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Welcome to the Snuggly Duckling. The name may or may not be indicative of said place's character.note 

"But the only brew
For the brave and true
Comes from the Green Dragon!"

There are several trends in naming bars and inns, but among the more interesting ones, particularly in High Fantasy, is the tendency to name it after an animal, specifically in the form of... "The Adjective Animal." Extra points for alliteration and/or a present participle (that is, an adjective derived from a verb by adding "-ing"). It often also involves colors: White Hart, Red (or Golden) Lion, White Horse, Black Bull.

There are several other naming conventions for pubs. Either describe an animal in a different grammatical form (such as The Hog's Head, from Harry Potter, from the barrel volume hogshead and the UK pub chain of the same name) or have "The Adjective Noun," without referring to an animal (such as The Salty Spitoon, from SpongeBob SquarePants) or linking two random nouns with a "&" (Elephant & Castle).


This is Older Than Print, going back to the European High Middle Ages. You obviously wanted your pub to have a name, so people can say "Join me at Alice's Tavern," instead of Bob's Tavern down the path. But since literacy was much less common back then, just writing "Alice's Tavern" on a sign would likely lead to someone not knowing that you've got a pub here. Instead, you'd paint a picture of, say, a red duck on the sign, and then people could say "Meet me at the sign of the Red Duck."note 

This pattern was reinforced by the way that from the middle ages until the 18th century most houses in European cities and towns — not just those that housed an inn or tavern — were named after such a sign because nobody had yet thought of numbering houses.


The "animal" can also be a monster— this is particularly popular in fantasy settings to show the difference in what creatures people consider familiar. They don't actually have to be "real," though; dragons and unicorns are popular creatures for this trope right here in the real world. In futuristic/space settings it can include aliens, too.


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    Audio Plays 
  • The White Rabbit, on the Embankment in London, is a recurring location in Big Finish Doctor Who.
  • The Princess Thieves has both he Thirsty Hog, which is controlled by the heroic Hoods, and the Mad Bull, a disreputable bar owned by a criminal gang, complete with its own fight club.

    Comic Books 
  • Asterix in Britain has the British inn "The Laughing Boar" ("Le Rieur Sanglier" in the original version, parodying English word order).
  • The Black Island's first edition names the Scottish village alehouse Tintin visits "Ye White Hart." However, it was renamed in the two fully colored editions, first to "Ye Dolphin" (with a picture of a dolphin) and then to "The Kiltoch Arms."

    Comic Strips 
  • Dave Trampier's Wormy. In the Dragon magazine #96 strip, the last page had a depiction of an underground town full of trolls and goblins. One of the establishments was named the Blind Giant Inn.
  • The Swedish RPG comic Vidrig, Vandraren featured the inn Obscena Hyenan, The Obscene Hyena.
  • The Far Side had "buzzard beatniks" reading poetry in a dive named "The Dead Heifer."

     Fan Works 

  • The "Blue Boar", traditionally the inn of choice of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

    Films — Animation 
  • The Red Lobster Inn from Disney's Pinocchio, which is where the Coachman often tends to hang out whenever he's not kidnapping boys, taking them to Pleasure Island, turning them into donkeys and shipping them to either the salt mines or the circus.
  • The Snuggly Duckling, of Disney's Tangled, which despite the cute name is a borderline Bad-Guy Bar.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • A rather grisly example is The Slaughtered Lamb in An American Werewolf in London, which was later used in World of Warcraft and made into Real Life pubs in both New York and London.
  • The Feisty Goat in Euro Trip.
  • Les Enfants du Paradis has the less than reputable tavern "Le Rouge-Gorge" (the French word for robin, literally "red throat"). As emerges during the scene, the name is actually a not-so-oblique reference to a previous landlord being found one morning with his throat cut.
  • Dancing at the Blue Iguana is a story about five dancers at the Blue Iguana strip club.
  • The Two-Headed Dog and The Famous Cock in The World's End are the only pubs out of the twelve to follow this formula. A few others (The First Post, The Old Familiar, The King's Head, The Good Companions) are similar, but without animals. Incidentally, all of the film's pubs are named for ones that exist in real life.
  • Snow Queen (2002) had the White Bear Hotel.
  • True Grit. While talking with Mattie Ross about his past life, Rooster Cogburn mentions that he once bought an "eating place" (restaurant) called the Green Frog.
  • In Where Eagles Dare, the team meet their contact at a tavern called "Zum Wilden Hirsch" (At the [sign of the] Wild Deer)
  • The Running Gag in Police Academy, The Blue Oyster.

