Shipping Container Bars

Elevate your bar business with BMarko Structures’ custom shipping container bars. Offering extensive customization, rapid construction, and mobility, our bars provide unparalleled advantages over traditional setups. Perfect for outdoor settings, they can be easily relocated for seasonal events and prime opportunities.

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What is a Shipping Container Bar?

A shipping container bar, also known as a container bar or connex bar, is a repurposed shipping container transformed into a fully functional bar. These modern structures merge contemporary design with practical functionality, providing an eco-friendly and trendy alternative to traditional bar venues.


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Benefits of Choosing a Container Bar from BMarko Structures

Choosing a shipping container bar from BMarko Structures offers numerous advantages, from sustainability to quick construction. Here’s why our container bars are the perfect solution for your business:


100% Customizable Design

At BMarko Structures, we specialize in fully custom builds where your vision is our blueprint. Whether you provide detailed architectural plans or a rough concept, we turn your ideas into reality. Our team collaborates with you to ensure every element of your container bar aligns with your brand's identity and operational needs.

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable

By repurposing shipping containers, we reduce waste and promote sustainable building practices. Our container bars are energy-efficient, utilizing sustainable materials and advanced technologies to minimize environmental impact. Choose a solution that supports both your business and the planet.

Faster Construction Times

Our modular construction process significantly reduces build time compared to traditional methods. While your shipping container bar is being manufactured off-site in a controlled environment, you can prepare the final site simultaneously. This parallel process ensures a faster overall build time, enabling you to open your bar and start serving customers sooner.

Flexibility and Mobility

Our container bars are easily transportable, allowing you to relocate to various venues or events. This mobility provides the flexibility to reach new customers and explore different markets, making it ideal if the initial location is not perfect or if customer demographics change over time.

Overcoming Traditional Bar Challenges

Common issues such as poor location, high initial investment, and overspending can be avoided with a shipping container bar. The ability to move locations and lower customization costs significantly improves your business's chances of success.

Enhanced Security and Durability

Constructed from corrugated steel, shipping container bars offer high security and durability. These robust structures are resistant to break-ins and adverse weather conditions, ensuring your investment is well-protected and your business operates smoothly.

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What Modifications are Possible for a Prefabricated Bar?

One of the key advantages of a shipping container bar is the extensive range of modifications available to tailor the space to your specific needs. At BMarko Structures, we specialize in transforming basic containers into fully functional, aesthetically pleasing bars. Here are some of the modifications you can incorporate into your prefabricated bar:

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Concession Windows

Enhance customer service with customizable concession windows. Perfect for quick and efficient service, these windows can be tailored in size and placement to suit your operational style, whether you prefer a traditional counter or a modern sliding window.

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Beer Taps

Offer a wide selection of draft beers with custom-installed beer taps. Multiple taps and easy-to-use dispensers can be seamlessly integrated into the bar counter, enhancing functionality and allowing you to attract more customers with a diverse beverage menu.

Keg Room

Maintain the perfect pour with a dedicated keg room. This refrigerated space stores kegs at optimal temperatures, featuring easy-access racks, proper insulation, and advanced cooling systems. A tubing and pump system connects the kegs to the beer taps, ensuring consistent pressure and temperature for every pour, improving service efficiency and extending beer shelf life.

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Incorporating bathrooms into your shipping container bar is essential for customer convenience and compliance with local regulations. Compact, fully-functional restrooms can be integrated, complete with sinks, toilets, and ventilation systems. Customizable finishes and fixtures maintain your bar's aesthetic while providing a clean, comfortable space for patrons, enhancing their overall experience and encouraging longer visits.

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Rooftop Decks

Maximize your space with a rooftop deck. This modification offers additional seating and creates a unique, enjoyable environment for your customers. Ideal for outdoor events, a rooftop deck provides great views and an appealing atmosphere, enhancing the overall customer experience.

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Set the perfect mood with effective lighting. From natural lighting solutions like skylights and large windows to customizable LED lighting, we help you create the right ambiance for your space. Proper lighting is crucial for both functionality and creating a welcoming atmosphere.

