7 Famous Literary Bars and Their Links to Famous Authors

The pubs and bars where famous authors hung out, got drunk, and discussed their writing

We were recently sent this fantastic infographic, ‘7 Famous Literary Bars You Should Visit’, courtesy of Assignment Masters, and thought it was well worth sharing. It vividly and beautifully details some of the favourite watering holes of famous writers including Dylan Thomas, Ernest Hemingway, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound, among many other literary greats. It’s a great insight into the links and associations between various writers – who hung out with whom, and where. Thanks to Linda Craig of Assignment Masters (who created the infographic) for bringing it to our attention. Have you visited any of these pubs and bars? We’re pleased to say here at Interesting Literature that we’ve chucked about a few ales in the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford, though the others remain on our ‘to visit’ list.

Greatest Literary Bars


  1. Combining two of my favourite things together here!

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  3. And then there is The Golden Tiger in Prague where Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal held court. There is even a tab with his name on their home page.

  4. Reblogged this on Aquila et Infans and commented:
    N.B. Ernest Hemingway was a patron of three of these seven. :)

  5. I’d say Hemingway wins the award for most bars frequented. It’s almost like he was an alcoholic or something… Very cool collection–it makes me want to go on a lit bar pilgrimage. For more fun with literature, check out I think you’ll like it!

  6. I’m shocked, saddened, and extremely disappointed that “The Spaniards Inn” over in Hampstead, London, is not on that list. I mean, how on earth could it not be? Keats, Byron, Shelley, Blake, Stevenson to name but a few. It was even mentioned in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Dickens’ “The Pickwick Papers”.

    Rectify your post immediately, I say! ;)

    For those interested – and who wouldn’t – here you go:

  7. Wonderful stuff! I want to visit them all at once, instantly!