Snack bar

A snack bar usually refers to an inexpensive food counter that is part of a permanent structure where snack foods and light meals are sold.[1]


A beach snack bar is often a small building situated high on the sand. Besides soft drinks, candies and chewing gum, some snack bars sell hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, potato chips, corn chips and other foods. While this is usually the case, sometimes "snack bar" refers to a small café or cafeteria. Various small, casual dining establishments might be referred to as a "snack bar," including a beverage and snack counter at a movie theater, or a small deli. Many places that have snack bars have a "No Outside Food or Drink" policy, to encourage sales.

In movie theaters and any other types of theaters, the snack bar is located in the lobby.

The first known use of the word "snack bar" was in 1930.[2]

User interface

In Human–computer interaction a "snackbar" refers to a user-interface element displaying a temporary, closable notification, similar to a "toast". The term originates from Google's Material Design:

Snackbars contain a single line of text directly related to the operation performed. They may contain a text action, but no icons.[3]

Similar entities

Snack bar may also refer to:


  1. "Snack bar". The Free Dictionary By Farlex. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  2. "Snack bar". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
  3. "Snackbars & toasts". Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  4. "Lunch counter". Merriam Webster. Retrieved 2012-05-19.
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