barrel house


noun, plural barrelhouses [bar-uhl-hou-ziz] , for 1.
a cheap saloon, especially one in New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century: so called from the racks of liquor barrels originally placed along the walls.
a vigorous style of jazz originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans in the early part of the 20th century.

1880–85, Americanism; barrel + house Unabridged
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barrelhouse (ˈbærəlˌhaʊs)
1.  (US) a cheap and disreputable drinking establishment
2.  a.  a vigorous and unpolished style of jazz for piano, originating in the barrelhouses of New Orleans
 b.  (as modifier): barrelhouse blues

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Word Origin & History

1880s, "cheal saloon, often with an associated brothel," 1880s, Amer.Eng., so called in reference to the barrels of beer or booze typically stacked along the wall.
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