Creating a Nautical Tiki Bar: Your Step by Step Guide

Are you dreaming of an idyllic escape without leaving your back yard? A nautical-themed tiki bar might be just what you need to embark on a maritime adventure right at home. Whether you´re a landlubber or a seasoned sailor, creating your own nautical tiki bar is easier than you might think. In this guide, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a nautical Tiki bar that brings the beach to your backyard.

Nautical interiors shot

Step 1: Choose the Right Location Selecting the right spot of your tiki bar is essential. Opt for a spot in your home or back yard that is out of the way, a corner or a room or garden would make an ideal place.

Step 2: To build your nautical tiki bar you need a sturdy structure. You can repurpose an old bar cart, use a wooden table, or even construct a bar from scratch. Make sure your bar is large enough to accommodate your guests and provide ample space for serving drinks and snacks.

Step 3: Create your Nautical Colour Palette The colours you choose are essential for creating a nautical atmosphere. Classic colours such as blue, red and green should be the foundation of your colour scheme.

This is an image of Decorative Nautical Flags


Step 4: Nautical Décor Essentials To achieve the perfect nautical tiki vibe, adorn your tiki bar with some of the following decorations:

  • Rope Accents & Anchor Motifs: Rope pendant lights, Fish Floats and Rope lamp bases create a coastal vibe.
  • Maritime Flags: Incorporate flags with nautical symbols to evoke a seafaring atmosphere.
  • Coloured Lighting: An instant way to create an atmosphere is with Glass Fish Float lights, if you don’t have many power points then opt for LED battery operated lights or use tea light holders shaped like sea creatures on the bar top.
  • Brass Accents: Brass bar accessories help add an element of luxuary

This image is a of a selection of nautical Tiki Bar decoration. It includes a Ceramic tea light holder shaped like a starfish, a decorative fishing net, a drift wood turtle and battery operated fish float lights

Step 5: Seating and Comfort Choose comfortable seating, weather-resistant if your tiki bar is outside. Nautical-themed outdoor cushions with anchor or seashell patterns can add a nice touch whilst keeping guests relaxed.

Brass Bar acessories

Step 6: Tiki Bar Accessories To complete the look pay close attention to your glass wear, add some Barrel tiki mugs or some fun glasses with anchor motifs or skull and cross bones to serve up signature cocktails. Classics like Mai Tais, Pina Coladas can be written up on a chalk board on the wall. Be sure to include some non-alcoholic options for the designated captains!

This image shows a selection of Nautical Tiki Cocktail Glasses


Creating your own nautical-themed tiki bar is a fantastic way to embark on a voyage of relaxation and fun right in your own hut or back yard. So, hoist the anchor, set your course, and raise a glass…or two!