Friday, September 5, 2014

Top ten bars and pubs in literature

For The Spirits Business, Amy Hopkins tagged ten top bars and pubs in literature, including:
Cervecería Alemana – The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

First opened in 1904, Madrid’s Cervecería Alemana was another real-life bar frequented by notorious drinker Ernest Hemingway, who is as famous for his wayward lifestyle as his literary genius. Having spent a considerable amount of time in Madrid, which he referred to as “the most Spanish of all cities”, Hemingway found that one of his favourite haunts was beer hall Cervecería Alemana, which made an appearance at the end of his novel The Sun Also Rises, which charts the journey of a group of American and British expatriates who travel from Paris to Spain’s Festival of San Fermín. The bar remains popular to this day.
Read about the other entries on the list. 

The Sun Also Rises is on Nancy W. Sindelar's list of the six best Hemingway novels (in 1st place), Chris Pavone's list of five books that changed him, Sara Jonsson's list of seven of the best literary treatments of envy, Simon Akam's top ten list of the most attractive women in literature and John Mullan's list of 10 of the best taxis in literature. It came in at #6 on the American Book Review list of the 100 best last lines from novels; it is a book that Andre Dubus III frequently returns to.

Also see: Michael Gibney's top ten restaurants and bars in modern literature and Esther Inglis-Arkell's ten best bars in science fiction.

--Marshal Zeringue