Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

29th May, 2014 by Lucy Shaw

Following on from our round up of writers and their favourite cocktails, we now delve into the drinking dens some of the most influential writers of the last century used to frequent, from existentialist duo Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, who were so faithful to Les Deux Magots in Paris that they were given their own table, to the White Horse Tavern in Manhattan where Welsh poet Dylan Thomas famously downed the 18 shots of whisky that led to his untimely demise.

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas nurses a pint at the White Horse Tavern in New York

Many of the haunts in our chosen 10 served as literary salons for emerging groups of the time, with Beat Generation writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg convening at Café Vesuvio in San Francisco and the Inklings, led by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkein, meeting on Tuesdays in a private lounge at The Eagle and Child in Oxford, which they affectionately dubbed The Bird and Baby.

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