watering hole n.
1. a restaurant, a bar, anywhere where alcoholic refreshment is available.
|Dud Avocado (1960) 86: His own preferred watering-hole, the Select in Montparnasse.|
|Rockabilly (1963) 70: Stag – who had kept the lamps going all the night before in the watering-holes.|
|A Bottle of Sandwiches 205: This water-hole had extracted quite a few quid out of me in one way and another.|
|Blue Messiah 83: For Gus, who maintains the best watering hole in this lousy town.|
|Marilyn The Wild (2003) 5: He knows all my resting places [...] Every water hole.|
|Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) 6 Feb. 19/1: The Irish belters [...] who belly up at the watering hole [...] never thought they would see old Shoosh Novelli banging down a shot and a beer again.|
|GBH 15: You don’t go down to the nearest watering hole [etc].|
|Traveller’s Tool 71: I don’t just collect books of matches from the various watering holes I frequent around the world.|
|(con. 1986) Sweet Forever 61: The Dutch Treat, a nondescript neighborhood watering hole near the National Archives.|
|Lairs, Urgers & Coat-Tuggers 85: So, it was only natural that the Sydney was one of the favourite watering hole for all sorts of entertainment types.|
|(con. 1945–6) Devil’s Jump (2008) 175: We were mostly hitting water holes where I wasn’t known.|
|I, Fatty 262: The opportunity came to open up my very own watering hole.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Next stop watering hole — Ziggy’s gin mill.‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in|
|Dirty Words [ebook] I spent the afternoon trying to find them at all the other watering holes.‘Last Call’ in|
|Facebook 15 July 🌐 It was right next to the watering hole where old mate shit his daks when this daggy, yobbo bugger came at him with an axe.|
|Price You Pay 103: [J]oin me at a nearby watering hole and drink a refined cocktail sporting some sort of combination of fruit and umbrellas in celebration.|
|Shore Leave 26: Webb had the name of their last watering hole.|
2. (gay) an area where one can wander in search of sexual partners, usu. a park or a bar.