HVAC Systems

Ensure the comfort of your customers and staff with high-quality HVAC systems. Proper heating, ventilation, and air conditioning are essential for maintaining a pleasant environment, regardless of the weather outside, ensuring year-round comfort.

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Kitchen and Service Areas

Optimize your operations with fully equipped kitchen and service areas tailored to your menu and service needs. This includes counters, sinks, storage units, and all necessary appliances, ensuring a seamless workflow and efficient service in your bar.

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Boost your brand visibility with custom signage. Whether you need illuminated signs, logo displays, or menu boards, we can integrate eye-catching signage into your container bar’s design, making it easier for customers to find and engage with your business.

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Interior and Exterior Finishes

Choose from a variety of high-quality finishes to match your brand’s aesthetic. Options include paint, cladding, wood paneling, and more. These finishes not only enhance the look of your bar but also add durability, ensuring a long-lasting, attractive appearance.

Shipping Container Bar Sizing Options

When selecting the size of your shipping container bar, BMarko Structures offers a variety of options to meet your specific needs and space requirements. Our containers range from compact setups to expansive multi-container configurations, ensuring we can accommodate any business model. Here are the available sizing options:

20 ft Containers

A 20 ft container offers ample space and flexibility, making it ideal for standalone bars or mobile extensions. This size allows for a more extensive menu and additional seating, striking a perfect balance between portability and functionality. It’s a popular choice for entrepreneurs looking to maximize their service capabilities without compromising on mobility.

40 ft Containers

For those aiming to create a full-scale bar, a 40 ft container provides generous space for kitchen equipment, seating areas, and storage. This larger container can accommodate a higher customer volume and offer a wider range of services, making it ideal for high-traffic locations. It’s perfect for establishments that require more room to operate efficiently.

High Cube Options (20 ft and 40 ft)

High cube containers, available in both 20 ft and 40 ft lengths, are one foot taller than standard containers, offering extra vertical space. This additional height is perfect for incorporating loft areas, additional storage, or creating a more spacious feel inside your bar. High cube containers provide the flexibility needed for creative design solutions.

Double-Wide Configurations

By placing two containers side by side and removing the interior walls, you can create a double-wide configuration. This setup significantly increases the usable interior space, allowing for more extensive kitchen areas, additional seating, and enhanced customer flow. Double-wide configurations are ideal for larger establishments or those planning to host events and gatherings.

Multi-Container Configurations

For the ultimate in customization and space, multi-container configurations combine several containers into a cohesive unit. These setups can include multiple levels, interconnected spaces, and various functional areas, such as dedicated kitchen, dining, and lounge zones. Multi-container configurations offer endless possibilities for creating a unique and versatile bar experience.

At BMarko Structures, we understand that each business has unique needs, which is why we offer a range of sizing options and configurations. Whether you need a small, portable café or a large, multi-functional coffee house, our team can help you design the perfect shipping container solution.

How Much Is a Shipping Container Bar?

The cost of a shipping container bar can vary widely based on several factors. Here’s what can influence the overall price:

1. Number of Shipping Containers Used
The size and scale of your bar will significantly impact the cost. A single 20 ft container will be more affordable than a multi-container configuration. The more containers you use, the higher the price.

2. Level of Customization
Custom features such as concession windows, beer taps, keg rooms, bathrooms, and rooftop decks add to the cost. The more tailored and unique your design, the more it will affect the overall price.

3. Location to Ship
Shipping costs vary depending on the destination. Proximity to our manufacturing facility can influence the final price, as transporting the containers over long distances incurs additional costs.

4. Amount of Preconstruction Needed
The condition and readiness of the site where the bar will be placed also play a role. If significant site preparation is needed, this will add to the overall expense.

5. Type of Shipping Containers
Shipping containers are classified as new or retired. New containers, often called “one-trip” containers, have been used to ship goods only once and thus have less wear and tear, costing more than retired containers, which have made multiple trips. At BMarko Structures, we only use “one-trip” or new containers to ensure the highest quality for your bar.

