What is the name of your favorite bar / tavern / inn in the game?


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The Hobbit's Hairy Feet tavern,
Ludicrous Lil's inn,
No Tales Told bar, and
Crusty Libation bar.


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Lone Wolf and Cup

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The Ship's Ballista (house motto: Make your shots count without going overboard!)


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The Winking Skeever!


I had an inn which was called The Weeping Catfish. Unfortunately, the players (or PCs) never inquired as to why it had that name - they would have been told the story about the legendary catfish, first discovered by the founding king of the country, who's tears give rise to the region's largest river.


we had one we called the "Pit .' they had bloodsports there, and we would settle challenges. there. "Coman the 10 level barbarian" came one night and accepted the challenge. He walked down into the maze and saw that the tunnels twisted every 20'. he had oodles of goodies with him. not a single plate of armor. He wasn't prepared for what happened next. Th Nightwalker was a 9HD creature with a 45' anti-magic , 2 attacks (Claws 1d8+4 with 2levels of energy per hit. he lasted 2 r

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The Stinkin' Weasel


The Eager Beaver and the Gold Piece...wait, you said tavern, not brothels....

Tavern is The Two Brothers Inn. It's been in the same family nearly 800 years (based it on a noodle house I read about in China that has been in the same family that long).


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Naming brothels is a little out my league, but here goes Satan's Favorite Lap Cats' Lounge, and Mild Bill's Tame, Docile, and Gentle House of Skippity Duh Da, how I do?


Dizzydoo42 wrote:
Naming brothels is a little out my league, but here goes Satan's Favorite Lap Cats' Lounge, and Mild Bill's Tame, Docile, and Gentle House of Skippity Duh Da, how I do?

Very catchy! lol


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and for those who like the opposite of the above... there is the Swarthy Pickle.

lets get back to lifting a tankard to our favorite fantasy dives, roadhouses, and speakeasies.


Dizzydoo42 wrote:
we had a roadhouse we called the "Pit .' they had bloodsports in the maze and we could settle challenges there. "Coman the 10 level barbarian" came one night and accepted the challenge. He walked down into the maze and saw that the tunnels twisted every 20'. Conan had oodles of goodies with him, and not a single plate of armor, he radiated magic. He wasn't prepared for what happened next. Th Nightwalker was a 9HD undead creature with a 45' anti-magic shell , 2 attacks (Claws 1d8+4 with 2 levels of energy drain per hit. Conan lasted 2 rounds.

Even 20th level characters were climbing trees to get away from them.


My favourite Inn name from an RPG is not from golarion (but does have links to pathfinder) is "Sad Mary's Bar and Girl" (+10 points if you get the reference without googling it ;) )
I always misread it as bar and grill


The Mended Drum from Discworld

Sovereign Court

The Salty Wench from 3 Barrel Cove.
The leaky Dinghy from Stormreach Harbor.

I like me a tavern by the sea!

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The Copper River (you know, because it's both the color and price of most of the ale!)

Dead Man's Tavern (the proprietor is a friendly Necromancer, and the serving staff are all skeletons - food and drink are very good for a much lower price than normal, since they don't need to be paid)

The Furry Lobster


I have a recurring tavern pop up in my home games we call the Ugly Suzy's.


After you have come down from the Plateau of Forever, there is Dirty Dorgs for the Rough Crowd. Where else can you you have your drinks prepared by an octopoid otherworldly bartender and dine on hobbit slow roasted on a spit of regeneration, who freely gives advice on the best cuts...
Be wary of the card games.

Silver Lady's Blessings, where all ills will be eased for those who can pass the Mithral and Ivory Doors. Friends made here can follow you through many lifetimes.
So can promises and boasts...

Three days out of Talis Monde there was the Troll's Nose Tavern. First, who knew trolls got that big... And, are you sure that is a nose? Glad the troll tried sunbathing long before we showed up. The fortune teller... I really don't want to tak about her without a whole lot of Rumbletummy's Ale.

The Vulgar Unicorn, the worst and the best Sanctuary has to offer, depending on your connections...

On the Borderlands of a World of Darkness, The Dancing Ferret is worth a go, especially if the Wild Hunt are playing. Avoid making Jolly Old Elf allusions about the proprietor and you will probably be fine...

The Salon in Absalom has a music room that really helps after a rough debriefing...

