My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.
— Thomas Hood

What I'm fighting for now in my work... for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the street, into the halls of a housing project.
Gwendolyn Brooks tavern quote

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.
— Samuel Johnson

A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.
— Jonathan Swift

I am very sorry to know and hear how unreverently that most precious jewel, the Word of God, is disputed, rhymed, sung and jangled in every ale-house and tavern, contrary to the true meaning and doctrine of the same.
— tavern quotation by Edward VIII