Shipping Container Bars are Awesome. Here’s 10 Reasons Why

When inspecting the rugged exterior of your average shipping container, you may never think those steel sides and heavy-duty doors could house a trendy space for drinks and entertainment. But imaginative shipping container bars exist and are one of the many creative container projects out there — and certainly the most refreshing.

Ready to learn more about shipping container bars? Here are 10 awesome reasons why bar owners and backyard mixologists alike are in love with container lounges.

Are you thinking about your own shipping container bar? Rent-A-Container offers containers of all sizes with options to lease or buy. Give us a call today at 800-880-7061.


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1. Shipping Container Pop Up Bars Can Go (Almost) Anywhere

Whatever free space you can find, chances are, you can squeeze in a container bar. One of the hallmarks of shipping container projects is their small footprint and ability to fit in virtually any space. They’re as at home outside for a festival as they are inside a convention hall for a tradeshow. 

Diversity in size and types of containers means custom bar designs made to match any environment are easy to develop.

Additionally, transportation and installation are a breeze, making shipping containers the perfect solution for temporary bar space. When the show is over and it’s time to head home, container bars break down as quickly as they pop up.


2. Your Storage Container Bar Is Environmentally Friendly

Around 87% of consumers will develop a more positive image of a business that supports environmental issues. Nurturing a sustainable brand image means more than gesturing; it means taking public action. So why not accomplish that goal and build an innovative and trendy bar space?

With storage container bars, you can get the best of both worlds. Because most countries import more than they export, there’s a massive surplus of unused shipping containers. The environmental cost to recycle these containers is staggering. 

Upcycling them into storage container bars mitigates these costs and others related to traditional construction for homes and buildings.


3. You Can Move Your Shipping Container Lounge

Once you’ve got your shipping container lounge up and running, upkeep is similar to a traditional brick and mortar space. You’ll need access to utilities, a cleaning schedule and, most importantly, refreshing beverages. But what happens when you need to pack up shop and move?

Another huge benefit to utilizing shipping containers for bar space is that they are much easier to transport and set up again. Delivery, installation and operation are all part of the process.

Containers can travel virtually anywhere and break down out of sight when they aren’t in use. Manufacturers design containers to be easy to transport. Consequently, container bars are easy to load onto a tilt-bed or flatbed truck for delivery.


4. Shipping Container Bars Are an Affordable Way to Start a Business

Shipping container bars are popping up all over the world. While their portability and customizable interior are attractive benefits, cost is yet another area where these creative projects shine.

While turnkey bar options can get pricey, costs pale in comparison to traditional bar openings that can run anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 in startup costs alone.

For the most cost-effective solution, you can buy a container outright and outfit it yourself. In this case, Rent-A-Container has the solutions you need for affordable containers. Buying a container can be intimidating, but with our help, you can open your container bar without breaking the bank.


5. You Can Have the Best Backyard Parties on the Block

Sometimes, you have to treat yourself. A backyard container bar can be the perfect gift to you, your family and your neighbors. Let’s face it: we all want a little attention. Be the talk of the block with a creative container bar in your backyard.

You’ll want to check with your HOA and municipal government first, but installing a container bar in your yard is a fairly painless process. Before you know it, you’ll be slinging margaritas and turning heads with your swanky backyard shipping container lounge.


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6. Your Storage Container Bar Is Sturdy

Is it any surprise that container manufacturers build them to last? Look at how their past lives in transportation treat them. Cranes toss around containers like Legos, they scrape and knock each other during transit and they brave hazardous open-sea environments.

Harsh conditions require rugged construction. Manufacturers source materials that are up for the task for container construction. Corten steel makes up the majority of a container’s components and parts. And this isn’t some ordinary steel. Corten steel, known as weathering steel, can stand up to decades of environmental abuse and corrosion.


7. Define Your Brand with the Shipping Container Bar Aesthetic

Container bars can offer a modern and refined look. You can also design spaces that are warm, welcoming and more like your local sports pub. With a bit of imagination, you can create eye-catching exteriors and inviting interiors to match any aesthetic.

But container bars certainly have a “look,” and smart brands capitalize on this distinction to separate themselves from the pack.

Some businesses even include “container” right in their name. At least two bars in the U.S. call themselves “Container Bar” — one in Charleston, South Carolina, and the other in Austin, Texas. While not incredibly imaginative, the name certainly sets expectations. 


8. You Can Add AC, Lights, Refrigerators and More

Bars need more than just a few walls to operate. Access to refrigerators, tap systems, lights and TVs make container bars comfortable and inviting. You don’t want to sacrifice comfort for a cool aesthetic, so don’t.

As long as you ensure your container bar has access to utilities, you can install whatever you need to spruce up the space. Mapping out your space and making sure you’ll be able to reach critical utility tie-ins is essential to proper site preparation.


9. Shipping Container Bars Are Easy to Expand

So you’ve got the one shipping container bar. Now what? Maybe it’s time to expand. If so, you already have the perfect modular construction strategy. Shipping containers are like the Legos of the building world — you can join them together or stack them vertically.

Whatever your vision is, container construction is the perfect method for adding extra space.


10. Shipping Container Pop Up Bars Cut Construction Costs and Time

Building new bar space can be challenging. Materials have gotten more expensive, and skilled workers are becoming harder to find. All this paints a grim picture for would-be bar owners looking to open up shop on a shoestring budget.

Upfront costs and staffing shortages aside, you have to handle the downtime involved with traditional construction. If you are renovating a space, this could mean weeks of no revenue.

Shipping container pop up bars cut out a lot of these downsides. With shipping containers, material requirements are minimal and some installations can take place overnight. 


Interested in a Shipping Container Bar? Contact Rent-A-Container

Whether you want a trendy backyard container bar or plan to build a business hauling container lounges to outdoor festivals, it all starts with the container itself. On that front, Rent-A-Container is here to help.

We’ve got a massive inventory of steel shipping containers in all sizes available for sale or rent. Reach out today to talk with a qualified team member.

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