  • The Lord of the Rings has The Prancing Pony in Bree, the Green Dragon in Bywater and the Golden Perch in Stock.
  • Tortall, the setting of many of Tamora Pierce's books, has a couple. Most notable is The Dancing Dove, but there is also a mention of a place called The Jugged Hare in Squire. (Jugged Hare is an English dish).
  • The Sozzled Parrot in Artemis Fowl.
  • The story of The Knights Of The Cross by Henryk Sienkiewicz starts in the Ornery Auroch inn.
  • Agatha Christie wrote a novel (set at an inn) entitled The Pale Horse.
  • Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories. The city of Lankhmar had three taverns of this type: the Silver Eel, the Golden Lamprey and the Whistling Fish.
  • Discworld
    • The Crimson Leech, which gets briefly mentioned at the very start of The Colour of Magic. It may be a parody of The Silver Eel example above, since it's frequented by Bravd the Hublander and the Weasel.
    • The Compleat Ankh-Morpork City Guide, names over two hundred city pubs that were never mentioned in the books, and goes to this well on several occasions, including the Green Dragon (formerly owned by the dragon-breeding Ramkin family), the Singing Hippo, and the Flaming Kookaburra (FourEcksian embassy in the back room). The list of cafes also has the Plaited Pheasant and the Prancing Pony Tearoom.
    • Mrs Bradshaw's Handbook, the travel guide to the new railway, says the inn in the town of Seven Bangs is called The Jolly Dragon, although it's recently been renamed from The Jolly Green Cabbage. (The local tourist industry is trying to convince people that the craters that give the town its name were created by a battle with a noble dragon, rather than an unfortunate accident in the cabbage pickling industry.)
    • The earliest mentioned in the first book was the Broken Drum. ("You can't beat it.") After some insurance-related light arson, the new owner renamed it the Mended Drum, and it was the most commonly mentioned bar in most of the series.
    • A fairly definitive fan-created overview is here.
  • There's a Gaiman story where the pub was called the Dirty Donkey, only the picture on the sign looked more like a Pale Horse.
  • Vortex, the penultimate book in the Sten Series, has "The Blue Bhor" although the fully sentient alien Bhor might take offense to being called an animal.
  • Thieves' World series. The Wretched Hive city of Sanctuary has the Vulgar Unicorn and Golden Lizard taverns. Several vague descriptions of the Vulgar Unicorn's sign are given, including "...that animal improbably engaging itself" and similar.
  • The Blue Boar in Great Expectations.
  • Steven Brust's Dragaera novels.
    • Vlad sees two such sign on inns/pubs in Jhegaala and refers to them by their signage. However, the locals call the first pub by the owner's name.
    • In the Khaavren Romances, a scholar from the capital opens a pub in the countryside, doesn't do this, and has to have it explained to him that nobody in the area can read.
  • The short story "The Most Precious of Treasures" by Desmond Warzel has The Talking Carp.
  • The Sherlock Holmes short story "The Adventure of the Priory School" has The Fighting Cock Inn.
  • The location of Arthur C. Clarke's Tales from the White Hart, based on Real Life meeting place for London sf fans, the White Horse.
  • Andre Norton's science fiction novel Uncharted Stars has The Diving Lokworm, a Bad-Guy Bar where the protagonist goes to find a starship pilot. The Lokworm is an unwholesome alien creature.
  • The Pink Rat is the most prominent Bad-Guy Bar in The Shadow pulp series.
  • Fred Vargas' last novel has Le Sanglier Courant (The Running Boar), which is actually a restaurant but often serves as a meeting place for the main characters. For some reason, Adamsberg insists on calling it Le Sanglier Bleu (The Blue Boar).
  • Septimus Heap has The Grateful Turbot tavern.
  • Star Wars
    • In Michael Stackpole's X-wing: Wedge's Gamble, the rogues meet in the Azure Dianoga Cantina.
    • Michael Reaves' Coruscant Nights II: Street of Shadows features the Dizzy Dewback Cantina.
    • Double Cross on Ord Mantell, a short story by Michael Mikaelian published in Star Wars Galaxy 5 has the Drunken Bantha on Ord Mantell.
    • James Luceno's Cloak of Deception has The Tipsy Mynock.
    • Michael Stackpole's Dark Tide II: Ruin features The Violet Viska on Garos IV.
  • The poem and drinking-song Altassyrisches by 19th-century poet Viktor von Scheffel is much better known by its first words "Im Schwarzen Walfisch zu Askalon" ("In the 'Black Whale' in Ascalon").
  • S.M. Stirling's 'Dies the Fire'' (and several other Emberverse volumes) has The Hopping Toad, in Corvallis, Oregon.
  • The backstory of A Song of Ice and Fire has the Clanking Dragon, named for a multi-piece iron dragon sign that had a habit of clanking in the wind. During the Blackfyre rebellion the sign was taken down as the black iron of the sign resembled the black dragon sigil of the rebelling Blackfyres and the local lord was a Targaryen loyalist. After that it was called The River Inn, until the river moved and is now known as "the inn at the crossroads."
  • Robert Rankin's Brentford Trilogy books have a pub called The Flying Swan. There is also the Shrunken Head, which is Brentford's primary music venue.
  • Leo Frankowski's The Cross-Time Engineer series has The Pink Dragon topless bar.
  • In Animal Farm, Mr. Jones drinks at a pub called the Red Lion.
  • Star Trek Expanded Universe
    • Hidden Universe Travel Guides: The Klingon Empire has a traditional Klingon tavern called the Tipsy Targ.
    • More surprisingly, Hidden Universe Travel Guides: Vulcan has two hotels called the Sleepy Sehlat and the Lazy Le-Matya (the latter including the Starving Sehlat restaurant).
  • The Brothers Lionheart: Nangiala has an inn called the Golden Cockerel, complete with a fat, jovial landlord named Jussi.
  • The Space Gamer magazine issue #54, story "The Conjuring". Phorbal and the thief Clar go to the Carved Bear Inn in order to find the sorcerer Mikall.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Played with on The A-Team episode "The Big Squeeze", when Hannibal decides to use props from his movie producer friends to fake a new restaurant to lure in some Mafia extortionists.
    Hannibal: (in a faux Irish accent) And we'll call it, "The Naked Lady".
  • Three's Company has The Regal Beagle pub where the characters sometimes hung out.
  • ...Because Man About the House has the Mucky Duck.
  • Pig And Whistle, a Canadian musical variety show set in a fictional English pub, broadcast on CTV from 1967 to 1977. Remembered less-than-fondly by an entire generation of Canadian children who had to suffer through it to get to the Wonderful World Of Disney, which aired immediately after.
