World's Most Legendary Bars
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2009 1:46 AM CDT
Heinhold's First and Last Chance Bar in Oakland, Calif., was a favorite of Jack London.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Even the most enjoyable vacation can leave you in need of a drink, and bars make great, offbeat places to learn about the history of your destination. The staff of VirtualTourist.com shares its favorite legendary watering holes with Reuters:

  • Harry’s Bar, Venice: Famed Hemingway haunt claims to have invented the Bellini, and carpaccio.
  • The Blind Beggar, London: Opened by the Salvation Army in 1894; site of a gangster's murder in 1966.

  • White Horse Tavern, New York: A favorite of the literary crowd, said to have served the whiskey that killed Dylan Thomas.
  • Garota de Ipanema, Rio de Janerio: Writers of The Girl from Ipanema leered at the 15-year-old beachgoer from this joint.
  • The Pub, Valletta, Malta: British actor Oliver Reed had, seemingly fatally, his last drink here after a shoot.
  • Heinold’s First and Last Chance Bar, Oakland, Calif.: The 1906 San Francisco earthquakes stopped the clock and left the floors permanently slanted at this Jack London fave.
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