A Rustic Basement Bar

Between the nearly entire home remodel of one client, Ben and I squeezed in a basement man cave bar remodel.  Before, the bar had a traditional, but basic bead board clad bar.  It was fine and functional, but nothing our clients loved.


To create a true man cave, complete with adjacent pool/ping-pong table and theater space, we ditched the traditional and replaced it with rustic.



On the drink making side, we pulled out the previous laminate counters, opting for a sleek and seamless stainless steel counter and sink.


The bar top is made from a 4″ thick glulam beam, with a slight sanding to give rustic character.


Stained a light pecan, the wood oozes character, but still feels in keeping with an old school bar set up.


For a comfortable seating arrangement, we added a 2″ diameter galvanized pipe to serve as a foot rail.


Tucked into the under side of the bar top is a strip of ribbon thin LED lights.  The strip is concealed by a channel, then tacked into place with electrical staples.


A remote control turns the lights off or on, even from the adjoining rooms.


Even with the overhead lights off, the bar gives off enough light to softly slight the surroundings.


Behind the bar, Ben built a mirror backed display case to store bottles and glasses.


The owners added a unique touch with custom-made Montana backed stools, completing the look.


Now, this Vikings fan has a hang out space to watch the game, entertain, and enjoy a good drink.

3 thoughts on “A Rustic Basement Bar

  1. Love what you did here! I love the rustic vibe mixed with some unconventional details. The remote lights under the bar are wonderful touch because space looks so warm and intimate when you turn off all the other lights and leave just them turned on.

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