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[-[[caption-width-right:269: Whores not optional; a [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Dwarf]] [[AManIsNotAVirgin is Not A Virgin]].]]-]

At times our adventurers feel the need. The need... for mead.

So they head to a stock fantasy tavern, which will be of wooden construction and generally poorly lit. The drinks, generally either [[AllBeerIsAle ale]] or mead, will be of [[ATankardOfMooseUrine questionable quality]]. Nobody there may even ''realize'' that mead and beer aren't the same thing[[note]]Mead is made by fermenting honey. No hops or barley are involved.[[/note]]. Other features may include:
* A variety of species
* [[FanServiceWithASmile A serving wench in a low-cut, shoulder-revealing top]]
* Mercenaries for hire
* Places to sleep.
* Rumors and other hints at possibilities for adventure
* A dark corner where mysterious cloaked strangers sit
* A chance for a BarBrawl.

Also a place [[YouAllMeetInAnInn for first meetings]]. Or [[YouAllMeetInACell to set up such meetings]].

See also MedievalEuropeanFantasy. Compare RestAndResupplyStop.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with VideoGame/NeedForSpeed.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''{{Slayers}}'': Lina and co sometimes take a break in these. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Considering her reputation and her temper though]], sometimes this is to the detriment of the other customers, the tavern, the city the tavern is located at...
* ''{{Claymore}}'': Occasionally a member of the titular groups shows up in the FantasyTavern. When they do, it's a total atmosphere-killer.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Webcomic/{{Skullkickers}}'' spend a lot of time in taverns. In "Eighty Eyes on an Evil Island", they visit The Gizzard, which is every FantasyTavern ever. Literally.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} 2'' features one, appropriately named [[Literature/SnowWhite The Poisoned Apple]], where Puss In Boots is hired.
* T meets Leonardo in one of these in ''Film/QuestOfTheDeltaKnights'', complete with buxom serving wenches, sleeping quarters and drunken, superstitious peasants.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' features the Snuggly Duckling. Flynn takes Rapunzel here in an effort to scare her into cutting her day trip out of the tower short, but then she saves him from the thuggish clientele and kicks off a CrowdSong.
* Both the 1982 and 2011 ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' films feature scenes of the titular hero celebrating a successful adventure at a tavern with free-flowing alcohol and half-naked wenches.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanPrint: The mead hall Heorot from the epic Anglo-Saxon poem ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' serves as the hero's base of operations during his quest to slay Grendel and, later, Grendel's mother.
* The Prancing Pony at Bree in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', one of many in that verse, but this one is probably the TropeCodifier.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant'' where Literature/ConanTheBarbarian hears of the title tower.
* The Mended Drum in Literature/{{Discworld}} is a parodic exaggeration; it's been rebuilt several times, and the brawlers rehearse their moves to look the best for tourists. By ''Going Postal'', the bar brawls have become Ankh-Morpork's most popular organized sport.
* The Inn at the Crossroads in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is the setting for a few important scenes in the first book.
* A rather large fraction of the main characters of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' run into these at some point, and their responses run the gamut from avoiding attention to intimidation and in some cases just outright killing people.
* ''Literature/AmericanGods'' really kicks off the quest with Shadow, Mr. Wednesday, and Mad Sweeney meeting for mead. Shadow doesn't quite like the taste, comparing it to "pickled honey." The sharing of mead is important to the plot, though, as the host is playing by old Norse [[SacredHospitality rules of hospitality]], and drinking the mead [[MagicallyBindingContract seals their deal]].
* The Inn of the Last Home in ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}''. It serves as a central point of meeting and reunion for the heroes of many of the books and short stories and has the best home-brewed ale.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/RobinHood'' [[spoiler: the Crownkeeper has made a fake crown for Prince John. Robin and Kate, the latter doing a DirtyHarriet, distract him in one of these inns so they can steal the Keeper's keys]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Alestorm song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ef6i9P7y3Y Wenches and Mead]]'' is about exactly this.
** "[[JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged Hoes and wine all ze time!]]"
* MiracleOfSound did a song called ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL4vR3PB2oY Nord Mead]]'' about how awesome the Nords of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' think their mead is.
--> ''You can keep your filthy skooma!''
-->''It makes our bellies bleed!''
-->'''Cause when we raise our flagon''
-->''To another dead [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]''
-->''There is just one drink we need!''
-->''Nord Mead!''
* AmonAmarth [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mClSA1LZPIs has their own recipe!]]
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* ''Pinball/TheChampionPub'' takes place in one of these, offering good drink, attractive serving ladies, and fine fisticuffs for entertainment.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Extremely common in ''DungeonsAndDragons''. Stereotypical behavior for bad players is to ignore plot hooks in favor of visiting the nearest tavern to get drunk and either start fights or pick up chicks. The frequency for campaigns to [[YouAllMeetInAnInn start in an inn]] is a trope all to itself.
