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Want to bring a bar to the streets, the park, an open field, and more? With our customizable containers, you can open the bar of your dreams.

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Containers make for great construction material with their corrugated iron walls and reinforced frames. Not only that, they are cheap, super modular, and widely available. Realizing your dream bar with a shipping container build is often significantly less expensive than building it out as a regular brick-and-mortar unit.

However, there’s more than cost to consider! Containers have a unique style and aesthetic that can do a lot of the heavy lifting for your brand or concept. With a rough industrial look as they are or changing it to be custom coated and painted in any color you want.

As if that’s not enough, their modularity and ease of transport makes a shipping container bar the ideal candidate for a pop-up restaurant, a seasonal venue, or for the bar and catering facilities at events and much more. 


You can find a good used shipping container from $2500, a decent one from $3-4k, and a brand new shipping container usually starts at $6-7k.

Strangely enough this ratio just about holds true no matter if you are getting a 10-, 20- or 40 foot container or a high cube ,a container with a raised ceiling, and if you are in Europe or the US.

This means the basic container steel and construction is really not the cost (or value) driver of these units. You can hunt for and find a bargain if a company near you is looking to get rid of a container in a hurry for business reasons and save a bit of money. Of course, you can also just buy your container through Karpatia, as our team knows how to source a good deal for you.

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Your total cost to buy a shipping container bar will largely be driven by design, materials, inventory, and labor. Prices start at approximately $25k for pre-fab smaller models with modest designs if no permitting is involved, but units go up to $100k+ if your county treats shipping containers as buildings with all the engineering and permitting that entails.

Materials, shipping, and installation costs depend on your design, inventory, and location. Once we got to the serious quoting stage we’ll make the 3d renderings, perform the calculations based on them, and be happy to take a look at your site and get down to details.


Three of the most important design dimensions for your shipping container bar are the structural design, the hospitality design, and the marketing design. What do we mean by this? Let’s find out.


    As a base unit the shipping container is extremely robust. However, we will be cutting out parts of the side for service windows or performing more complex works such as an easy opening fold-out on all sides or a hydraulic lift that automatically flips open the roof. We have to make sure that it all works out and remains up to code.

    Can that awesome rooftop bar support as many people as it fits? Is the city ok with that? And given your requirements does it make sense to use actual containers, or build a structure out of corrugated steel panels that has a similar look?

    Structural integrity can never be compromised on, and the engineering and planning part of a container build can end up taking the longest of all three phases.


    From tap to fryer, are we meeting all the health codes?

    Step one in a good container unit used for any kind of bar or foodservice is ensuring 100% compliance, all the time every time. Then the next phase is where our expertise and pre-configured layouts shine through to help you. Are we doing the layout in an efficient way? Is it easy to get the kegs in and out from under the tap? How far do servers have to walk? Can we create more space for ordering? Do you really need storage inside a specific unit or is it better to get a small second container for storage?

    We also help you figure out the optimal layout if you are making a multi-container unit on a larger plot.


    oes the design speak to your brand, the customers, and the soul? Is a used, rusted container bad or just perfect?

    Glittering gold spray, matte black, a slick and strict vinyl wrap, or a cooperation with a local graffiti artist, all options are on the table. This becomes a bigger more important part of the build if you get a multi-container unit where we can get creative with the stacking and interfacing of the containers.

    Our designers have a university level background in architecture, as structural engineers and in foodservice floor plan design, as a team of course, not in a singular person.


There are plenty of options for using a container, craft beer bars, coffee shops, drive through restaurants and more. Although the units are very flexible, they do not have to be. Karpatia provides mobile food solutions, but we’re not stopping you from just making it permanent as our containers are built to last.

Check out some of our popular concepts for your inspiration.


Many young entrepreneurs in food service dream of starting their own hip coffee boutique. And “starting out” usually happens on a budget. Happily, the look of a shipping container café appeals to a younger crowd too making the shipping container a natural fit for your café.

Modular and flexible, the container can easily be moved if your initial location does not work out and you can get out from under the lease.

Get a pre-fab and preconfigured unit to save even more and you have that much more buffer for the initial months of operating. And you’re in good company, as even Starbucks has started to open locations using containers.


Festivals all over the world make use of these robust go-to solutions for their beer points across the grounds. And with good reason, as they are virtually indestructible, set up in a matter of hours, and easy to expand and position.

Have a big beer brewery partner for your events? They will more than often be happy to fund your container. Let us help you get that deal and order.

Container bars lock up tight and easy at night, can be fitted with as many taps as you want and are hooked up to a big tank or use interchangeable kegs.

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Karpatia has decades of professional experience doing pop-ups, festivals, and events. You get to put all that experience to work for you when designing your very own container.

Our focus is to build a great price to value unit so you’re getting some of the best quality out there on the market at very affordable rates. All you have to do is tell us your heart’s desire and we get to work.

extra services

  • pre-configured

    It might be your first shipping container bar – it’s not ours. From coffee to oyster bars, shower units and craft beer containers, we have a basic plan to get you rolling quicker. 

    We’ll even help you get the plans approved by the city and help you find state-certified engineers and architects if you don’t have anyone for that yet.

  • financing

    No cash, no problem! Get pre-qualified by our finance partners or see if we can negotiate a more affordable loan option.

  • website included

    Starting a new business or doing a major upgrade?

    We include our deluxe Website package with any purchase of a shipping container bar.

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For more information about shipping container bars or to request a free quote, call us anytime at 404-999-1864 or fill out the form on our contact page.

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Learn more in our knowledge center ►

Yes, the containers are extremely modular and can be stacked in most jurisdictions without running into building codes and zoning issues. If you have more space available, they can also easily be joined together horizontally on a level plane.

A standard container is 320 sqf / 30 sqm. You can order a smaller one or a High Cube (a 40ft container with a higher ceiling) as well should that better fit your needs, giving 2896 mm instead of 2591 mm in ceiling height. This can be advantageous for airflow and temperature control in BBQ container units, although it is more commonly used if you are building a shipping container restaurant with in-house seating.


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