The Bar is the Star

“Go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over.”

With all that is going on in the world, never has this quote from Edgar Wright’s 2004 zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead rang truer. If you can’t get out to your local bar though, why not head down the garden to your own pub shed?

With pub sheds on the rise, many are turning to their favourite movies and television shows for inspiration on how best to deck out their home bars.

Why not take inspiration from Shaun of the Dead and give your home bar that classic pub-style interior that is reminiscent the Winchester? It’s your choice whether you want to board the windows up in case of a zombie apocalypse though…

winchester

We’re sure that your “Shed of the Dead” will be better than the 2019 movie of the same name! (We don’t recommend spending 1.5 hours of your life watching this one though…)

The Winchester isn’t the only famous watering hole on the silver screen, as many movies have had plots revolve around their characters’ local bars.

The World’s End, the third and final film of Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, follows five friends who attempt to recreate an epic pub crawl in their old home town. Each bar on the ‘Golden Mile’ pub crawl is named after an event that happens in that particular location in the movie, so perhaps you can follow suit with the name of your own pub shed?

For lovers of raunchy ‘80s films, why not go for something a little more fun like in Porkys? The nightclub’s sign that is, not the girl’s locker room peephole…

Porkys

There are so many famous pubs in movies, but it’s not just on the big screen where the bar is the star, as countless critically-acclaimed TV series have tied pubs and bars into their main plots.

British crime drama Peaky Blinders regularly sees Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shellby and the rest of the gang scheming at the family’s pub, The Garrison. If you were looking to convert your shed into a prohibition or speakeasy-style bar, this show is definitely one to take inspiration from!

 

A lot of pub shed builders have taken design cues from the many Irish bars that can be found up and down the UK, because let’s face it, where else can you have good craic like an Irish bar?

If you want a place for shenanigans, maybe take inspiration from across the pond and deck out your home bar like Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Hopefully it will be more wacky nights and a little less Charlie work!

Of course, we couldn’t talk about our favourite bars from movies and TV shows without talking about perhaps the most famous of the lot. You guessed it, it’s Moe’s Tavern from The Simpsons.

Moe’s Tavern has graced our airwaves for just over 30 years, substantially longer than the lifespan of most successful real-life watering holes, so what better bar could there be to take inspiration from for your own pub shed?

Simpsons

We’d recommend not offering your guests a Flaming Moe though. We’ve tried something similar and, believe us, it did not end well…

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