  • The Carol Burnett Show. In a sketch about a man trying to get his car's license plates at a government agency, he asks the female clerk if he can take her to lunch and she says for him to meet her at the Whispering Escargotnote  restaurant.
  • The Unfriendly Possum in the True Blood episode "Fuck the Pain Away".
  • Bar Rescue, naturally, with the Dirty Rooster as one of the bars to be rescued.
  • In the Murdoch Mysteries episode "A Murdog Mystery'', George and Henry stop at a pub called the Tipsy Ferret.
  • Roseanne. In the season three episode "Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?", Roseanne and Dan have dinner at the Blue Swan Cafe, the place where he first asked her to be his girlfriend twenty years earlier. They later go to the attached Blue Swan Motel, the same place they made love for the first time.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Ed Greenwood used this one a lot in the Forgotten Realms setting.
      • Volo's Guide to Waterdeep. Inns: The Galloping Minotaur, The Grey Serpent, The Raging Lion, The Rearing Hippocampus, The Wandering Wemic. Taverns: The Blue Mermaid, The Crawling Spider, The Friendly Flounder, The Grinning Lion, The Red-Eyed Owl, The Sleeping Snake, The Sleepy Sylph, The Spitting Cat, The Spouting Fish, The White Bull. Nightclub: The Smiling Siren. Tavern and Fest-hall: The Gentle Mermaid. Tavern, Inn and Fest-hall: The Blushing Mermaid.
      • Volo's Guide to Cormyr. Inns: The Dead Dragon, The Golden Unicorn, The Murdered Manticore, The Old Owlbear, The Red Stirge, The Roaring Griffon, The Snowbound Hound, The Wild Goose. Taverns: The Dancing Dragon, The Silvery Sembian Snail, The Sleeping Cat (restaurant)
      • Volo's Guide to the Dalelands. Festhalls: The Lonely Mermaid. Inns: The Black Horse, The White Hart. Rental storage: Dunstable's Sleeping Cat. Taverns: The Drunken Lion, The Thirsty Pig.
      • Volo's Guide to the North. Inns: The Crowing Cockatrice, The Frost-Touched Frog, The Headless Troll, The Hooked Knucklehead (a type of fish), The Shining Serpent, The Sleeping Dragon, The Stone Stallion, The Whistling Stag, The White-Winged Griffon. Restaurants: The Fried Rat, The Leaping Leucrotta. Taverns: The Crowing Cockatrice, The Dancing Goat, The Dreaming Dragon, The Old Owl, The Sighing Sylph, The Singing Manticore, The Sly Fox, The Smiling Satyr, The Talking Troll
      • Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast. Inns: The Black Boar, The Dire Dragon, The Happy Hippocampus, The Jaded Unicorn, The Old Talking Ox, The Raging Lion (in Scornubel), The Running Stag, The Storm Griffin, The Wandering Wyvern, The Worried Wyvern. Taverns: The Dancing Bear, The Happy Cow, The Scarlet Stag
      • Forgotten Realms Adventures (those that aren't in the supplements above). Inns: Black Bear, The Black Cockerel, The Black Viper, The Bloody Boar, The Blue Cow, The Rising Raven, The Roaring Lion, The Spitting Cockatrice, Splurging Sturgeon, The Weeping Wyvern. Taverns: The Empty Fish, The Roaring Dragon, The Silly Satyr, The Stranded Fish (burnt out), The Tattooed Troglodyte. Inn and tavern: The Black Stag, The Blushing Mermaid (Baldur's Gate), The Naughty Nixie, The Weeping Unicorn
      • 1st Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting boxed set (those that aren't in the supplements above). Festhall: The Lavender Lion. Hardware Shop: The Copper Cockatrice. Inns: The Night Wolf, The Watchful Lynx. Taverns: The Black Rat, The Blinking Owl, The Dancing Dracolisk, The Drunken Dragon, The Golden Goblin, The Lame Camel, The Lazy Lizard, The Striking Snake, The Thirsty Thunder Beast, The Two-Headed Lion. Tack Shop: The Silver Stallion.
      • The Silver Lion tavern can be found in the city of Selgaunt in Sembia.
      • The Horde boxed set. The Red Sturgeon tavern is in the town of Almorel.
    • Basic D&D boxed sets
      • The 1977 Holmes Basic version. In the sample dungeon the PCs could gather in the Green Dragon Inn (thus making this an early example of You All Meet in an Inn). The Green Dragon also appeared in one of Holmes' Boinger and Zereth stories: "The Sorceror's Jewel" in Dragon magazine #46.
    • The 1983 Mentzer version continued the tradition. In the introductory adventure provided in the Dungeon Master's Rulebook, the PCs all meet at the Gold Dragon Inn.
    • Basic Set D&D supplement GAZ 1 The Grand Duchy of Karameikos. In the elven domain of Rifllian, human visitors will feel most comfortable in the Silver Swan Inn.
    • Modules
      • A3 Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords. The city of Suderham had several examples. Taverns: Waltzing Werebear, Grimacing Gargoyle. Gambling Hall: Bouncing Bugbear. House of Ill Repute: The Wild Cat.
      • AC1 The Shady Dragon Inn. The Shady Dragon (called the Shady Dragon Tavern in the text) is a place where PCs can meet and join up with NPCs to go adventuring.
      • DG1 The Shattered Statue. The village of Volkumburgh has the Crimson Wyrm Inn.
      • GA1 The Murky Deep. The Purple Mermaid tavern can be found on the docks of the town of Whitton.
      • HHQ3 Thief's Challenge. The Grey Griffon pub and the Bloated Boar tavern can be found in the town of Hylock.
      • I10 Ravenloft II: The House on Gryphon Hill. The small seaside town of Mordentshire has the Salty Dog tavern.
      • I12 Egg of the Phoenix. The city of Fairway had the Red Wyvern Inn.
      • L1 The Secret of Bone Hill. The Dying Minotaur Inn can be found in the city of Restenford in the Lendore Isles, in the Greyhawk setting.
      • Ravenloft setting supplement Chilling Tales, adventure "The Taskmaster's Leash". In the realm of Dementilieu, the Laughing Pig Inn can be found in the town of Chateaufaux.
      • WG7 Castle Greyhawk. In the title fortification can be found the Snooty Salamander Inn and the Merry Memory Moss Tavern (memory moss is a type of monster).
    • Dragon magazine #132.
      • Article "All the Trappings". An example of a trap-based security system is that of the Grey Griffon Inn in the town of Phalanx.
      • The short story "Out of Hand" has the Lusty Lorelei tavern.
      • The article "The Ecology of the Aurumvorax" mentions a Red Lion tavern.
    • Dragon magazine
      • Issue #37 adventure "The Pit of the Oracle". A Green Dragon Tavern can be found in the town of Narrion.
      • Issue #73. An article about bounty hunters starts off with a short story that mentions the Laughing Trout Inn.
      • Issue #176 short story "Time for an Experiment". One of the establishments near the Pavilion Fair is the Growling Owl Tavern.
