Top 10 writers’ favourite haunts

5: Dylan Thomas – White Horse Tavern, New York 

Built in 1880, the White Horse Tavern is most famous for being the site of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ last drink on the night of 3 November 1953. Visiting the city on a poetry reading tour and already in ill health, having spent most of the day in bed, Thomas went to the White Horse at 2am for a prolific drinking session.

Returning to the Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd Street where he was staying, he declared: “I’ve had 18 shots of whisky. I think that’s a record!” Admitted to St. Vincent’s hospital in Greenwich Village the morning of 5 November, Thomas died of pneumonia four days later.

Despite its grisly associations, the West Village tavern remains a favorite haunt for literary types, attracting poets and writers to this day. In honour of its famous patron, portraits of Thomas adorn the walls and a plaque commemorating his fateful last visit hangs above the bar.

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