raths·kel·ler (rätskĕl′ər, răt-, răth-)
A restaurant or tavern, usually below street level, that serves beer.
[German Ratskeller, Rathskeller, restaurant in the city hall basement : German Rat, council, counsel (from Middle High German rāt, from Old High German; see ar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + German Keller, cellar (from Middle High German, from Old High German kellāri, from Latin cellārium; see CELLAR).]
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