A beverage center is a must-have outdoor kitchen accessory. Adding an outdoor bar enables you to include a variety of cooling/bartending options in your outdoor kitchen, and the extra storage will make it easy to serve drinks to your guests. Nowadays, you have your choice between a combination sink & beverage center, or standalone outdoor kitchen bar units, cocktail stations, ice bin coolers, and more.
Today's bartender and sink systems will provide you with plenty of room to keep your drinks and are ideal for any outdoor kitchen! Of course, features will depend on if you choose a bar & sink unit or a standalone beverage center, but typical features include:
- Stainless steel construction
- Ice capacity of 50+ lbs
- Foam insulation on all sides and bottom
- Separate stainless steel ice pan for sink and ice combo use
- Bottle cap openers
- Sliding stainless steel cover
- Integrated towel holders
- Stainless steel sink & faucets
In addition to the numerous benefits of adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, an outdoor beverage center specifically will improve the dining experience for you and your guests. The outdoor kitchen expands your home's livable space and allows you to entertain while enjoying the comforts and conveniences of your own backyard. An outdoor kitchen adds value to your home, and including an outdoor bar enhances the entertaining potential of your space. They're also very affordable, easy to build yourself, you'll be able to say goodbye to "last call" forever! Snapping together your very own outdoor kitchen bar doesn’t take much time or money — just a little know-how and elbow grease! Once that’s done, it’s simply a matter of customizing your outdoor bar island with components and applying countertops and finishes.
Adding an outdoor bar can be a huge asset to your dining space, but in order to get the most out of it, you'll want to consider its functional layout as well as its amenity options (refer to the list above, as well as the features mentioned in the specific model of outdoor bar or beverage center you choose). If your space permits, an outdoor kitchen bar that is independent of your indoor kitchen will offer maximum convenience and cut down on wasted time going back and forth. No matter the size of your outdoor dining area, you will want to design a functional layout that accommodates your unique kitchen amenities, such as an ice maker, refrigerator, kegerator, and wine cooler. You will also want to incorporate plenty of workstation space and storage in your cabinetry for a blender, glasses, and other accessories for making and serving drinks.
Wondering what accessories you'll need to complete your outdoor beverage center? In addition to the new sink, you may want to add the following to your outdoor kitchen setup:
- wine coolers
- ice makers
- beverage coolers