What is tavern?

  • (noun): A building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks.
    Synonyms: tap house


A tavern is a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and be served food, and in some cases, where travelers receive lodging. An inn is a tavern which has a license to put up guests as lodgers. The word derives from the Latin taberna and the Greek ταβέρνα/taverna, whose original meaning was a shed or workshop. In the English language the tavern was an establishment which served wine whilst the inn served beer/ale. Over time, the words tavern and inn became interchangeable and synonymous with one another.

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Clover Hill Tavern - History
... The tavern originally opened in 1819 on the Richmond-Lynchburg Road for travelers and is the oldest original structure in the village of Appomattox Court House, with the exception of the Sweeney Prizery ... The Clover Hill Tavern inn grew and farmhouses grew up around it soon after it opened ... This also served as a tavern ...
Stearns Tavern
... Stearns Tavern is a historic tavern at 651 Park Avenue in Worcester, Massachusetts. ...
Seven Star - Pubs and Taverns
... Seven Stars Public House, Bristol The Seven Stars Inn, Robertsbridge, Sussex The Seven Stars Tavern Seven Stars Tavern, MD, Baltimore, the founding place of the (U ...
Notable Taverns/inns
... Catamount Tavern, birthplace of the Green Mountain Boys City Tavern oldest and last remaining, Federal-period tavern in Washington D.C ... and home of City Tavern Club in Georgetown Fraunces Tavern, meeting place of the Sons of Liberty Gadsby's Tavern, historic cultural center of Alexandria, Virginia Green Dragon Tavern, meeting place of the Sons of ... Tun Tavern, birthplace of U.S ...
Steeles Tavern, Virginia
... / 37.92556 -79.20250 Steeles Tavern (formerly, Midway and Steele's Tavern) is an unincorporated community in Augusta County, Virginia ...

Famous quotes containing the word tavern:

    The tavern will compare favorably with the church. The church is the place where prayers and sermons are delivered, but the tavern is where they are to take effect, and if the former are good, the latter cannot be bad.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Rude poets of the tavern hearth,
    squandering your unquoted mirth,
    which keeps the ground, and never soars,
    while jake retorts, and reuben roars;
    tough and screaming, as birch-bark,
    goes like bullet to its mark;
    while the solid curse and jeer
    never balk the waiting ear.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Who keeps the tavern and serves up the drinks? The peasant. Who squanders and drinks up money belonging to the peasant commune, the school, the church? The peasant. Who would steal from his neighbor, commit arson, and falsely denounce another for a bottle of vodka? The peasant.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)