a tall cold one


Senior Member
Hello: In the following excerpt I'm not sure about the meaning of "a tall cold one":

"He needed a tall cold one. He decided to kill some time down at Charlie's, the local watering hole"

Does here "one" refer to a drink, specifically a beer? Thank you
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    In the Irish pub (in the USA) that I used to frequent they sold "shorts" and "talls".

    The "shorts" were drafts of beer in a narrow glass that held about 10 ounces or so; the "talls" looked the same but were proportionately larger and held about 20 ounces.

    "Yo! Patrick, give me a tall one."
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