Bar Name Generator

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Libby A.

Naming & Branding Expert

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The Ultimate 8-Step Guide To Naming Bar or a Pub

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Everyone knows that the first step to naming your business is brainstorming. Make a list of bar names you can think of- leave the censoring for later.

Here are some examples of bar names I created to guide you.

  • Chug It
  • Happy Hour
  • Bubbly Bar
  • Merry Mixers
  • Rooftop Lounge
  • Cozy Tavern
  • One For The Road
  • Open Sesame
  • The Crescent
  • Best Bar
  • La Fontaine
  • VIP
  • Giveon & Sons
  • Late Night Drink
  • Antidote
  • Blue Lights
  • Liquor Lounge
  • Molly’s
  • Fav Spot
  • Eastside Bar

Step 1: Outline What the Name Should Represent

When trying to come up with good bar names, it’s important that you first think of them in relation to your brand.

What is in a pub name? A lot is in a name, but what really stands out in any name is what it represents. It is what your bar ultimately stands for. You want the name to explain to the target audience who you are and how why your place is the one they should come to. That will make the business easier to find and more appealing to potential clients.

At this stage of your naming process, here is a list of questions you can ask yourself and the people around you to figure out what exactly your bar represents.

  • How do you want people to feel on hearing/seeing the name of your bar?
  • What type of drinks will be served in the tavern?
  • Is the chosen name easy to read and remember?
  • Do your personal values reflect in your pub names?
  • Is your bar name original and unique? 


Bottom line: There is no magic formula for explaining what your bar name represents. What’s important is to identify your target market and then focus on making positive and meaningful emotional connections with them. Find names that cannot in any way jeopardize that objective.

Step 2: Competitive Analysis

Your task in this step is to analyze local or international companies from same field and figure out what inspired their business name ideas. Then you can come up with strategies to do it better.

The big question is, “how exactly did they get their naming on point?”

An easy way to do this is to find a number of pub names on the internet, evaluate their logo and positioning. This will tell you a lot about how each one derived its name and established a brand.

An exhaustive competitive analysis will give you an objective understanding of the competition’s strengths and weaknesses. That information will help you position your bar in a unique way that outshines the competition.

How to Do a Competitive Name Analysis

How do you analyze competitors’ bar names and logo designs? Follow our simple template:

  • Pick a few competitors (preferably industry leaders).
  • Check out their name. What does the name say, and how does it relate to what they do?
  • Analyze the logo. What does it represent?
  • How do their name and logo contribute to their success?

To give you an idea of what we mean, please check out our analysis of these businesses:

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Hank’s Cocktail Bar: the name of this bar informs the reader of the signature drink of this bar- cocktails. The logo of this bar is a cocktail glass, with the bar name inscribed in an enclosed purple circle. At a first glance, it gives one a clue on what type of bar it is, even at a first glance.

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Hamilton’s Tavern: this old Tavern is named after a cherished South Park resident and American patriot, Herman Hamilton. Naming your Tavern after a well-respected member of the community is one strategy to have your bar teeming with people every day for the love of the community. The logo of this bar, ‘HT’ on a plain grey background, helps one easily remember the bar name through the acronym.

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The Rising Sun: the name of this Southampton situated bar is a promise. It gives the promise of kinship and hopes to whoever’s coming for a glass or five. Its logo is rightfully an illustration of the sun rising, which aligns with the brand name.

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Attaboy: the slang ‘atta boy’ is used as an encouragement to men or boys. Therefore, it’s safe to say that this bar provides a safe space for men to drink and connect. Its logo is the word ‘ATTABOY’ drawn in swirly letters on a red icon. This is a smart strategy because the bar name is represented even without being mentioned.

Bottom line: You can tell from the four examples that it’s by no coincidence that some bar names become so relatable and memorable. The feel in the logo and the messaging in the name help the business stand out from the crowd.

Step 3: Gather a List of Your Business Name Ideas (Brainstorm)

The next step for you is to brainstorm possible bar`s business name ideas. Write them down as they come; do the weeding later.

When you have 20-40 business names that fit your niche and vision, and that can compete successfully with existing competitors.

Next, split your list of names into the 4 categories listed below. Let’s see a quick demonstration assuming you’re trying to come up with cool bar  names centered on business.


  • Descriptive names: In this approach, the name should describe the service or product of your business at first glance.
    Here are 5 descriptive names we brainstormed for the purpose of this article:
    • Bubbly Bar
    • Cozy Tavern
    • Rooftop Lounge
    • Liquor Lounge
    • Eastside Bar
  • Suggestive names: Suggestive names create a vivid image that resonates with the prospective user. Suggestive pub names hint at an underlying meaning to the name, instead of just putting it out there. You can go with this category if you’re trying to get creative.
    Good examples for suggestive names are:
    • Happy Hour
    • Chug It
    • One For The Road
    • Merry Mixers
    • VIP
  • Abstract names: Abstract names are memorable and catchy, but they don’t have any apparent connection with their services or products. The names are purely made up, so they easily establish dominance in the market. Google, Yahoo, Nike, and Skype are examples of abstract names.
    Some abstract name ideas for Bar business are;
    • The Crescent
    • Antidote
    • Blue Lights
    • La Fontaine
    • Neighbourhood
  • Legacy names: naming your tavern with legacy in mind means that you want it to outlive you. If this is what you prefer, you can just name it after yourself or an organization you founded. The luxury sports car Ferrari, for example, is named after its founder, Enzo Ferrari.
    We brainstormed these examples:
    • Molly’s
    • Giveon & Sons
    • Ray’s Bar
    • Jimmy’s Corner
    • Joe Jost’s

Step 4: Generating Names

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Step 5: Shortlisting your name ideas

It’s weeding time! This is where you prune and pick only the best names for your pub. Your shortlist should have about 3-5 names off your initial list.

