The UK has a rich history of poets sinking pints in their local boozers, and several of the UK's most well-known writing communities were founded and met in pubs. To celebrate World Poetry Day, Inapub takes a look at bards and their beers.

Does your pub have a famous literary history? Here are some of the UK's top watering holes that have had famous poets propping up the bar.

 

1. Milne's Bar, Edinburgh

 

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The infamous 'poets' pub' on Rose Street got its name from being the go-to gathering for Scottish poets in the 1950s and 1960s.

Famous writers such as Hugh MacDiarmid, George Mackay Brown and Norman MacCaig drank here and debated the big cultural issues of the day. A downstairs bar was locally known as 'the Little Kremlin' due to the strength of political debate within the space.

 

2. Brown's Hotel

 

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There are no more famous drinkers in the history of modern British literature than Dylan Thomas. His famous haunt was Brown's Hotel in the Carmarthenshire town of Laugharne.

Dylan would sit in the window drinking pints of Buckley's ale, reading the newspapers, and smoking cigarettes. It is claimed that his verse radio drama Under Milk Wood was inspired by characters that he met in the pub, and the venue forms part of a local tourist tour on the writer.


3. The Spaniard's Inn, Hampstead

 

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London has many pubs with literary connections. Indeed, it's almost impossible to walk into one where a famous writer didn't once prop up the bar. But The Spaniard's Inn, which counted John Keats and Lord Byron as its clientele, amongst scores of other Hampstead writers, is right up there with the best.

The pub has wood-panelled walls and high-backed pews making it feel like you have walked back two hundred years into the era of Romantic poetry.


4. The Black Bull, Haworth

 

 

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In the heart of Bronte country is the Black Bull, the drinking hole of the much-maligned and artistically frustrated brother of the famous Bronte sisters. The original masonic seat used by Branwell Bronte still sits on the staircase.

 

5. The White Hart, Hull

 

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One of several drinking establishments favoured by poet laureate Philip Larkin, who was the head librarian at Hull University.

Built in 1904, it has a listed interior, including its curved bar. If in Hull, it's worth also taking in the Royal Hotel and Larkin's other favourite city centre pub, the Ye Olde Black Boy.


6. Ye Cracke, Liverpool

 

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In the 1960s John Lennon could be nursing a pint at the bar, but it is also famous in the poetry world as the meeting place of Roger McGough and the poetry group associated with one of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time in the UK, The Mersey Sound.