Home Bar Styles

One of the first considerations is to either follow a theme or stick with a classic home bar.
If you need some ideas for a bar theme, we can rifle off a bunch, just focus on a favorite nightlife activity, possibly a dance club, casino, sports bar, biker bar or anything that literally floats your boat….or even sinks your boat. If you need more theme topic ideas, just click one of the many related links on this page or scroll to the bottom of this page for a listing of bar style possibilities.

A few more theme ideas might be a cool bar pub in your basement, garage, apartment, college frat house, dorm room, cottage, beach, tiki, patio, pool side, indoors or outdoors. Just about anywhere.

Need ideas for your bar theme? Take a private home bar photo tour to show you what others have built to give you a design head start and great ideas for planning your custom bar project. There’s plenty of ideas all over this site.

No idea where to start? Read our Basement Bar Construction Primer.

Nightlife Bar:
This cool Salt Water fish tank bar was built using the basic l-shaped bar plans as a guide.
A. Tracey built the bar, then hosted some wild party’s for his friends. The highlight of the night (one of many I’m sure) is feeding time for the exotic Lion fish which resides in the tank.
The top is made of a clear plexi glass window which allows viewing of the feeding frenzy  from above… cool!
This is just one example of the outrageous custom jobs you can do on your own bar project. More photos in the members site.
Nightlife Bar

Night life with a home bar

Our members have knocked out some cool theme bars including: Sports Bars, Billiard Bars, Rustic Taverns, Western Saloons, custom inlaid tops (even one using old Hockey sticks!), Tropical and Tiki Bars. We have several examples of salt and fresh water fish tank versions  too! The new CHBD Bar Resizing Tool also helps you create a customized bar layout.

Our plans do not specify individual styles, rather they instruct you on how to build the core which is then decorated by using suggestions on the site and from samples found in the Builder’s Gallery.

Some Home Bar Styles to consider could include:

  • Minneapolis Style
  • New Orleans Style
  • New York Bar
  • Philadelphia Style
  • San Francisco Style
  • Seattle Style
  • Southwest Style
  • Texas Style
  • Washington Style
  • 50’s Style
  • Art Deco Nightclub
  • Brew Pub
  • Biker
  • Billiards
  • Cigar
  • Country Bar
  • Coyote Ugly Saloon