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cover charge

noun
1.
a fee, in addition to the cost of food and drink, charged by a restaurant, nightclub, etc., for entertainment.
Also called cover.
Compare minimum (def 4).
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism
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Examples from the web for cover charge
  • One cover charge will gain you access to all four themed dancing areas.
  • Indeed, bars and restaurants jack up their prices and often have a cover charge on the big night.
  • If you sit down for a drink, you've implicitly agreed to pay the cover charge, which will come with your tab.
  • The cover charge varies depending on scheduled events.
  • The bar is cash-only, but you usually pay no cover charge to see the musical acts and belly dancers who often perform.
  • Live bands play often here and the restaurant never charges a cover charge.
  • Club promotions, cover charge discounts and drink specials are available seven nights a week.
  • It features a variety of live music nightly, and there is never a cover charge to get in.
  • Catering that includes the sale of such beverages is also taxable, as is a portion of a cover charge that includes beverages.
  • White patrons were admitted without being charged a cover charge.
British Dictionary definitions for cover charge

cover charge

noun
1.
a sum of money charged in a restaurant for each individual customer in addition to the cost of food and drink
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