The Tavern is a location found in every town in Octopath Traveler. By speaking to the barman, the player can perform a variety of actions.
This option allows the player to change which travelers are in their party, with the caveat that the initial traveler chosen at the beginning of the game cannot be removed until their story is completed.
This option is identical to the Equipment screen in the main menu, but allows the player to view and change the equipment of all eight travelers at once, rather than just whoever is in the current party.
Hear a Tale
This option is available if the player chooses not to begin the next chapter of a traveler's story immediately upon entering a town. By doing this, and then speaking to the tavern keeper with the traveler in question in the party, they can begin the next chapter at their leisure.
This option is available if the player has failed Rogue Path Actions five times and had their Reputation in town suffer for it. The tavern keeper will offer to spread rumors around the town to restore the player's reputation in exchange for a certain amount of money, which varies depending on the town in question.