As convenient as it may be to store all your beastly lawn care equipment in the shed out back, it'd be well worth your while to find a different storage spot. That modest shed has a much higher purpose: to be a bar.
In the UK, the pub shed trend has been a huge hit, even inspiring its own online community. And based on these 11 awesomely altered backyard watering holes, we know why.
1. The Brewpub
There's nothing quite like finishing up a batch of delicious homebrew. Except being able to serve it to your buds in a scaled-down micro-brewery directly in your backyard.
2. The Tiki Hut
Ideal for balmy summer nights, when all you can muster is enough energy to walk out back for an ice cold rusty nail.
3. The Nightclub
No velvet rope here... unless you've suddenly fallen victim to deep-seated self-loathing and deemed yourself unworthy of your own damn bar. In which case, you're going to have to wait in line like everyone else.
4. The Footballer's Fort
Leicester City F.C. sucks! Just kidding! I have no idea how good or bad they are, but I'd love a beer here nevertheless.
5. The Old School Den
This serious drinker's haunt is befitting of the Hemingway type, oozing with casual sophistication, and enough hard liquor to drive you completely mad.
6. The Black Forest Cabin
A backyard beergarden? Genius. One Kolsch and a brat, please. Prost!
7. The Ramshackle Rathskeller
Something tells me these guys are super popular with their neighbors.
8. The Sports Bar
You'll feel just a little less guilty spending your entire Sunday at the bar drinking and watching the game when it's literally a few steps from your backdoor.
9. The Gothic Cottage
This spot looks straight out of a Grimms' fairy tale, complete with some understated stained glass windows and what appears to be plant classifications. Guessing porridge and mead are the standbys here.
10. The Hunting Lodge
This one's stripped-down interior and old-school ephemera definitely give off some very real, very rustic Mr. Rogers-meets-Pee Wee's Playhouse vibes.
11. The Ultralounge
Why dole out $20 for a watered-down cocktail out when you could just as easily throw on your Ed Hardy shirt, slick back your hair, pump up the EDM, and drink out back for free?
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor and hasn't wanted for a private backyard more.