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Basement Bar Conversions

If you love to entertain, why not create a bar in your basement? Many London properties have cellars or basements that are ripe for conversion, or alternatively, you can dig a new basement space to create a bar area you and your family and friends can enjoy.

Whether you love a pint, are a whiskey connoisseur, a gin genius or want a place to serve and enjoy your wine collection – a basement bar can be the perfect addition to your home.  A popular feature in the US, cellar bar conversions are gaining popularity in the UK. So whether you want to create an authentic English pub in your own home or want to party in your very own speakeasy, here are some basement bar ideas to inspire. 

Basement bar ideas

The first thing you need to think about when planning your basement bar is – how do you want to use the space? For example, if you are a sports lover you may want to have a big screen tv, this means you will need enough wall space for the size of the screen you want.

Measure up

Take measurements and then plan where you will put the bar. This is important as, during the planning stages of your basement conversion, you may need to decide where plug sockets will go as well wiring for light fixtures. You may need extra plug points, so you can power fridges or bar taps without having trailing wires. Also, you may want a mid-level electrical point for a TV on one wall.

Games room bar

If you want to create a games room bar, make sure the space can take a pool table or a football table. If you love games, use nooks an crannies for retro arcade games or pinball machines.

Ye old English pub

The British pub is an icon, and if you’re a big fan of a traditional boozer then recreating your favourite pub in your basement could be for you. To get this look, opt for a classic dark wood bar, bar stools, wood floor, old knickknacks such as horse brasses and tankards and tiles on the wall.


A basement is the natural home of a speakeasy. During prohibition in the US, bars, quite literally went underground, as they tried to avoid detection from the authorities. These illegal bars were known as speakeasies so to create your own, go for dark and industrial. Think exposed brick, stone or wood flooring and low mood lighting. Make the most of any architectural features such as vaulted ceilings or exposed beams. 

Converting your basement

At Simply basement, we aim to create the perfect space for your needs, however, you will need to consider a number of structural elements.

Head Height – if you already have a cellar space then you will need to see if the height of the ceiling is practical. While there is no minimum ceiling height for basements under building regulations, a practical minimum height is 2.4m. If you don’t have quite the headspace you need then it may be possible to dig down.

Underpinning – if you need to excavate a whole new basement then the existing walls of your home are likely to need underpinning, sometimes this means you will need the services of a structural engineer and the basement will need to meet minimum fire requirements.

Ventilation and waterproofing – basements are naturally damp places and measures will need to be taken to ensure moisture content and air quality is taken into account.  When waterproofing a basement, it should be able to handle the resting ground water pressure. 

Planning permission – depending on where you live, it is highly likely that planning permission will need to be sorted for a basement conversion. Also, if you share a wall with a neighbour then a Party Wall Agreement will need to be organised.

At Simply Basement, our team is well equipped to help you through the process of building a basement, from planning permission to design and build we will be with you every step of the way. Contact us today to get the ball rolling on your basement bar conversion.

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