‘A wonderful place to succumb to temptation’: Readers’ favorite literary bars, pubs and cafes

Memories of Hemingway, Spain

irunya coffee in Pamplona, ​​Spain, was Hemingway’s favorite when he visited the city for the annual bull run. The high-ceilinged, wood-panelled bar-restaurant is reminiscent of days gone by, and you can almost imagine Hemingway writing in a corner, especially since there is a life-size statue of the writer in one of the rooms. Choose a seat outside and watch friends and families enjoy an evening stroll through Plaza del Castillo.


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Sea Adventures, Bristol

Llandoger Throw pub in Bristol
Photo: James Osmond Photography/Alamy

Llandogher Trow on King Street is an old pirate tavern where Robert Louis Stevenson once drank: it was the inspiration for Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island. Moreover, Daniel Defoe Alexander Selkirk, who spent more than four years as a shipwreck on a Pacific island (Más a Tierra) after he decided to abandon the ship, which, in his opinion, was unseaworthy, was supposedly located here. He became the prototype of Robinson Crusoe.

In the Viennese whirlwind

Sperl cafe interior
Photograph: Rolf Adlerkreutz/Alami

Sperl Coffee in Vienna was one of the cafes at the center of Austrian literary and cultural life in the late 19th and most of the 20th century and is housed in a fabulous building with an amazing interior. We stumbled upon it while hunting for some Sacher Torte (chocolate cake). We didn’t find it, but were very happy with what we found. It appears as a common meeting place in the BBC series Vienna Blood, as well as the 1994 films Before Sunrise and 2011’s A Dangerous Method with Michael Fassbender.
Gabriella Herrick

Bright and futuristic, Milan

Cafe Savini, Milan.
Photograph: Tony French/Alami

Do you want to see and be seen in the center of Milan? Take a seat on the terrace Savini cafe-restaurant in the oldest shopping center in Italy, the grandiose gallery with a glass ceiling Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. This elegant venue has attracted attention-seeking Italians since its opening in 1867, no less than two of Italy’s most important literary figures at the turn of the last century: the flamboyant poet and playwright Gabriele D’Annunzio and the extravagant founder of a futuristic avant-garde literary movement. movement, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Take your time sipping aperitif (they cost 19 euros, so hold on!) and watch the comings and goings in the “living room of Milan”.
Selena Daley

Pastoral pub, Cotswolds

Woolpack, Laurie Lee's pub
Photo: Paul Murphy

Woolpack sits in a crease of the misty green valley of Slad. Laurie Lee walked out of here on an early summer morning. Its quiet melody still trembles in the wind. He is now resting in a nearby cemetery, absorbed in the warmth of the backlit pastoral scene below. However, this is no Lee shrine, just a well-appointed inn with fine Uley’s ales on tap, good food and views to die for. But no sign of Rosie.
Paul Murphy

Gem Jean Palace, Belfast

Wine Salon Crown
Photograph: Arpad Benedek/Alami

My favorite pub in Belfast is Wine Salon Crown. This is a superb example of a Victorian gin palace with gas lamps, cozy cozy rooms, decorative tiles, stained glass windows and a rich history. In 1978, Sir John Betjeman was among those who convinced the National Trust to buy the pub and restore its unique features. He appeared in the 1947 film noir Odd Man Out starring James Mason.
Ellen McHugh

Winning Tip: Faust Pact, Leipzig

Cafe Mephisto, Leipzig, Germany.
Photograph: Tony French/Alami

If you’re looking for “more than earthly meat and drink”, look no further than Leipzig. Mephisto bar. Visitors inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust can enjoy cognac and a slice Apple pie against the backdrop of flickering lights, thunder and cackling, devilish cries. It’s over the Auerbachs Keller, the first place Mephistopheles takes Faust on his travels, and a marvelous place to succumb to temptation.
Kitty Winslet

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