      • Issue #272. The article Sleeping Dragon Inn describes the winner of the "Sleeping Dragon Inn" contest in Dragon #251. It was intended to be the setting for future Dragon articles and Dungeon magazine adventures.
      • Annual #5 has a random tavern name generator. One of the basic name formats is "The [Table 2] [Table 4]". Table 2 is "Adjectives" and Table 4 is "Creatures".
    • Dungeon magazine
      • Issue #7, adventure "The Matchmakers". The city of Povero has the the Gray Whale pub.
      • Issue #16 adventure "Vesicant". The Not-So-Safe Harbor pirate port of Scrape has the Pukin' Buzzard Ale Inn.
      • Issue #18 adventure "Crocodile Tears". The village of Tajiki has the Golden Carp Inn.
      • Issue #23 adventure "Deception Pass". The village of Amril features the Iron Horse Inn.
      • Issue #26 adventure "Nine-Tenths of the Law". The Black Lion tavern can be found in the City of Wysos.
      • Issue #33 adventure "That Island Charm". While relaxing in Port Naliam, the PCs get a hot tip when they go to the Swaggerin' Shark tavern.
      • Issue #38 adventure "Horror's Harvest". The Giggling Gargoyle Inn can be found in the village of Delmunster.
      • Issue #44 adventure "A Hot Day in L'Trel". The city of L'Trel has the Hammered Dwarf inn.
      • Issue #44 adventure "Train of Events". The Laughing Vulture Inn provides shelter to the PCs in Carmazoz Town.
      • Issue #45 adventure "An Artist's Errand". The floating stronghold of Skyport features the Black Manta Inn.
      • Issue #49 adventure "North of Narborel". In the city of Narborel can be found both the Skittering Crab tavern and the Flying Manta Inn.
    • Imagine magazine
      • Issue #7 article "The Beginners' Guide to Role Playing Games." As the beginning of an adventure, the Player Characters have a You All Meet in an Inn encounter at the Silver Scorpion Inn.
      • Issue #9 adventure "Lyndum". The title town has the Red Robin Inn.
      • Issue #10 adventure "Thunder Crag". The Golden Lion inn can be found in the town of Blackridge.
      • Issue #17. In the "Pellinore" campaign setting, the Black Pig public house (tavern) can be found in Westmeet Square. In the adventure "Tir Nan Og", a village on the title island has the Grey Partridge Inn.
      • Issue #18. The Black Bird alehouse is in the Wynd section of town.
      • Issue #21, adventure "For Whom the Bell Tinkles". The PCs start the adventure in the White Weasel inn.
    • White Dwarf
      • Issue #2, article "Competitive D&D". In the competitive adventure "Pandora's Maze", the Player Characters are called together at the Brass Monkey Inn to hear the reading of a will. They receive some magic items and must enter a dungeon to find the rest of their inheritances.
      • Issue #22, adventure "The Search for the Temple of the Golden Spire". The adventure begins with the Player Characters arriving in the town of Greywood and staying for the night at the Howling Fox Inn.
      • Issue #40, adventure "The Eagle Hunt". The Mc Guffy & Rose Investigations agency is located next to the Grey Swan tavern.
      • Issue #48, adventure "The Lone and Level Sands". The Player Characters meet their patron, a wandering demonologist, in the Lying Monkey bar.
      • Issue #66 adventure "The Philosopher's Stone". After a long journey to the small village of Ur, the Player Characters can find shelter in the Dancing Bear Inn.
      • Issue #67 adventure "A Murder at Flaxton". The village of Flaxton features the Black Squid Inn.
      • Issue #69 adventure "Plague from the Past". The village of Saltwater has the Slaughtered Giant inn.
      • Issue #90 adventure "Killing in Silk". There's an illustration of a sign with the words "The Skewered Orc" and a picture of someone's arm thrusting a sword into an orc.
      • Issue #91 adventure "A Matter of Pride". The White Hart is the only inn in the village of Dorfisdale.
    • Polyhedron magazine
      • Issue #23 adventure "In the Black Hours Part 2". The Blue Fox Tavern is located next to the Thieves' Guild Guildhall.
      • Issue #60 article "The Living City". In the city of Raven's Bluff, the Dancing Bear Inn can be found near the Two Brothers' Butchery shop.
      • Issue #67 article "The Unwinking Eye". The city of Mulmaster has the Drunken Rothé tavern (a rothé is a creature similar to a small ox).
      • Issue #71 adventure "The Drunken Giff". This Spelljammer campaign adventure starts with the Player Characters going to The Drunken Giff tavern.
      • Issue #74 article "The Ill Eagle Inn". The Ill Eagle Inn is named for its mascot, an intelligent talking eagle named Toddle.
      • Issue #80 adventure "Guarded Wagon". The adventure begins with the Player Characters drinking in the Black Dog Bar in the city of Balic.
      • Issue #85 article "The Unwinking Eye". In the city of Zhentil Keep can be found the Cloven Ogre and Roaring Dragon taverns.
      • Issue #91 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The town of Mossbridges is the home of the Blushing Gynosphinx Inn.
      • Issue #92 adventure "River Rats". The Player Characters meet their patron in the River Rat bar in the city of Greyhawk. They will recover their prize, the Hasty Barge of the Nyr Dyv, near the Spotted Cow Inn.
      • Issue #103 article "The Living City - The Horse Businesses". One of Ravens Bluff's equine-related operations is the Iron Bull Smithy. It has an iron bull statue hanging from its roof.
      • Issue #113 adventure "A Pirate's Life for Me". The Rampant Lion Inn and the Sleeping Bear boarding house can be found in the port city of Lidah.
      • Issue #116 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The walled town of Blackbarn has the Unsnug Snail bordello and the Laughing Cat and Old Nag taverns. In the town of Bloutar can be found the Spitted Stag inn.
      • Issue #117 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The Chased Unicorn inn and the Faring Falcon bookshop are in Dapplegate, a town in the Border Kingdoms.
      • Issue #121 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The town of Felshroun has the Sunset Swan inn and the Rolling Gnome music shop.
      • Issue #122 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The walled town of Gallard has a number of "firesword houses" (shish-ka-bob restaurants) such as the Risen Dragon and the Black Buck. It also has Sharyn's Smiling Sphinx inn.
      • Issue #123 adventure "A Wish for Temptation". In the town of Mossbridges can be found the Blushing Gynosphynx (sic) tavern.
