Cold Tea

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Cold Tea | codeword, hospitality | Service industry code for cold beer covertly served in teapots after a restaurant’s last call for alcohol. The service of ‘cold tea’ was once fairly common practice in Vancouver and something of an open secret at a handful of Chinese restaurants.

Usage | “Guys, we missed last call. Our only chance for another round is for some cold tea. Anyone fancy some dumplings?”


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