The hospitality sector has always been known for its innovative and creative approach to design and architecture. From luxury hotels to boutique restaurants, the industry is constantly looking for ways to stand out and offer unique experiences to customers. One of the most exciting trends in recent years has been the use of shipping containers as a building material for bars, restaurants, and other hospitality venues.

Cleveland Containers specialises in converting shipping containers into unique and functional spaces and has created a range of bars over the years. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of shipping container bars and what we can offer in terms of customisation and design.

Benefits of Shipping Container Bars

Shipping container bars offer a variety of benefits over traditional bars. Here are just a few:

  1. Portability: One of the biggest advantages of a shipping container bar is that it can be easily transported to a new location. This makes it ideal for pop-up events, festivals, and other temporary gatherings.

  2. Durability: Shipping containers are designed to withstand harsh environments, including extreme temperatures, heavy rain, and strong winds. This makes them a durable and reliable choice for outdoor bars. 

  3. Sustainability: By repurposing shipping containers, you're giving new life to a product that already exists and is readily available. Plus, using a shipping container as a building material requires fewer resources than traditional construction methods, making it an eco-friendlier choice.

  4. Customisability: Shipping containers can be easily customised to suit your needs. You can choose the size, shape, and layout of your bar, and add features like windows, doors, and lights. They are modular too, meaning they can be stacked and arranged in a variety of configurations to create unique and attention-grabbing designs.

  5. Profitability: They can provide a new or additional revenue stream for your business and take the pressure off busier areas. They are also much cheaper to construct than traditional bars, making them a great option for start-ups and small businesses.

Cleveland Containers Bar Conversions

Cleveland Containers offers a wide range of bar conversion options, from small, single-unit bars to large, multi-level hospitality units. Here are just a few of the features we offer:

  • Size: We can customise the size of your bar to suit your needs. We offer containers in various lengths, with standard sizes coming in 10ft, 20ft and 40ft, so you can choose the size that best fits your capacity.
    Side opening shipping containers are also a great option as they enable full access to the entire length of the unit, increasing serving space. The compact size of shipping containers encourages creative use of space, allowing for intimate seating areas or innovative bar designs.

  • Layout: You can choose the layout of your bar and add a variety of features including:

    - Roller shutter or fold down serving hatches. 
    - Personnel doors for easier access.
    - Solid timber or stainless steel worktops for easy cleaning.
    - Shelving for extra storage space.
    - Timber wall option for a rustic wood finish.
    - Vinyl non-slip flooring.
    - External cladding with timber to alter the aesthetic appearance.
  • Insulation: Add insulation to your bar to keep it comfortable and functional in any weather type. This is especially important if you're using your bar for year-round events. By applying a treatment called grafo-therm and ply lining the inside of the unit, it minimises the risk of condensation.

  • Electrics and plumbing: If you need electrical features in your bar, we can install electrical sockets and hook-ups for refrigerated appliances, as well as sinks. We can also add lighting fixtures such as strip, spot, or pendant lights, to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

  • Branding: We can help you brand your bar with custom decals or paint, making your bar an excellent marketing tool. This is a great way to make your business stand out and attract attention. 

Aside from bars, shipping containers are also used as outdoor hospitality venues, such as rooftop bars or restaurants. These spaces offer a unique and exciting experience for customers, with stunning views and an open-air atmosphere. Shipping containers can be stacked to create multi-level areas or arranged in unique configurations to maximise views and space. Examples of projects we have completed on this scale include Stack Seaburn and the Middlesbrough Football Club Fan Zone.

Shipping container bar conversions are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer a unique and exciting alternative to traditional bars and restaurants, with several advantages including portability, and customisability. With their eye-catching designs and creative use of space, shipping container bars and hospitality venues are sure to become even more popular in the years to come. If you're considering a shipping container bar conversion, Cleveland Containers are a great supplier of choice for quality and expertise.

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