      • Issue #124 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". In the town of Hawkgarth, the Laughing Unicorn tavern is cozy, superior and known for the illusion of a "dancing, glowing white unicorn" that appears every night at midnight. It's a favorite haunt of traveling minstrels, and there's a ballad about "the welcoming sight of its window candles at the end of a long and dangerous ride".
      • Issue #126 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The village of Ornryl has Happy Homonculous tavern, Boldo's Vale has the Green Griffon inn, and the village of Dragonmount has the Flying Unicorn tavern.
      • Issue #127. In the article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye", The Wailing Wolf tavern is in the area known as High Mukshar. In the adventure "The Saving Grace of Valrenwood", the title town has the Happy Jackal tavern.
      • Issue #128 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". In the village of Irl, the Bold Ki-rin Inn is a three story mansion with superb stables.
      • Issue #128 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". The Land of Two Princes has the Roaring Lion Inn in the hamlet of Corthgrolt and Malduth's Stag Inn in Revelrar.
      • Issue #132 article "Elminster's Unwinking Eye". Visitors to the small town of Clarkswell can stay at the Cooked Goose Inn.
      • Issue #134 adventure "Intrigue in Raam". The city of Raam features the Sunbathing Inix bar.
    • The Net supplement 50 D&D Bar Encounters had The Elven Hare, The Bloody Bunny, The Dirty Troll, The Noble Hound and The Rotten Fish.
    • In the Greyhawk setting, Lord Robilar owns The Green Dragon Inn in the city of Greyhawk. This inn also appears in the AD&D Coloring Album for children.
    • Planescape setting
      • Original boxed set, booklet "Sigil and Beyond". The town of Plague-Mort exists just outside the Abyss. The Golden Griffon tavern is the favorite hangout of the town militia.
      • Adventure In the Abyss. The Grinning Imp is a small tavern in the city of Sigil that sells drinks from all over the multiverse.
    • Advanced D&D 1st Edition supplement Dungeoneer's Survival Guide. An example has the Player Characters meeting an NPC called Olaf at the Shaggy Mammoth Inn.
    • Mayfair Games' Role Aids
      • Dark Folk. The Green Dragon Inn can be found in the town of Aspregull.
      • Dwarves. The town of Ostahar has the Blue Beetle and Racing Willibs taverns.
    • Multiverse magazine (Winter 1985) D&D adventure "Caravan". After the caravan reaches the village of Ramenford, the party will stay at the Flying Fish tavern.
    • Adventurer magazine, adventure "The Black Tower part 1: Beasron's Keep". The town of Kavank has an inn called the Singing Dragon.
  • The Red Dragon Inn is a board game about drinking games, which can trivially be turned into a Drinking Game itself.
  • Shadowrun
    • Native American Nations Vol. 2, adventure "Eye of the Eagle". The city of Kemano in the Tsimshian Nation has a tavern called The Randy Sasquatch.
    • Seattle Sourcebook (1990).
      • Bars: The Filthy Dragon, The Green Fish, The Lost Unicorn
      • Hotels: Gold Lion Inns (also a Bland-Name Product for Real Life Red Lion Hotels)
      • Restaurants: The Big Rhino, The Shy Giant
      • Stores: The Green Nymph, The Silver Slug.
    • London Sourcebook. White Lion Hotels and The Lounging Lizard nightclub can be found in London.
    • Neo-Anarchist Guide to Real Life. The Chrome Stallion nightclub in San Francisco and The White Elephant Saloon in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
    • Prime Runners sourcebook. The Chrome Rat nightclub in the Salem section of the Seattle Metroplex is co-owned by the rock star William Marshall Ossian.
    • Shadows of the Underworld supplement, adventure "Two Solitudes". In San Francisco, the White Horse Tavern is just a few blocks from UC Berkeley.
    • Ka•Ge magazine Volume 1 Issue 8 (2nd quarter 1993) story "Instruction Takes A Turn". Roc meets the fixer Weasel in the Chrome Beetle bar.
  • Judges Guild
    • City State of the Invincible Overlord (Revised)
      • Brothels: Happy Harpy
      • Inns: Golden Lamprey
      • Taverns: Dewy Dryad, Flipping Frog, Prancing Ki-Rin Saloon, She-Devil, Singing Squid, Wild Boar
      • Inn/Tavern: Blue Dolphin, Bonny Black Bear, Crummy Crab, Green Goblin, Sea Nymph, Silver Eel
      • Flop Houses: The Water Dog
    • Pegasus magazine
      • Issue #3, Isle of the Blest (sic): The city of Rallu has the Red Hydra and Smiling Mermaid Inns.
      • Issue #4. On Tirnanog Island, the town of Heratus has the Swinging Satyr Inn and the Sleeping Siren Tavern, and the halfling village of Dalmaric features the Leaping Lizard Tavern.
    • The Thieves of Fortress Badabaskor. The title fortress had the Iron Stallion Inn.
    • Druids of Doom. The village of Wili's Holding had The Leaping Groundhog inn.
    • Verbosh.
      • Inside the title city can be found the following inns: The Red Roc, The Flying Falcon, and the Galloping Goblin.
      • In the town of Wartenberg are Ardent Ogre alehouse, the Wandering Wyvern inn and the Stalking Wildcat mead hall.
    • The Lost Man's Trail supplement (2010) has the Fat Deer Inn.
    • The Mines of Custalcon. The Golden Chimera Inn can be found in the town of Byrny and the White Boar Inn is in the town of Trollslore.
    • Wilderlands of High Fantasy Issue O. The Lively Leech is in the village of Haghill.
    • Demons of Dundurn. The Feathered Serpent Inn can be found in the village of Parth and is a major focus of the adventure.
    • Druids of Doom. The village of Will's Holding has the Leaping Groundhog Inn.
    • The Dungeoneer magazine #18, story "The Book of Doom". Louise, Nech and Kerk are adventurers drinking at the Green Goblin Inn and counting their money.
  • Earthdawn
    • The main rules had a picture of the signboard of an inn called "The Gilded Toad".
    • Path of Deception adventure. In the small city of Haven near the ruins of Parlainth can be found the Restless Troll inn.
    • ''Sky Point & Vivane' boxed set, Book 2 "Theran Vivane". The Theran section of Vivane has a tavern called the Blackguard Duck. It's a regular meeting place for the t'skrang who work in the Vivane boat yard.
  • Dark Dungeon RPG supplement Samaris, Island of Adventure. The Green Dragon Inn can be found in the city of Southport.
  • Dangerous Journeys/Mythus RPG. The main rulebook includes the scenario "High Time at the Winged Pig", which takes place at an inn called The Winged Pig.
  • Atlantis: The Lost World generic RPG setting. City of Atlantis: the Silver Unicorn and Gilded Dragon taverns. City of Tang in Khitai: the Red Bird Inn.
  • R. Talsorian Games' Cyberpunk, supplement Night City. One of the city's Chinese restaurants is called The Silver Dragon, and a bar is called The Night Owl.
