From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishldoce_017_gbarbar1 /bɑː $ bɑːr/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 place to drink in a) DFDa place where alcoholic drinks are served → pub The hotel has a licensed bar. a cocktail bar b) British EnglishDFD one of the rooms inside a pub The public bar was crowded.2 place to buy drinkDFD a counter where alcoholic drinks are served They stood at the bar.3 → a wine/coffee/snack etc bar4 → a breakfast bar5 block shapeCFD a small block of solid material that is longer than it is wide a chocolate bar a candy barbar of a bar of soap6 piece of metal/woodSHUT/CLOSEPREVENT a length of metal or wood put across a door, window etc to keep it shut or to prevent people going in or out houses with bars across the windows► see thesaurus at piece7 → behind bars8 musicAPM a group of notes and rests, separated from other groups by vertical lines, into which a line of written music is divided a few bars of the song9 → bar to (doing) something10 → the bar11 → be called to the bar12 on computer screen a long narrow shape along the sides or at the top of a computer screen, usually containing signs that you can click on the main menu bar at the top of the screen the toolbar → scroll bar13 in sports the long piece of wood or metal across the top of the goal in sports such as football The ball hit the bar.14 pile of sand/stonesTTW a long pile of sand or stones under the water at the entrance to a harbour15 colour/lightCCLIGHT a narrow band of colour or light16 uniformsPM a narrow band of metal or cloth worn on a military uniform to show rank17 heaterDHTPE British English the part of an electric heater that provides heat and has a red lightCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: types of bara wine bar (=a bar selling mostly wine, in contrast to a pub)He asked her to meet him in a trendy wine bar.a coffee barWe met up in the student coffee bar.a sandwich/snack bar (=an informal restaurant or shop selling sandwiches/snacks)I usually get some lunch from the sandwich bar.a burger bar (=an informal restaurant selling burgers and fast food)The kids all hang out at the local burger bar.a juice bar (=a place selling fruit juices, usually freshly made)The leisure centre also has a restaurant and a juice bar.a sushi bar (=a bar or informal restaurant selling sushi)Have you tried that new sushi bar in town?a tapas bar (=a bar or informal restaurant serving small dishes of Spanish food)Madrid is full of great tapas bars.a salad bar (=a part of a restaurant where you can serve yourself to a range of salads )When you’ve chosen your pizza, please help yourself from the salad bar.THESAURUSbar a place where people go to buy and drink alcoholic drinksA man went into a bar and ordered a drink.Let’s meet up in the hotel bar.The city centre is full of wine bars and restaurants.The club has a restaurant and a cocktail bar.pub a building in Britain where alcohol can be bought and drunk, and where meals are often servedDo you fancy going to the pub?a country pubpublic house British English formal a pubThe fight took place outside a public house in the city centre.somebody’s local informal a pub near where you live, especially one you often go toThe Red Lion’s my local.inn a small hotel or pub, especially an old one in the countryside – often used in the name of the hotel or pubThe Bull Inn dates back to the 15th century.The hotel was once a 17th century coaching inn (=used by people travelling by coach and horses).gastropub a pub that is known to serve very good fooda gastropub with a riverside restaurantthe Windmill Gastropubtavern British English a pub in the past where you could also stay the night – used nowadays in the names of some pubsthe Turf TavernMarlowe was killed in a fight in a tavern.watering hole informal a bar, pub etc where people drink alcohol – often used humorously. A watering hole is also the name for a place where wild animals go to drinkThe bar became a popular watering hole for journalists.What’s your favorite watering hole?dive informal a bar, club etc that is cheap and dirtyThe place is a bit of dive.honky-tonk American English informal a cheap bar where country music is playedThey played in every honky-tonk in Tennessee.saloon a bar in the western United States. Also used in Britain about the part of a pub which has comfortable chairs where you can sit and relaxI felt like a cowboy walking into a saloon in the Wild West.Do you want to stay in the saloon, or would rather go into the other bar?people who work in a barbarman especially British English a man who serves drinks in a barA big Irish barman pulled me a pint of beer.barmaid British English a woman who serves drinks in a barI was working in the evenings as a barmaid.bartender especially American English someone who makes, pours, and serves drinks in a bar or restaurantThe bartender gave him his change.bar staff the people serving drinks or food in a bar or pubThe local pub is advertising for bar staff.landlord British English a man who owns or manages a pubHe became violent and the landlord asked him to leave.
Examples from the Corpusbar• We go through so much soap in our family that I buy about 10 bars a month.• I used to buy a bar of chocolate every day and give half to my friend.• a candy bar• I helped him take the wrapper off his candy bar.• Fantasy: I stand in a crowded bar.• Some tanks had a cutter bar mounted in front to improve their ability to move through jungle.• They played a few bars, then stopped.• One efficient method of covering the roof is to combine twin wall Lexon Thermoclear sheeting with Twinfix aluminium structural glazing bar.• The gold bars were transported from the bank in an armored truck.• A lot of houses had bars across the windows.• the menu bar on your computer screen• Employees stayed late every night to drink from the open bar and banter about advertising concepts with their mentor.• One of the ships got stuck on a sand bar.• We went to a sports bar to watch the game and have a few beers.• Manningham perched on a black leather stool by a well-stocked bar with a large mirror behind it.• After high school, Medville found herself looking at a future on welfare or tending bar.• O'Keefe stood at the bar, drinking and watching the girls.• After repeatedly failing his examinations, he was eventually called to the bar in the Inner Temple.licensed bar• There is also a licensed bar and in the Riverview Lounge a variety of studio events, workshops and demonstrations take place.• There will be a licensed bar and hot supper.• Other facilities include air conditioned foyer, a licensed bar, shop and fast food servery.• The hotel has a licensed bar and a lift to all floors.• Attractions include over 100 trade stands, refreshment tents and licensed bars, caravan site and craft fair.• A fully licensed bar and restaurant with magnificent sea views can ensure a relaxed atmosphere.• Lift, licensed bar, entertainment weekly.chocolate bar• The older soldier presses a chocolate bar into my hand, then pushes me towards the crowd of waiting women.• Potato chips, fizzy drinks and chocolate bars are circulated.• Your average chocolate bar, far from being the energy snack advertisers would have you believe, is loaded with fat.• The topping was a melted chocolate bar, sprinkled with a handful of soggy peanuts.• Ilene Karp Boy: Did you hear about the new chocolate bar called Jaws?• A reified chocolate bar can also vary in quantity.• Philip held out the paper that the chocolate bar Lee had given him had been wrapped in.• The chocolate bars are on Big Mal if they start with three points.