Horse Trailer Bar

Horse Trailer Bars are a stable business

Bar trailers are not commonly seen as a regular concession operation – that is because liquor licenses are hard to come by and costly, so just like many other mobile beer trucks and trailers the horse trailer bar will largely be confined to private events, weddings and corporate gigs. You’ll absolutely do fine on all of those though!

Whether you want a full service mobile bar with a premium Krowne buildout that allows you to serve prosecco or a range of craft beers on tap, a custom cocktail workstation or a more practical self-service tap unit to rent out, our horse trailers make a very robust and practical platform to base your business on.  

Built for horses – they’re built to last. Add to that the great value on how much trailer you get for your dollar, their spiking popularity and the flexibility in design and finishings and it’s hard to say no to a horse trailer. 

An unwritten guideline of the food truck industry but especially so horse trailer bars appears to be that you have to stick to the punniest of naming conventions. 

From the Pour Horse to Unstabled, the list is endless and endlessly creative yet cringe. Some rulebreakers challenge the status quo – such as the popular Social Bar – Sweden’s first horse trailer bar – so if you’re not particularly punny and had enough of horsing around – stick around and we’ll convince you why a horse trailer bar is a great and stable business model. 

Why do horse trailers make such good bar trailers?

The Social Bar Horse Trailer bar, Stockholm SE, made by KarpatiaTrucks 3

Great Looks

Most concession trailers are efficiently boring square boxes – while horse trailers come in different attractive styles. 

From the shape to the cladding and the paint, your trailer will stand out and draw crowds.

durable horse trailer bar

Extremely durable

“Horse people” are out and about all the time carrying the heavy load of a horse or two, to- and fro every chance and weekend they get for the many long years of a horse’s life. 

If yours is in service just as many years and miles as a bar trailer, it’ll  certainly be a very succesful business.

Horsebox Conversion to general trailer

Versatility

There are a 1001 or more different base models for horse trailers, both used and brand new built.

So whatever booze concept you have in mind – there is a horse trailer for you.

A Horse Trailer is converted into a Bar..

..and the prospective food truck operator asks – why the long nose? To which the trailer builder says, why to put the generator compartment and gas tanks on of course! 

As bad as that joke is – the fork is the perfect place to put a generator on a horse trailer. And while as a bar you likely won’t need a gas tank, they certainly fit either on the fork or on the back of the trailer in a separate compartment if you intend on using the horse trailer for something else such as crêpes or more savory dishes. 

Weddings are where it's at

If you google around a little bit you can easily discover that by far the most sought after combination that draws these trailers is to rent out a horse trailer as a bar for weddings, over all other types of events. And that’s great news! 

Couples spend on average up to $7000 on their catering, including the bar – and that’s just the upper range of the average. 

If you manage to establish yourself and your brand, offer a more upscale selection of craft beers or prosecco or maybe even act as a mixologist for hire along with your trailer you’ll be looking forward to all spring and summer weekends as your big annual paycheck. 

Versatility

At Karpatia we both build custom trailers from scratch as well as convert pre-existing units to mobile sales solutions such as beer and bar trailers. There are a tonne of pre-existing horse trailers out there as equestrian sports and horse keeping for fun are a major industry where you practically can’t be part of it all without your own trailer. 

If neither you nor the county health inspector gets queasy from the idea that your bar on wheels was a horse transport in its previous life, sites like Horse Trailer World offer a wealth of options to choose from, in style and size and amenities – how many food trailers have a full camping setup? Not a lot – but in horse world that and other extra’s are common enough. 

Often these trailers are over-engineered from the bar perspective: you and your equipment won’t approach the kind of weight and won’t pull the kind of antics two to four horses would, and you can take that as a plus if you like an extra sturdy trailer and your vehicle can pull all the weight without issue. 

If nothing used suits your fancy or you just like to have a new trailer – we’re happy to help and we’ll build your unit from scratch from the ground up. 

To serve or not to serve

Which horse are you betting on?

All the versatility and variety aside in terms of the specific model and the product offering – you can split horse trailer bars in to two categories: the self-serve bar and the serviced bar.  

To decide which is for you, you have to ask yourself:

  • Do you like people and interacting with them as the bartender? Are you a hospitality and service person? Do you have any unique skills that add to the bar experience?
 
  • Are you on board with the idea of renters using your trailer in your absence, including possible abuse of the trailer and having to get all that covered properly with your insurance and your terms and conditions?
 
  • What is the competition like in your area? How are other beer or bar trailer vendors operating? Give them a call and see how booked they are. 
 
  • How much time do you have available to spend on the business? Self-serve rentals are easier on the operator. 
 
It’s not something we can decide for you of course, but we’ll talk you through all the options on our design intake call if you decide to inquire with us. 

Ultimately either model can be a good business – what will work best is up to your personal prefence and circumstances in your area. 

our process

Understand

By assessing your dreams we come to a shared understanding of who we are building for and why

Exploring multiple design options lets us find the solution that best suits your business goals

Ideate

Refine

We refine the concept and provide you with a detailed design that meets your needs

Close monitoring during production ensures we meet your standards. You can always fly- or drive in and take a look!

Build

Operate

We offer a range of extra services to support your operation, so you can keep your focus.

There are literally hundreds of food truck builders.

SO Why KARPATIA?

1.

Karpatia provides the best quality to value ratio in the industry - from CE conforming standards fit for a 5-star hotel on Asian products to high end European replicas and authentic conversions.

2.

With Karpatia, you have an endless amount of possibilities.
We will provide you with the best kitchen equipment and customizations such as full body wrap or painting – fast and easy.

3.

We also provide additional services to help you get started – from financing to food truck websites 

Is a horse trailer the right bar for you?

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we ship to Hawaii. Extra rates apply.

Yes, we ship to Alaska, although extra rates apply.

We will gladly export your vehicle to Canada but need a little more cooperation with you to get it up to local code than we would for US customers. 

Containers go everywhere, and all units can always be shipped to the nearest port. We might not have a local forwarder in your country (yet) though, in which case we will find one together with you. 

Of course!

Karpatia has opened up a showroom at the MET in Atlanta – give us a call and you’re welcome to visit any time. 

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