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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Ten Years on Jessie Square A celebration of and fundraiser for the Contemporary Jewish Museum with dancing, open bar, piano bar lounge, live entertainment, gourmet food and more. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Sun., June 10. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Events listings," 7 June 2018 Casino games for cash prizes, Vegas-style entertainment, 50/50 drawings, silent auction, open bar (7-11 p.m.) and dinner. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Kids Fair, Film Festival and a gravy competition," 21 Feb. 2018 Tickets for the night are $150 and include an open bar, passed bites, and retro vibes. Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Ways to Spend New Years Eve in New York: An Insider's Guide," 24 Dec. 2018 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

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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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