Picking your favorite bar name may be tough, especially if you used our bar name generator. There are a few things you need to consider when creating a shortlist.

  1. Keep it simple. Good bar names should be unique, but mostly simple. Simple names are easily remembered.
  2. Check for linguistics and context. Do a quick google search of your names to find out what they mean in other languages- especially your target countries. If any of them has an offensive meaning in another language, it’s best to go with a different name.
  3. Sometimes owners choose names that later become controversial especially in overseas markets. Don’t make that mistake. Eliminate any chances of the name being misinterpreted as sexist, homophobic, racist, or offensive in any way to any community.
  4. Tagline check. If you haven’t come up with a tagline at this point, take a pause and do that. It’s important that your chosen pub name aligns with your tagline, which is also your slogan.

It is your prerogative to decide the elimination criteria, but this checklist should help you shorten your list:

  • Is the name culturally sensitive?
  • Does the name capture the values and vision of your brand?
  • Does the name align with your tagline? If you don’t have a tagline ready, you need to create it at this point and align it with your preferred app name.
  • How relatable is the name to the target audience?
  • Of the most relatable names, which ones are the easiest to remember?
  • Can your target audience pronounce the name easily and accurately?
  • How original does the name sound? You don’t want clichés and plagiarized names.

Reduce your list from the original 20-40 names to about 3-5 names.

Step 6: Background Check

Once you have shortlisted the best pub names, background checks are necessary. A background check might just save you from future legal battles and cases of misinterpretation. Here are a few things to do in a background check.

  • Research Legality: You do not want to get in trouble with the law because you’re starting a bar. So, find out if your intended bar names and taglines are in accordance with the law of your home country. Do this for each name on the shortlist. If any of them does not pass the test, drop that name and move on with the others.
  • Trademark Check: to avoid cases of trademark infringement down the line, find out if your tavern name or logo is already trademarked by another organization. If it’s not, you have the go-ahead to register it as your own trademark.
  • Readability: is your pub name easy to read and understand? You can get an external opinion on the readability of your bar name and tagline. If it’s not, you have the opportunity to fix that because you’re not creating it for yourself alone.

Step 7: Get some Feedback

You have narrowed down your 20-40 name list to 2-3 names at this point.

Simple step: It’s great to have the opinion of a third-party when you’re done with the primary checks. Their opinion may differ from yours, but it’s mostly objective criticism so that’s okay. You can show a list of your final 2 club names to;

  1. People who run or own a bar.
  2. Your target audience.

If you’re asking your ideal audience, ask the first thing they thought of on hearing that name. Ask a bar owner how they think an audience would interpret your pub name.

Once you get feedback, go back and figure out if their response was in favor of your name or not. Ask yourself if the name evoked the thoughts, you had imagined it would.

Pro Step: If you want to go deeper with the feedback step you can reach out to opinion shapers, industry leaders, your ideal customers, linguists, and tech futurists for their opinions.

  • Tech futurists will help you predict and reshape the future prospects of your new bar within the global tech space.
  • Linguists will advise on the name’s readability and lingual appropriateness.
  • Opinion shapers and industry leaders will help you predict the bar’s probable reception in the real world.
  • Ideal customers will tell you whether the business name represents a need they would purchase.

Pro tip: Don’t rely too much on feedback from biased people, especially fans, friends, family members, and colleagues. Seek the opinion of brutally honest critics.

Step 8: Check if the name is available

You have come a long way in trying to name your bar. Now, the final step is to check if your pub name and extension of choice are available for domain registration. You can use our name availability checker to run a quick check after you have generated name ideas for your pub. Our free tool shows you which domain extensions are available, and will recommend logo ideas that correspond with your business name. Or you can Google the shortlisted names to ensure that they aren’t plagiarized. Looking up the names will also give you an idea of what each name might mean to different internet users.

The bar name generator and availability checker are highly recommended, to make your bar stand out from the rest.

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7 Things to Avoid While Naming your Pub

  1. Complex Names. In a bid to come off as creative or different, a lot of people come up with names they shouldn’t be using for a pub or any establishment at all. You can get creative, but don’t complicate things for yourself and your audience by using names that are difficult to read and spell.
  1. Copying a Competitor’s Style. The competitive analysis is for you to study the marketplace, and get inspired with ideas that are original to your brand. Copying the style, name or logo of another pub takes away the originality from your project.
  1. Skipping Background Checks. Do not for any reason, skip the background checks detailed in Step 6. That is, if you hate the discomfort of legal battles and run-ins with the law enforcement.
  1. Shortcuts. There are no shortcuts to success. Even when naming your bar, you have to follow through with the recommended steps. Cutting corners may cost you more in the long run.
  1. Don’t limit the name to a specific language or geographical location. That will in most cases minimize the future growth prospects.
  2. Don’t use words that are too plain or cliché to outstand from a crowd. In the same breath, don’t choose names that too obscure, technical, or difficult.
  3. Don’t be too stubborn or biased that you cannot accept negative feedback for the names you like.

To save time, you can use our bar name generator to quickly find good club names. Name ideas from the name generator are catchy, simple and unique to you.

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