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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.
To see the complete list, click the link below. (Read more Jay-ZTV stories.)