Desna's Hidden Haven(s?) are literally a Godsend for weary travellers.

Oh how could I have forgotten? Eat at Geo's.


The Freeport setting has a great many colorful business names:

The Last Resort (upper-class inn on the edge of town)
The Rusty Hook, The Dented Helm, The Dead Pelican, The Bilge Rat (waterfront taverns/dives)
Krom's Throat (bar that caters exclusively to orcs)
The Mouth of Hell (abandoned crusader church refitted as a gambling hall and vice den)
The Crimson Weal (S&M brothel, front for a pain goddess's cult; my players thought it was "wheel" until they went looking for it)

This one's a little off-topic, but my own additions to that setting include The Valiant Weasel, a magic shop run by a retired PC from a previous campaign (named for her familiar, who saved her life more than once at low levels).

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Milliways!


Personally, I tend to just use names that have shown up in media I like, such as ren faires and books, but in this one campaign that I played in, we were in a halfling city and needed to establish ties with the criminal underground for reasons, and there was an establishment that was literally underground that was run by the local crime boss, a gnome named Chuckles the Assclown (a character the gm had previously played in an evil campaign that was based off of the joker from batman lore), whose primary means of fighting (when necessary) was using a device he had built to launch pies into the enemies' faces that were baked with various poisons, marbles (for tripping), caltrops, etc. This establishment was famous for its pies (both the safe to eat ones and the ones thrown by the proprietor) and it was only accessible through a literal hole in the ground. Its name? The Pie Hole!


My favorite is "The Hare Prepared", often frequented by soldiers. The sign shows the eponymous hare in mail holding a spear angled upwards. The tableau is finished off by a very surprised hawk diving down.


The Salty Spray - a picture of a whale's blow spout on the waterfront you bunch of dirty minds.


The Rueful Alchemist.


When I awarded my players control of their own bar, they decided to each write down a name on a piece of paper without consulting each other and put them into a hat for me to draw from. The name drawn, "The Blue Waffle". My personal favourite


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A player in my group and I are worshippers of Cayden, so we're opening a bar. He's a gnome war priest of Cayden with a gnome battle ladder as his sacred weapon, and we named the bar after it; thus we own The Tipsy Ladder.


In my home game I have a few watering holes-

The Last Chance: A gambling den where cheating is encouraged. Run by a dwarf diviner named Rockbottom.

The Lost Soul: A brothel run by a Succubus and a Paladin who have an unlikely partnership.

Merry Mary's: A "traditional" adventurer's tavern run by a Halfling bard and her five husbands.

The Captain's Daughter: The roughest sailor's bar anywhere, named after a euphemism for a Cat-o-Nine-Tails. Run by a half-orc witchdoctor called Sandman who is handy with a needle and thread. He often stitches people up or sets broken bones right at the bar.

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Doomed Hero wrote:

The Lost Soul: A brothel run by a Succubus and a Paladin who have an unlikely partnership.

Whoah, this one got my attention! Doesn't that violate the Paladin's Code?


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Doomed Hero wrote:

The Lost Soul: A brothel run by a Succubus and a Paladin who have an unlikely partnership.

Whoah, this one got my attention! Doesn't that violate the Paladin's Code?

Depends on the code. In this particular case, no. Her goddess is more pragmatic than most (she's a love goddess, somewhat like a mix of Shelyn and Desna). The paladin considers her work righteous and important because she's helping and protecting people who almost never get that kind of charity. She protects the brothel girls and boys, heals them, keeps them disease free, and offers counciling to staff and patrons alike. He drives away the worst elements.

The Succubus is a rogue demon, essentially on the run from the 9 hell's (she ran out on a contract), and while she's certainly selfish and cruel, she's also an intelligent businesswoman who knows working with the paladin and playing by the rules (most of the time) is good for her bottom line. She isn't activly trying to advance the agenda of hell, so she and the Paladin are able to work together in a sometimes tense partnership.


A favorite from my ongoing mythic campaign is Mo's Icy Cantina in Kaer Maga. Founded by retired ulfen warrior Mauldrin Ice-Biter and catering to anyone that will pay their bill, Mo's Icy Cantina has often been compared to a hive of scum and villainy.

I used Mo's as a backdrop for a run-in with the Technic League in honor of the release of Episode VII.


The Belching Beaver.

