Based on Bill Morgan’s book Beat Generation in New York: a Walking Tour of Jack Kerouac’s City, we’ve put together a list of the best authentic Beat Generation spots to grab a drink so you can join in the history of these literary greats.
The Washington Square Diner is built on the location of the former Pony Stable Inn, one of the first lesbian bars in the city. This is where Allen Ginsberg, then a young Columbia College student, met Gregory Corso.
At the location of the former Kettle of Fish now stands Fat Black Pussycat. Kettle of Fish has been around since 1950 (though their current location is at 59 Christopher St.) and used to be a hangout for Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan.