Friday, July 23, 2010

A Night at the Cock and Bottle: Tavern Names

I came across this really need English pub name generator, and it inspired me to spend a couple of minutes to put together a handy list of tavern and inn names that I can dip into when I need to name one on the fly. These are all actual names of English pubs (including one that will also be well-known to Greyhawk afficinados), but I picked some that I think will work well in a fantasy campaign. Enjoy!

The Crooked Billet
The Old Red Lion
The Globe Inn
The Clarence
The Dolphin
The Hope & Anchor
The Leather Exchange
The Shambles
The King
The Queen Victoria
The Bird in the Hand
The Tally Ho
The Sheet Anchor
The Empress
The Fox
The Lorne
The Turnpike Inn
The Mason's Arms
The White Hart
The Beehive
The Comet
The Queen's Head
The Cricketer's Arms
The Cock and Bottle
The Jolly Farmer
The Swan with Two Necks
The Fleece and Firkin
The Slug and Lettuce
The Green Dragon
The Blue Boar
The Swan
The Dog and Duck
The Bag o'Nails
The Cat and the Fiddle
The Bull and Bush
The Hop Inn
The Leather Bottle
The Blue Anchor
The Copper Kettle
The Red Lion
The Crown
The Three Arrows
The Percy Arms
The Rose and Crown
The Crooked Chimney
The Bull and Mouth
The Cock and Bull
The Dew Drop Inn
The Black Swan
The Goat and Compasses
The Honest Lawyer
The Jolly Taxpayer
The Library
The Nag’s Head
The Nowhere Inn Particular
The Shop
The Pig and Whistle
The Bishop’s Finger
The Axe and Cleaver
The Fisherman’s Arms
The Plough and Harrow
The Propeller
The Royal Oak
The Swan
The Plough
The White Horse
The Bell
The New Inn

6 comments:

DRANCE said...

How about "The Come Right Inn"?!

Huddla huddla! Thanks folks, I'll be here all week! Don't forget to tip the serving wenches, and be sure to try the roasted wyvern!

Grendelwulf said...

The Bird in Hand is in Greyhawk too, from the Gord novels.

I like "Nowhere Inn Particular".

Great link resource!

Ciao!
GW

Roger the GS said...

"Goat and Compasses" being a corruption of the slogan "God Encompasseth."

Here in Canterbury we have a veritable Monster Manual of pub names; on any given night one can go to the Hobgoblin, Phoenix, Unicorn, Dolphin, White Hart, Black Horse, or Bishop's Finger.

Sakusammakko said...

When I lived in St. Albans, we used to drink at the fighting cocks. The Americans always tottered.

Dungeonmum said...

These are all pretty familiar! The White Hart is about 3 streets away, the Percy Arms is a couple of villages from here. Lots of interesting ones I've never heard of as well. I recall one in Southampton called The Hobbit. More than once I've heard people say they spent the night in the King's Arms where Peter the Great once stayed (their claim to fame), a hotel/pub near to us. It always amuses me when you get a pub called the Seahorse or the Seagull when it's many miles inland. The Slug and Lettuce is a chain of pub-eateries, as is the X and Firkin - if I saw one of those pop up in an adventure I'd think it was some kind of parody.

Red said...

A previous campaign of mine was a sword and sorcery setting and there were three taverns that were prominent over the course of play:

Hooch and Happiness - run by a halfing and an elf modeled on Cheech and Chong.

The Guilty Sausage - (pretty sure that came from a tavern name generator) run by a disgruntled half-ogre.

The Stone Princess - in front of which was a statue of a Medusa gazing into a mirror, primping her snakes. It was the classiest joint in the place.