6 Basements Brewing with Style

Fun and functionality are on tap in these basements-turned-bars.

A Toast to Tradition in a Seattle Speakeasy

Colleen Knowles Interior Design, original photo on Houzz

The owners of this 1922 Seattle basement wanted to stay true to their home's history after learning that it was a hidden hangout during Prohibition. They envisioned a speakeasy during the extensive remodel. To achieve the look, they incorporated vintage lighting, reclaimed wood, and an enameled steel blackboard for quirky party phrases.

Irish Imports for an Authentic Atmosphere

New Old, LLC, original photo on Houzz

A couple of Irish pub fanatics did their homework before finishing their basement in North Carolina. Lori and Craig Evans spent more than a year researching, collecting antiques, and consulting with pub owners. The 150-year-old bar was the foundation for their private pub, which includes a glass window from a Dublin church and custom-made bar stools, also from Ireland. The back bar was originally a wall in a Victorian house in Charlotte, found in a local architectural antiques store, and the flooring was pulled from several old mills.

A Single Shot of Style for a Compact Space

Princeton Design Collaborative, original photo on Houzz

This midcentury modern basement in New Jersey proves you don't need a lot of room to have a home bar. The well-designed niche uses its space to its advantage with a wall-mounted wine rack for bottles and a ceiling rack for glasses.

Fun for All Ages in Colorado

Buildwell, original photo on Houzz

If you're looking for a family-friendly take on a home bar, check out this Colorado basement. A vibrant blue sectional creates a cool hangout space for movie nights, and just to the left is a discreet bar. The holes in the shiplap wall are actually clever PVC-pipe cubbies to store wine bottles. Also featured: a single kegerator tap complete with a small grate plumbed to drain those inevitable overflows.

This Basement's Motto: BYOB (Brew Your Own Beer)

Kal Wallner, original photo on Houzz

Once a month, Kal Wallner heads downstairs to brew a new batch of his very own beer in his very own basement in Canada. Designed from scratch, the basement brewery features commercial-grade equipment in the back and a modern lounge (seen here) for enjoying beer on tap or a sample from Wallner's extensive wine collection. Although it takes a certain type of beer enthusiast to make room for a basement brewery, anyone can add their own bar menu with a few strokes of chalkboard paint.

A Variety of Flavors in Minnesota

Sneak Peek Design, original photo on Houzz

If you like a little bit of everything, this one's for you. Rustic wood beams, dark hardware, and gas-pipe wine racks are key elements of the distinct design. The wall decor and a bottle cap backsplash behind the bar add fun and splashes of color. And the steampunk-style light fixture offers an artistic take on industrial style. With plenty of wine, and a tap and beer fridge below, this sophisticated space in Minnesota serves up a little something for everyone.


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