What are the best names for a tavern or shop, the kind of names that if you wrote them on a map, the PCs would want to check them out before all others?
>>40832890The Mended Drum (You can get beaten) Formally known as The Broken Drum (you can't beat it)
>>40832890The Gilded PickerelThe Knotted Cock (it's a rooster you perv)The Filched FetchThe Waifu Wagon
>>40832890I've always went for silly or misleading naves.A tavern was call "Workers Union" my players where convince it was some kind of clandesting place for revolutionaries.Other was the "Slippery Nipple" it was basically a milk shop, with cheese, yogurt and other milk base products."Pancake racks" it was basically a hooters but with pancakes."Chorizos y Choros" it was a seaport bar where it had gain the fame of a slut house over the years so the owner change the name, but still had the best sausages and clamps in the area.
The key is alliteration and puns. Naming a tavern is like naming a race horse. Uncommon or foreign slang helps. My players love to stop at the Knackered Old Tosspot.
>>40832890I've always liked to use 'the wizards sleeve'
>>40832890why is this picture of her so perfect. I don't even like Cestree but I just want to hug this barmaid and waifu her
>>40832890The aloha snackbar
Halal? Is it meat you're looking for?
>>40832933Oh you>>40832890Verb/Adverb Animal is a common theme, as would be something local.
I used to have a table with roll d20 for adjective and animal name, but lost it when my old computer broke.
>>40833471They have one of those in one of the 5e core rulebooks. DMG, I think.
The Drunken BucketIts a worldwide franchise tavern, with the ever present special of the drunken bucket, where the remnants of drinks are thrown into a bucket over the course of the night.
>>40832969>The Waifu WagonWould be my first stop in town.
>>40832890The Faggot House, named for the twig and branch decor and naturalistic fireplace.
>>40833691>it's just a guy who carves images of pretty girls into your wagon
A weapon and armor store called Bloodbath and Beyond
The Ape and Grape.
Of all the taverns I've made up in games over the years, the only name that's stuck with me is The Floggin' Flagon.
Smiling Jack's Used Coffin Emporium.
The 'Fuck it, we have beer. Give me your money' Inn.
The Crushed Apple & Mummer's Milk are my go to inn names.
>>40832890When we were like 14, we used to have a tavern in every game called "Prancing Penis", and thought it was hilarious.Ten years later, I go with stuff like "Cursed Queen", "Laughing Fool", "Smiling Lady" or "Wanderer's Rest."
>>40834198Sounds like a discworld inn
>>40832890"NO NIGGERS" Bar and Grill>>40833900Keked and checked.
The go-to tavern name in our group is The Surly Carp.
>>40833063>TosspotA very common insult in these parts of the world, used as a synonym for "wanker".I'm... pretty sure I'd go right past that inn and look for another.
>>40834226No, but these two are: >>40832933
>>40834283Not here in Murka so its charmingly exotic despite its connotation.
So we had a joke of calling one tavern in every town The Withered Spoon. A parody of the pub chain of Wetherspoons
>>40834325You should have an in-game newspaper called "The Fortnightly Radio".
>>40832890The cat and cat
>>40834363Our 40k Inquisition outpost had the front as a tea shop called Subtle-Tea
>>40834363>>40832890The Cat Shat Mat.You could have teh actual mat, complete with cat-shit stains, hanging over the bar or something.
>>40833900I chuckled. Thanks anon, I needed that.
The Well-Polished Shaft.
The Tug Boat and the Cunt Destroyer. They're both traveling brothel boats.
High and Dry. It's a tavern nestled on a rocky outcrop at the top of a village known for its seasonal flooding.
>>40833126But Cestree is always cute. It's practically her defining feature.
I've always just used a chain of inns called the "Half-[animal]" Inn.Half-Duck, Half-Horse, Half-Goat, and so on and so forth. Eventually, my group stopped really paying attention to the animal, and just started saying things like "Yeah, let's go back to the Half-whatever inn."
The Cum Bucket
>>40832890"The Winking Centaur".
>>40832890A brothel called Babylon, OP.
The Adjective Noun
>>40832890Who is artist of OP image and where can I commission them?
