a bar or tavern.

1855–60; short for public house Unabridged
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pub (pʌb)
1.  chiefly (Brit) Formal name: public house a building with a bar and one or more public rooms licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic drink, often also providing light meals
2.  (Austral), (NZ) a hotel
vb , pubs, pubbing, pubbed
3.  informal (intr) to visit a pub or pubs (esp in the phrase go pubbing)

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Word Origin & History

1859, slang shortening of public house, which originally meant "any building open to the public" (1574), then "inn that provides food and is licensed to sell ale, wine, and spirits" (1669), and finally "tavern" (1768). Pub crawl first attested 1910 in British slang.
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Example sentences for pubs
Fruit machines are commonly found in pubs, clubs, arcades, and some takeaway
  food shops.
Cafe busking is done mostly in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes.
Pubs will typically use tables which are often coinoperated.
Pubs and clubs, unlike in the west, have remained a minority pursuit so far.
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