Container Bar

This outdoor bar located in downtown Austin’s hip Rainey Street neighborhood, features an “up-cycled” design, meaning that the materials have not only been recycled, they’ve been improved. The structure is made entirely out of discarded shipping containers stacked on top of each other, bolstered by concrete block, rusty plate steel, chain link and concrete, giving the exterior a gritty, hip, industrial aesthetic. The inside, by contrast, gives way to more refined and uncomplicated finishes.

From the exterior of the container bar, it’s a pretty straightforward design. Stacked shipping containers with large roof over the whole thing, creates courtyard space- it’s as simple as that. It’s almost like walking into a shipping container field and carving out a little bar in the middle of it. We wanted to do something more unique with interior of shipping containers, giving each one its own personality through the finishes we used on interior of shipping containers.


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Austin, Texas, United States

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