open bar


Definition of open bar

: a bar (as at a wedding reception) at which drinks are served free — compare cash bar

Examples of open bar in a Sentence

They had a buffet and an open bar at the reception.
Recent Examples on the Web As part of the sale, travelers can choose up to five of Norwegian's free offers, including free open bar, free specialty dining, free shore excursions, free Wi-Fi, and free airfare for a second guest. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2022 Greeted by live jazz tunes from Jill Lamoureux and her trio, attendees were scattered throughout the indoor-outdoor setup, cozy on outdoor sofas, perched at the open bar, deep in conversation at intimate tables for two. Jamila Stewart, Vogue, 5 June 2022 The Summer Safari features food from local restaurants and an open bar, along with up-close animal encounters, a raffle, a silent auction and entertainment, such as glass blowing demonstrations. Megan Becka, cleveland, 27 July 2022 Afternoon and evening open bar hours are also included. James Tate, Car and Driver, 9 July 2022 From Hinterland’s big open bar window, Gehrts and his team pour a dozen taps including a Bohemian pilsner from Chuckanut, a hazy IPA from Ruse and other smart selections from some of the Northwest’s top breweries. oregonlive, 4 June 2022 General admission tickets cost $20; open bar tickets are $65 each. Patrick Connolly,, 29 Dec. 2021 There’s also an open bar option from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. available for $100 per person. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 In addition to entertainment and exhibits, admission includes food from Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ and an open bar from Thomas Hooker Brewery. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of open bar

1947, in the meaning defined above

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11 Aug 2022

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“Open bar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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