Definition: a slightly disreputable barroom
Origin: Groggery is an Americanism formed on the basis of the word grog meaning “a strong alcoholic drink.” It entered English in the early 1800s.
Example:“P. Dusenheimer, standing in the door of his uninviting groggery, when the trains stopped for water, never received from the traveling public any patronage except facetious remarks upon his personal appearance.”
Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, The Gilded Age, 1873