Inn, pub or tavern: What’s it called?

An inn needs a name! This generator offers five randomly generated name suggestions for inns, pubs, and taverns. Most suggestions are based off traditional (mostly British) naming conventions.

In addition, you get three genuine names of inns, pubs or taverns from real life (mostly the UK), for inspiration. Some are of mythical origin, some offer specific services. Some are named for historical figures or events, and some are just plain funny. A few are named for the clearly mythical and never-actually-seen, such as the Honest Politician.

This generator provides a randomly generated inn or tavern name, as well as an example of an actual, historical inn somewhere in the real world.

Show me some names!

Your inn might be called:
  • The Sleepy Maiden
  • The Cowardly Grapes
  • The Merry Tankard
  • The Dog and Gelding
  • The Goodwife and Dog

Real life trumps imagination. How about ...
  • the Dirty Habit, sited on a pilgrims' route. The name is a play on the phrase and the clothing of monks passing through enroute to Canterbury Cathedral.
  • the Letters Inn—'let us in'.
  • the Push Inn in Beverley, UK. At one time the pub had no external sign but that on the door which read PUSH.
To generate another set of names, simply refresh the page.

Does your local inn, pub or tavern have a curious or funny name? Drop a note in the comments for inclusion!



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