>>40832890Lilac loungeHouse of Blossoms
>>40834425why would anyone want this.
a tavern called the spit or swallowthe beer is horrific and only the stoutest of dwarves can normally swallow it... also women do not tend to go to this bar so no easy hook ups, party doesnt find out until after they are there >>you can also make it a gay bar like scene for shits and giggles, depends entirely on the group your playing with
The Strong and Stout - a reference to both the beer they serve and the lady dwarf that runs the place. Two of her daughters help in the kitchen or as tavernmaids, along with an elf that's twice as tall as the tallest of them.
lotions and potions: to put your quest in motion
We're closed: clothing boutique
The Stable Stable. They aren't going anywhere.
>>40832890"guess what we dragon?"a pawn shop filled with a crap ton of stuff, everyone thinks its a punny name for a store,turns out its owned by a dragon in human guise with multiple personality disorder
Dee's wharf- town ship docking yard owned by an angry little dwarf named Dee
>>40832890the dragon's kneecap
You've been bar'd tavernzero tolerance on any illegal or violent activity in the bar which will result in the players getting barred from entry if they violate these rules... also has an amazing reputation for having the best bards in the land performing in it
>>40832890The Vulgar Unicorn.
who're you whore housewhere your reputation decides the girl you getcommoners get cheap used up nasty whores and political leaders get awesome whoresused this in a communist setting town where all institutions are public and paid for with taxation... citizenry got free whore with high taxes, visitors paid with a low sales tax
Lit in E's litany book store owned by a guy named Mr. E
>>40841552That seems stupid, really. Who would ever go to a whorehouse if they would only get ugly whores, or pay for taxes that would go to such a place? Part of the appeal of prostitution is getting a pretty lady to stick your dick in.
bear arms- weapon emporium
>>40841634>>based on a communist town, where things literally have free public use at a high cost to the citizenry while the more prolific members of the town get the best whore, food, land, etc>> not realizing this was the base line for a potential quest to over throw the towns government>> the name was just a clever play on words as well as a reference to the fact that a persons status and not wealth decides what you get in this town
Bay Ink- bank of a very lucrative fishing town that specialized in making very expensive dyes and inks from the mollusks they fished
the har har harpoona tavern with stand up comedy, with some mild whoring
>>40841725But then the common folk would never use the whorehouse, and would just outright refuse to pay taxes for it.
pair a dicecasino tavern
>>40841859you have literally no idea how a communist society functions do youthe idea is to disuade the commoner from using the facility because they only get to use the broken down bullshit, encouraging them to say they are a visitor and paying for the service + the sales tax+ their citizenry tax or to go without using the facility all to the benefit of the guys on top
The Medial RingA tavern initially built for a centaur ranger unit that was hired as town security until a proper town guard was establishedIt still specializes in making VERY strong drinks-enough for a centaur to get drunk.
>Barry's Outer space Lounge (in a fantasy setting)>The Quiet Woman (sign is a headless woman)
carage - a store that repairs carriagesword play on carriage and garage
>>40841937That's not how it works on paper.
milky whey- a dairy store, for cheese, and milk products
>>40842181>> paper... great bait mate i give you an 8/8
I found my list.Magics and Curiosities, next door to Mundane CuriositiesPawnbroker, next door to Broke PawnerLeathers and ThingsMoor Books and Les BooksEsoteric GarbaaaaaaageSilks and SatinsElks and GratinsUnderking LingerieGrains, Starches and other GruelsLather Goons, Leather GoodsLyres and Beats, InstrumentsNice View, Glazier
nicks and grannies (hospital & nursing home)>>nook and cranny
The Whizzard's Gizzard
Jimmy's rustled up grub, wine and spirits.
>>40833031I like the history behind "The Seamstress Union" in Shadowrun Returns.The owner explains that "Seamstress Unions" were places run by former prostitutes that signaled that that prostitutes could have a legal place to work. (Prostitutes being listed as seamstresses to avoid the connotations of being whores)The bar is a Shadowrunner bar owned by a Shadowrunner and filled with Shadowrunners.
>>40841088>Spit and Swallow>They're a barbecue joint, their icon is a swallow
>>40840999>http://gregmustache.deviantart.com/thats a pretty good portfolio. He's got cheese cake and veggies too
>>40841332>Multiple Personality Disorder>not simply trading useless junk and the occasional magic item for GOOOLLD GLORIOUS GOLD AHAHAHAHHA
I actually live in a place called "The Portside Inn"I've always been a fan of tavern names with tankard in them.ALL THIS LEWDNESSIf you want lewd, how boutique "The Kings Legs" for a tavern. You can figure that one out.
