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
, whose original meaning was a shed
. The distinction of a tavern from an inn
varies by location, in some places being identical and in others being distinguished by traditions or by legal license
American taverns were primarily in business to serve the locals, and secondarily to serve travelers.
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.