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public bar

noun, British
1.
(in a tavern or pub) the common section of a bar or barroom, not as exclusive, as quiet, or as comfortably furnished as the saloon section.
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  • The public bar of the Wheatsheaf Inn was the scene this evening of a lively discussion.

    The Necromancers Robert Hugh Benson
  • She evidently had no eyes at all for people in the public bar.

    The Man Who Lost Himself H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • On his way he stopped for a night's rest in an inn that had a public bar attached to it.

  • From end to end of this was a long counter, about a third of which was partitioned off as a public bar.

  • You had best, perhaps, stop in the lavatory of some restaurant or public bar and burn it, or tear it into infinitesimal pieces.

    The Crevice William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • I make no doubt that the cabby who frequents the public bar has a "cla-ass" feeling just as important.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • To refuse it was as uncustomary and as rude as to refuse the Alaskan miner who offers a drink at a public bar.

  • Old Bob, carrying three cans, stopped to see who had entered—then went on into the public bar on the left.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • He entered the public bar, took a seat by the counter and ordered a glass of beer and a packet of cigarettes.

    The Man Who Lost Himself H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Farwell watched the swing doors of the public bar at the end of the passage close behind him.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for public bar

public bar

noun
1.
(Brit) a bar in a public house usually serving drinks at a cheaper price than in the saloon bar Also called the public Compare private bar
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