3. White Horse Tavern
The White Horse Tavern is one of New York City’s oldest bars. Opened in 1880, the tavern originally attracted longshoremen who worked at the Hudson River Piers and in the mid-twentieth century, it became a hotspot for musicians and writers of the Beat Generation like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Another Beatnik writier who frequented the tavern was Dylan Thomas. One night Thomas downed eighteen shots of whisky at the tavern, returned to his home at the Chelsea Hotel and died the next day in St. Vincent’s Hospital on November 9, 1953. Legends say he still keeps coming back to his usual table at the tavern for more.