A tavern or pot-house is, loosely, a place of business where people gather to drink alcoholic beverages and, more than likely, also be served food, though not licenced to put up guests. The word derives from the Latin "taberna" and the Greek "ταβέρνα"/taverna, whose original meaning was a shed or workshop. The distinction of a tavern from an inn, bar or pub varies by location, in some places being identical and in others being distinguished by traditions or by legal license.


18th century

American taverns were primarily in business to serve the locals, and secondarily to serve travelers. [ [http://www.2020site.org/americantavern/ History of Early American Taverns] ]

19th century

The word "tavern" had developed an archaic flavour in Britain, the current term being Public house (pub), though they remain a popular convention in fantasy tales and games. However, the term is still sometimes used in North America.

ee also

* Public house
* Bar
* Tavern clock
* Izakaya

Other reading

* [http://www.northamericanbrewers.org/brewingcolonial.htm Brewing in Colonial America] - North American Brewers Association
* [http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=u58YAnQNuegC&dq=tavern+history&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=D83V-m44iY&sig=FHJYjKgJgteaRBoJmT5M1Gy_xTE&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=7&ct=result#PPA3,M1 Historic Taverns of Boston] by Gavin R. Nathan


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