Based in Brighton, East Sussex, the Bugbar is a unique customised VW campervan. The ultimate bespoke ‘pop up’ wedding bar. If you want to add a touch of vintage to your festival themed wedding, hiring the Bugbar could be the perfect icing on the cake for your special day. They serve excellent beverages of your choice with experienced and super friendly bar staff.
The Bugbar can supply anything from local ales, classy cocktails through to bubbles. The idea was conceived through a lifetime passion of campervans, festivals, great music, and first class drinks.
The man behind the BugBar is Justin Rushmore a long time owner of a 1974 bay window VW campervan. Justin ran a prolific bar in London, (Bar Vinyl, Camden) a highly successful record label (Finger Lickin’ Records) as well as being a hugely respected international DJ. His background in both running bars and working in the music industry explains the natural progression to creating his new business. So it will come as no surprise that the Bugbar also operates a very impressive DJ booth with its awesome DJs, and sound & light show.
We caught up with Justin who explains why the Bugbar has been such a huge success. “During my DJ career I came across a trend in Thailand to convert VW campervans into street bars. Having owned a campervan since the 80’s I was totally inspired and loved the idea. I then dreamt up the concept of combining the unit with a DJ booth and the Bugbar was born. We launched in 2013 and we were inundated with requests to hire the bar for weddings and festivals. The debut outing was for my own wedding in June, we got married on a farm in Sussex. The bestman’s speech jokingly concluded “Justin is very proud to have a stunning, beautiful and inspiring new love in his life… Ladies and gentlemen…the Bugbar!” Obviously my wife is number one but I am passionate about my business.
Everyone loves the Bugbar, it’s the nostalgia triggered by the sight of a vintage campervan and the curiosity of the pop up roof that works so well. Interestingly there seems to be a huge interest in festival themed weddings and the Bugbar fits perfectly with this emerging fashion. We offer an incredibly good service and only employ super friendly staff so we have a winning formula. Our first summer was so successful we have decided to add another Bugbar to the fleet…… as for the DJ booth, the Bugbar also comes equipped with an incredible LED light show, disco mirror balls, and to keep those neighbours happy we have 100 silent disco headphones so the party ends when you want it to.” – Genius, we love it!