Bars and taverns in many ways have not changed in two thousand years. This bar in Pompeii shows how food would be kept warm in pots in the bar. Patrons could order food and drink from right in front of them.
They often times were very brightly decorated. Take a look at the bar below; two thousand years later, people are still making bars out of scraps of marble in the same way.
The last two pictures are from Pompeii’s neighbor, Herculaneum. They take on much the same form as nearby Pompeii.
Many people in these cities would not have kitchens, and would buy their meals on the street.