A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 13, 2021
“How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room?”

"RT @auntiebaecc: How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room?” was posted on Twitter by Jay ☥ 𓂀 on December 14, 2018. (The original tweet is no longer available.) “How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room?” was posted on Twitter by Today Years Old later on December 14, 2018.

“Bar” does not, however, stand for “Beer & Alcohol Room.” This is a made-up acronym that is really a backronym (back acronym).


Wikipedia: Bar
A bar is a long raised narrow table or bench designed for dispensing beer or other alcoholic drinks. They were originally chest high, and a bar, often brass, ran the length of the table, just above floor height, for customers to rest a foot on, which gave the table its name. Over many years, heights of bars were lowered, and high stools added, and the brass bar remains today. The name bar became identified with the business, (also known as a saloon or a tavern or sometimes as a pub or club, referring to the actual establishment, as in pub bar or club bar etc.) is a retail business establishment that serves alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, liquor, cocktails, and other beverages such as mineral water and soft drinks.

Twitter
Jay ☥ 𓂀
@iJayxo
Right now years old RT @auntiebaecc: How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room?
12:46 PM · Dec 14, 2018·Tweetlogix

Twitter
Today Years Old
@todayyearsoldig
How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room?
10:33 PM · Dec 14, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Isaac
@Isssaaacc
I was today years old when I found out Bar stands for Beer & Alcohol Room.
3:46 PM · Dec 17, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Prince ♣
@Jaunsanjay
How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room?
6:49 PM · Dec 23, 2018·Twitter for Android

Twitter
NotALose-chester
@shaikh_sanah
I just learnt that BAR stands for
Beer
&
Alcohol
Room
1:33 AM · Dec 28, 2018·Twitter Web App

Reddit—Bartenders
Posted by u/dayattheblake July 12, 2019
A little etymology fun?
I recently read that the name “Bar” is derived from barrier, which is a fun story but Ive also heard the “Bar” could also be an acronym for “Beer and Alcohol Room”... you cool cats got any other legends or ideas where this comes from?
COMMENTS
KingOCarrotFlowers
It’s the former
Fun etymology pro tip: it’s never an acronym from way back when. Pretty much every word that’s still in use that started as an acronym was first used fairly recently (like laser, or radar, or awol or something like that)

Twitter
Shaun
@LfcShaunjudge
How old were you when you learned that BAR stood for Beer & Alcohol Room…
12:20 PM · Jan 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
(V)att(V)an #GSBOUT #AutismAware
@ClaretAndBloos
Replying to @WelshHammers66 and @PW57WHU
There’s also this. This is what I originally found last time. Lol.
‘NO, “bar” does not stand for “beer and alcohol” room. The word “bar” in English comes from the Old French word “barre” which means a beam, gate or pole used as a barrier. “Barrier” has the same root’ EyesEyes
3:18 PM · Jan 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Posted by Barry Popik
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