Just as athletes need high-quality nourishment to build their bodies and excel at their sports, writers need good food to increase their writing stamina, and get their creative juices flowing. And being creatures of habit, whenever a writer enjoys the food at a particular eatery, he or she tends to become a loyal customer for life. Writers tend to pen stories based on their experiences, and what experience is more satisfying than a fulfilling meal?
Here are eight bars and eateries from all around the world which have been fancied by literary legends, from Hemingway to Rowling. Who knows how much their dining experiences may have ultimately influenced their writing?
1. Vesuvio Cafe, San Francisco
If you were a young rebel in the 1950s, then San Francisco was definitely the place for you. That city saw the rise of the Beat Generation, a literary movement that greatly shaped America in the post-war era.
A local cafe, Vesuvio, became a popular spot for beat poets to hang out and drink. It helped that it was next to City Lights Bookstore, a famous gathering spot for activists. Patrons included writers Jack Kerouac, Allan Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Neal Cassady. The bar is still regarded today as a monument to jazz, art, poetry—and, of course, the good life of the Beat Generation.