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.

Nearby words

  1. open admissions,
  2. open adoption,
  3. open air,
  4. open and aboveboard,
  5. open and shut,
  6. open biopsy,
  7. open bite,
  8. open book,
  9. open brethren,
  10. open call

Compare cash bar.

Origin of open bar

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019