  • Call of Cthulhu
    • Dark Designs, adventure "Eyes for the Blind". The Black Lion Hotel can be found in in Truro.
    • Masks of Nyarlathotep
      • Chapter 2 "London". The Laughing Horse pub can be found in the village of Lesser-Edale in Derbyshire.
      • Chapter 5 "Shanghai". The Stumbling Tiger bar in Shanghai where the PCs can contact Jack Brady.
    • Cthulhu By Gaslight, adventure "The Yorkshire Horrors". In the town of Northallerton, the Investigators can obtain useful information by talking with a madman at the Red Rooster Inn.
    • The Unspeakable Oath #5, adventure "The Lambton Worm". The Black Bull is the best pub in the town of Burton Green.
  • The online PDF supplement 100 Pub, Tavern, and Inn Names has the following examples: The White Hart, The Prancing Horse, The Dancing Bear, The Old Griffon, The Bawling Orc, The Charging Boar, The Hopping Troll, The Black Charger and The Jumping Trout.
  • The Compleat Arduin version of Arduin Adventures. A picture has a view of Elric's Castle as seen from Red Lantern Street. One of the buildings has a sign that says "The Dancing Termite", presumably an inn or tavern.
  • Rolemaster Shadow World setting supplements
    • Cyclops Vale. The mining town of Coronan has the Blue Dragon Inn.
    • Quellbourne: Land of the Silver Mist. The Raging Threk Inn can be found in the town of Kelfour's Landing.
    • Star Crown Empire and the Sea of Fates. The Red Eagle Inn in the town of Borbinak.
    • Kingdom of the Desert Jewel. The Restless Khabak Inn in the nome (province) of Meyaat in the country of Gethrya.
  • Star Wars
    • Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game, Second Edition features the Dancing Dewback.
    • Star Wars Adventure Journal 5 has the Laughing Bantha.
    • The Living Force adventures Quarters and Peaces featured the Raging Rancor Cantina on Genarius.
    • Polyhedron magazine #86 article "The New Republic Campaign". A group of rebels visits the Ravaging Wardog Cantina.
  • Chaosium's Stormbringer
    • Adventure Stealer of Souls. The four merchants who hired Elric to kill Nikorn ask Freyda Nikorn to meet them at the Purple Dove Tavern in Bakshaan.
    • Stormbringer Companion adventure "Hall of Risk". One of the possible adventure rationales, "Quest for the Sybil", has the PCs meet their patron at the Screaming Gull Inn.
    • Demon Magic: The Second Stormbringer Companion adventure "The Velvet Circle". The PCs are sent to the town of Fakash, where they are to meet a man named Chunloom at the Black Camel Inn.
  • Kobolds Ate My Baby 3rd edition. The sample village of West Bumble has the Screaming Unicorn Tavern. The barkeeper is washing the three unbroken glasses in the place.
  • Mayfair Games' Chill supplement Veil of Flesh. One of the Ganabes is hiding out at the Blue Baboon Tavern.
  • Chivalry & Sorcery adventure Stormwatch. The town of Wyndhaven has the Golden Lyon (Lion) tavern.
  • Flying Buffalo's Citybook series.
    • Citybook I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker had the Diamond Spider Tavern.
    • Citybook II: Port O' Call had the Scotch Woodcock Fishery.
    • Citybook III: Deadly Nightside had the Singing Frog Sanctuary.
    • Citybook VII: King's River Bridge had the Guzzlng Gargoyle tavern.
  • Lejendary Adventures. The introductory adventure "Moon Slaves" had the Savory Swine tavern.
  • Quietly lampshaded in a (black and white) illustration in a Champions supplement (may have been Kingdom of Champions, which dealt with Britain) in which then-iconic villainous martial artist Green Dragon is visibly pondering the sight of an inn, pub, or similar establishment with an obvious dragon sign...
  • Dying Earth RPG adventure "The Exasperating Cadaver" on the Dying Earth website. One of the places the PCs will visit is the Loud Oyster tavern in Canal Town.
  • Encounter Critical.
    • The starter module in the main rules has the PCs meet their patron at the Rusty Sighing Panther Tavern.
    • Asteroid 1618 supplement. The Domed City has the Phasic Dragon Pub, which is almost entirely patronized by adventurers.
  • It Came from the Late, Late Show. In the adventure "The Iron Fist of Shao-Lin vs. the Dragon Ninjas", the PCs will go to the Inn of the Red Foo-Dog to find out who sent the thugs to attack the Shao-Lin temple.
  • Runequest
    • Supplement Hero Quest - Champions of the Reaching Moon. In the city of Glamour can be found the Tardy Newt inn, which can be found in the basement of the Prax's Place restaurant.
    • 3rd Edition boxed set "Gamemaster Book". In the adventure "The Money Tree", the PCs All Meet In An Inn: specifically, the Bouncing Buffalo Inn.
  • World Of Synnibarr. The section detailing the Aquarian race notes that there's a Blind Owl tavern in the city of Terra. In the example adventure, while the PCs are staying in the city of Terra they decide to go there.
  • Midkemia Press supplement The City of Carse. Inns: The Black Stag, The Blue Djinn, The Bronze Mermaid, The Golden Lion, The Leaping Hart (deer). Taverns: The Bitten Dog. Dyer's: The Blue Ox. Fishmonger's : The Happy Flounder. Fuller's: The Wooly Sheep. Expedition Outfitters: The Laden Mule. Smithy: The Prancing Horse. Stable: The Tired Donkey. Veterinarian's: The Lame Horse. Woodcarver: The Wooden Duck.
  • DragonQuest Adventure 3 The Enchanted Wood. In the mini-adventure "The Sage" the PCs will meet the person hiring them in the Purple Palfrey Inn.
  • The Companions' Streets of Gems adventure. The town of Sontra has the Dancing Dolphin Inn.
  • Gamelords Ltd. supplement Thieves Guild 10: Bandit Gangs and Caravans. Two of these establishments can be found on LaRue Street in the city of Haven: the Dour Mouse Inn and the Hungry Tyger shop/warehouse.
  • Ares magazine #10, game "The Return of the Stainless Steel Rat". One of the locations in the space station is the White Egret Bar.
  • Tunnels & Trolls solo adventure Blue Frog Tavern. PCs can stop at the title drinking establishment, which is found in a forest.
  • Space Gamer magazine
    • Issue #70, generic superhero adventure "One From the H.A.R.T.". The White Hart Bar is a tavern and restaurant that is the hideout of a group of VIPER agents. The name is a Shout-Out to Arthur C. Clarke's Tales from the White Hart short stories.
    • Issue #83, Advanced Dungeons And Dragons adventure "A Plague in Westbrook". The Prancing Elk tavern is one of the largest buildings in the village of Westbrook.
  • FASA's adventure Traitor, based on Chaosium's Thieves' World RPG. The Player Characters begin the adventure with a You All Meet in an Inn at the Golden Lion inn.

