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20+ Spectacular outdoor kitchens with bars for entertaining

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If you are planning to design an outdoor kitchen for entertaining family and friends, there are plenty of styles and options that can work in your space. Whether you select a small kitchen area or a more spacious one, you need to consider your needs. Are you going to be doing your prep work indoors or out? It would save space to do it inside, but if you prefer convenience, you may wish to have a larger counterspace integrated outside.

If you do a lot of entertaining, you may need a full-service operation. This would includes things such as a grill, pizza oven, refrigerator, sink, cabinetry for storage, maybe even a dishwasher or wine chiller. Your outdoor kitchen should be ideally located in close proximity to lounging and eating areas. A bar top will allow guests to sit and chat while you prepare food and cook. Guests usually like to be near the cook, with a bar top they can watch the action while remaining clear of the kitchen space.

Have a look below for some fantastic inspiration to help you to design your own outdoor kitchen and bar. Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite and why! Check out some other inspiration articles here: 70 Awesomely clever ideas for outdoor kitchen designs and 33 Mega-Impressive swim-up pool bars built for entertaining.

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1. Stacked stone is wrapped around the perimeter of custom designed cabinets, with granite countertops. (via April Lipps)

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2. This outdoor entertaining space features granite countertops, stainless steel cabinetry and stacked stone surround. A stand-along Kamado Joe grill is set on the counter, along with a built-in grill in the wall. (via Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens)

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3. A rustic modern outdoor kitchen on a lake in South Carolina features a built-in barbecue, pizza oven, reclaimed wood cabinetry and slate flooring. (via Augusta Homes)

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4. A rustic outdoor entertaining kitchen in Dallas features a bar using Neolith countertops, complimented by metal pendant lights. Having a covered outdoor space helps to shield you from the elements. (via Key Residential)

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5. This outdoor patio kitchen/bar features a barbecue, sink and refrigerator. The exquisite natural stone patio brings it all together. The flooring is a Percheron Travertine, purchased from Orijin Stone in Minnesota. (via Southview Design)

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6. This outdoor living space comes complete with a cook station, kitchen, bluestone hardscaping, custom wood structures, pergolas and arbor. Guests can keep the chef company on the red Pier 1 stools while enjoying a bite to eat on the chiseled edge hearth stone countertop. (via Paradise Restored Landscaping)

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7. This cool party shed in Milwaukee offers the perfect spot to host your guests for drinks and food. By having a separate structure away from your main house, you will benefit from the relaxed atmosphere of the outdoors… with a whole different vibe. (via Edmunds Studios Photography)

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8. Surrounded by a peaceful forest setting, an outdoor kitchen and family dining area offers the perfect space for food preparation. Bar height seating, a stainless steel grill, refrigerator and a bluestone footrest completes the space. (via Hursthouse Landscape Architects)

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9. This Raleigh, South Carolina home features an outdoor fireplace with grill island and a big green egg from Kamado Joe. (via Ayers Hardscapes & Landscapes)

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10. This backyard retreat features a beautiful bar conveniently located within conversation distance of the dining area. (via JDS Outdoor Designs)

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11. An outdoor kitchen within a covered lanai in Miami, Florida features a cozy fireplace sitting area. The bar top height is 42″. (via Weber Design Group)

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12. Entitled “Belly Up to the Outdoor Bar” this forested outdoor kitchen area features a sit down bar counter and pizza oven. The soapstone countertop is 36″ high. The stone on the floor is Tennessee Crab Orchard. The ceiling is pine. (via Futral Construction)

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13. A pool house on a Georgian estate features this stunning outdoor kitchen area. The entire back wall is about 19 feet long, featuring a television for added entertainment. (via Douglas VanderHorn Architects)

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14. Designing this outdoor kitchen was a challenge, as it needed to withstand the harsh Chicago elements. The countertop is honed granite, while the cabinetry is marine-grade teak. To harmonize the modern design with its surroundings, a neutral color palette compliments without detracting from the verdant outdoor surroundings. (via Fredman Design Group)

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15. Nestled next to the pool area of this North Carolina home is a spacious outdoor kitchen and dining area. A sunken eating area creates a nice transition between the diners and chef. The kitchen features a gas grill, refrigerator, wine fridge and ice machine. A stacked stone bar counter and outdoor sink complete this amazing covered outdoor space. (via Archadeck of Charlotte)

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16. This man cave in Los Gatos, California is a 15’x 25′ space. The countertops are colored concrete counter top with ipe siding. The SunBrite television is engineered with withstand varying temperatures, rain, dust, salt spray, bugs and even hail. They are super durable and do not need to have a cover or case to protect them. (via Divine Nature Landscape Design)

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17. This outdoor paradise in Southern California features a granite bar top with stacked stone on the front facade. The flooring is random slate. (via Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography)

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18. This mediterranean style outdoor kitchen/loggia is an incredible setup for those that love to cook and entertain. (via Reynolds Gualco Architecture)

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19. The spectacular outdoor kitchen area features waterfront views from the integrated bar seating. The bar top is comprised of granite. The flooring is natural Masaranduba Wood. It has been naturally aged, no stain was applied. The pergola is made out of Azek. (via Bruce Palmer Interior Design)

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20. A freestanding gazebo in Toronto, Canada is perfect for entertaining family and friends. With a bar area, comfortable seating and flagstone flooring to complete the look. (via Jackie Glass Inc.)

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21. A pergola covers a spacious outdoor bar facing a built-in grill and surrounding patio area. There is plenty of outdoor seating to entertain guests in style! (via Edmunds Studios Photography)

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22. A large gazebo features a stone clad, u-shaped built-in dining bar. Behind it is a built-in grill, pizza oven and plenty of countertop workspace. The swimming pool is on the other side of this, perfect for entertaining guests. (via Sonco Pools & Spas)

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23. This outdoor kitchen is by designer Mick De Giulio features a variety of colors, shapes and textures of stones. The flooring is Medina slab pavers and the island is constructed of Weston Stone. The materials were sourced from Belgard Pavers. (via House Beautiful)

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24. This sunny California kitchen by garden designer Sandy Koepke infuses salvaged materials with earthy colors, creating a brilliant aesthetic. The cabinetry and appliances were all sourced from Kalamazoo Outdoor Kitchen. (via House Beautiful)

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