It was the bars and cafes that were the favorite haven of writers who went there in search of the next dose of inspiration, just chatting in a friendly atmosphere or watching visitors, making some of them prototypes of the heroes of their books. Inspired by the atmosphere of their favorite places, writers displayed them in their creations, making their glory eternal. Our selection will tell you about the most beloved drinking establishments of writers that you can visit this summer.
Sloppy Joe’s Bar (Havana, Cuba)
Sloppy Joe’s Bar – one of the most famous bars in the Cuban capital – has been known since the 30s of the last century. At the heart of the bar card there were cocktails based on Cuban rum. It was here, behind a teak bar, that Ernest Hemingway liked to miss a glass. However, he also shared his love with the Bodeguita del Medio bar, in which the Mojito cocktail was invented.
Le Procope (Paris, France)
Le Procope is the first literary Parisian cafe, which has been operating since 1686. Thanks to the successful proximity to the “House of Moliere” – the French repertoire theater, Le Procope quickly won the favor of secular bohemia and became the favorite of Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire and other figures of the Enlightenment. He also saw Robespierre’s comrades-in-arms with Jean-Paul Marat during the French Revolution, which the institution strongly supported.
Antico Caffe Greco (Rome, Italy)
If this is the third time you have walked around the Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman forums and stood in line for St. Peter’s Basilica, but didn’t drink Negroni, then rather run to rectify the situation in the oldest city cafe Antico Caffe Greco, which has been welcoming guests since 1760 . In the first half of the 19th century, one could meet Goethe, Byron, Miscavige, Liszt …
Caffe Florian (Venice, Italy)
The institution was opened by Floriano Francesca in 1720, it was then called Alla Venezia Trionfante. But the city dwellers, and with it its visitors, preferred to call the cafe by the name of its owner – Florian. Among its visitors were Proust, Modigliani, Brodsky and Dickens. Balzac wrote in his memoirs that the Florian cafe was both a stock exchange, a theater lobby, a reading room and a confessional. Well, how can you resist the temptation to order something fun?
Cabaret Voltaire (Zurich, Switzerland)
The cafe has become the center of progressive European art since 1916, from the very day the poet Hugo Ballem opened it. He was visited by the German schedule Paul Klee, Dadaist and surrealist Marcel Duchamp, as well as other stellar inhabitants. Here Tristan Tzara practiced eloquence – the Romanian poet and founder of the literary movement “Dada”.
White Horse Tavern (New York, United States)
A bar in Manhattan became popular in the middle of the last century. Meetings in it were appointed by a mass of world celebrities: from the frontman of The Doors band Jim Morrison to the outstanding poet Thomas Dylan, who before his death got drunk in White Horse Tavern. Another famous poet and musician said that the atmosphere of the institution gave him vitality and energy.