  • The Hunted Stag in Too Many Girls.
  • The White Horse Inn on the Wolfgangsee from The White Horse Inn (Im weißen Rössl).

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  • A sign for "The Green Dragon" can be seen in Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

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  • The Elder Scrolls
    • Too many in Arena and Daggerfall to even mention.
    • Morrowind has the Six Fishes Inn and the Black Shalk Cornerclub. The Winged Guar (guars being a species native to Morrowind often used as beasts of burden) appears in the Tribunal expansion.
    • "The Drunken Dragon Inn" and "The Gray Mare" from Oblivion.
    • Skyrim has "The Bannered Mare", "The Sleeping Giant Inn", "The Stumbling Sabrecat" (a tiny one in Fort Dunstad), and "The Winking Skeever", as well as "The Retching Netch" in the Dragonborn expansion. The latter two give you option to ask the bartender where the name came from.
    • "The Screaming Mermaid" and "The Sleepy Eaglet" in The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Stray Sheep bar from Catherine, if non-fantasy examples count.
  • From Dungeons & Dragons Online: "The Wayward Lobster", "The One-Eared Bugbear Inn", and (in a pirate-themed zone) "Salty Wench Tavern".
  • "The Swarthy Hog" from King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!
  • "The Crippled Burrick Inn" from the Thief II: The Metal Age game. (Burricks are the appropriately down-to-earth version of dragons in the game's universe.)
  • World of Warcraft
    • Stormwind has both the Blue Recluse and the Slaughtered Lamb.
    • The Horde hearth location in Dalaran is "The Filthy Animal", coming as close to this page's title as one can get.
  • The Golden Lion pub in Medal of Honor: Frontline.
  • The Drunken Rat from The Bard's Tale.
  • La Volpe Addormentata (Italian for The Sleeping Fox) is an inn and the thieves headquarters in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
  • The Naughty Ottsel (formerly the Hip Hog Heaven Saloon) in the Jak and Daxter series, which is the Local Hangout / Good-Guy Bar and is actually run by Daxter when he's not out adventuring. Torn commandeers the place for a makeshift southern HQ for the Freedom League in Jak 3: Wastelander after our heroes are thrown out of the city (Daxter is not pleased, but otherwise rolls with it) and it serves as the gang's meeting spot whenever they're in Haven City in Jak X Combat Racing.
  • The Octarine Parrot in Discworld Noir.
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  • Temple of Apshai. The game's instruction booklet has a prologue called "The Adventures of Brian Hammerhand". After Brian arrives in a small village, he gets a drink in the Wallowing Whale tavern.
  • In Ultima, taverns include the Blue Boar, the Gilded Lizard, the Honorable Hound, the Salty Dog, and the Slaughtered Lamb, and several non-animal examples.
  • In Infocom's Cutthroats, your character stays in a scruffy room at the Red Boar Inn.
  • The Witcher. Vizima, capital of Temeria has The Hairy Bear Inn. It has everything from gambling and illegal fist-fighting to drug dealing, borderline prostitution, and even gang warfare.
  • Bioshock Infinite. One area in the game is a bar called the Salty Oyster.
  • The Slaughtered Calf Inn from Diablo III, where you first meet Leah.
  • The Drunken Pig from Bravely Default'.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth has the Inn of the Giggling Donkey that harbours the scum of all Zaron (really Jimmy's house).
  • As mentioned below in the Real Life folder, the Green Dragon Tavern in Assassin's Creed III.
  • Age of Conan Hyborian Adventures has the Thirsty Dog Inn.
  • Tales from the Borderlands features the Purple Skag Inn in Hollow Point.
  • Pink Panther's Passport to Peril has the Mucky Duck, a pub located in London.
  • In Fabulous: Angela's Sweet Revenge one of Angela's girlfriends suggests going for drinks at the Pink Owl.
  • Alternate Reality: The City. One of the places you can get a good night's sleep is the Lazy Griffin Inn.
  • Nevertales 6: Forgotten Pages has the Red Dragon Inn.
  • Wildhollow has the Angry Weasel Inn.

