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Writers like to drink to excess; we know this. But poet Dylan Thomas took it to the extreme at West Village drinking establishment White Horse Tavern. In 1952, just three years after the bar's opening, Thomas trumped his existing record, taking 18 whiskey shots before making his exit. He collapsed outside, and a patron then escorted the inebriated writer to the Chelsea Hotel, where he fell into a coma. Thomas was pronounced dead the next morning at St. Vincent's hospital. But that hasn't stopped him drinking at his usual table at the tavern from time to time, before quickly disappearing.