100 Tavern Plot Hooks and Cool Encounters

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Here’s a super-helpful list of 20 tavern plot hooks and cool encounters you can use in your fantasy tabletop RPG campaign. Finding good Tavern Plot Hooks does not need to be difficult. If you want interesting Tavern Plot Hooks and encounter ideas, read the list below then see my secret site to get even more great RPG content, including Tavern Plot Hooks and so much more. (You might also want to check out my D&D Backstory Generator…)

100 Tavern Plot Hooks

1) This tavern is famous for its wine, but the owners hide the fact that they are using it to poison certain customers if the price is right.

2) The barkeep is looking for adventurers to help him with a problem. The problem is a ghost in the cellar. It’s actually a gnome illusionist having fun.

3) A leprechaun has a treasure map tattooed on his arm. The one who can defeat him will get it.

4) The mayor is holding a succession tournament here. The winner will become the king’s new favorite son.

5) A party of mercenaries takes over the tables and demands food and drink from the locals.

6) A man is selling drugs to the locals. They are very popular among the clients, but also make them want to kill things and eat their flesh.

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7) A woman near the fireplace is telling fortunes and telling people that they will live to see tomorrow. She can also see the future of the players.

8) A merchant’s caravan was attacked and the last survivor is telling of the horrors he saw.

9) A knight challenges all comers to duel for the right to sit at the head of the table.

10) The local city watch has put up a poster on the wall asking for information about a fugitive. The fugitive is an agent of the watch and has been here all along.

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11) A famous bard challenges all comers to song duel. The loser buys the whole tavern a drink.

12) Two men in the corner are in the middle of a good-natured debate about which is better, a rapier or a battle-axe.

13) A magician stops the barkeep in the middle of serving drinks and requests that he shows everyone his fish. He pulls it out of his top hat.

14) A man in the corner has lost track of time. He is hungover and thinks he may have missed an important meeting at his place of work.

15) A woman is telling raunchy jokes to the patrons. They are popular but her husband doesn’t like it.

16) The barman has an unusual brew on tap tonight. It’s called “Barbarian Blood”.

17) A fight breaks out between two people at one of the tables. It’s just practice.

18) A man sits at the table by the door. His face is covered in bandages. He hasn’t paid for any of his drinks yet.

19) The local city watch is here investigating a murder. The barkeep killed a man last night.

20) A pair of strangers are giving out leaflets for a competition being held in the next town over. The grand prize is a dragon’s egg.

21) A man bursts in the door and shouts, “The dragon is coming!” The villagers don’t believe him.

22) The barkeep is drunk and starts giving out free drinks.

23) The bartender is looking for a drink delivery boy to go out of town for a few days.

24) A barbarian is celebrating his last night in town.

25) A man is trying to organize a group of adventurers to go up against a wounded wyvern.

26) The dried up old grandma of a barfly doesn’t realize she is three sheets to the wind & about to reveal her secret passion.

27) An odd couple of elf and dwarf are arguing about their battle tactics.

28) The innkeeper is telling the patrons about the strange man who was here yesterday.

29) A map shows up on the table, and a man is asking about a lost treasure.

30) A drunk barbarian is telling everyone about his “feats of strength”.

31) A man is watching everyone with great interest.

32) A woman is here to sell her wares to the locals. They are homemade knives.

33) A man is bragging about his adventures with dragons. They’re all lies.

34) Three travelers are telling their epic tale of survival. It’s a mostly true story.

35) A group of drunkards are arguing about the validity of the local priest.

36) A woman is here to sell her products to the locals. She sells candles.

37) Three drunken men are arguing about the local sheriff.

38) A woman is here to sell her wares to the locals. She sells cloaks.

39) A man wants to hire the tavern as a meeting place. He is a seedy character.

40) A man is ranting and raving about evil spirits and how to handle them.

41) A woman is here selling flowers and berries to the locals.

42) A group of children are running around and causing trouble. They’re bored.

43) A man and his wife are having a lover’s spat.

44) A young man is trying to convince his mom to let him go on an adventure.

45) A small boy is chasing a halfling around the tavern, screaming for his life.

46) A man is trying to convince a farmer to join a militia against a nearby orc tribe.

47) A woman is here selling her wares to the locals. She sells fancy dresses.

48) A man is trying to convince a group of people to supply him with a group of adventurers.

49) A man is trying to convince the locals to join the local militia. It’s been years since there was a war here.

50) A group of children are begging for an adult to play with them.

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51) The local cleric is trying to recruit local priests. They should be more organized.

52) A man and his son are arguing about the boy’s future. Specifically, if he will be a farmer or a cleric.

53) A man is trying to convince a group of travelers to take a dangerous route through the mountains.

54) A man is trying to convince a group of adventurers to take down a dangerous creature. It’s a local legend.

55) A man is trying to convince a group of adventurers to take down a dangerous creature. It raided his farm the other night.

56) A woman is trying to convince a group of adventurers to take down a dangerous creature. It raided her home the other night.

57) A group of drunkards are playing a drinking game.

58) A group of drunkards are recreating a battle from the last war. They have a treasure map.

59) A group of drunkards are arguing about how to find treasure.

60) A group of drunkards are arguing about how to find gold.

61) A group of drunkards are rebelling against the innkeeper.

62) A group of drunkards are talking about the innkeeper’s big nose. The innkeeper is not amused.

63) Two old men are drinking and singing about the Third Great Wars of the South and how they were able to skip it by going north. It’s a funny song and the tavern soon starts to join in.

64) A male human bard wearing a rapier and a female elf bard wearing a longbow playing for coin. Everyone is having a great time.

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65) A small group of rowdy dwarves playing a drinking game.

66) A small group of rowdy dwarves singing drinking songs.

