5 Homes With Outdoor Bars for $10 Million and Up

Spanning chef’s kitchens, infinity-edge swimming pools, and all-weather theater setups, indoor-outdoor living spaces are becoming larger and more elaborate, emulating the look and feel of the world’s best five-star resorts.

And it’s often the wet bar that’s at the heart of these amenity-packed backyard entertainment spaces.

With their luxury finishes, extravagant accoutrements, and high-end lounge seating, the latest home bars are designed to complement the architecture of the house—and to put everyone at ease and in a vacation mode regardless of the time of day or year.

Here are five properties, priced at $10 million and higher, that have built-in outdoor bars worth raising a glass to.

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La Jolla, California

Listing price: $34.75 million

Austin Ashline, Future Home Photo

The 11,239-square-foot Tree House, so called because it was built around the 150-year-old Portuguese cork trees on its 1.6-acre grounds, is detailed for large-scale outdoor entertaining.

Designed by the award-winning architectural firm KAA Design, it has an outdoor kitchen and an entertainment area that adjoin a 1,200-square-foot recreation room that’s equipped with a huge movie theater and a bar that opens to outdoor spaces.

Both of these areas have large sinks, wine-storage coolers, beverage fridges, ice makers, and dishwashers. The outdoor kitchen has a sizable barbecue area with a gas grill and a commercial-grade pizza oven. Other amenities include a large built-in fire pit, an outdoor TV, a large shuffleboard, a 150-foot-long lap pool, and a water feature with color-changing lights.

Retractable awnings that have built-in heaters cover the entertainment area.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind, private gated compound featuring a contemporary and warm home with panoramic ocean views,” says Ross Clark of the Dickinson-Clark Team at Compass, who co-listed it with Brett Dickinson. “The yard is completely private, and from the outdoor entertainment area, you can look through the house and see the sunset on the other side of the house.”

Kamuela, Hawaii

Listing price: $21 million

Set on 1.37 acres on the Island of Hawaii in Mauna Lani Resort on 49 Black Sand Beach, this oceanfront estate has a bar that’s ideal for sipping a cocktail and watching the whales and dolphins frolicking in the waves. The 5,784-square-foot indoor-outdoor house, which is being sold furnished, is in a private gated community.

Its landscape is appointed with a variety of amenities, including several seating and dining areas, a flat-screen TV, tiki lights, a waterfall, an infinity pool that looks as though it’s flowing into the ocean, and a sunbathing area.

The swinging sofa bed that is suspended over the water like a luxury hammock is a perfect spot for watching sailboats and sunsets while sipping Champagne, says listing broker Yvonne J. Khouri-Morgan of Corcoran Pacific Properties.

“It’s an exceptional property because of the location,” she says. “It’s perched atop Honokaope Bay” and the outdoor entertaining area is so enticing that “you may not ever want to step inside.”

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Laguna Beach, California

Listing price: $13.75 million

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

In the private community of Three Arch Bay, this estate stands on the ocean side of the Pacific Coast Highway. In addition to a bar, the property has a built-in barbecue and outdoor kitchen, a custom fire pit with wraparound seating, planters filled with “curated” gardens, and a “living” salad bar where diners sit at a table and pick fresh greens.

The Platinum LEED-certified residence, a recent down-to-the-studs remodel, opens up to the outdoors.

“Even if you are in the backyard, you can see the captivating ocean views that are also enjoyed from the front yard,” says Donna Pfanner, global real estate advisor at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s perfect for hosting large gatherings, sunny al fresco dining, or to unwind, and for lounging around the fire pit for a quiet evening under the stars.”

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Miami Beach, Florida

Listing price: $14.5 million

Lifestyle Production Group

In the island city’s Nautilus District, this 1933 residence includes a 128-foot waterfront on Biscayne Waterway. Its lushly landscaped backyard is planted with fruit trees and features an outdoor kitchen with water views, a bar equipped with a wine fridge, an eight-burner barbecue grill, a wood-fired pizza oven, and most importantly, an ice machine. 

The property is special, according to listing agent Julian Johnston of the Corcoran Group, because it’s a double lot. “It’s 24,000 square feet of land, and children can put a basketball or soccer field in the front yard,” he says.

A 120-foot-long deck and a 46-foot-by-23-foot pool with chromotherapy lighting and a hot tub complete the outdoor space, which is like a private oasis.

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Sarasota, Florida

Listing price: $22 million

Sica Media

This 8,138-square-foot waterfront residence on the barrier island of Siesta Key offers the luxury indoor-outdoor life to the fullest. Positioned on a private, gated peninsula, it has a two-sided bar that you can swim up to from the infinity-edge pool.

The space also includes an outdoor kitchen, a circular sunken fire pit in the pool that has comfortable upholstered seating worthy of a landed living area, a spa, a koi pond, a dining pavilion, and a living wall.

The estate, set on an acre that includes 700 feet of water frontage, has a dock setup, a paddleboard launch pad, and a storage area for kayaks and paddleboards.

“It’s really designed for Florida entertaining—both inside and out,” says listing agent Joel Schemmel of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

This article first appeared in the Winter 2023 issue of Mansion Global Experience Luxury.

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