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"I received a nice letter the other day from the Dalai Lama. He had read 'The Nine Billion Names of God'. It is about a computer at a Tibetan monastery."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Robot Bar  
  A combination bartender and bar; a robot capable of dispensing beverages.  

Fans of the original Star Wars movie series of course remember R2D2 dispensing drinks and snacks on Jabba the Hutt's pleasure barge.

But there's an earlier example of a bartending robot.

"Drinky, drinky, make you stinky," a robot bar said, rolling up and whispering in his ear. It made the sound of ice cubes rattling in a frosty glass.
From Bill the Galactic Hero, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Unknown in 1965
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Another example (or perhaps a different description of the same general type):

Cooling drinks were shared out by a robot with a spigot for a navel and an inexhaustible supply of plastic glasses in one hip...

To see a real-life robot bar, check out Koolio: Autonomous Robot Refrigerator in Science Fiction in the News.

(Thanks to Ray Girvan for this one.)

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