I am editing something that mentions a "barista bar." Is this redundant? Is it like saying a "bartender bar"? If I'm not mistaken, a barista is the Italian word for a male or female bartender, and refers more casually to servers at a coffee bar. So it doesn't make sense to me to use it with "bar" or even "coffee bar" or "cafe." Or am I missing something?

  • Is it about a bar for baristas or is it a bar run by baristas? – JJJ Sep 20 '18 at 22:46
  • No, it's about an employee cafe at a large corporation where employees can get lattes, espressos, and many different coffee drinks made by baristas. – debbiesym Sep 20 '18 at 22:48
  • Does the bar only serve coffee-based drinks? – JJJ Sep 20 '18 at 22:49
  • The bar serves coffee and tea drinks. But no food and no other kinds of drinks. The variety of drinks is extensive. – debbiesym Sep 20 '18 at 22:56
  • A barista is a person who works at a coffee bar. – Lambie Sep 20 '18 at 23:27

While I would agree that the term "barista bar" seems redundant, I could see a situation in which it may be used. For instance, the place may also has a salad bar where employees tend to eat, and to which they refer often. In that situation, it may be useful to specify that the bar you are talking about is not the one with the salad, but rather the one with the baristas. Additionally, when deciding where to meet, some might find the phrasing "would you like to meet at the salad bar or the bar?" a bit awkward, and may say "salad bar or barista bar" instead. If this happens often enough, the term may find its way into general use around the workplace.


Barista bar is not very common. Googling it mostly seems to return proper names (bars with barista in the name).

When I read barista bar without any context I'd think it's a bit odd and could have two meanings: a bar for baristas or a coffee bar (because I'd associate barista with coffee). In the first case it seems fine (although a bar for baristas is less ambiguous) while in the second case there are better alternatives.

Since you mean the latter, I'd go with coffee bar, hot beverage bar or just bar. The first implies the bar specialises in serving coffee and perhaps other hot beverages avoiding any ambiguity. The latter is more general and might be associated with bars serving alcoholic beverages.

  • Why would one bother to google this? Would you say a restaurateur restaurant? – Lambie Sep 20 '18 at 23:28
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    @Lambie to see if it might be a common phrase. A cop bar or a menu bar are often used, but not everyone will have heard about those terms. – JJJ Sep 20 '18 at 23:30
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    @Lambie Because googling is easy and provides information. – Misha R Sep 21 '18 at 0:07

Only saying "bar" would be ambiguous.

In Italy, a "bar" is more like a coffee shop–think of Starbucks–than a British "pub" whereas, in the US, bars normally serve alcohol.

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You do not go to a barista to get coffee, a barista is someone who makes and serves coffee and any other drink available on the menu. Despite being relatively recent, this Italian loanword is used all the time.

A "barista bar" would, therefore, suggest a bar which specializes in serving hot and non-alcoholic beverages often accompanied with light meals or snacks.

Although perfectly comprehensible, the expression “barista bar” is essentially inappropriate. The word the OP is looking for is to be found among the following: “cafeteria”, “coffee shop”, “coffee bar” or in the UK, a cafe (also café).

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