>>40848041Boutique?Really autocorrect, can you just let me write, bout?
"The Mid Rift," a strip club nestled within a tear in the fabric of reality"TGI Everyday Forever," a tavern built where every moment in time all converge on each other"Good Shop Very Nice," I have no idea what they sell there, but it's most definitely NOT a mimic disguised as a building"The Natural One," a halfway house for adventurers who are down on their luck
The Topless Lamia.
>>40848517Is the symbol on the sign just the back half of a cut-in-half snake?
recurring names in my games:The Drowned Fish, multipurpose tavern, which due to everyone involved being a goofy asshole, is actually pandimensional, and every instance where it shows up is the same storefront.The House of the Golden DawnThe House of the Jade Lotus Competing tea houses in L5R. also geisha.
The Broken Drum (you can't beat it)
I'm running a star wars game in the core worlds so I have them meet at fast food restaurants, diners, and cantinas most of the time like Space Burger, Five Twi'leks, Corellian Grill, Blue Milk Hotel, Duro Bell, Han & Busters. Basically they're all chains so they get to a planet and are like, "well we could check out the Hydianway."
>>40832969>The Waifu WagonMade me smirk
>>40833691Sounds like a maid cafe.With QT humanoids of various races on staff.
Hilda's Happy ShackPebble and Boulder MasonryThe Giant's ArmsWee Folks HaberdasheryThe Minstrel's Abode
>>40832890Jacky Jack Jackson's Janky Junk.
>>40836412Stealing this one.I'm going to watch the faces of my players very carefully when I mention it
The Roost. It's the local tavern of a village high in the mountains. Has a side business as the courier's office and, of course, the headquarters of the carrier pigeon trainer and his apprentice. A popular gathering place to hang out if you're interested in information of the publicly-available variety. Shadier business is conducted elsewhere: the proprietors have an interest in keeping a clean image.
The sudsy flagon | Story is that at one time Ale was hard to come by and they tried serving cups of soap, also a play on words referencing the head of foam on ale.
>>40847560Seattleish dude here. Ain't just shadow run, that was what it was called.
The Emporium of Quality Goods at Reasonable Prices
The Winking Mare.It's also a brothel for centaurs with low standards.
I stole this from a bar in San Diego's gaslamp district. It was too good and the sign was perfect for my Iron Kingdoms game.
>>40836412Well hi /mlp/ nice to see you out here
A little weak, I tend to make mine on the fly.L. R. Cobb's Cobblers. I say it in a Samwise Gamgee-like accent (I don't know what it's called) so it sounds more like L. R. Cobb's Cobbelars.
>>40852072I'm aware. I meant that I specifically like the fact that the Shadowrun bar is a reference to the places run by "Seamstresses".They're not real Seamstresses, but metaphorical ones.
>>40832890Best Tavern Names: Yall Meet Inn: A tavern filled with shadowed booths and dark corners, barely lit by the flickering torches and meat-filled firepit. A favorite haunt of adventurers and people who need them.The Drunkard's Bitch: Home to the best/worst malt in 9 counties, outlawed in 11 more.The Dragon's Kneecap And the Arrow It Took: So named for the proprietress' prized trophy.
Toss and Die: The local gambling/banking establishment.
The Political Satyr
>>40832890Crazy Eddie's Discount Wood Alcohol Barn
Robin Hood's: A tavern famed for hard, incredibly cheap drinks. The name is self descriptive. Aetherium's Magical Mystery Emporium: An apothecary in a major city, who never maintains a storefront for more than a month due to frequent run-ins with the parents of the city's nobility. They take issue with the free-handed way the apothecary dispenses "magical" ingredients.
The Busty Gnome.
Jones' Barbecue & Foot Massage
>>40852988I don't know what to make of this
>>40853007As long as it's fryable or edible, make it deliciousable.
'The Flea Bitten Rat' and its rival across the street 'The Rat Bitten Flea'
>>40832890The half & (rest of sign missing)
The Greasy Spoon InnBucks Shotte BowyerThe Backroom whorehouseThe Bent Copper General StoreFrog Toes and SalvesThere You Are CartographerThe Tickled PickleThe Silver Spoon InnSnake Oil and Lotions
Krog's Arena-Grill. Authentic orc cuisine with a defeat-before-you-eat policy.
