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

In June, Shelton and Jason Aldean opened bars in downtown Nashville. Emily Yahr,, "Country music's sobering truths," 30 June 2018 Our two-hour sunset cruise, which had an open bar, was $25 per person. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Puerto Penasco: A first-timer's guide to affordable Mexican beach town," 25 June 2018 Luke Wade, left, and Mark Musselman plan to open Bar + Rec at 1729 Grand in early 2019. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Coming to the Crossroads: a bar with volleyball courts, ping-pong tables," 18 June 2018 The event features an open bar, sit-down dinner, auctions and raffles. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Food and drink events: Cooking classes, wine tastings, more," 10 Apr. 2018 Tickets are $50 per person and include a buffet dinner, open bar, and live music. Carol Wolfram,, "COAST Senior Prom a golden anniversary celebration," 6 May 2018 What’s Included Room service, open bar, port fees, and on select itineraries, airfare and shore excursions. Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "7 Cruise Lines that Don’t Nickel-and-Dime You at Sea," 28 Mar. 2018 The boat will travel along the river and the lake, offering a top-shelf open bar and a full buffet from DeColores Pilsen. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 12 July 2018 Bottoms up: Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman, the husband-and-wife owners of Ostrich Farm restaurant in Echo Park, have opened Bar Caló, a bar and restaurant on Sunset Boulevard across the street from Ostrich Farm. Jenn Harris,, "Century City is about to get some serious fried chicken," 10 July 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

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

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