(US gay) any public area, such as a park or beach, that is frequented by gay men looking for sex.
|Gayle 56/1: bar n. a public place where men congregate for the purpose of picking up sexual partners (Meet you at the bar later?).|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) one who spends their time in bars, a ‘barfly’.
|‘The Blanky Papers’ in Roderick (1972) 786: I boozed in blanky low pubs and Jimmy Woodser’d, like a blanky dirty old bar bummer.|
|(?)‘The Last Rose of Winter’ in Roderick (1972) 909: He took that bar-bummer’s chin between his thumb and forefinger and looked at his teeth.|
(US, Western) a bartender; thus bardogging, tending bar.
|Virginia Enterprise (MN) 5 July 5/2: It seems fishy to read of two west range saloons being robbed while the bartenders slept [...] In this law-abiding community the bar-dog is kept awake by the continuous rush of business throughout the night hours.|
|Virginia Enterprise (MN) 28 May 4/3: The booze vendors have caused the arrest of the members [...] each of the bardogs claiming his till was short.|
|Tie-fast Hombre 195: He knew that the bardog was trying to tell him something, something that he could not understand.|
|Western Words (1968) 12/2: bar dog A cowboy’s term for a bartender. Many bartenders were former cowboys too stove-up for riding.|
|Riders on the Roan 36: ‘Hold it,’ growled a beefy weather-coarsened countenance three shapes down as the bardog reached for the private stock. ‘I’m a guy that likes to know who the hell he drinks with’.|
|(con. mid-19C) Cowboys 162: He’d settle down somewhere and leam a nice trade, maybe, like bar-dogging [...] Drinkers always seemed to like bartenders.|
|(con. 1886)‘Been Done Wrong’ [unpub.] Cornett groaned, waved his hand at Frank and went to the bar, where he knew at least the bardog, Jasper, wouldn’t be so mentally lost.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 76: Freddy had purchased the Chevvy from a half-drunk bar-bitch in a Lynn taproom.|
see separate entries.
(US campus) the practice of going from bar to bar drinking.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 1: bar golf – game where someone will go to 18 different bars or ‘holes’ in one night.|
|Sl. and Sociability 16: These slang items seem just as fresh and viable as 1992’s [...] bar golf for ‘going from bar (watering hole) to bar drinking’.|
an excess of fat around one’s stomach, a ‘spare tyre’ (cf. love handles under love n.).
|(ref. to late 1960s) Queens’ Vernacular 27: bar handle (kwn NYC, late ’60s) fleshy sides of the waist; a spare tire [...] Syn: fuck handles; goodyear; love handles.|
|Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet].|
the habitual occupier of a bar.
|Tacoma Times 4 Apr. 6/3: A baseball manager had to be a sort of combination bar-hound and detective in order to keep his rookies from becoming too saturated.|
|Companion Volume 193: What are you, a lady or a bar-hound?|
|Westward 83/1: Learning to understand his fellow man, whether he found him as a fisherman or thief, brigand or barhound, miner or mariner.|
|Library Congress Catalog 1052: [song title] Barhound Blues.|
|Scotch & Holy Water 125: A simple bank clerk by day, but a marauding barhound by night.|
|Rivethead (1992) 186: A bar-hound like you will never beat the clock.|
1. (US) a heavy drinker who spends most of their time in the bar.
|(con. 1904) Log of the Sea 183: The stevies from the other hatches began to pile in behind the bar-hogs.|
2. (US) a part-time prostitute, who frequents bars and uses them as a base for soliciting.
|Letter 18 May in Dear America (1985) 107: This is the usual approach of a bar-hog! [...] A girl will be sitting next to you and she’ll begin with ‘Hello. What is your name?’.|
|Haze Gray and Underway ‘Naval Terminology’ [Internet] Bar Hog – A woman who hangs out in bars.|
see separate entries.
(orig. Aus.) a hard drinker.
|Truth (Sydney) 26 Aug. 5/4: When a [‘brewer’s] traveller visits a hotel to take an order he always ‘shouts’ for the people in the bar. [...] A large army of ‘bar polishers’ [...] look forward to the visit of the traveller with a vast amount of pleasure.|
|(con. 1940s–60s) Straight from the Fridge Dad 7: Bar-polisher Habitual drinker, frequenter of gin-joints.|
see separate entry.
(US) a ‘regular’ in a given bar.
|Two and Three 17 Jan. [synd. col.] The long established bar rag who has been swallowing ’em in the same place for forty years.|
see separate entry.
to buy drinks for everyone in a bar or public house.
|Ovid Bolus Esq. in Southern Lit. Messenger XVIII July 435: Bolus was no niggard. [...] He would as soon treat a regiment, or charter the grocery for the day, as any other way.|
|Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant I 238/1: Charter the bar, charter the grocery, to (American), to buy all the liquor in a groggery or ‘rum-mill’ and give it away freely to all comers.|
|True Drunkard’s Delight.|