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open bar

a bar at a reception that serves drinks whose cost has been borne by the host, an admission charge, a sponsor, etc.:
Before the banquet there will be an open bar from 5 to 7 p.m.
Compare cash bar.
Origin of open bar
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for open bar
  • Several bars around town offer open bar nights, some that include buffets.
  • The third in a series of monthly benefits includes an open bar and appetizers.
  • For three of the cruise's four hours, patrons may enjoy drinks from the open bar.
  • The company has a morning snorkel tour that is four hours long and includes lunch and an open bar.
  • The trip over to the island is accompanied by an open bar and entertainment.
  • Sailing at happy hour with an open bar is ideal for groups of friends or drinks after work.
  • They include open bar and gratuities, ocean-view accommodations, spa and global cuisine.
  • Catering for lunches and dinners can be arranged, and there is an open bar.
  • All-inclusive prices include a welcome drink and open bar, meals and all recreational rentals.
  • Public rooms include the dining room, a canopied deck, an open bar and a salon with picture windows.
Contemporary definitions for open bar

a social event when drinks are served for free or prepaid through the admission fee's 21st Century Lexicon
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