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.

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The evening will include a New Orleans Food Court with a Café DuMonde sweets stations, silent auction, open bar, music and dancing. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 Feb. 2018 This Temple University favorite will have an open bar with domestic beer, cocktail and wine picks, along with fun door prizes, including a pair of tickets to a 76ers game and a free happy hour for four guests, at their Super Bowl party. Grace Dickinson,, "Here are the Super Bowl parties in Philadelphia that you can still get into," 1 Feb. 2018 On election night, Heritage turned its first floor over to a viewing party with an open bar, chicken wings and red, white and blue cupcakes. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government," 20 June 2018 Also included is a hot lunch, cocktail hour with open bar, dinner and an awards ceremony. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 21 May 2018 The galleries close on Friday, but that's the day to join in the giddy expat ritual of weekend brunch, with an open bar until 3 p.m., at local sushi favorite Zuma. Patrick Rogers, Town & Country, "Dubai, Beyond the Bling," 11 Aug. 2016 Luckily, there are other options that cost just a fraction of a traditional open bar. Lydia Culp, Fox News, "Save money on your wedding: 15 tips to help slice your budget," 26 Apr. 2018 Crenn, who just opened Bar Crenn this week, was also one of two women on the five-person list which included Los Angeles chefs Michael Cimarusti (Providence), Jeremy Fox (Rustic Canyon), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Travis Lett (Gjelina). Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area represents in 2018 James Beard award nominations," 14 Mar. 2018 Friends and family bumped around on the dance floor, open bar drinks in hand. Meagan Fredette,, "This Bachelorette Contestant's Doomed Wedding Video Is Actually A Masterpiece," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of open bar

1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of open bar

US : a counter at a party or other gathering where alcoholic drinks are served for free

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