from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, an inn or tavern; specifically, in the Presidency towns, a boarding-house or house of entertainment for seamen.
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It was noted as being the best "_punch-house_" in Boston.
On leaving the Admiralty-house, the party were directed to a place little better than a booth, and denominated by the natives a punch-house, a name given to all low taverns in India, but which was dignified with the name of "The Albion Hotel."
After the great earthquake at Jamaica in 1691, Mullins built himself a house at Kingston and ran it as a punch-house -- often a very profitable business when the buccaneers returned to Port Royal with good plunder.