Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

2: Ernest Hemingway – El Floridita, Cuba

Having frequented a plethora of bars around the globe in his day, from the aforementioned Les Deux Magots in Paris to La Bodeguita del Medio in Cuba, it’s hard to pin Ernest Hemingway down to one drinking den, though he is perhaps most famously associated with El Floridita in Havana, known as the “cradle” of the daiquiri. Opening in 1817 under the name La Piña de Plata (The Silver Pineapple), the cocktail was said to have been created at El Floridita in the 1930s by bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert.

So fervent was Hemingway’s passion for Floridita, a life-sized bronze statue of him sculpted by Cuban artist José Villa Soberón was erected by the bar in 2003 and stands there to this day alongside a snap of Papa with communist revolutionary Fidel Castro. Fellow writers Ezra Pound and Graham Greene, author of Our Man in Havana, also swung by the bar for a daiquiri when they visited Cuba.

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