A tavern is a pub or a bar, often one that rents upstairs rooms to travelers.

The word tavern is most popular in the New England region of the United States, where many taverns date back as far as the 1600's and 1700's. A tavern is a drinking establishment that rents rooms — in England, it's much more common to call such a place an "inn." The earliest, thirteenth century meaning of tavern was "wine shop," and by the 1400's it meant "public house or inn." The root word is the Latin taberna, "hut, shop, or inn."

Definitions of tavern

n a building with a bar that is licensed to sell alcoholic drinks

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beer garden
tavern with an outdoor area (usually resembling a garden) where beer and other alcoholic drinks are served
bucket shop
(formerly) a cheap saloon selling liquor by the bucket
gin mill, pothouse, pub, public house, saloon, taphouse
tavern consisting of a building with a bar and public rooms; often provides light meals
a tavern below street level featuring beer; originally a German restaurant in the basement of city hall
unlicensed drinking establishment
a tavern where ale is sold
free house
a public house that is not controlled by a brewery and so is free to sell different brands of beer and ale
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building, edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

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