The Best (Almost) Fictional British Pubs

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  09.30.08 | 2:41 PM ET

Among David Barnett’s picks for great fictional pubs: George Orwell’s The Moon Under Water and Anthony Burgess’ Korova Milk Bar, from A Clockwork Orange. Though they’re products of the authors’ imaginations, it looks like they’re so good they’ve both spawned real-world pubs. In his Guardian piece, Barnett mentions a series of British pubs named The Moon Under Water. I found another in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wikipedia notes three Korova Milk Bars, including one in White Plains, New York. The latter looks like a detailed re-creation of the “Clockwork” movie set, though I’m assuming the owners don’t serve milk with vellocet and they frown on the old ultraviolence.

For comparison, here are some photos of the bar, and a clip of the movie is below. The video has been removed from YouTube. 

1 Comment for The Best (Almost) Fictional British Pubs

Ingram 09.30.08 | 4:06 PM ET

It’s a shame that the Moon Under the Water was the basis for the rather soulless Witherspoon pubs. I remember reading somewhere that the basic formula laid out in Orwell’s essay was his inspiration.

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