* Enforced in the ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'' d20 RPG - the game rules state that most of the treasure the [=PCs=] acquire is blown on ale and whores (even if the PC is female) between adventures.
* The drink based card game [[{{TabletopGame/DrunkQuest}} DrunkQuest]] has classes themed on various alcohols, ThePaladin is mead themed.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''BaldursGate'' has a fair number.
* Every town or city and every other village or hamlet in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has at least one of these, plus there's several in the middle of nowhere on the road.
* Very common in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, but ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'' deserves special mention for making these the only place to pick up quests. (Going by the English translation, it also calls them "pubs" and avoids specifying what anyone's drinking, but that's [[FrothyMugsOfWater another trope entirely]].)
* Also common in ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games
** You organize your party in one in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII''.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', in the inn in Stonewell, you can organise members of your party, do alchemy, and connect to the internet to do multiplayer or look for guests for your inn (Characters from previous ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games.)
* Several Zelda games include them, though the only one to play a significant role is Telma's bar in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', where LaResistance meets.
* ''WorldOfWarcraft'' has many of these, usually one per faction per zone (except for zones designated as starting zones), though some zones have a single one run by a neutral faction for use by players of both faction and each capital city features at least one. The exact nature of the building varies depending on the which race is running it with human inns fitting the trope description the most, except for being fairly well lit and Forsaken inns resembling a run down, rotting version of the Human inns (until they got their own unique style of architecture in the second expansion). They're used as safe points to log off and you get XP bonuses for your character staying in them while logged off.
** In ''Warcraft III'', players could swing by the local Tavern to hire neutral heroes in certain multiplayer maps.
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' has the Typical Tavern, where there is never not a brawl going on. Your second real quest involves [[{{Ratstomp}} clearing the rats out of the cellar]].
* ''HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' has these available as an ''upgrade'' to your towns. Uses include hiring heroes, improving morale when the town is under attack and receiving cryptic clues about your enemies.
** In ''HeroesOfMightAndMagic III'', it's a prerequisite to the "Town Hall" upgrade (whence "City Hall" and "Capitol"). That's right, before you can get the most basic civic infrastructure up and running, the inhabitants need somewhere to go for a drink!
* In ''MedievalTotalWar'', an Inn allows you to hire mercenary armies, a Tavern allows you to hire assassins.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has mead, bar brawls, bar wenches, wood taverns, sellswords (a term for mercenaries), fetch quest givers, the works. The game advises you to head to the nearest tavern if you're looking for work; even if nobody has a quest for you, you're sure to overhear a snippet of InfallibleBabble about a nearby location from the barman or patrons. Amusingly, a few bandits will complain about the native Nords' love of mead, since they prefer a good beer.
* The Hanged Man tavern in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is where you go when you need to have a conversation with [[PirateGirl Isabela]] or [[TheStoryteller Varric]].
* You can build a Tavern in ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval''. It lets you make a [[WanderingMinstrel Bard]] Sim, and provides full casks for Sims to drink from. Some quests even have you start a drinking contest or a BarBrawl there.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'' has had two of these so far.
** The first is the spoof of the YouAllMeetInAnInn trope, where Denver joins the party and Tiffany discovers [[GenderBender she]] can [[CantHoldHerLiquor no longer hold her liquor]].
** The second one found the unfortunate owner having to cash in his literal [[ImpossibleInsurance Impossible]] HeroInsurance when Tiff and Faden finally had their big confrontation.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Ye Olde Proverbial Hook
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/2/ in the first level, the traditional usage, to find a hook]]. (Though they did not all meet at the inn. Mimic found the others on Krogslist.
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-6/ in the fifth level, to find an informant]]
** [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-7-title/ Presti and Roxy are hanging out, and overriding Stabs's objections on the grounds that only barbarians and plot hooks arrive at that hour.]] Then Rusty staggers in lugging an even more seriously wounded Madeline, and says, ". . . help. . . "
* In ''Webcomic/PvP'' Skull's dwarf character in the company's D&D game spends his treasure on "ale and whores". A couple strips after Valerie, possibly a real dwarf, is introduced she is seen demanding mead at a bar.
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