Bottle keep

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Patrons' bottles are kept on the shelf in a restaurant in Japan.

Bottle keep, or "bottle-keep", "keep bottle" (a wasei-eigo: 「ボトルキープ」, botorukīpu) is a service which is provided at some Japanese drinking establishments where a patron can have his unfinished bottle of liquor stored there under his name.[1] The service is offered by casual places like izakaya as well as by bars in some first-class hotels.[2] This system is less expensive than paying for single drinks for a long run.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kamiya, Taeko (1994). Tuttle New Dictionary of Loanwords in Japanese: A User's Guide to Gairaigo. Tuttle Publishing. p. 42. ISBN 0804818886. "botoru kiipu ボトルキープ [Japanese Usage: bottle keep] a system in which one buys a bottle of liquor to be kept at bar" 
  2. ^ "ボトルキープシステム" [Bottle keep system]. The Strings by InterContinental Tokyo. [non-primary source needed]
  3. ^ Resnick, Evelyne (2008). Wine Brands: Success Strategies for New Markets, New Consumers and New Trends. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 25. ISBN 0230554032. "Many of these bars have a bottle-keep system for regular patrons, who buy a bottle from time to time, as it is less expensive than paying for single drinks for a long run."