March 28th, 2012

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I'm pretty familiar with the British tradition of pubs having colorful names taken from decorative signs put up for the illiterate. However, I have not been able to find much on the French equivalent; my online searches keep finding references for the British - and mostly English - tradition. I suspect the fact that I didn't find what I want is that "pub" is very English and I don't know the French equivalent. I have found some information for France, but am unsure it is accurate, and even if it is would appreciate more detail. So, my question is two-fold:

What are the French (specifically, the Alsace region) version of pubs called?

What are some typical names?

I used the search terms "pub drink name sign history France Alsace Europe medieval" in various combinations. I did find an interesting site on Medieval drinks, and another on Medieval words and terms:

http://www.medieval-spell.com/Medieval-Drinks.html

http://thescriptorium.co.uk/glossary.php

I have a fantasy novel in which one of the characters mentions going to the Knotted Roses. That's the only mention of such institutions in this book, but it's nagging at me. Also, if this novel sells (hopehopehope) and there are sequels - or if the novel is revised - I would be more likely to include additional references if I am more confident and knowledgeable in the French tradition.

Thank you. Since this involves alcohol I anticipate an enthusiastic participation. :-)