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  • The Dirty Duck is a well-known pub in Stratford-upon-Avon where actors from RSC productions traditionally can be found hanging out after a performance. It's something of an ascended nickname; the original name was the Black Swan, which also counts.
  • "Schwarzer Bär" (black bear) is the name of a hotel in Jena which continues the tradition of a medieval guesthouse which counted Martin Luther among its patrons.
  • The Laughing Lion is a restaurant located in Dover, New Jersey.
  • The Red Lobster restaurant chain in the U.S.
  • The Red Lion is a chain of hotels in Real Life, as well as being the most common real-life pub name in England.
  • Richard Wagner was born in the house "Zum rot-weißen Löwen" ("At the (sign of the) Red-and-White Lion") in Leipzig in 1813. That city is also home to Germany's oldest existing coffee-house "Zum arabischen Coffee-Baum" ("At the Arabian Coffee-Tree").
  • Some unusual ones in the UK:
    • The Bleeding Wolf — Hale, Altrincham, Cheshire
    • Drunken Duck — Hawkshead, Cumbria
    • Mad Dog — Odell, Bedfordshire
    • The Sociable Plover — Portsmouth
    • Ye Olde Thirsty Pig — Maidstone, Kent
    • The Ski-in' Doo — Aviemore note 
  • The Horny Bull is a restaurant/cafe/bar in Tauranga, New Zealand.
  • The Battered Beaver, Oakdale, CA
  • The Winking Lizard is a tavern in Northeast Ohio.
  • San Diego, California, U.S.
    • Bar: The Tipsy Crow
    • Bar/Tavern: The Black Cat, The Blind Burro, Green Dragon, The Pink Elephant, Red Rooster, Rockin Baja Lobster, The Salty Frog, The Sand Crab, The Silver Fox
    • Bar and grill: Blue Frog, Blue Parrot, The Jumping Turtle, Red Fox Room, Regal Seagull (ale house and sausage grill), The Tickled Trout, The Tin Fish
    • Cocktail Lounge: Nite Owl, Red Parrot
    • Dance Club: The Tipsy Crow
    • Pub: Flying Elephant, The Regal Beagle (named after the Three's Company pub under Live-Action TV above).
    • Restaurant: Blue Jay Lodge, Red Fox Steakhouse, Red Marlin, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, The Smoking Goat
    • Restaurant and bar: Lazy Dog
    • Tattoo parlor: The Red Crow
    • U.S. Naval installation on San Clemente Island off the coast of San Diego: a bar called the Salty Crab.
  • The famous 6th Street in Austin, Texas is home to several of these - Blind Pig Pub, Chuggin' Monkey, Dirty Dog Bar, and Dizzy Rooster, to name a few.
  • One of the most famous cafés in Paris is Les deux Magots ("the two monkeys").
  • Nantwich (a town in Cheshire, England) has the Red Cow pub.
  • The Dutch city of Rotterdam has De witte aap ('The White Monkey'), once voted 'best bar in the world' by Lonely Planet readers.
  • U.S. country singer Brad Paisley gets his morning cup of coffee at a coffeehouse called the Frothy Monkey in Franklin, Tennessee.
  • The Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, used as the planning site of the Boston Tea Party and the starting point of Paul Revere's famous ride.
  • A French hotel called "Au Lion d'Or" (the Golden Lion), also a bad pun ("au lit on dort" means "in bed, you sleep").
  • In Paris you have or used to have the Montmartre cabarets Le Chat Noir (the Black Cat) and Le Lapin Agile (the Nimble Rabbit); the latter started out as the Lapin à Gill (Gill's Rabbit).
  • Molecular Gastronomist, Willy Wonka wannabe and all-round mad genius Heston Blumenthal named his three Michelin star-winning restaurant the Fat Duck.
  • "The Dun Cow" is a common name for pubs in England, including Warwick, Sedgefield and Shrewsbury.


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