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 Mass Avenue Pub, which is now open at 75% capacity along with all other restaurants in Marion County, has yet to open bar stool seating because of the size of the establishment, owner Tracy Robertson said in an email. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Some states are seeing coronavirus cases skyrocket. We're not. At least not yet. Why?," 29 June 2020 There will be a strolling dinner by Spice Catering Co., an open bar and dancing. cleveland, "Beachwood Arts Council announces 2020 events; rock 'n’ roll book author to speak at temple; more: Press Run," 3 Jan. 2020 There, an open bar and DJ kept the Canuck festivities going all night long. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Oh, Canada! Inside the Glitzy Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards," 31 May 2019 There will be hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and live entertainment. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of American Revolution recognize mentor," 9 Apr. 2018 Dress in Mardi Gras cocktail attire and enjoy open bar, local food vendors, photo booth, valet parking, raffles, auction and more. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 17-23," 17 Feb. 2020 All tickets include premium open bar until midnight. Ben Crandell,, "New Year’s Eve with the Jonas Brothers: Trio to greet 2020 in South Florida (of course)," 2 Oct. 2019 The gala will include an open bar, hors d’oeuvres stations, an official party toast and displays featuring memorabilia from Cedar Point’s storied past. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point offers free sneak-peek events as park celebrates 150th anniversary," 10 Mar. 2020 The world’s largest rooftop bar hosts viewing parties for the rehearsal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the main event that include an open bar, brunch and barbecue fare, plus live music. Samantha Nelson,, "8 bars and restaurants where you can watch the 2019 Air and Water Show in Chicago," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of open bar

1947, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 2020

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“Open bar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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