Reposting the taverns of the biggest trdae port in the region, feel free to steal.>The Solar AlicornRun by an elven family the Inn is situated in High-Town. It is known as one of the best Inns in the city. No hard alcohol is served, though they have a vast range of elven ciders. The Inn is also known for hosting many musical events. Currently the Royal&Imperial Quartet is using The Solar Alicorn as a base for a local tour ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TApaIoHOWMk ). The prices are:>Common dormitory: 2gp/person>Simple Room : 5gp/person>Double Room: 7gp/person>Luxury Room: 10gp7person>Breakfast: 3gp>Lunch: 5gpVery comfortable: 100% healing rateCurrently in:>A Dragonborn couple sent hre by the High Bahamut Central Clergy Administration (HBCCA for short) to inspect the local temples/shrines/cults.>A human merchant named Barnaby of Antioch. He is a corpulent middle aged man with a beard. He is here to sell southern Ale recipes to the local breweries.>A female halfing fighter named Anna Flowsilk searching for a ship going to Samos.>the human rogue (relevant to the campaign he is present in whichever tavern the PCs settle in)>the elven female Leila Alanei, the captain of the Corellon's Grace.
>>40855381>Riegengord's DelicesAn average Inn run by a 40-something half-halfing named Tatiana Rabudova. Its located in one of the villages around the low city - Jabochni Vas. The beds stink of Strawberry perfume. It has an overall nice atmosphere. Conflicts are usually settled by Tatiana's broom.The prices are:>Common Dormitory: 8 sp/person>Simple Room: 3gp/person>Breakfast: 5sp/personAverage recuperation: 75% healing rateCurrenty in:>Jaroslav Savsky. The halfing captain of the Black Griffon.>2 Tieflings searching a low cost ship to Parthia>A human merchant named Ielno Savada. His speciality are Orballian spices>the human rogue
>>40855414>Greywater TavernLocated in Medvas, the district between the docks and the low city. It's run by a 50 years old human named Jocoslav Petrovosky. It's situated on the border of the district and the northern fields can be seen from the garden. It proposes a great variety of northern ales supplied directly by Jocoslav's cousin from the great northern fortresses.The prices are:>Common Dormitory: 7sp/person>Simple Room: 1gp & 3sp/person>Breakfast: 5spCurrently in:*Note: this tavern is very prized by dwarwen sailors due to its great variety of northern ales. According to them "it feels just like home".>7 Dwarwen sailors from the steamship Metal Fury. they are on a 10 day leave.> A 40 something female human wizard named Maria Gunterstadt. Came here to teach at the RSM (Riegengord's School of Magic) after the shadowy tiefling professor Dr. Tir recently dissapeared leaving nothing behind except a note saying: "See you at the ned of the world".>A hobgoblin warlord named Oluma Kai. He is searching for a job as a body guard. Will trick the Pc's to pay for his drink.
>>40855442>Riegengord's NightsA down town Inn/tavern run by Kaselia Tarianov a young female Tiefling. the place has a very bad reputation. Fistfights and even deaths are a very common sight. No one asks who you are neither what do you search for. The drinks are very cheap and very low-quality. The owner is said to steal from her dead drunk guests to improve her income.the prices are:>Pallet in Common Room: 1cp/person>Pallet on the doorway 0,5cp/person>Ale, low-quality : 1cp>Ale, avergae quality: 5cp>Wodka: 6cp>Rakhia: 6cp>Samapec : 4cpBad recuperation: 50% healing rateCurrently in:>6 human bandits wreaking havoc in downtown. Part of the Blue Moon band>2 Kobolds, part of the Skullkicker band. Despised and abused by everyone>5 Hobgoblin bandits, part of the Red Spears gang.>2 priests of Zehir, one elf and one half-elf. Currently searching a contact with the Irith's Judges.>the human rogue
>>40833593I used to go to this roadhouse called The Red Rooster II (Red Rooster I got shut down after a massive knife fight) and the bartender would give us the runoff from our pitches about halfway through the night. That is the only bar I was ever banned from playing both darts and horseshoes.
>>40855381>The Solar Alicorn
The Cock and bulls.The sign has 2 bulls around a rooster.
>>40833031I'm a fan of making a tavern look like a brothel , and have NPCs refer to it as a house of ill repute, then it's actually just a place that serves really bad food.
>>40855381>The Solar AlicornIn all contexts but one, and I think you know what that is,[/spoiler] "alicorn" is actually the name for the substance of a unicorn's horn, not a name specifically for a winged unicorn.I see you tho