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What's the difference?

This has come up a couple of times lately. If I can get a good enough understanding, i might try to write a Wikipedia entry. What is the difference between the following terms as you understand them?

Tap
Tavern
Bar
Pub
Lounge
Club


In the midwest anyway when my folks were growing up, there used to be a Tap in many small towns. A Tap is a drinking establishment that sells beer only. Thus the term "on tap".

A Bar or Pub sells beer and wine but no hard liquor.

A Tavern which many small towns have now sells all manner of alcohol but also serves food.

A Lounge or Club sells food and liquor but also features some sort of entertainment.

Anyone else care to weigh in?

Wander

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devilmiyu
May. 19th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
British folks call certain places the "Tap" short for Taphouse or Taproom. Usually from the definition of liquor being from a spigot, long plug, or stopper for closing an opening through which liquid is drawn, as in a cask. I think it's also called that because those serviing the drinks would put "taps" on their liquor so that it's easier to store and ready to pour. (Hey that rhymes!) Hence the phrase and reminder "Don't forget to tap your liquor" is common.

A tavern is a place that caters to travellers. They serve food, sometimes they also provide accomodations like a room to sleep in for the night. It's not just a place for booze.

A pub is a place of gathering where booze is served and consumed. It is called a pub which is short for "public house". It used to be that pubs and taverns are interchangeable. But now, the difference is that one is more like a bed & breakfast establishment whereas the other one is a come here and drink up then go home sort of thing. Also some places require people to purchase "memberships" to be able to enter such establishments. A pub (public house) is open to everyone, membership isn't required to gain access.

A lounge is a public waiting room. Cocktail lounges are usually found in airports where people are served drinks before or after flight. Sports lounge are places with big screen tvs that serve up all sorts of alcoholic drinks. These type of lounges are found in stadiums, arenas and such. They are there so that people can still watch the game while drinking up a storm. This sort of "lounge" brought on the evolution of the "sports bar". Which is more of a restaurant style establishment they serve food and alcohol.

A bar is an object that you run into. :P You usually say "Ow" after doing so. It's also a place where people get drunk and try to flirt with people.

A club is an object you hit people witha weapon of sorts. Supposedly, back in the cavemen era, men would hit women with a club and take them home. I guess that's why a club is place that people go to flirt with other people and to find potential "mates" and where they can move spastically almost in a seizure-like manner (pass it of as dance) to some sort of rhythm (no more cro-magnon drum beating here). The more alcohol they buy and consume at said establishment, the more their spastic seizure-like movements become uhm... erratic and well, you get the picture. :P

That's all I know. I figured I'd take a crack at it. Hi poppabear.
wander
May. 19th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
"no more cro-magnon drum beating here"

Really? I guess you've never heard Techno.

W
wander
May. 19th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
And who says you can't club a woman and take her home anymore.

W
ryl
May. 19th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Now you have to have a safeword if you're gonna do that.

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