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The Bar, also known as the Saloon, the Tavern, the Inn, the Public House or simple the Pub, all retail businesses that serve alcoholic beverages, such as various brewed ales, red and white wines, Gaelic liquors, cocktails, mineral waters and soft drinks, providing salted peanuts, salt and vinegar potato crisps and cheese and onion rolls to assist you in drinking more ale. The new trend is to offer a civilised restaurant menu, designating a space for tables and chairs.
Many Public Houses operate a discount period, designated as the Tavern’s ‘Happy Hour’, to encourage off-peak-times for new patronage. There have been many different names for public drinking spaces throughout history, in the colonial era of the United States, taverns became important meeting places, discarding other institutions as a place of rendezvous.
During the 19th century Saloons were a very important place for the leisure times of the hard-working citizens, the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the first half of the 20th century in several countries as the upper classes Temperance Societies took hold, blaming the misery of the lower classes not on poverty but the consumption of alcohol.
We know on the Prohibition in the United States, but it was also happening in Norway, Finland & Iceland, the Prohibition in the United States led to basement establishments called ‘speakeasies’, ‘blind pigs’ & ‘blind tigers’. Bar Owners & Managers chose the bar’s name the interior décor, the bar’s lighting or ambient lighting and many other elements which they hope will attract a certain kind of patron.
A cocktail lounge is an upscale bar usually located in a hotel, and up-market restaurants and even in airport waiting lounges, a wine bar will attract a different type of customer than an ale-house, focusing on the worlds red and white wines, the norm being to serve small plates of very appetising food to compliment the wine.
The more popular Ale-Houses focus on the beer, and real ale from micro-breweries, even serving refreshing craft-beer on tap, to survive the Ale-Houses now have a restaurant area and will compete with the Wine Bars by selling house wines.
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