Milk bar

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Milchbar in the GDR (in Gerichshain in Saxony, 1961)

A milk bar is a catering establishment that originally only served non-alcoholic drinks, often also ice cream .

The first milk bars appeared in the mid-1930s. In the USA in particular, many milk bars were opened due to prohibition . In the 1950s and 1960s, interest in milk bars was greatest. Today's milk bars, however, often also sell alcoholic beverages.

The fictional milk bar Korova ( Russian for cow) became famous through the book A Clockwork Orange and its film adaptation . A milk bar of the same name in New York took the film as a template and recreated the milk bar.

A Polish variant of the milk bar is the Mleczny bar . These inexpensive self-service restaurants had their heyday especially in the communist era. In Poland these restaurants still offer dishes that come from traditional Polish cuisine .

Web links

Commons : Milk Bars  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Milchbar  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations


  1. Kristin Kruthaup: Relicts of Socialism - On the way in Poland's milk bars. In: Magdeburger Verlags- und Druckhaus GmbH, September 10, 2015, accessed on September 24, 2016 .