cover charge

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 ).

1920–25, Americanism Unabridged
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cover charge
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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Example sentences
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.
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