Taverns. They are a staple of fantasy roleplaying.
"You are in the tavern when a mysterious man approaches you."
"Sitting down at a table in the local tavern, a man bursts through the door and crumbles in a lifeless heap. In his right hand he holds an envelope addressed to (some random PC)."
You know the spiel. You've payed it or run it or read it in a commercial adventure countless times.
So, do you detail the taverns that get used in your games? Do you name the tavern, it's workers, the patrons, detail the food and drink and pricing? Or is it just a backdrop to kick things off for the night?
Tell us your thoughts.