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 The rear of the yacht is not only a huge swim platform, but also has an open bar area with upstairs lounge. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "This Epic New 345-Foot Expedition Yacht Has an 8,000-Mile Range," 27 Apr. 2021 That means not overdoing it at the open bar or joining in on gossip. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Networking Strategies To Make A Great First Impression At Events," 19 Apr. 2021 The suite includes access to the King's Club, which offers exclusive perks like a private concierge, lounge overlooking King Street, open bar, and snacks and treats throughout the day. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "This Charleston Hotel's New $19,000 Package Comes With Butler Service, Daily Champagne, and a Stunning Suite," 7 Apr. 2021 That includes open bar and kits of wigs and hats and beads, assembled through a partnership with Mardi Gras supply retailer Plush Appeal. Ian Mcnulty | Staff Writer,, "For a Mardi Gras without parades, New Orleans restaurants find new roles," 26 Jan. 2021 Admission includes DJs, party favors, an open bar and spectacular views of the city and the fireworks from Reunion Tower. Linda Kessler, Dallas News, "Count down to 2021 at these New Year’s Eve celebrations in and around Dallas," 28 Dec. 2020 Perks include open bar, hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast and party favors. Mary Colurso |, al, "New Year’s Eve in Alabama: 12 ways to say goodbye to 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 The staffers headed to a nearby parking lot to celebrate with an open bar and a DJ. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "NBA bubble offered a surreal setting for league’s revival amid pandemic," 25 Dec. 2020 Duffy’s Irish Pub is going a bit more elaborate: The $80 tickets include an open bar on beer, wine and some liquor from 5 to 9:30 p.m., as well as the 7 p.m. toast, and all-you-can-eat food from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Washington Post, "How to ‘celebrate’ that 2020 is finally, finally over," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of open bar

1947, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2021

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“Open bar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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