5 Reasons you Need a Pub Set

Do you enjoy gathering around a table with friends, sharing stories and good food? If so, then you need a pub set in your home! Here are five reasons why.

1. They’re a great way to show off your style and personality

A pub set, commonly referred to as a bar set, is a high table and chair combination. They’re a trendy addition that adds a touch of class to any modern space with a chic design and finishes that are sleek, sharp, and clean. Whether in a condo or a studio apartment, as a main dining eating area, or as cool breakfast nook, these high table and chair sets will elevate any room.

2. They're affordable and will last for years.

Alongside stylish good looks, pub-style tables and stools afford great value and quality. Averaging between $200 and $300, (with some great offerings under $200), bar sets offer durable furnishings at attainable prices. When it comes to value for your money, it’s hard to do better than a pub set. Despite the affordable price points, the metal construction of many of these high tables makes them super sturdy and highly durable.

DHP 3 Piece Counter Height Breakfast Bar Table and Chairs Set

3. They’re the perfect addition to any room in your home

Whether you live in a house, condo, or studio apartment, pub sets are among the most multifunctional pieces of furniture you can own. They can be used in many rooms, and they serve many different purposes. A bar table and stools fit well almost anywhere including the kitchen, dining room, basement bar, entertainment room, game room, man cave, office, music studio, and college dorm. They work as kitchen tables, dinner tables, bars, workstations, desks, corner tables, or as outdoor entertaining furniture (patio bars, deck bars, and porch bars).  

4. Bar sets are perfect for any occasion.

Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, high tables and stools pair well with food and drink. They can be used for intimate dining for two, or to serve appetizers and drinks to guests when entertaining. Pub sets can be used in your main dining area, breakfast nooks or the living room.

DHP Tanner 3 Piece Brass Pub Set with 2 Stools, a Faux Marble Top and 3 Storage Shelves

5. The stylish and compact design is perfect for any décor.

The slim construction and compact design of bar sets are ideal for small spaces, they maximize space by integrating several pieces of furniture into one compact set. Stools conveniently tuck underneath the table, so they don’t take up much space when not in use.  Pub-style dining sets are perfect for small apartments, small kitchens, dinettes, and even trailers. If you’re looking to fill a small and narrow space, a counter or bar height table and chairs might be the perfect solution

What Exactly is a Pub Set?

The term pub set, sometimes referred to as pub style, is a specific type of table and chair combination. The table is commonly narrow and rectangular in shape, but it can also be round or square and can include shelving. By definition, a bar set also includes two or more chairs. It can be made of metal or wood or a combination of both and the chairs are sometimes upholstered or adorned with a cushion. Bar sets usually come in 3-pieces: a table and 2 seats.

NOVOGRATZ Nora 3-Piece Pub Set with Faux Terrazzo Top

Pub Tables vs Other Tables

A pub set goes by many names, the most common of which is a “bar set”.  Pub tables are sometimes referred to as bar tables, bistro tables, counter height tables, high tables, gathering tables, and standing tables. The dining table, the café table, the bar table, and the pub or bistro table are the four main types of dining tables sold in North America and they are often distinguished by where they’re used.

Traditionally, bistro and cafe tables are found on a commercial terrace, while pub-style sets are used in a wide range of home settings. Pub tables are taller than dining tables and they have a smaller and narrower tabletop compared to counter height tables, bar tables, café tables and bistro tables. 

DHP Harper 3 Piece Pub Set with Two Stools and 3 Storage Shelves

Pub Set Sizes

Pub tables range from 32 to 36 inches tall, and they are paired with 24-inch to 26-inch stools, also known as pub chairs. With diameters of about 30 inches, pub tables are considerably smaller than dining tables. Square pub tables can be as small as 20 x 20 inches while rectangular pub tables are up to 22 x 40 inches. 

Where do Pub Sets Come From?

Like bistro and café tables, pub tables all derive from commercial restaurant furniture that originated in Europe. In North America, pub sets became popular during the post-civil war period after European settlers opened the first bistros in New York City.

Shopping for Pub Sets

A quality bar set looks great and can be had for a very reasonable price. Make sure you take the time to find the right one for your space and that’s well suited for your needs. You’ll need to make aesthetic and practical decisions regarding the size (height, length, width, and diameter), shape, and color to ensure the best fit.

REALROOMS Jace Counter Height Kitchen 3 Piece Pub Set with Drop Leaf and 2 Counter Height Stools

You may also want to make sure that it is easy to put together, as many bar sets require assembly. If you decide to use your pub set outdoors, choose one that can withstand the elements. If you’re purchasing pub tables and stools separately, make sure that your chairs are the right fit for your table (there should be 9 – 13 inches of leg space between the seat and the tabletop).   

A pub set is an increasingly popular furniture option that can be used in a wide range of settings serving multiple functions. Pub-style sets can do it all, from helping you to entertain guests to adding style and functionality to your home. With so many reasons this piece of furniture is great buy, what are you waiting for? Find your perfect pub set today!