rathskeller

rathskeller

[raht-skel-er, rat-, rath-]
noun
1.
(in Germany) the cellar of a town hall, often used as a beer hall or restaurant.
2.
a restaurant patterned on the German rathskeller, usually located below street level.

Origin:
1860–65; < German, equivalent to Rath (extracted from Rathaus town hall) + -s 's1 + Keller cellar

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rathskeller
1900, from Ger. ratskeller, earlier rathskeller, "a cellar in a Ger. town hall in which beer is sold," from rat "council" (see read) + keller "cellar."
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