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 (rät′skĕl′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 Indo-European roots) + German Keller, cellar (from Middle High German, from Old High German kellāri, from Latin cellārium; see cellar).]
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a variant spelling of Ratskeller
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(ˈrɑtˌskɛl ər, ˈræt-, ˈræθ-)

a restaurant or bar located below street level.
[1895–1900, Amer.; < German Rat(h)skeller literally, the cellar of a town hall]
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Noun1.rathskeller - a tavern below street level featuring beer; originally a German restaurant in the basement of city hall
tap house, tavern - a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks
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References in classic literature ?
He is the man who has chased Bohemia about the town from rathskeller to roof garden and from Hester street to Harlem until you can't find a place in the city where they don't cut their spaghetti with a knife.
Slowly, Tucker built her career, singing in rathskellers, becoming a well-known blackface "coon singer"--one of the few women to black up among the likes of performers like Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson.
The final chapter looks at the entertaining night life of the era, where "rathskellers" (basement bars or northern versions of southern juke joints) competed with upscale nightclubs such as the Marshall's Hotel, Baron Wilkins' Place, and Ike Hine's Club.