Custom Shipping Container Bars

We were recently commissioned by MMedia Group to produce a custom-made bar from a second hand used shipping container. With some experience building shipping container bars this was a straightforward one for us to do, but we were bowled over with how well this came out once the customer had dressed the container, and we believe this stands out as a shining example how a bit of imagination and creativity can turn an old rusty shipping container into an inspiring space. The idea from our client for this shipping container bar area was to create a dystopian wonderland theme complete with Alice and a digital Cheshire cat!

mmedia group container barA used shipping container provided the right level of strength in the structure as well as looking a little dystopian itself (a used container will come with some dinks and dents from its previous shipping life so they are perfect for most projects where cosmetics aren’t too important – i.e. if the container is being covered in stuff!) It was repainted grey externally after the aperture was cut out of one of the long sides; this is where the all-important bar will go.


Shipping container bars are becoming an increasingly popular choice for use at events as they offer huge final design potential and can be easily moved from location to location. They can also be stacked to create larger structures such as extension blocks for schools and classrooms, pavilions, cafés and even houses. We’re hoping to get commissioned to create the Queen of Hearts new Shipping Container palace!

Our task on this occasion was to create a 30ft long shipping container with a large opening in the side. This was produced using a used 40ft shipping container which we cut to length and removed a large section of the corrugated side. Once the opening had been created, we then fitted box section to the cut edges to produce a neat finish. With such a long section removed, we reinforced the side using two box-section ‘props’ to provide additional support and prevent the container from sagging. In discussion with the client about bar size and potential décor, these become features to the build and were placed in client specific positions. To finish our depot work, the container was then re-sprayed grey (RAL7042) using marine grade paint.

As the container was open to the elements, the finishing and fit-out was done on site to produce the Dystopian Wonderland themed design. It features internal electrics and lighting, an external canopy, shelving for the drinks, digital billboards and the bar, taps and plumbing! Anyone not seeing white rabbits later clearly hadn’t got in to the spirit(s) of the event!

MMedia Group creates engaging experiences for brands that enables them to connect with consumers. The group has some 30+ years-experience delivering engaging advertising and events for national and global brands. With what we believe to be the largest range of shipping containers available in one place you’ll have to contact us if you want a quote. Can’t say too much now because I’m late for a very important date!

With shipping container bars becoming increasingly popular, we can help design, create and deliver modified shipping containers for almost any use. With a wide base of experience and knowledge we are here to help you choose the right container, and to help you understand what we can do with each options to get  the end result you need. offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.

If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale, which also includes our ranges of flat pack sheds, container canopies and more. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 7pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).

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