The local tavern… The inn… The bar… The pub! Whatever you want to call it there is almost no escaping from one when you dive into the deep waters of literature. If those taverns were sharks the waters of literature would be infested with them. Right from the earliest English writings it has been there, hanging around and filling all our favourite characters and heroes with alcohol. They’ve been meeting places and places to tell stories, places where men have played games and laughed and joked. Characters have drowned their sorrows here and others have celebrated. The tavern has transcended boundaries of both time and genre… Everything from science fiction to romance and all points in between. The tavern has been endemic in fiction since time immemorial and perhaps it is time we saluted that fact.