This Tavern Name Generator will give you five tavern names every time you click the button, combined from lists of adjectives, nouns. It's been created with different genres in mind, such as fantasy and science-fiction, so whether you're building a fantasy tavern, a modern-day pub, or a futuristic space club, you should be able to find the name you're looking for! Here are some tips to create a good tavern name:
Consider your world's themes
Good tavern names will set expectations for your players, which you can then keep or break with a twist! So, how can you achieve that? The first step is to consider your world’s mood and themes. For example, “The Bloody Maw” gives off a very different impression than “Sunshine Inn”, doesn't it? So, take a look at your setting and think about which themes you want to reinforce.
Include worldbuilding elements
Does your world have unique species? Are there any names or titles you want your players to know? Using them in a tavern name is a great way to make it feel more connected to the world. For example, if your players see “The Prince’s Crown Inn” and five sessions after that meet the prince, they’ll think you’re a genius who was already planning this meeting since the beginning of the campaign. And all it took was adding a hint in a name!
This is foreshadowing, and you can take this as far as you want! Is your campaign about the end of the world? Well then, why not have the "World's End Inn"? The great thing about foreshadowing in a campaign is that if you decide to drop something you foreshadowed, your players won't notice unless it's really obvious. So go crazy throwing hints at them and see what catches on!
Using a generator for inspiration
Of course, the names this generator creates won’t be tailored for your world specifically—but using it as inspiration will already be useful! So, for example, the generator might create “The Jealous Dragon Inn”, but maybe your world doesn’t have dragons. Well, it’s as easy as replacing “dragon” for an animal in your world.