33 Rec Room And Basement Bar Ideas For A Fun Night In

A basement bar is perfect for unwinding after a long day and enjoying your favorite beverage. While you may think of your rec room as for the kids, it’s time for the parents to take it back!

After installing our home bar and lounge, it has quickly become our favorite room. Whenever we entertain friends, we always find ourselves sitting in there for hours.

Whether you have space for a small wall bar or a large rec room bar, you can design a functional area to fit your style. The possibilities are endless, from farmhouse designs with shiplap walls to modern styles with veiny stone countertops.

For inspiration, check out our gallery of home rec room and basement bar ideas below!

1. Modern Home Bar with Open Shelves

Bar Areas Or Little Cocktail Making Stations In An An Empty Space In The Floorplan.
Photo: builderswife

Using natural stones like this marble backsplash instantly elevates your home bar and adds a luxurious feel. The white oak cabinets with black hardware add warm hues and accent the wine fridge.

2. Green Basement Bar with Gold Accents

Green Bar Design With Sink And Gold Accents
Photo: haverhill.home

This basement wet bar features pastel green cabinetry with gold hardware and marble backsplash tile that instantly brightens the space. When building a bar in your basement, considering lighting is essential since most basements get less natural light. So while you can use this to create a moody, cozy space, you can also use light colors to brighten the area.

3. Hang Glass Shelves from the Ceiling for Storage

Gold And Glass Bar In A Basement
Photo: soilandoak

If you’re tight on space, try adding hanging shelves like this basement bar with a sink. The glass and gold shelves not only look beautiful but also add plenty of storage space without increasing the footprint of this bar area. In addition, this is the perfect nook to grab a drink before watching movies in the basement.

4. Use natural stone backsplash to make a statement

Home Basement Bar With Glass Shelves
Photo: katemjung

This small seating area features leather barrel chairs similar to our home bar (full furniture + decor linked). Glass open shelving highlights the natural stone backsplash while prominently showing colorful bottles.

5. Small home bar with a wine fridge

Small Home Basement Bar
Photo: goddardsinteriors

This DIY home bar has a wine bar for chilled bottles and wine racks made of wood on both sides. The white countertop helps give it a finished look. You can easily make appliances look built-in by surrounding them with cabinetry or racks and finishing the design with countertops.

6. Elegant Rec Room bar with black Countertops

A Luxury Wine Bar With Sitting In The Room.
Photo: stephenbuskenstudio

This luxurious bar makes us instantly want a martini. Liquor bottles are displayed on the back wall with black marble backsplash also used for the counters. Instead of decor, this bar lets the bottles and stone be the feature of the space.

7. Black Home Bar In a Walk Out Basement

Feature Bar With Studio Art Panel Work And Natural Stone Tops.
Photo: showcase_design_interiors_

We love the under-cabinet lighting in this home bar that makes it feel like you’re out at a restaurant. Light colors and decor are contrasted by the high-gloss black bar. Bottles are stored against the wall with backlighting that adds to the brightness of this space.

8. Use small spaces for a cozy bar

Small Bar In A Cabinet
Photo: derbykitchens

If you’re tight on space, this bar design shows you how it’s done. A small cabinet holds glassware, liquor, and everything else you need to make your favorite cocktails. The best part of this design is you can close the door to hide away the area for a clean look.

9. Marble backsplash home bar with glass shelves

Home Basement Bar With Marble Backsplash
Photo: marcmichaelsid

Natural stone backsplash that extends to the walls and counters makes this a stunning home bar. Dark wood cabinets match the brown accents in the stone while providing storage.

10. Basement Pub Ideas with Gray and Black

Grey And White Home Basement Bar With Pendant Lights
Photo: schumacher_tristate

This simple basement pub uses gray and black wallpaper to match the colors used throughout. Black cabinets provide plenty of storage and hide away bottles when not in use, while gray barstools add to the vibes. This space feels like you’re in a sleek club that’ll be open until you decide the parties are over!

11. Small Bar Nook in a Basement

Home Bar With A Nook
Photo: mashhomeinterior

We love designs that maximize unused space, and this wine area/home bar does just that. White subway tile in this nook helps give it a basement bar look, while the wine rack adds plenty of storage. Built-in lighting helps bring this nook to life.

12. install a Round Bar for a VIP look

Round Vip Style Basement Bar Ideas With Plenty Of Seating
Photo: renaissancedesignstudiodublin

Get creative with your counter shapes, like this rounded basement bar that looks like you stepped into the coolest club. Grey barstools accent the shiny black bar, while mirrors help the area look even bigger. We love the white cocktail table and barstools that make this feel like an entire club instead of just a home bar.

13. Watch the Game at your Rec Room bar

Basement Bar With Tv And Barstools
Photo: newcraftcabinetry

Create your favorite sports bar in your basement by adding a flat-screen TV and barstools. This is the space you can see yourself spending hours watching the game. Dark cabinets offer storage, while gray tile extends to the ceiling giving the area a finished look. Black high chairs match the cabinetry and offer seating. For more fun, add a pool table and arcade games to create the ultimate man cave!

14. Add a Wet Bar for even more use

Snazzy Home Bar Transformation.
Photo: lesliehutchisoninteriors

For a funky look, this basement bar has a patterned tile backsplash that contrasts the dark cabinets and built-in refrigerators. While this look is not for everyone, it reminds us that you can have fun with your tile choices!

15. Use Natural stone countertops for a statement

Entertaining With A Bar Area In The Home.
Photo: bluebellffurniture

We love the contrast of a finished basement with the worn unfinished look of the concrete countertops on this home bar. This design adds even more texture with a stamped metal island that matches the brown accents.

