Travel Picks: World's 10 most legendary bars

Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:45am EDT
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Bars, pubs, and taverns of the world can hold as much history as any museum and present as much drama as any theater.

Members and editors of travel website ( have come up with a list of the world's 10 most legendary bars. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

"Generally speaking, bars aren't the first stop on most tourists' lists of places to see, but when you learn about the people they inspired and the events for which they were the backdrop, they become incredibly culturally significant," said's General manager Giampiero Ambrosi.

1. Harry's Bar; Venice, Italy

Since opening in 1931, Harry's Bar has been frequented by famous people such as Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Noel Coward, Orson Wells, Charlie Chaplin, and Peggy Guggenheim. The bar also claims credit for inventing the Bellini and Carpaccio.

2. The Blind Beggar; London, England

The Blind Beggar in Whitechapel, built in 1894, is known as the site on which The Salvation Army started but became even more notorious when, in 1966, London gangster Ronnie Kray shot rival George Cornell as he sat at the bar.

3. White Horse Tavern; New York City, New York

A favorite of New York's literati set, The White Horse has seen everyone from Jack Kerouac to Norman Mailer pass through its doors but is perhaps best known as being the bar that served the 18 whiskeys said to have killed Dylan Thomas.   Continued...

<p>A traditional "last orders" bell is seen behind a bar in London, November 23, 2005. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>