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Indicates whether a cafe/restaurant features a bar. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Properties
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysmay be used on areasshould not be used on relations
Status: in use

The key bar=* indicates the presence of attributes featured by a bar in addition to the primary purpose of being a cafe, restaurant or hotel.

Most often used on a node/area tagged with amenity=* (restaurant, cafe, hotel and others).

As it is suggested to avoid the semicolon value separator (e.g. amenity=cafe;bar, see Semi-colon value separator), the possibility is proposed to choose a top-level tag (amenity=cafe/amenity=restaurant/tourism=hotel), which expresses the primary purpose of the amenity and then add the bar=yes tag for more precise characterization.

If the primary purpose is a bar then you should consider using the amenity=bar

Recommended use


  • the name of a cafe, restaurant or hotel suggests to use the bar value, too (e.g. Cafebar...)
  • along with / in addition to the primary purpose (cafe: offering hot beverages, maybe breakfast; restaurant: serving dishes etc.)
  • --> people can have drinks also during the day
    --> the cafe/restaurant stays open late into the night (also with the kitchen closed)

    Common combinations

    Combinations on areas

    Combinations on nodes

    Combination with new tags

    leisure=outdoor_seating ( In Status Draft / Discussion see german forum )

    Other objects

    • cafe
    • hotel
    • restaurant

    See also