How much does a home bar cost?
Ashburn, VA

How much does a home bar cost?

Ashburn, VA

How much does a home bar cost?

$2,000 – $12,000prefab wet bar cost installed
$10,000 – $30,000custom wet bar cost installed
$1,000 – $5,000prefab dry bar cost installed
$5,000 – $15,000custom dry bar cost installed

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$2,000 – $12,000 prefab wet bar cost installed

$10,000 – $30,000 custom wet bar cost installed

$1,000 – $5,000 prefab dry bar cost installed

$5,000 – $15,000 custom dry bar cost installed

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Average cost of a home bar

A wet bar costs $2,000 to $12,000 for a prefab model or $10,000 to $30,000 for a custom basement bar, depending on the size and features. Building a dry bar costs $1,000 to $15,000, depending on if it's prefab or custom. A wet bar has a sink while a dry bar doesn't.

Average home bar cost
Bar type Average total cost*
Prefab dry bar $1,000 – $5,000
Prefab wet bar $2,000 – $12,000
Custom dry bar $5,000 – $15,000
Custom wet bar $10,000 – $30,000

*Not including stocking the bar with liquor or supplies.

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Cost to build a basement bar

Building a basement bar costs more if the basement needs to be finished first. Finishing a basement costs $30 to $50 per square foot with labor or $15,000 to $75,000 when converting an unfinished space. Remodeling a basement costs $25 to $65 per square foot or $12,500 to $65,000 total.

Building a custom wine cellar costs $300 to $500+ per square foot , while a prefab wine cellar system costs $1,600 to $8,000. A wine cellar may be used instead of or in tandem with a home bar. Wine cellars are considered stylish but are not as versatile as home bars.

Home bar installation costs

Home bar installation costs depend on the size and type. A wet bar costs more to build than a dry bar because it requires plumbing, fixtures, and sometimes appliances.

Home bar installation costs
Factor Average cost installed
Cabinets cost $150 – $500 per linear foot
Countertops cost $50 – $150 per square foot
Backsplash costs $10 – $50 per square foot
Electrical wiring costs $4 – $9 per square foot
Flooring costs $6 – $10 per square foot
Plumbing costs $450 – $1,800 per fixture
Lighting costs $100 – $650 per fixture
Sink installation costs $380 – $1,400
Faucet installation costs $250 – $600
Dishwasher costs $550 – $1,600
Refrigerator costs $680 – $2,500

A custom wet bar in a luxury home basement.
A custom wet bar in a luxury home basement.

The following factors also affect installation costs:

  • Design / Décor – Adding furniture, lighting, or wall art raises costs.

  • Location – Costs vary for outdoor, indoor, and basement home bars. Adding electrical wiring, outlets, plumbing, or flooring will cost more than adding shelving to a finished space.

  • Seating – Bar stools cost $50 to $200 per stool, depending on the brand, height, and whether it has a back.

  • Stocking the bar – Liquor pricing is not included in bar construction costs.

Labor costs to build a bar

The labor costs for building a bar depend on the type of professional hired:

Wet bar cost vs. dry bar cost

A wet bar costs $2,000 to $30,000 with installation, depending on whether it’s prefabricated or custom. A dry bar costs $1,000 to $15,000 installed.

Wet bar vs. dry bar cost
Factor Wet bar Dry bar
Total cost installed* $2,000 – $30,000 $1,000 – $15,000
Pros & Cons
  • Costs more to install
  • Sink adds convenience
  • Better for entertaining
  • More affordable
  • Better for small areas
  • Faster and easier to install

*Not including stocking the bar with liquor or supplies.

Custom bar costs

The cost to build a custom bar depends on the size, materials, and features. A small custom bar with basic features costs the least to build but doesn't offer the same space for seating and entertaining as a mid-sized or larger bar.

Custom bar costs by type
Bar type Average total cost Details
Basic or small custom bar $2,000 – $5,000 Bar cart or small counter, some storage
Mid-range or average custom bar $7,000 – $10,000 Sit-down bar with cabinets
High-end or large custom bar $12,000 – $30,000 Cabinets, premium counter materials, large sit-down bar

  • Demolition – Gutting or demolition costs $4 to $10 per square foot, depending on if the wall is load-bearing.

  • Cabinets Custom cabinets cost $500 to $1,200 per linear foot installed.

Outdoor bar costs

Building an outdoor bar may also include these additional costs:

  • Patio – A new patio installation costs $5 to $35 per square foot installed, depending on the material. Poured concrete is the cheapest, while natural stone costs the most.

  • Outdoor kitchen – An outdoor kitchen costs $7,000 to $16,000 for a pre-built unit with installation or $10,000 to $35,000 to build a custom kitchen..

  • Outlets – A new outdoor outlet costs $180 to $350 with installation.

  • Outdoor lightingLandscape lighting costs $80 to $300 per fixture with installation.

A backyard patio with an outdoor bar and dining area.
A backyard patio with an outdoor bar and dining area.

Prefab bar prices

Prefab bar prices
Bar type Average cost (materials only) Details
Bar cart $150 – $700 Good for small gatherings or occasional usage
Freestanding bar cabinet $200 – $800 Non-permanent storage space
Freestanding sit-down dry bar $1,500 – $5,000 Non-permanent storage with stool-height counter
Built-in wall cabinet dry bar $1,000 – $2,500 Permanent cabinets, sometimes with counter space

How to build a home bar on a budget

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You can build a home bar on a budget by using prefabricated materials, recycling preowned shelving, and doing some or all of the project yourself. A DIY wet bar kit costs $500 to $7,000 on average, depending on the size and materials.

Home wet bar FAQs

What is a wet bar?

A wet bar typically includes a countertop, sink, storage, and sometimes a mini fridge. Dry bars have counters and cabinets but no sink.

Does a wet bar add value to a home?

Wet bars tend to go in and out of style but generally add value to a home, especially if the room design is good for entertaining. Home bars can also be used as a dessert or coffee station.

What is a good size for a home bar?

Home bar sizes vary but are typically 6 to 8 feet long and 36 to 42 inches tall. A home bar can be as small as a cart or as large as a kitchen, depending on your needs.

Getting estimates from home bar builders

Before hiring home bar builders near you, remember the following steps:

  • Compare several estimates from companies with 5+ years of experience.

  • Read reviews on HomeGuide and Google.

  • Confirm that they have a license, insurance, and surety bonds.

  • Beware of the lowest quotes because they usually result in low-quality work.

  • Ask for a written bid and contract before work starts.

  • Only make final payments after the work is complete.

Questions to ask

Consider the following questions to find the best contractor:

  • How many years of experience do you have building home bars?

  • Can I see pictures of past projects?

  • How long will the project take?

  • Do you offer a warranty?

  • What types of building materials do you recommend?

  • Does this estimate include materials, labor, and cleanup?

  • Will you hire any subcontractors to help you?

  • What unexpected costs might come up for this kind of project?

  • Will you handle any necessary permits?