What are some popular basement bar ideas?

Whether you love entertaining company at home or you just want to create the ultimate “man cave” in your basement, a private bar is an excellent addition. This is your opportunity to create any bar you can imagine, and you may not even know where to start. Below are some popular basement bar ideas to spark your imagination.

Choosing a Basement Bar Theme

It becomes easier to work on a design and choose building materials once you have a theme in mind for your bar. A common Toronto basement bar idea is to transform the space into a classic tavern, complete with rich, dark, wooden fixtures and embellishments. This is, of course, not the only idea by far. You could also choose to create a romantic wine bar, a sleek and modern bar, a nautical themed bar that makes you feel like the captain of your own ship, or you can mimic the design of a bar from a favorite book, movie, or TV show.

Basement Bar IdeasBasement Bar Top Materials

The bar top will not only have a major impact on the appearance of the basement, but will also need to be durable enough to handle use and pressures. While your home bar may not see a flood of patrons, it will be exposed to moisture, weight, and changing temperatures. If you are considering installing a classic, wooden bar top, keep in mind that it will need to be coated and protected against stains and water damage. When brainstorming basement bar ideas, you might contemplate using a more resistant and easy to maintain bar top made from granite, resin, marble, or stainless steel.

Body of the Bar

You will of course need to determine the overall structure and design of the bar. This will include deciding how far the bar top will overhang the edge of the bar; a slimmer bar with a larger overhang will provide a more modern and minimalist look for the room, while larger bars allow for more storage space within the bar. While most bars are made from wood or wood composite materials, the face of the bar can be altered, allowing for more creative basement bar ideas. The front surface can be covered in decorative wood paneling, ceramic tile, original artwork, or other custom materials.

Wall Cabinets and Shelves

A basement bar does not look complete when backed by a bare wall. This area can become very useful if extra storage space is added in the form of cabinets or shelves. Custom cabinetry can be used to match the theme of the bar. A popular basement bar idea is to use shelves or cabinets with glass doors to hold and display favorite liquor bottles and glasses.


You can create ambiance for your basement bar by adding accent lighting. Instead of relying on bright, overhead light sources, you can focus light over the bar and/or the surrounding shelves using pendant or track lighting to illuminate specific areas. If you need help brainstorming basement bar ideas, you can also consult with a contractor. The Reno Pros are always happy to provide assistance and guidance.