Post by Ross Post by email@example.com
What are dive bars, and has the pejorative definition changed Recently?
"Dive" for a low-class drinking place is old (19th century), and may
originally have referred to a place that was physically below street level.
"Dive bar" seems to be more recent; it is now apparently used of places
that affect a certain style, but are otherwise reputable. Hipster usage?
(Or, as Tony suggests, could just mean a bar where divers hang out.)
Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
And what are pop up stores and bars, and what is their definition?
There are pop-up lots of things, and (to broaden Tony's description)
not necessarily occupying existing premises. They may occupy their own
temporary structure. The common feature is temporariety (?).
I don't remember seeing any pop up stores in the last couple of
years, but I might have stopped noticing.
Pop up /bars/, however, seem exceedingly unlikely for Pa.,
because of licensing restrictions. Plus, I'm not aware that any
states hand out those licences on request.
For regular bars or restaurants that intend to serve liquor here,
there will be a sign posted at the site for, I guess, a month or
two before the date - so that citizens have a chance to object.
When I was in Clovis, New Mexico, 50 years ago, there were
a fixed number of licences in the whole city. To get your new licence,
you got on a list and waited for places to close ... or to lose their
licences owing to liquor violations. Going to the end of the line
when you lost your licence was a stiff enough penalty that the
bars in Clovis were very strict about not-serving minors. So I
was told by the friendly bartender who refused to serve me.