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

Chamizo left the club but returned to get his $13 cover charge back, prosecutors said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Six Houston strip club managers charged after critically injuring man while pinning him down," 1 Aug. 2019 The Rangers signed ex-Blue Jacket Artemi Panarin for $11.642 million a year, but for seven years and a total investment of $81.5 million — a touch over the $80 million the Blue Jackets paid as their expansion cover charge some 20 years ago. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "How to improve the NHL’s product? Dress more skaters," 20 July 2019 Make a reservation online and pay our small cover charge. Nikki Delamotte,, "With affoGATO, Cleveland is finally getting a cat cafe," 9 May 2018 There is no cover charge and live music will be provided by the Patrick Howard Trampus Band. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Tickets available for 47th annual Poway Rodeo," 4 Sep. 2019 Tour guides gave journalists a peek into the nightclub, Memoire, filled with nearly $2 million worth of pulsing light and sound equipment, 20 VIP tables, and a cover charge of at least $40 for non-VIPs. Joshua Miller,, "Casino is phase one of ‘the entertainment district in the Northeast,’ exec says," 21 June 2019 Lenahan then would direct security staff to raise the cover charge or enforce the no-gang-colors dress code for that group, Haws said., "Lawsuit claiming Portland nightclubs turned away black customers ends in settlement," 19 June 2019 Drummers should be tipped according to the length of their solos: 20% of the cover charge for a short solo; 10% for a long one. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "A Few Rules for a World of Tipping Just About Everyone," 14 Feb. 2019 This is the fee that ERs charge for walking in the door and seeking care, something akin to a cover charge at a bar. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cover charge

1921, in the meaning defined above

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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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