chairs with the warm wood bar itself.{found on boardandvellum}.

Custom Pullout Drawers.

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In this well-strategized bar design, custom pullouts were created so the drawers would hold bottles upright. Adjustable dividers keep the bottles from tipping. Smart use of space!{found on homebunch}.

Unique Seating.

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Any kind of funky, quirky, or unique features that you can tastefully incorporate into your basement bar space will go a long way in creating a bright, cheerful mood. This booth-style seating, for example, adds a friendly and unique flair to even this dark basement bar.{found on crisparchitects}.

Plank Countertop for Tiny Corner Bar.

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If your basement lacks the space for a full-sized bar, you can still enjoy the perks of a bar space in your basement with some creative planning. This dark-stained plank countertop over simple cabinetry adds a luxurious bar feel to this corner space.{found on thekitchn}.

Under-Shelf Lighting.

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There are many ways to incorporate undermount lighting into a basement bar space – from the very complex to the very simple. You could hardwire the lighting in, or you could install simple sticky lighting, or many options in between. However you do it, the result is a brighter bar area.{found on francescaowings}.

Kitchen-esque Basement Bar.

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A long cabinet and open shelves are reminiscent of a kitchen more than a basement bar space, but this one looks cozy and inviting. Chalkboard paint on the back wall cleverly adds a personal touch.{found on magnoliahomes}.

Arcade Paired with Basement Bar.

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Lit up arcade games are certainly eye-catching, so it would be a fun and clever twist to your basement bar to keep the arcade fairly close. All the fun in one power-packed visual!

Man-Cave Done Right.

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Most basements are, well, basements – that is, they exist underground and tend to be a bit short on natural light. A clever way to play up your basement bar design is to capitalize on this cave-like feeling – rustic touches, exposed (painted) brick, and plenty of raw wood makes for an ultra-cool basement bar.{found on dustjacket}.

Unique Lighting Features.

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The island of this basement bar is the focal point of the entire basement. A stainless steel island back is backlit behind a sheet of white plexiglass. White tile surrounding the rest of the back and side create a sugar cube look. Fun and funky…and very clever.{found on lancasterkitchens}.

Wine Cork Dart Board Surround.

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A bar wouldn’t be complete without a dart board, right? This one plays up the “bar” theme by incorporating a dart board surround crafted out of wine corks. Not only does this look great, but it saves the wall from dents and dings as well.

Light Stone Surfaces.

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Stone has the ability to look rustic and warm yet still structured and chic. This light-toned stone on the bar wall and island merges the basement bar with the rest of the brightened basement space, making it feel more like a luxe getaway than a basement.

Custom Lighted Sign.

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While you could possibly find a vintage lighted sign that speaks to you, you could also follow a tutorial and create your own. The benefits of DIYing something like this for your basement bar are many, including creating the exact size, shape, and message you want.{found on tealandlime}.

Long & Lean.

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You can really squeeze a bar into even a tight basement space – like this long, shallow basement bar space. Beautiful finishes (wood planked cabinet faces, gorgeous hexagon backsplash tile) make this bar a focal point that enhances the entire basement…which isn’t easy when a billiards table is in the mix!{found on charlieandcodesign}.

Basement Café + Bar.

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Transform the vibe of a basement bar into that of a cheerful café…which happens to reside in a basement. Plenty of great lighting by way of wall sconces, some light and bright colors, and well-thought-out cabinetry and appliances makes this space feel fresh and inviting, basement or no.

Waterfall Bar.

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A creative idea is to turn the bar itself into an architectural feature – as this gorgeous waterfall bar does here. Lightened up colors keep things fresh as well.{found on eisnerdesign}.

Fold-up Kitchenette.

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This idea could certainly be transferred into a basement bar setup, with gorgeous results. Want the functionality and accessibility of a basement bar, but not the look of a bar in your basement? This compact kitchen/bar idea is for you. Stylish armoire by day, basement bar by night.

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What do you think? What are your favorite ways to brighten up a basement bar space?