Dad spends £20,000 building secret bunker bar in garden to watch footie


Dad-of-two Jody Wainwright and his family were completing their self-build home when he decided he wanted to build an underground bar using the leftover materials

A dad spent £20,000 building a secret bunker bar in the garden to watch football.

Jody Wainright says his family love the stylish underground bar just as much as he does – although his wife isn’t such as a huge fan of the amount of time he spends in his pub watching football.

The dad-of-two and his family were completing their self-build home when he decided he wanted to build an underground bar using the leftover materials.

Jody says that he decided on an underground bar to save space in the garden and because it’s something he hasn’t seen before.

The shed sits at the rear of the garden and reveals a staircase
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He added: “I thought a bunker bar would be something different to the typical bars people usually build in their gardens.

“It’s something outside the box and also has the wow factor because it’s not something you see all the time.

“After originally joking with the builder I wanted an underground bar, one week later they started digging out the hole in the ground.

Jody loved designing his mancave
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“My favourite thing about the bar is that no one knows it’s there. It’s got a shed above it so it’s well disguised.

“The structure was completed in around six weeks and we spent around £20k on the materials for the bunker.

“One of the biggest challenges of the build was keeping the water out and weatherproofing the top of the bunker.

The internal roof and walls went up made of breeze blocks and cement
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The secret bunker bar also doubles up as a cinema room where Jody and his family also enjoy watching films as on one side of the room there is a widescreen television.

There is also a screen that drops down from the ceiling which Jody uses for watching sports.

The 41-year-old, from Wakefied, West Yorkshire said: “The bar was a godsend during the many lockdowns. It was great to have a lovely space we could appreciate and enjoy as a family.

“My kids love the bar. They’re always down there having parties with their friends or watching movies.

The stairs were erected providing an entrance from the garden
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“My wife enjoys it too, although I’m not sure she enjoys how often I am down there watching football.

“When we have people over they are blown away by the bunker when they see it. It’s not every day you get to go into an underground bar.

“There bar consists of a booth seating area in the corner, a bar at one end of the room with draft lager and cider. There’s also a couple of sofas and a table in the middle.”

Jody Wainright in his back garden in Wakefield, West Yorkshire
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The dad has spent money creating a space where he can invite friends and neighbours round for a few beers while they watch all the top games.

He has splashed out on the decor and it is now like a home from home where he can enjoy watching his favourite team.

It also has the benefit of being secluded and sound does not travel because it is underground and causes no noise nuisance to non footie fans.

Jody decided on an underground bar to save space in the garden
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“It’s quite glamorously decorated and I also have a few bits of sports memorabilia on display too.

“It’s great for us when we have friends around because you can have the music on louder because people can’t hear it as we are underground.

“So we can’t upset the neighbours which is always a plus.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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