7 Spots in NYC Where You Can Drink Like The Beat Generation Writers Did

7 Spots in NYC Where You Can Drink Like The Beat Generation Writers Did

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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.

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    The 13th Step is the former home of Cafe Le Metro, a spot that held regular poetry readings featuring many of the Beat Generation poets as headliners.
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    Minetta Tavern is another authentic Beat Generation hangout that still exists. It long predates the Beat Generation however–it was popular in the time of Ernest Hemingway.
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    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.
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    White Horse Tavern is a spot in Greenwich Village that was frequented by many literary greats since its opening in 1880. It is certified as a Poetry Landmark by the Academy of American Poets.
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    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.
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    Cafe Wha? boasts, ”Allen Ginsberg regularly sipped his cocktails here. Fun fact: this is where Bob Dylan had his first NYC gig, where many Beat Generation writers were in attendance.
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    Sure, the Beat writers spent a lot of time in Cafe Reggio, but the restaurant actually prides itself on one other pretty neat historical detail about their establishment--the "Original Cappuccino"
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