• WordNet 3.6
    • n rathskeller a tavern below street level featuring beer; originally a German restaurant in the basement of city hall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rathskeller räts"kĕl*lẽr Orig., in Germany, the cellar or basement of the city hall, usually rented for use as a restaurant where beer is sold; hence, a beer saloon of the German type below the street level, where, usually, drinks are served only at tables and simple food may also be had; -- sometimes loosely used, in English, of what are essentially basement restaurants where liquors are served.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rathskeller The cellar of a town hall; a public wine-cellar; hence, a room, or rooms, below the level of the street, in which wine and beer are sold.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., also ratskeller, prop., town-hall cellar


In literature:

It was in the rathskeller that Highsmith made the hit of his histrionic career.
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
Me for it from the rathskellers up.
"Strictly Business" by O. Henry
He used to keep a rathskeller on the Bowery.
"Sixes and Sevens" by O. Henry
The Rathskeller was a large room, with a bar at one end and many little tables scattered about.
"Cap'n Dan's Daughter" by Joseph C. Lincoln
His glance swept the range of vision and settled upon a rathskeller sign.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
The latter happened to be in a Rathskeller not far away.
"More Fables" by George Ade
Then he finished his beer, rose, and proceeded toward the stairs leading to the rathskeller below.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
Mr. Polder has them sent from a Rathskeller down town.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Mueller's Rathskeller was the rendezvous of students, officers and all those persons of quality who liked music with their meat.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
The most noted of these Rathskeller are at Bremen, Luebeck, and Hamburg, and that at Bremen is first in importance.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
Come on to the rathskeller!
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
The Rathskeller is only a square away!
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
Uncle Buzz's message in the Rathskeller the night before had been cryptic to the others but plain enough to Joe.
"Stubble" by George Looms
Afterward you went down to the rathskeller, and sat there all alone drinking stuff you didn't need.
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
Lou Meyer's Rathskeller hasn't anything on us, and he charges a dollar a week more.
"I Walked in Arden" by Jack Crawford
Well, Jo Bimberger tore 'em down and built a rathskeller.
"Mortmain" by Arthur Cheny Train

In news:

The operator of the Rathskeller restaurant, which is locked in a dispute with landlord Athenaeum Foundation over revenue from the Biergarten, is willing to settle the disagreement by splitting the proceeds.
WTTS Live & Local — The Woomblies at the Rathskeller .
The WTTS Live & Local Concert Series at The Rathskeller , sponsored by Sun King Brewing kicked off on January 14th with The Woomblies.
UW-Madison officials know how attached students and alumni are to anything related to Der Rathskeller and Der Stiftskeller -- the murals, the German beer steins and the wooden tables, inlaid with decades of carved graffiti.
Matthews said the limited hours allow the brewery to continue the practice of allowing community groups to use the rathskeller a couple times a week.