A Bar By Any Other Name is Just as Sweet: Bars, Pubs, Taverns, and Much More

Judge Thuma Guide to Indianapolis refers to various establishments as a bar, dive bar, pub, or tavern. Do you know the difference?  If so, STOP here. If not, READ ON.

All definitions are taken from the authoritative source, Wikipedia (quotation marks are intentionally deleted).

“Bar” is derived from the specialized counter on which drinks are served and ranges from seedy to elegants. A bar may provide live entertainment.

“Beer Hall” is a large pub that specializes in beer.

“Brewpub” is a pub or restaurant that brew beer on the premises.

“Cantina” a type of bar common in Latin America and Spain. In Italy “cantina”  refers to a room below the ground level where wine and other products such as salami are stored.

“Dive Bar” is a seedy bar or nightclub.

“Grog shop” is a drinking place of disreputable character.

“Honky-tonk” is a bar that provides live county music.

“Izakaya” (居酒屋) is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks.

“Pub” (short for “public house) is an establishment licensed to serve alcoholic drinks for consumption on the premises.

“Speakeasy” is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. A speakeasy sometimes is called a blind pig or blind tiger.

“Tavern” is a place where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and also serves food, but it is not licensed to put up guests. If a tavern is licensed to house lodgers it is called an Inn.

“Western saloon” is a bar peculiar to the old west serving fur trappers, cowboys, soldiers, lumberjacks, businessmen, lawmen, outlaws, miners, and gamblers. A saloon may also be known as watering trough or grogshop.