SE in slang uses
(US) an illegal drinking establishment where drink is sold in nips or small (orig. half-pint) measures.
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 19 Mar. 10/4: [headline] Police Cracking Down on ‘Nip Joint’ Problem. Vice Squad detectives [...] have raided four of the so-called ‘nip joints’.|
|Hornet’s Nest 42: He [...] was bleeding from the fight he had gotten into at the nip joint where he had been gambling and drinking Night Train Express fortified wine.|
|Noodling for Flatheads (2001) 100: There have always been two sorts of moonshine: the decent stuff, which is kept at home and sold to neighbors, and ‘nigger likker,’ [...] shipped to anonymous [...] nip joints in the big city.|
the Peacock Tavern in Gray’s Inn Lane, London, where Burton ale was sold in nips or half-pint measures.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Nyp Shop. The Peacock in Gray’s Inn Lane, where Burton ale is sold in Nyps.|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn) n.p.:|
to have a drink.
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 18 May 3/3: Bobby hastened to another grog shrine and ‘freshened’ the nip, with another bumper of Burton.|