When man can’t go to the pub in lockdown, the pub must come to the man.
Like so many of us, brewery worker Steve Sweet, 55, was missing the pub amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But rather than bulk ordering craft beers or organising nightly Zoom sessions to compensate, Steve decided to just go ahead and make his dream bar in the back garden.
The completed pub, called The Doghouse, is a converted shed in Steve’s garden and has beer on draft, bar snacks, music, and a dart board.
There’s even a water feature made out of Jack Daniel’s bottles, forming a functioning waterfall. What could be more relaxing than that?
Steve, who works at Fuller’s Brewery in Chiswick, spent months converting the shed into his local and a further weekend constructing the amazing Jack Daniel’s fountain.
He said: ‘I always fancied a personal pub. It’s great to have somewhere to spend time with friends and family.
‘Since the lockdown and pubs being closed, it’s definitely been one of my better ideas.
‘I already had a shed, but the deconstruction and reconstruction of the man cave took about six months.’
After completing the hard work on the pub, Steve, who lives in Uxbridge, London, chose to make something special as the crowning glory: a mini water fountain with old drinks bottles.
‘The fountain took a weekend to put together and has attracted so much attention on social media,’ he said.
‘The main features of my bar are the Asahi dry on draught, closely followed by the TV and surround sound system and my Jack Daniel’s fountain.
‘I started putting the Jack fountain together a couple of weekends ago. I had all the materials.
‘So I was working on it and about halfway through my mother came out because she lives in a the granny Annex at the side of the house.
‘She started asking what I was doing, so I tried to explain. Halfway through trying to explain she just looked up and said ‘that will never work’ and walked back inside.
‘I just had to laugh at the lack of encouragement. Thanks mum! Basically, it’s water with soya sauce to make it look like Jack Daniel’s.’
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