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A Compendium of Tavern Names


Taverns are the love of my life. This post is a compendium of around 100 tavern names, from fine dining to coarse fighting, to use in your campaign or world.

Taverns in a medieval world are a purely fantastical notion - they didn’t have them then, and they don’t even have that many now! Still, taverns remain some of the most fun places to write about in a campaign setting or fantasy world. Each tavern has its own story, its own patrons, its own atmosphere. From a richly decorated tavern in the center of a merchant city to a soot-blackened dice house in the slums of a ghetto, a tavern represents a great starting point for quests, or simply a place to rest for adventurers on the move. Here is a list of around one hundred tavern names to use in your campaign. Some of them have been written about, others are a blank canvas. Whatever your campaign, I think you’ll find some use for this bunch of grog-holes.

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Good Taverns

Good taverns are taverns known for an exceptional quality of food or ambience, or taverns that are simply very respectable. They will usually cost more, but will be safer, cleaner, and much more pleasant than your average soup shack.

The Dockmaster's Tavern
The Stowaway Inn
The Traveler's Notch
The Unempty Mug
The Red Homununch
The Flaming Wand
The Jasper Otter
Inn Harm's Way
The Ogre-Door Tabernacle
The Riverman's Nestledown
Hearty Wines and Aged Soups Inn
Everyman's Wish Tavern
The Rich Peasant and Poor Landlord Inn and Tavern
The Poisoned Meat
The Salty Tusk
The Inn and Out Inn
The Minstrel's Dance
The Butterhouse Tavern
The Fireside Newt
The Pocked Pocket Inn
The Bard's Trousers
The Cob Web

2005-12-09 05:14 PM » Link: [1991#9395|text]
Standard Taverns

Standard taverns are neither known for their good food nor their violent atmosphere - they are simply standard places to knock down some grog and flop on a sack. They can be found in all sorts of cities and towns.

The Bottomless Cauldron
The Steward's Hatch
The Port Crevice
The Poor Merchant's Inn
The Tanger Serpent Tavern
The Silver Sword Inn
The Clay Platters
The Dirty Sack Flophouse
The Footsore Wanderer
The Rusty Cog Inn
The Patched Robe
The Scrolls of Welcoming
The Tangled Vine Tavern
The Hearth and Road Inn
The Bard's Tale Tavern
The Cellar-Keg
The Slurred Speech Tavern
The Salt Merchant Inn
The Pewter Mug
The Flying Flute Tavern
The First and Last Tavern

2005-12-09 05:15 PM » Link: [1991#9396|text]
Bad Taverns

Bad taverns are any taverns that are either run-down and dirty, violent and coarse, or owned by or used for criminal enterprises. This section is divided into subsections, to illustrate the nature of the tavern. While many taverns fall into several categories (A dirty, violent criminal gambling den), I have placed the taverns in the ones that correspond best to them. Since they are just names, you can switch them around as you like; I just categorized them to give you an idea of how I imagined them.

Dirty/Violent Taverns -

The Rat's Daggers
The Wharf Rat
The Drunken Sailor
The Galleon-Hole
The Patched Paw
The Running King
The Servant's Last Dance
The Fried Fingers Inn
The Rock Bunk Tavern
The Black Barnacle
The Moldy Eye
The Bloody Tooth and Broken Bone Tavern
The Swordhole
The Dead Prince Tavern
The Hag's Pot Inn
The Bloody Body

Gambling Dens/Houses of Ill Repute/Criminal Taverns -

The Queen's Robes
The Black Flagon
The Merchant's Last Coin
The Last Wish Forgotten Tavern
The Spider's Nest

2005-12-09 05:16 PM » Link: [1991#9397|text]
Good The Hare's Hair
Oztrmo's Den
The Once-Proud Goose
The Yawning Rabbit
Wayfinder's Rest

Bad Scorfil's Ale & Fryes
The Harpey's Kettle
The Cockatryce Egg
Sleemy's Second Home
The Braze'n'Bold

Standard House of Pots
The Cracked Hoof
Dragonwink's Pub
The Come on Inn
The Fearless Flumph

2008-01-09 01:34 AM » Link: [1991#33619|text]
The Rotten Bastard - a bad tavern

2008-01-09 08:04 AM » Link: [1991#33623|text]
I tend to classify inns & taverns using the five-star rating system. It's fairly easy to use as a quick guide to the quality of a particular inn or tavern, with 1-star ratings used for bottom of the barrel, run down dives and criminal establishments, 3-star ratings used for average, run-of-the-mill locales, and 5-star ratings for elite, exclusive facilities.

