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He was a man who would have made a success of life a century and a half ago when conversation was a passport to good company and inebriety no bar.

"I ought to have lived in the eighteen hundreds," he said himself. "What I want is a patron. I should have published my poems by subscription and dedicated them to a nobleman. I long to compose rhymed couplets upon the poodle of a countess. My soul yearns for the love of chamber-maids and the conversation of bishops."

Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham

Does the 'no bar' here mean 'bar none'?

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    The repeated predicate "was" is understood. "...conversation was a passport...and inebriety was no bar". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 10 '15 at 11:23
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No, it means 'not a problem' or 'not a disqualification'.

A century and a half ago, one would not be barred from good company for inebreity.

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