A pub is a bar or tavern that serves food and often acts as a community gathering place. People visit pubs to eat lunch, to drink beer, or to play darts with their friends.

Pub is a shortened form of public house that dates from 1859. In the sixteenth century, a public house was first “any building open to the public,” and then “an inn that sells food and drink.” Today, the word pub is more or less synonymous with tavern — both are primarily places to drink beer, wine, or spirits, though a pub (especially in Great Britain) is seen as vital to its neighborhood, a cozy place to gather.

Definitions of pub
  1. noun

    tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals

    gin mill, pothouse, public house, saloon, taphouse
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    a tavern where ale is sold
    free house

    a public house that is not controlled by a brewery and so is free to sell different brands of beer and ale
    type of:

    tap house, tavern

    a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks

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