Bars and restaurants across the globe have long taken inspiration from literary greats, whether the influence is seen in the decor of the establishment or on their menus. Here are some of the most interesting literary themed establishments we could find!
Alice in Magic World, Tokyo.
Despite there probably being hundreds of Alice in Wonderland themed cafés and restaurants in the world, the one we have chosen for this article is located in Tokyo and is called Alice in Magic World. It is a decidedly trippy eatery where no hallucinogenics are necessary. Each room recalls a different scene from the book and has been designed by local interior gurus, Fantastic Design Works Co. This restaurant offers Cheshire Cat tail pizza slices, its own forest and playing card tables where you can indulge in your childhood fantasies with friends.
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Onegin, Greenwich Village, New York City.
This Russian fusion restaurant is based on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, from which it takes its name. The story of the jaded yet dashing aristocrat set in the opulence of St. Petersburg’s Empire Period means this lavish eatery will transport you to a more decadent time, complete with an air of elegance which evident everywhere, from the restaurant’s design to its cuisine.
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Club Verne, Budapest, Hungary.
French novelist, poet and playwright Jules Verne is famous for pioneering the science fiction genre in Europe, and for his fascination with the sea. He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). You might have come across this following quote: “The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.” You don’t have to go 20,000 leagues under the sea in order to find a restaurant or bar dedicated to this man, but you do have to go to Budapest, to Club Verne, or to dinner in the Eiffel Tower… If you have a spare 500 dollars that is, as Le Jules Verne is a restaurant owned by culinary legend Alain Ducasse and dem foods don’t come cheap. Below are images of Club Verne and Le Jules Verne, respectively.
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Café Kafka, Barcelona.
Barcelona’s El Born area; a village that holds an authentic tie to its gothic history and is host to the creative community of Barcelona given its artistic edge, is also home to Café Kafka, a restaurant inspired by Franz Kafka. It is a cosmopolitan bistro with bohemian ambiance. As Kafka once said: “as long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.”
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Bookbar, Denver, Colorado.
At Bookbar you will find a bookstore, a bar and a café all in one. It is an independent bookstore in the Tennyson Street Arts District of Denver. It is a meeting space for wine lovers who love to read and literary events are held most nights of the week in order to keep the book-loving community coming back. Such events include ‘Happier Hour: Story Time with Bradley Weaver’ for the kiddos, literary trivia nights for the adults and the option to host your book club there any night you want. A true hideout complete with the union of alcohol and literature, what more could you ask for?
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The Winding Stair, Dublin, Ireland.
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A famous landmark since the 70s, The Winding Stair is named after the Yeats poem, and in honor of its winding staircase. It is perfectly located, overlooking the river Liffey, with an iconic view of the Ha’penny Bridge. Once a popular meeting place for authors and artists, today this establishment is a hybrid bookstore and restaurant. It has a unique atmosphere to it, as it is a relaxing haven surrounded by bustling inner city Dublin. It houses extensive ranges of fiction, poetry, drama, gardening, cooking and art and design books as well as a rare book collection down the back. Its restaurant sells award-winning Irish fare.
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