The Coolest Bar in Texas is Built With Seven Stacked Shipping Containers

by , 03/14/15

Container Bar by North Arrow Studio, Hendley | Knowles Design Studio, Shipping Container Bar, Rainey Street Bars, Bridget Dunlap Bar, Recycled Shipping Containers

The bar is built up from seven different containers, which have been stacked on top of each other to create a double-height bar area, exposure to the elements, and plenty of cubbyholes where patrons can go to relax. There are at least four different private rooms, which feature walls made from various materials, multi-colored chairs, couches, and other design finishes that make it easy to forget you’re sat inside a shipping container.

Related: Granary Row: Shipping Container Pop-up Market Jump Starts Industrial Neighborhood in Salt Lake City

Bridget Dunlap, an entrepreneur who owns a string of other businesses in the city, had leased the land for nearly four years before the Container Bar came to life at the end of 2013. While some of the blame lies with the city, who were unfamiliar with planning permissions for shipping containers, Dunlap told the Austin Business Journal, “There were a lot of unknown variables. I can’t blame it all on the city.”

Container Bar was built with the help of Hendley | Knowles Design Studio, and should the city ever change its planning permissions, the unique design makes it easy to transport the entire bar to a different location. Not only does the establishment look like a great place to hang out, but it shows that shipping containers can be used by all kinds of people, not just those looking for an affordable way to build a home.

+ North Arrow Studio

Via DesignMilk

Images by Container Bar, Chris Perez

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  1. Anna Riner March 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, quite interesting design, love that colors. The bar should be placed at some beach it would surely stand out.

  2. Didi Simer July 24, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I’m stunned at the beauty of this bar. Reusing these containers to make buildings is so inspiring and motivating others to try their own creativity of making use of reusable materials.

    The idea of using these containers was given to me 12 years ago by a friend but then I didn’t know I had a creative side in me…lol I would love to build a house with containers and other reusable materials.

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