Brooklyn Literary Pub Crawl Wants to Raise a Glass to Local Writers

By Nikhita Venugopal on April 10, 2014 7:37am 

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 The organizers behind the Greenwich Village literary bar crawl are planning a similar tour of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Here's to the literary mavens of Brooklyn.

The organizers of the Greenwich Village Literary Pub Crawl are hoping to bring the booze-filled tour to Brooklyn.

“This is for lovers of literature and for people who appreciate a good drink,” said Eric Chase, owner and tour guide for the pub crawl.

The Manhattan tour that began 16 years ago wanders through some of the neighborhood’s oldest bars, the haunts of famous writers and “literary hot spots” with their own unique histories.

Last summer, Chase brought a literary walking tour to Brooklyn Heights, where people could see the homes of writers including W.H Auden, Anaïs Nin, H.P. Lovecraft and Truman Capote, who is said to have written part of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Willow Street, Chase said.

For the bar crawl, Chase is also planning to feature some new and upcoming writers who live in the area.

The walking tour will turn into a bar crawl in May if the team can map out a full selection of bars and locations with a literary background in Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill.

If the bar crawl doesn’t start this spring, locals will still have the walking tour, he said.

The three-hour Greenwich Village tour usually hops through bars like the White Horse Tavern and the Stonewall Inn, where poets Dylan Thomas and Allen Ginsberg were known to quench their thirst. The tour even stops by Grove Court, where O. Henry based his short story, “The Last Leaf.”

Guides often stop to recite well-known and obscure literary works, and even perform snippets of poetry or prose at some bars and locations, Chase said.

“We’re trying to revive stories that a lot of people have forgotten about," he said.

The Village bar tours are priced at $20 per person, and $15 for students and seniors. The walking tour costs $15 per person.

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