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The Hanged Man - sometimes you want to go where everyone knows your name.―Isabela

The Hanged Man is a tavern located in Lowtown, in the lower parts of Kirkwall north of the docks. It serves as the home base of both Varric Tethras and Isabela.


The Hanged Man is a major tavern in Kirkwall and the only one accessible to Hawke; it is a popular destination for all people, strangers or residents. The interior consists of one main room and four bedrooms, with an opulent suite currently occupied by Varric. The inhabitants of the tavern will vary, depending on what quests are active and progress through the main plot. Varric seems very interested in owning the tavern.

The tavern got its name because people used to be hanged by their feet at the spot, as Varric explains to Fenris in a party dialogue.


A Friend – appears at night
Alistair – only if Anora was placed on the throne in Dragon Age: Origins and he was exiled
Corff – a Bartender and peddler of rumors
Isabela – when she is not in the group
Nella – appears after Emile de Launcet escapes the Gallows
Maraas – in Act 3
Martin – former raider and friend of Isabela, involved in the quest Finders Keepers
Norah – the waitress
Patron/Drunk Patron
Ser Roderick
Suspicious Lady – starts the quest Secret Rendezvous
Talkative man – a character who breaks the fourth wall
Varric Tethras – when he is not in the group


Act 1[]

Fools Rush In Fools Rush In
Finders Keepers Finders Keepers
A Business Discussion A Business Discussion
Isabela's Contact Isabela's Contact
Secret Rendezvous Secret Rendezvous
Shawl of Dalesdottir Shawl of Dalesdottir
Night Lies Night Lies
Pier Pressure Pier Pressure
Sharp Little Pinpricks Sharp Little Pinpricks

Act 2[]

Varric's Apology Varric's Apology
The Tethras Signet Ring The Tethras Signet Ring
A Story Being Told/A Rumor Making the Rounds A Story Being Told/A Rumor Making the Rounds
Plans for the Future Plans for the Future
An Update An Update
Friendly Concern Friendly Concern
Isabela's Apology Isabela's Apology
Isabela's Ongoing Search Isabela's Ongoing Search
A Ship for Isabela A Ship for Isabela
Questioning Beliefs Questioning Beliefs
The Long Road The Long Road
Waxler's Hat Waxler's Hat
How to Frame a Templar How to Frame a Templar
Hometown Breed Hometown Breed
Ladies' Lights Out Ladies' Lights Out
The Lowdown The Lowdown

Act 3[]

On the Loose On the Loose
The Storm and what Came Before It The Storm and what Came Before It
A Small Problem A Small Problem
Closure Closure
An Anniversary An Anniversary
A Rivaini Talisman A Rivaini Talisman
Questioning Beliefs Questioning Beliefs
No Rest for the Wicked No Rest for the Wicked
Isabela's Regret Isabela's Regret
No Rest for the Wicked No Rest for the Wicked
Haunted Haunted
Alone Alone
The Last Holdouts The Last Holdouts
Red Run Streets Red Run Streets
Kind of Want Kind of Want
Reining It In Reining It In

Codex entries[]

Codex entry: Rivain Codex entry: Rivain (Act 1 or 2)
Codex entry: History of Kirkwall: Chapter 1 Codex entry: History of Kirkwall: Chapter 1 (Act 1)
Codex entry: Maleficarum Codex entry: Maleficarum (Act 1)


  • If you order 30 (doesn't have to be in same visit) drinks at the bar, whenever you enter the bar after that, the patrons will all shout "HAWKE!" This is a reference to the television series Cheers, in which all the patrons would shout "NORM!" whenever he would enter the pub.
    • Additionally, Isabela comments, when passing the tavern, that "sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name." This is a reference to Cheers's theme song.
  • The tarot card "The Hanged Man" is often depicted in a motif similar to the tavern's signage in front of and behind the building, as well as the loading screen fresco.
  • When talking to the patron closest to the exit, he will mention that Varric told a story of you escaping the Blight on the back of a giant turtle. This is a reference to Pirates of the Caribbean movies, whenever a character escapes off-screen such as The Guard Dog, Jack, Will and others will say it was "Sea Turtles."
  • On the wall next to where Isabela stands a hanging picture can be seen of concept art for Oghren.
  • According to a loading screen, the tavern's feature dish is stew, made from a different mystery meat every morning.
  • The Pig Oat Mash, also called the Hanged Mash, is always served there and is allegedly a hangover cure when accompanied by brandy-spiked-cider.[1]
  • One of the rumors the bartender gives describes a massive drop in the pigeon population in Ferelden. This is a reference to Shale.


  • pcpc There is a graphics bug which causes the party to be superpositioned over each other when they first enter the bar (see gallery). Moving the characters forward independently (using "hold position" for the others) fixes it.