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Would you use bar to describe both or is there a better word? The distinction is often that a nightclub has a dance floor and a bar doesn't.

Looking up the synonyms I got disco, club, joint and pub. I don't think either of them are good enough to describe both.

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    Have you looked up synonyms for these words? – Davo Jun 12 at 11:08
  • @Davo Yes. I got disco, club, joint and pub. I dont think either of them are good enough do describe both. Am I wrong? – Anonymous Jun 12 at 11:11
  • That information should be edited into your question. – Davo Jun 12 at 11:14
  • @Davo It's done. – Anonymous Jun 12 at 11:17
  • Possible duplicate of Single word which refers to restaurants, bars and clubs? – AndyT Jun 12 at 12:17
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I can give you a hypernym for bar and nightclub: they're both drinking establishments.

It's not one word though, it's two. And it's not snappy and informal.


I'm not sure on the use of bar for both bar and nightclub. I (as a native British English speaker) don't tend to use the word bar much at all, I tend (or rather, tended) to go either a pub or a club. A bar is something I found when I went on holiday to Europe.

As you say, somewhere with a proper dancefloor isn't a bar, it's a club. People do make a distinction between a bar and a club, see e.g. the lyrics to Shape of You by Ed Sheeran:

A club isn't the best place to find a lover, so the bar is where I go

All that said, the wikipedia page for bar says:

A bar (also known as a saloon or a tavern or sometimes as a pub or club

and the page for club says:

A nightclub, music club or club, is an entertainment venue and bar that usually operates late into the night

So clearly some people do think that a club is a type of bar, so using bar for both would be acceptable.

  • Would you think that "nightspot" is good enough? I am a programmer and right now trying to find a word for both because I am forced to. I think "nightspot" shall work. – Anonymous Jun 12 at 19:34
  • Never heard of a "nightspot" before. Googling it, it seems to only apply to nightclubs. "Nightlife venue" maybe? But again that's two words. – AndyT Jun 13 at 10:43

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