Random Tavern Names

I’ve been creating lists of random items as part of my pre-writing exercises, and I started a list of Tavern Names.  I thought mixing up some of the names might also be interesting, which led to the following random tables.

Each tavern name consists of two words.  Roll 2d4 to determine which two of the following lists to use.  If a 1 comes up twice, reroll one of them.  You can use the people, animals, or items as adjectives as well.  For example, “troll” and “nose” could be “The Troll and Nose” (which is a little silly), or “The Troll’s Nose” (a tavern run by former adventurers, and containing a number of odd trophies from their adventuring days), or “The Nosy Troll”.

Tavern names often relate to a story from the history of the area or of the establishment itself.  Once you have a name, come up with a story and atmosphere to fit.

Light and laughter spill from the windows of the Nosy Troll.  Locals gather here nightly to have a bite and a pint, and to hear the tales spun by the traveling bards who know the customers to be appreciative tippers.  No tale is a good as the one the barman and owner, Dannil Brewer likes to tell of his great-grandfather, Pedrick Brewer, and the troll that came sniffing around the brewery.  The troll would sneak into town, search out the best cask, and make off with a barrel every six-month.  Pedrick, powerless to stop the creature on his own, hired a sellsword to dispatch the beast.  The sellsword followed the troll’s trail, and easily dispatched the drunken beast, bringing its head back as proof of the deed.  Pedrick paid the fellow, and mounted the head above the fireplace.  Unfortunately, Pedrick forgot that trolls regenerate, and a week later discovered the head climbing down on tiny hands and feet.  Evading the troll as he ran through the tavern, Pedrick tried to subdue the creature by throwing casks of ale at it.  Of course, true to its history, the troll continued to chase poor Pedrick until he drenched it with his finest brew.  With the troll head thoroughly soused, Pedrick was able to kick it into the fire, and was once again able to sell his best brews to human patrons.

d4 and d4 to determine which tables to use.


1. Adjective 2. Animal 3. Person 4. Item
d6,d10 d6/2,d10 d6,d6 d6,d6
1 Angry Badger Bard Apple
2 Bloody Boar Beggar Arrow
3 Blue Cockatrice Cleric Barrel
4 Brazen Donkey Courtesan Boot
5 Copper Dragon Drunkard Bottle
6 Cornered Eagle Dwarf Cloak
7 Cozy Fish Elf Crown
8 Crooked Fox Glutton Dagger
9 Dancing Frog Gnome Finger
10 Dizzy Giant Halfwit Fire
11 Drunken Goblin Hangman Flagon
12 Easy Golem Huntsman Flute
13 Empty Griffin Husband Foot
14 Filthy Horse Jester Hand
15 Five Hound King Harp
16 Flying Lamb Lady Head
17 Four Lion Lord Hearth
18 Golden Manticore Lover Horn
19 Greedy Mermaid Maiden Kettle
20 Green Ogre Master Lantern
21 Grinning Pixie Merchant Nose
22 Gusty Rabbit Minstrel Oak
23 Happy Serpent Orphan Platter
24 Invisible Stallion Pirate Rest
25 Jolly Troll Poet Rose
26 Jumping Turtle Prince Scroll
27 Laughing Unicorn Princess Ship
28 Lumbering Weasel Queen Staff
29 Lusty Whale Sailor Sword
30 Masked Wyvern Smith Tail
31 Merry Soldier Treasure
32 Messy Thief Tree
33 Red Traveler Trophy
34 Roving Wench Trough
35 Running Wife Wagon
36 Salty Wizard Welcome
37 Seven
38 Silent
39 Silver
40 Singing
41 Six
42 Sleepy
43 Sober
44 Stout
45 Tasty
46 Thirsty
47 Three
48 Tired
49 Two
50 Vulgar
51 Wandering
52 Wary
53 Wasted
54 Watchful
55 Wicked
56 Windy
57 Winking
58 Wise
59 Woeful
60 Wretched

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