Hero Den; Braera, proprietor. Two star dining club.
The Lawful Sanctum; Dagpyr, proprietor. Four star tavern.
The Bastard Sword; Malpastas, proprietor. Three star cafeteria.
The Ravens Scythe. One star alehouse.
The Fresh Flask; Damarira, proprietor. Four star nightclub.
The Rude Feasting Hall; Aryayth, proprietor. Three stars.
The Dart & Dress; Odina, proprietor. Three star tavern.
The Stone & Glove. Two star tavern.
The Blade. Five star alehouse.
The Avenging Poignard. One star restaurant.
The Furious Mug; Aryrya, proprietor. One star tavern.
Ye Olde Hairy Jack. Four star bistro.
Ye Olde Bone; Athavyr, proprietor. One star tavern.
The Bludgeoning Keg. Five star tavern.
The Unforgettable King. Five star cabaret.
The Gate. One star tavern.
Highwayman House; Arynyr, proprietor. Four star tavern.
The Reveling Wench. Three star bar.
The Royal Beerhall. Two stars.
The Swallows Throne. Two star cabaret.
The Bright Gladiator; Yarrath, proprietor. Five star tavern.
The Monkeys Chain. Three star grill.

2008-03-22 12:21 PM » Link: [1991#64370|text]
I like tavern names that are drinking puns. Here's two I'm particularly proud of:

The Hammered Anvil

The Wasted Space

2010-06-25 02:52 AM » Link: [1991#74124|text]

The Black Hangover- Infamous for selling a home-brewed ale that will temporarily blind a man during the following hangover.


2013-01-15 01:23 AM » Link: [1991#84975|text]

The Blue Lagoon - A real wet bar, actually built in and on a small lagoon. The bar proper is a raft and the tables are tethered docks. It's mostly all show, and the drinks are quite poor for the price.

The Quartermaster - Established by a retired captain of His Majesty's Army, this tavern is frequented by military veterans and soldiers on leave. Talk is often political, sometimes heated, though fights are relatively rare under the old captain's strict orders.

The Stoned Philosopher - A political club under the guise of a trendy bar. Fairly bourgeois, stocked more with finer-drinking liqueurs than working class ale. Philosophical discussions groups meet regularly as though at a salon, but are curious of foreigners and happily take on anyone wanting to talk.


2013-01-15 07:54 AM » Link: [1991#84979|text]
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Voted MoonHunter
December 9, 2005, 17:16
Good Idea, now we need to see if it takes off.

Could you edit out the odd characters in your post (courtsey of MS Word)?
Voted Cheka Man
December 9, 2005, 20:07
I like this.There should be a tavern codex. :)
December 9, 2005, 20:44
That's exactly what I'm setting about to do. Once I have a few more taverns (like the Foolish Mage and Drunken Wizard) it'll be up there. Actually...aw heck, I'll put it up now so no one else can beat me and then add to it as I go along.
Voted Strolen
May 13, 2006, 8:49
New bump to an awesome idea!
August 19, 2006, 12:17
Okay six months have gone by and we let this one languish. So we should do something with it. If you wrote a tavern, or know a tavern post, enter it in the http://www.strolen.com/content.php?node=1996 Tavern related scroll.

Now, each of us has to have a list of tavern and inn names for their games. Post them up.
August 19, 2006, 12:44
fixed post
Voted Murometz
January 9, 2008, 0:44
This needs the Ol' 101 treatment! How many are here so far? :)
Voted valadaar
January 9, 2008, 8:03
79 by my count...

Can add The Rotten Bastard to the list...
Voted Kuseru Satsujin
March 22, 2008, 12:22
That should bring the list up to 101 entries.
Voted punkcasher
March 12, 2009, 18:09
As a big fan of lists, I would have to say this is a great one.

Voted tinypoisonousfish
February 2, 2010, 19:33
I like this one, goes well with Barfight! I'll add some later.
August 21, 2010, 0:35
I know this will be useful in the future
Voted Dozus
January 15, 2013, 7:38
A fine listing, here.
Voted Dossta
March 20, 2013, 14:36
Heh, I was looking all over for a list like this when I first started GMing. Eventually I just hit up a random generator and tried to roll with that for awhile. Absolutely love "The Red Homununch"!

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