Drinking with Dickens and Dalí: Historic Bars Around the World

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Oct 25, 2012 —  People have been getting tipsy since before the beginning of civilization, with each age developing its own flavors and customs. And while bars have come and gone, some have stood the test of time, serving drinks to generation after generation and making history in their own right.

Historic spots certainly run the gamut. There are thousand-year-old beer halls offering fans of German ales the chance to sample a wide variety of traditional bräts, while old bars overlooking historic waterways still feel haunted by the ghosts of ancient mariners. Old, elegant lounges and cafés in Paris once influenced legends like Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso to dream up works that would shock the art world to its core. And in America, famous dives still attract hordes of young writers hoping to sip some inspiration in the same spots where Beat Generation icons like Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac helped spark a cultural revolution.

From time-honored breweries to hubs of the modern art movement, the historic bars around the world have centuries of stories to share. With so many watering holes to choose from, slip into a wooden booth and soak in the past at our favorite historic bars around the world.

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    In 't Aepjen

    Historic Bar

    In 't Aepjen - Historic Bar in Amsterdam.
    Amsterdam

    Zeedijk 1
    1012 Amsterdam

    061 2948028

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    London Bar

    Historic Bar

    London Bar - Historic Bar in Barcelona.
    Barcelona

    Carrer Nou de la Rambla, 34
    08001 Barcelona

    93 318 52 61

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    Prater Garten

    Beer Garden / Beer Hall / Drinking Activity / Historic Restaurant

    Prater Garten - Beer Garden | Beer Hall | Drinking Activity | Historic Restaurant in Berlin.
    Berlin

    Kastanienallee 7-9
    10435 Berlin

    030 4485688

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    The Bell In Hand Tavern

    Club / Historic Bar / Pub / Tavern

    The Bell In Hand Tavern - Club | Historic Bar | Pub | Tavern in Boston.
    Boston

    45-55 Union Street
    Boston, MA 02108

    617‑227‑2098

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    Schaller's Pump

    Historic Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Schaller's Pump - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
    Chicago

    3714 South Halsted Street
    Chicago, IL 60609

    773‑376‑6332

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    Absinthe Bar

    Absinthe Bar / Historic Bar

    Absinthe Bar - Absinthe Bar | Historic Bar in French Riviera.
    French Riviera

    1 Rue Sade
    06600 Antibes

    04 93 34 93 00

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    The Wenlock Arms

    Historic Bar / Pub

    The Wenlock Arms - Historic Bar | Pub in London.
    London

    26 Wenlock Road
    London N1 7TA

    020 7608 3406

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    Barney's Beanery

    Historic Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar

    Barney's Beanery - Historic Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Los Angeles.
    Los Angeles

    8447 Santa Monica Boulevard
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

    323‑654‑2287

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    White Horse Tavern

    Historic Bar / Historic Restaurant / Café

    White Horse Tavern - Historic Bar | Historic Restaurant | Café in New York.
    New York

    567 Hudson Street
    New York, NY 10014

    212‑989‑3956

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    Hofbräuhaus

    Beer Hall / Drinking Activity / Historic Restaurant

    Hofbräuhaus - Beer Hall | Drinking Activity | Historic Restaurant in Munich.
    Munich

    Platzl 9
    80331 Munich

    089 2901360

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    La Palette

    Café / Historic Bar

    La Palette - Café | Historic Bar in Paris.
    Paris

    43 Rue de Seine
    75006 Paris

    01 43 26 68 15

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    Necci

    Historic Bar / Italian Restaurant

    Necci - Historic Bar | Italian Restaurant in Rome.
    Rome

    Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68
    00176 Rome

    06 9760 1552

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    Shotwell's

    Historic Bar

    Shotwell's - Historic Bar in San Francisco.
    San Francisco

    3349 20th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110

    415‑648‑4104

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    Harry's Bar

    Cocktail Bar / Historic Bar / Restaurant

    Harry's Bar - Cocktail Bar | Historic Bar | Restaurant in Venice.
    Venice

    San Marco 1323, Calle Vallaresso
    30124 Venice

    041 5285777

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    Old Ebbitt Grill

    Historic Bar / Historic Restaurant

    Old Ebbitt Grill - Historic Bar | Historic Restaurant in Washington, DC.
    Washington, DC

    675 15th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20005

    202‑347‑4800

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What are your favorite historic spots?

Lauren A. Oct 25, 2012
harry's bellini and vanilla meringue, any time/any day.
Deepak H. Oct 25, 2012
What about Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese? I would have liked to drink in a pub that was rebuilt after the Great Fire.
Paul F. Oct 25, 2012
No Gordon's Wine Bar in London? It's only the only wine bar on the planet (allegedly).
Sam A. Oct 25, 2012
Great list. Everybody wants to get smashed with Hemmingway. See you in Pamplona in 2013.

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