16. add open shelves for a simple home Bar

Simple Black And White Combo Home Bar.
Photo: goldenrodplaceinteriors

If you want to create a light and airy feel, try using open wood shelves. Not only do these let you display your liquor, they help the space look large. Shelves are also more cost-effective than cabinetry, so this is a great way to design your basement bar on a budget

17. Create a Dual Purpose Bar

In Home Butler Pantry Bar Serves Endless Function
Photo: coletteinteriors

This farmhouse space is dual-purpose: a coffee bar in the morning and a beverage bar in the evenings. We love the white oak kitchen cabinets and large drawers that offer warm hues against the shiplap backsplash and quartz countertops.

18. Simple Bar Cart for a rec room

Vintage Barware In A Home Rec Room Bar
Photo: christenpears

For small basement bar ideas, try skipping the bar entirely and instead add a bar cart with your favorite bottles and glassware. This can easily be moved from room to room and doesn’t require installation. Today, you can find bar carts to match any style.

19. Fill a nook with a beautiful bar trolley

Bar Trolley In A Dining Room Alcove
Photo: windledecor

Nooks in your basement are a great place to add a bar cart while using empty space. While you could also add shelves or a cabinet for a small built-in bar, a trolley requires no installation!

20. add a beverage fridge for cold drinks

Wet Bar With Sink And Open Shelves
Photo: normandyremodeling

The stainless steel mini fridge in this blue basement bar gives it a modern look, accented by the gold cabinet pulls. We love the two-tone design of this place, mixing blue and white cabinetry.

21. create contrast with a black home bar

Black Wine Bar With Liquor Storage
Photo: our_birkdale_home

This black wine bar contrasts this modern home’s white tile and walls. The built-in lighting in the space prominently shows off the bottles and wine boxes. Depending on your home’s layout, a bar wall or wine wall is a great way to connect living areas without creating clutter.

22. use wallpaper to brighten a basement bar

Black Wine Bar With Wallpaper
Photo: lmdesignstudio.no

Don’t underestimate wallpaper in your basement bar designs. This stunning black basement bar is paired with nature wallpaper that jumps off the walls. In addition, neutral-colored decor sits on the shelves and adds to the nature theme of this bar.

23. Add a natural stone backsplash

Marble Backsplash Behind A Home Bar
Photo: rougeriverdesignbuild

Using natural stone as your backsplash and countertops is an easy way to get guests talking about your interior design. The green veining in the stone creates a perfect accent to the matching cabinets in this basement bar.

24. hide your bar in a cabinet

Home Bar Cabinet With Glassware And Drinks
Photo: nordelandco

Want a home bar but don’t want your kids getting in there? Try a locking bar cabinet thats a fun display and workstation for making cocktails with guests but can be quickly closed up when party time is over. Its light wood interior contrasts the dark colors on this cabinet.

25. go bold with blue and gold

Blue Home Bar With Gold Accents And A Sink
Photo: pyramid_builders

This modern basement bar features a gold countertop that matches the accents on the blue cabinetry. While this wall bar doesn’t have bar stools, you can easily add accent chairs nearby for a cozy seating area. The table nearby looks like it’s perfect for a late-night poker game.

26. add extra storage with hanging shelves

Shelves Hanging From Ceiling For A Bar
Photo: tannabydesign

Hanging shelves is a fantastic design idea if you’re concerned about storage space but can’t add more cabinets. They also work great in front of mirrors to help your basement look bigger.

27. fill a basement nook with a small bar

Cabinets With Wine Fridges In A Basement
Photo: chloedesigns.online

This home bar added faux herringbone brick as the backsplash to match the basement’s natural brick walls as a backsplash.

28. go modern with a white and black space

Glass Shelves And Seating At A White And Black Home Bar
Photo: kpdesignsgroup

This white and black basement bar design uses beige accent chairs that match the LVP floors to bring in some warmth. The black cabinets in the bar are accented by glass shelves hanging from the ceiling, creating a beautiful display.

29. mix colors for a stunning basement wine bar

Blue Basement Bar With Tall Wine Fridge
Photo: njhomemag

This dark blue bar in this basement sets the mood with a rustic wood backsplash that balances this modern design. We love the large wine fridge and mini fridge that provide plenty of storage, plus glass cabinets for storing stemware. Pendant lights hang over the bar and add lighting since this space only features a small window.

30. paint cabinetry to make a statement

Brick Backsplash In A Home Basement Bar
Photo: brakur_custom_cabinetry

The metal grate over the brick wall behind this bar gives it a wine cellar feel, while the hanging shelves add an industrial look. Blue cabinetry matches the walls and adds a cozy vibe.

31. add lightening to accent your style

Black Basement Bar With Stunning Light Fixture
Photo: newstylecabinets

This stunning basement bar features a large round black bar top accented by a backsplash combining black marble and subway tile. The combination of materials in this space adds texture while still fitting into the black motif. The bar is painted dark orange for an accent and matches a tufted couch. Two paneled refrigerators seamlessly lend into the bar, while a modern chandelier grabs your attention.

32. Basement Bar with a Game Room

All Grey Basement Bar Idea With A Game Room
dPhoto: sleekinteriordesigninc

This basement rec room takes it to another level with an entire game room, golf simulator, and a beautiful wall bar. So whether you’re watching the game or practicing yours, this home has you covered. We love the dark brown accents that balance the all-grey color scheme.

33. Use Stacked Stone for a Rustic Farmhouse Style

Stacked Stone Farmhouse Basement Bar
Photo: cjoyathome

Building this basement bar out of stacked stone gives it a rustic farmhouse look. Leather barstools match the counter supports and brown cabinetry. Plenty of seating means this bar is ready to party with all your guests!

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