bar·​keep | \ ˈbär-ˌkēp How to pronounce barkeep (audio) \
variants: or less commonly barkeeper \ ˈbär-​ˌkē-​pər How to pronounce barkeeper (audio) \

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The 1930s vintage of the place might prompt you to pick a Martini, a Manhattan, or an Old Fashioned; barkeeps will do right by all of the above. Alex Van Buren, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 An absinthe fountain sits prominently between guests and barkeeps and bottles crowd narrow shelves on the bar wall. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Bars in Charleston," 1 May 2018 Before that, however, the boy was turned over at age 7 to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Orphaned, Delinquent, Incorrigible and Wayward Boys at the behest (and expense) of his father, a barkeep and onetime seller of lightning rods. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘The Big Fella’ Review: American Hit Parade," 5 Oct. 2018 Whiskey aficionados take note: Two hundred varieties line the shelves, with ladders for the barkeeps at the ready. Howard Cole,, "Take me out to a Quakes game on a weekend escape to Rancho Cucamonga," 12 July 2018 Some of Philly’s best barkeeps are offering booze-less alternatives. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 Craddock torments the inhabitants of Las Mudas, shooting their leader in cold blood and torturing the barkeep with nitroglycerin. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Answers a Shocking "Riddle" About the Series," 13 May 2018 There’s no distinction between barkeep and barista, as everyone is cross-trained; the space was cannily configured to Death and Co.'s specs. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Death and Co.'s Arrival May Turn Denver Into a Cocktail City," 27 Apr. 2018 Afterward, grab a nerve-soothing nightcap at the Omni Parker House, where the barkeeps are usually willing to put up with some questioning about the hotel’s supernatural residents., "30 great dates in Boston and beyond," 22 Mar. 2018

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1671, in the meaning defined above

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