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Literary Pub Crawl Pours Over Authors' Favorite Spots

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Lovers of books and beer can now toast to legendary writers at their favorite city hangouts on the Literary Pub Crawl.

The tour takes you to where your favorite writers worked and lived in New York.

It started in 1998 in Greenwich Village but has since expanded to Brooklyn.

"And what we'll do is we'll kind of give you a little sense of the history of the neighborhood, the writers that used to go there, some of the stories that happened. And then we'll perform some snippets of some of their work and then between bars we'll sort of wander through, point out other locations that are sort of unique," said Literary Pub Crawl Owner Eric Chase.

One of the watering holes featured is Montero's Bar and Grill on Atlantic Avenue. A famous regular there was writer author Frank McCourt, who was a teacher when he lived in an apartment above.

"He couldn't tell the students that he was living above this raucous bar, this bar that had longshoreman and sailors coming in and women who were promising the sailors shore love, and so this is not really the type of thing you tell your students," said Literary Pub Crawl Tour Guide Justin Steeve.

The Brooklyn Tour begins at the Henry Street Ale House near where Walt Whitman once worked at the Brooklyn Eagle newspaper and first published his "Leaves of Grass" collection.

Other stops include the Brooklyn Inn, and Verandah Place in Cobble Hill, where Thomas Wolfe once lived.

"He lived here right around when 'Look Homeward Angel' was published, just afterwards, which was sort of his breakout novel," Chase said.

The Manhattan crawl meets at White Horse Tavern in the West Village every Saturday at 2 p.m. while the Brooklyn crawl meets every other Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Henry Street Ale House in Brooklyn Heights.

For more information, visit literarypubcrawl.com.

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