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Harvey's Wall-Bagger (a ritzy and exclusive speakeasy that is in fact inside a bag of holding cleverly hidden inside a chink in an alley wall somewhere)


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Harvey's Wall-Bagger (a ritzy and exclusive speakeasy that is in fact inside a bag of holding cleverly hidden inside a chink in an alley wall somewhere)

It is a bad place to be when the LAW comes a calling. Only one way in and only one way out. If you have a bouncer holding the bag. That's what you have got, a bouncer holding the bag. Glory be!!! what if they were the extortionist type of criminal, or even yet assassins. It's not a place for me, Sonny Jim. Sounds to me like there to much that can go wrong at your goat roping.

there was a dive called Slugger Slim's.


I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
Harvey's Wall-Bagger (a ritzy and exclusive speakeasy that is in fact inside a bag of holding cleverly hidden inside a chink in an alley wall somewhere)

I hope the bouncers shake down these wealthy patrons for extradimensional spaces before letting them into the club. Otherwise, one handy haversack is all it takes to put you out of business!


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In my home game:

'The Plush Imentesh' aka The 'Tesh for locals. Used a cute stuffed animal of an imentesh protean as a mascot (which randomly changed appearance and colors on the sign and the actual stuffed critter sitting on a shelf over the bar. It also had an adjoining brothel that catered to about every gender and species that existed, and while it had a formal name the locals called it 'The Portable Hole' much to the owner's wry displeasure.


Slightly off topic, but for shopping establishments, I have used "Magic Mart," "Pike 'n Save," and "The Gnome Depot."


We used to have The Sandy Jackboot as a name for a bar/tavern/saloon/whatever for just about every game and game system we played. Somewhere, someone was going to find The Sandy Jackboot and a good fray would be had by all.


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Botho Käse wrote:
Slightly off topic, but for shopping establishments, I have used "Magic Mart," "Pike 'n Save," and "The Gnome Depot."

Thank you, you are welcome to give us any more novelty shop names you have. My favorite is the "Gnome Depot".

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The surly fairy: where the men are men, and so are the women.

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The Lodestone Lounge (drinks and food are served in/on cast iron steins/bowls, and served directly from the bar to anywhere in the joint via an ingenious network of natural magnets and guiding switches)


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The Eagle and Child - it's the actual tavern where J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and the other inklings use to meet.

A DM used to place this tavern in every village - so we asked.


I have one recurring tavern/inn that has no name, since most people are illiterate.

It just has a picture painted on wood hanging out front.

The picture is of a rooster standing astride two steel orbs.

It is not called the male chicken and spheres.

In polite company it euphemistically referred to as, 'The Pub,' but that's not really its name, either.

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Mykull wrote:

The picture is of a rooster standing astride two steel orbs.

It is not called the male chicken and spheres.

In polite company it euphemistically referred to as, 'The Pub,' but that's not really its name, either.

The first thing comes to mind with that description is that the inn/tavern is that it is called the Cock & Balls... but you did also say that it wasn't a male chicken and spheres, which was perhaps your polite way of saying it wasn't what I was thinking.

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Slappy's (the one in Magnimar).


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In one of my games, there's a brothel that caters to clients attracted to men that's called "The Stallion's Hammer."

I ran a game where the PC stayed at inn that I named "The Shield & Sherpdog" completely off the top of my head... which became thrir home base for the rest of the campaign.

I also use "The Green Griffin", in homage to a piece of line art in the AD&D 1e Dungeon Master's Guide.


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Jonathon Wilder wrote:
The first thing comes to mind with that description is that the inn/tavern is that it is called the Cock & Balls . . . but you did also say that it wasn't a male chicken and spheres, which was perhaps your polite way of saying it wasn't what I was thinking.

No, no, it is what you're thinking. I should have used quotes when I said the names was not "The Male Chicken & Spheres."

Incidentally, if I ever win the lotto, I am opening an Irish pub named the Cock 'n' Balls with that painting out front.

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In home game: "Oily Ed's". A dockside bar owned by "Ed" a high ranking thieves guild member who also owns a number of legitimate business ,which include both the bar and a small mining company.


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Haladir wrote:
I ran a game where the PC stayed at inn that I named "The Shield & Sherpdog" completely off the top of my head... which became thrir home base for the rest of the campaign.

That was supposed to be "Shield and Sheepdog".


The Sitting Duck in Falcons Hollow makes me laugh.

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