Family build incredible Las Vegas-themed bar in their garden during lockdown

A family of nine has built an incredible Las Vegas-themed pub in their back garden to pass the time during lockdown.

Carpenter John O'Grady got his whole clan involved to create O'Gradys Bar for about £45,000 after his work dried up during lockdown.

It comes complete with a pool table, three TVs, a juke box, a games room, a pub toilet and draught beer pumps.

The Solihull bar also has WiFi, a plumbed-in toilet, running water, central heating and insulation, BirminghamLive reports.

John and his family have enjoyed "going to the pub" every weekend – even during the tightest Covid restrictions – since O'Gradys opened last September.

"It's Vegas themed and has memorabilia from all the places we've been," said John, whose wife Shell loves their new garden pub.

"Everyone helped, it was an enjoyable project because it was a total family effort."

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"We spend most Friday and Saturday nights in there as a family now and we're often in there on a Sunday afternoon watching the football," said John.

"It feels like a pub because there are so many of us living together in our house.

"Christmas was great too. I know we're very lucky, we haven't suffered through lockdown like some people have.

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"The kids love the place, they're always in there. There's a games room in the front where they can go and use their iPads and computers that we've set up for them."

It came after his work came to a virtual standstill between March and September 2020.

The family-of-nine includes his four children, his eldest son's partner and his mum and dad who all live together – and everyone has chipped in to help with the project.

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John and Shell's children got fully involved in the project over the summer holidays. They are Alex, 23, Thomas, 17, Alfie, 13, and Scarlett, eight.

The pub measures 12m by 6m and cost around £40,000 to £50,000 to build.

John's friend David Brown is a graffiti artist who designed and spray-painted the walls. And he arranged to have beer kegs delivered regularly by Mark O'Neill, who runs O’Neill’s Brewery in Rugby.

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John added: "We've taken photos of the whole project.

"It's been a great team build, a real memory building project.

"No-one has seen it yet because of lockdown. They've seen pictures but we can't wait for them to see it for real.

"We're looking forward to spending time there with our friends and family. I can't see us going to the pub much now we have this in our garden!

"I've already had friends asking for something similar!

"Work went down to just a five per cent turnover between March and September but it's picked up and been overly busy ever since so the timing of this project was perfect.

"We'd wanted to do it for a couple of years and, in fact, I think if it hadn't been for lockdown, we'd never have had the time to do it."

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