By understanding these factors, you can better anticipate the potential costs involved in creating a custom shipping container bar. For a precise quote tailored to your specific needs and vision, contact BMarko Structures today.

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Shipping Container Cafe FAQs

The construction timeline depends on the level of customization, but most projects are completed within 8-12 weeks. Modular construction offers significant efficiency advantages. While your shipping container bar is being built off-site in a controlled environment, you can simultaneously prepare the final location. This concurrent process greatly reduces the overall build time compared to traditional methods, which often require site preparation before construction can begin. When the container bar is ready, the site will be prepared, ensuring a quick installation and a faster opening for your business.

Absolutely! At BMarko Structures, we prioritize customization to bring your vision to life. Although we don’t have an internal design team, our preconstruction experts collaborate closely with you and your local architecture firm. Whether you provide detailed architectural plans or a basic concept, we’ll transform your ideas into a fully functional, visually appealing bar.

We’ll guide you through the best use of space, the optimal placement of key features like concession windows, beer taps, keg rooms, and seating areas, and the integration of crucial systems such as HVAC, lighting, and plumbing. From compact layouts to expansive, multi-container configurations, we ensure every detail aligns with your business needs and operational flow. Your input is vital, and we strive to exceed your expectations with the final product.

Shipping container bars are designed to endure a variety of weather conditions, providing exceptional durability that ensures the longevity of your business. Constructed from high-strength steel, these containers offer robust security and resilience, making them an ideal choice for a reliable and long-lasting bar setup.

Yes, one of the key advantages of a shipping container bar is its mobility. These structures are designed for easy transport, allowing you to relocate your bar as needed. To move a shipping container bar, a crane lifts and places the container onto a flatbed truck. The flatbed truck then transports it to the new location, where another crane is used to unload and position it. This flexibility enables you to capitalize on different markets, seasonal events, or prime locations, ensuring your business can adapt to changing conditions and opportunities.


The initial investment for a shipping container bar from BMarko Structures tends to be on the higher end due to the superior quality of our construction and materials. However, the long-term maintenance costs are relatively low. Shipping containers are built to be durable and require minimal upkeep to remain in excellent condition. Routine maintenance involves regular inspections, painting to prevent rust, and servicing HVAC systems, ensuring your bar continues to operate smoothly with minimal ongoing expenses.

Permitting requirements for shipping container bars vary by location. Our team can assist you in navigating the process to ensure your shipping container bar complies with all local building codes and regulations.

To begin designing your shipping container bar, we recommend partnering with a local architecture firm to create plans that meet your municipality’s building codes. While BMarko Structures does not have an internal design team, we specialize in preconstruction once we have the architectural drawings. Our experts will guide you through the possibilities, ensuring your design is efficient, cost-effective, and aligned with your vision, bringing your project to life smoothly and successfully.

Get Started Your New Shipping Container Bar

Ready to take your bar business to the next level? With BMarko Structures’ custom shipping container bars, you can create a unique, stylish, and highly functional space that stands out in any setting. Our innovative solutions offer the perfect blend of flexibility, sustainability, and rapid construction, ensuring your bar is not only eye-catching but also operational in record time.

Whether you’re planning a stationary bar or a mobile pop-up, our team is here to bring your vision to life. Raise a glass to new possibilities and let BMarko Structures help you build a bar that will keep customers coming back for more.

Contact us today to start designing your custom container bar and make your business the toast of the town.

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Client Testimonials

Kesler Contracting
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“When we needed a design and build team BMarko was the group that fit perfect for what we needed. BMarko made this happen. Throughout the project we found BMarko’s design and build team to be responsive on quality, design and able to deliver the finished product on time. BMarko was great to work with from start to finish.”
Steve Rogers
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“Antony’s knowledge and design helped immensely in our initial structure. We have ordered 6 units, each is exactly to spec and is impeccably made. Of others we have looked at Bmarko is the best quality and the fastest delivery.”
Keith Reiser
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“Thanks for another successful project. Once again, great quality and on time delivery.”
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