cover charge


Definition of cover charge

: a charge made by a restaurant or nightclub in addition to the charge for food and drink

Examples of cover charge in a Sentence

The nightclub has a $5 cover charge.
Recent Examples on the Web Perks include guaranteed seating for the member and three guests, access to VIP areas, no cover charges on nights with live music and invitations to special events. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Burn by Rocky Patel: Downtown's newest cigar lounge has just opened in Circle Centre," 11 Dec. 2019 The cover charge at the bar is astronomical — the drinks more so. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "I'll Be Doing Absolutely Nothing on New Year's Eve, and You Should Do The Same," 15 Dec. 2019 There is no cover charge to get in, but guests do need to pay to play with quarters or tokens offered on-site. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "Game on! Level 1 Arcade Bar coming to Heritage District in downtown Gilbert," 2 Aug. 2019 There is no cover charge at Alpha Omega, which opened in 2017, but regulars like O’Connor support the Quincy store by purchasing from its vast inventory of over 1,800 games. Linda Greenstein,, "Your play: Board games are making a comeback," 15 Jan. 2020 And given the $5 cover charge, this is the best way to celebrate New Year's Eve on the cheap. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "19 concerts and party picks for New Year's Eve 2019 in Milwaukee," 18 Dec. 2019 The band would not be named in the advertisements, and the cover charge, plus a percentage of proceeds, would benefit the local charity of the band’s choice. Carla Jean Whitley, al, "This new eatery brings Caribbean food and flair to Avondale," 11 Nov. 2019 The idea was to keep the crowd entertained in the walkways that connected to bars (one cover charge of $14.95 covered all the Pleasure Island establishments in 1989). Dewayne Bevil,, "Pleasure Island: Nightclubs added to Mickey’s mix 30 years ago," 30 Oct. 2019 Main Stage entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday, $7 cover chargeGinger Brashinger is a freelancer for the Daily Southtown. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of cover charge

1921, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2020

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“Cover charge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cover charge

: an amount of money that must be paid to go into a nightclub or restaurant in addition to the charge for food and drink

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