4. White Horse Tavern – 567 Hudson Street

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White Horse Tavern is a spot in Greenwich Village that was frequented by many literary greats since its opening in 1880. It is certified as a Poetry Landmark by the Academy of American Poets. It was here that poet Dylan Thomas took 18 shots of whiskey, causing him to collapse outside of White Horse and later die of alcohol poisoning. It was also a popular haunt for Ginsberg and Kerouac, as well as later New York School writers like Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery.