Shipping Container Bars for the Thirsty
All over the world people are winding up their work and starting to overindulge on food and booze for the Christmas party season. Why not? Tis the season to be jolly! For many Down Under their plans will centre around a beach and hopefully a bar close by to lubricate the atmosphere…
The best bars have character and are about feeling good to be there, as much as using their different beverages to enjoy your time. One of the latest trends is to convert shipping containers into licensed establishments with the intent of being a magnet to the trendy end of the market even as they drink the afternoon and evening away. For a lowly old globetrotting steel box, this is quite a leap in terms of social climbing – from the ultra efficient logistics industry, to the uber trendy place-to-be on a beach or in a fashionable restaurant district! Let’s look at two projects in laid back Orange Beach, USA and in Bristol in the UK.
The Gulf – Orange Beach, Alabama
For many people the idea of a pub that serves good food on the beach is Paradise on Earth. Chill out with your friends with a beer or two and enjoy some excellent food as you look over the sea at lunchtime before going for an afternoon dip in the sea to cool off…
The Gulf Café is in Orange Beach, Alabama, and is on the Gulf of Mexico where the climate ensures you can enjoy year round sunshine and waters warmed in the nearby Caribbean. From summer to Christmas, it is possible to enjoy a beer on the beach without having to wrap up to stave off the wintry winds.
Orange Beach is a short drive from Mobile. This is the port city where the world’s first two container ships were built by Waterman Steamship Corporation in 1955, giving birth to the industry as we know it today.
The food on offer is just what you would expect from a laid back beach bar: you can have a burger for $12 though it serves fashionable sushi, as well as more local favourites such as the grouper sandwich for the weight conscious.
The bar itself is composed of shipping containers with large windows for those who wish to hide from the heat or evening cool, while there is a large outdoor seating area for those who wish to enjoy the fantastic scenery.
CARGO, Bristol, England
Bristol is one of the most forward thinking, fashionable cities in the UK. Just a 90 minute train ride from London, it is a magnet for those who seek the cosmopolitan vibe of the country’s capital yet the rolling hills and greenery of the West Country. Drawing the ‘London crowd’ much of the city’s entertainment is as good as you will find in any major capital of the world.
It is not surprising therefore that a new development of bars and restaurants has sprung up near the centre of Bristol called CARGO. The trendy restaurant complex on Wapping Wharf in Bristol has started out with 18 x 40ft shipping containers that have a range of eateries and bars that served a range of tastes. Whether you want a taste of the West Country’s world famous cider or fried chicken, this is one of the best places to hang out in an already painfully trendy city.
As of the time of writing, the bar and restaurant complex is being expanded with 49 containers being added, and nine new bars and restaurants have already been confirmed to be moving in. Additionally, you can chill out with a massage or shop for the clothes in the retail development that should help make the Wapping Wharf development the place to be in Bristol for nearly 20 hours a day.
Speaking of the extended development at Wapping Wharf, Stuart Hatton, director at Umberslade, the developer behind CARGO, said: “We’ve worked hard to strike a balance so that each business complements one another, and together they provide a fantastic offering. We are really excited to see these new shipping containers arrive at Wapping Wharf and look forward to seeing this new, thriving community continue to grow and flourish.”
Want to create your own shipping container bar?
Shipping containers are very easily converted into bars and restaurants, particularly with the current fashion among entertainment venues for the bare, semi industrial look. Here at Gateway Container Sales we have a team of experts and a network of architects and designers to help you develop your own drinking establishment. Contact us today and we will be happy to discuss your plans, or get a free quote.