67) A group of rowdy dwarves arguing about how “imps” should be killed. One says they should be set on fire and another says they should be drowned.

68) Two halfling rogues are playing cards.

69) A group of old women show up, looking for their drunken husbands.

70) A group of young men want to form a drinking club. The tavernkeeper says they have to pay for their tab first.

71) Two rival gangs are trying to figure out why they’re always getting jumped by a mysterious group of masked men.

72) A group of guards are telling war stories.

51) The local cleric is trying to recruit local priests. They should be more organized.

52) A man and his son are arguing about the boy’s future. Specifically, if he will be a farmer or a cleric.

53) A man is trying to convince a group of travelers to take a dangerous route through the mountains.

54) A man is trying to convince a group of adventurers to take down a dangerous creature. It’s a local legend.

55) A man is trying to convince a group of adventurers to take down a dangerous creature. It raided his farm the other night.

56) A woman is trying to convince a group of adventurers to take down a dangerous creature. It raided her home the other night.

57) A group of drunkards are playing a drinking game.

58) A group of drunkards are recreating a battle from the last war. They have a treasure map.

59) A group of drunkards are arguing about how to find treasure.

60) A group of drunkards are arguing about how to find gold.

61) A group of drunkards are rebelling against the innkeeper.

62) A group of drunkards are talking about the innkeeper’s big nose. The innkeeper is not amused.

63) Two old men are drinking and remembering old times.

64) A male human bard wearing a rapier and a female elf bard wearing a longbow playing for coin. Everyone is having a great time.

65) A small group of rowdy dwarves playing a drinking game.

66) A small group of rowdy dwarves singing drinking songs.

67) A group of rowdy dwarves arguing about how “imps” should be killed. One says they should be set on fire and another says they should be drowned.

68) Two halfling rogues are playing cards.

69) A group of old women show up, looking for their drunken husbands.

70) A group of young men want to form a drinking club. The tavernkeeper says they have to pay for their tab first.

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71) Two rival gangs are trying to figure out why they’re always getting jumped by a mysterious group of masked men.

72) A group of guards are telling war stories.

71) A group of mercenaries are playing cards.

72) A group of mercenaries are playing for coin. Those they are playing against are playing out of their pockets.

73) A group of men are throwing dice. One of the men asks the players to help him cheat.

74) The bartender announces there’s a new game in town and hands out a card and a few coins.

75) The bartender gives out free tokens to everyone in the tavern for a new dice game in the back.

76) A town guard enters and asks for all male dwarves to line up. If there are any dwarven players in the group, they will be falsely accused of a crime.

77) A man with a dagger approaches a player and says they have a choice: give up all they have or meet their fate.

78) A man is carrying a sack and glancing around the tavern. He approaches the players and asks them to hide the bag. If players accept, town guard will enter the tavern and start looking for the bag. If they’re caught with it, they will suffer the consequences of the man’s crimes.

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79) A group of guards enter the tavern and start questioning people. They demand to know if there are any exiles, criminals, or escaped prisoners.

80) Two elven bards named Grim and Gulliver enter the tavern and start playing various songs on their lutes. If the players request a song, the bards will play for them. If the players request, they can play their “song of inspiration.” This will give the players a temporary bonus of +1 to all skill checks.

81) A man at a table in the corner is shouting at a player in the tavern. He challenges the player to a contest of strength. If the player accepts, he will have to wrestle the man.

82) A man in the tavern has a broken mug. Anyone who brings him another will receive a reward.

83) A group of drunk men are accosting a player. They think the player is the local lord and ask them to settle a disagreement they’re having.

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84) A group of ruffians are harassing a man and his son. The father asks for help.

85) A group of town spearmen enter the tavern and announce the arrival of a man important to the town.

86) A group of townspeople enter the tavern and start talking about how they were accosted by a group of thugs. The thugs stole money from them and said they’d better not tell anyone or else.

87) A man runs into the tavern and shouts that his barn is on fire.

88) A man runs into the tavern and shouts that his chicken coop is on fire.

89) A man runs into the tavern and shouts that his dog is on fire.

90) A man runs into the tavern and shouts that his wife is on fire. It’s a running gag with Farmer Joe.

91) Two of the tavern wenches are fighting. A group of men are pointing and jeering at them.

92) A group of townspeople (shopkeeper, farmer, etc) enter the tavern and start talking about how they were accosted by a group of bandits. The bandits arrive and try to defend their honor. A fight breaks out.

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93) Several elderly townspeople are gathered in the corner. They are talking about the recent string of recent deaths in the area. They think it’s an omen of impending doom.

94) A group of townspeople enter the tavern and start talking about how they were accosted by a group of gnolls. The gnolls stole their trade goods. They are camped just outside the city. The mayor is offering a reward to chase them off.

95) The town’s mayor comes in. He’s drunk and challenges a random player to a fight. Whiskey is a cruel mistress.

96) A group of armed men enter the tavern and start going table to table. They are looking for a man named “John,” a wanted man. Anyone who is named “John” will be tossed tortured and questioned.

97) The sound of a fight can be heard outside the tavern. The bartender unlocks the side door and a group of guards start bringing in a group of bloodied men. The guards have a message for the men in the tavern: tell your boss if he keeps sending us more strays, we’ll start sending them back in pieces.

98) A group of armed men enter the tavern and demand a mug of ale for a long day of work. The guards will say their job is to keep the peace. If the players offer a bribe, the guards will accept it and leave peacefully.

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99) Two dogs rush into the tavern, chase a cat. A man soon followed, trying to corral the dogs. He will offer the players a reward for helping him find the local witch’s other pets.

100) A man enters the tavern and announce he has a giant snail for sale. It’s a very rare breed that only grows ten feet every hundred years. The man says he’s a gardener and he can raise a giant snail for the players. The man is Tom, a known liar.

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