a home in which ale is retailed ergo a tippling household
- a tavern where ale is sold
- a property in which ale is retailed; thus, a tippling house.
additionally ale-house, Old English eala-huse; see ale + home (letter.). An alehouse "is distinguished from a tavern, in which they sell wine" [Johnson].
(letter.) A residence where ale is retailed; ergo, a tippling household.
But in general he dined, and thought that he dined well, on sixpennyworth of meat and a pennyworth of bread at an alehouse near Drury Lane.