Drinking with Spirits: 7 Haunted Bars and Taverns You Can Actually Visit

By Sasha Brown-Worsham

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If a ghost were to choose a place to haunt, there would be nowhere so fun as a bar. Long after the daylight has slipped away, bars stay open, seating the lonely, the sad, the criminal, and the party animals of the night. It’s no wonder so many bars and taverns all over the world are said to be haunted by something not quite living. Here are seven of the most famous ones.


 

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

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This bar in New Orleans has ambience for days. Lit only by candles, they say it’s the oldest bar in the city. It was built between 1722 and 1732. Apparently, the ghosts of the Lafitte brothers—pirates who used the bar for smuggling goods—can be seen by the fireplace, back table or women’s restroom. Some say the ghost of a sobbing woman in period garb also hangs out in the back. The place is a must-see in New Orleans, and will spook you whether you see a ghost or not.

Ye Old Man and Scythe

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Ye Olde Man and Scythe in Bolton, England has a ghost that has actually been caught on camera. This spirit is rumored to be an aristocrat who was killed during the Civil War.

 

The Bow Bells

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This pub in London is home to a ghost who likes to use the bathroom. According to legend, the ghosts’s favorite pastime is flushing the toilet in the woman’s room … while a woman is seated on it!. It’s been going on since the 1970’s and the owner once tried to get rid of the ghost with a séance during which the door to the woman’s bathroom swung open and smashed some glass. Ever since, the ghost has remained, undisturbed.

 

Pioneer Saloon

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This relic of the wild west is in Goodsprings, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. The town is an abandoned mining village that used to have a hotel, shops, apartments and this bar. There are even bullet marks in the wall where a man was shot in an argument over cards. The miner who was killed is still said to haunt the place, doomed to play card forever.

White Horse Tavern

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This Newport, Rhode Island bar opened in 1673, and is believed to be the oldest bar in the country. It is also full of ghosts. One such spirit is an elderly man who was once a boarder there. Several witnesses have seen him. The other ghost is a tragic young girl who cries. No one knows what her story is, but given her age, it can’t be anything good. Enter if you dare.

 

Bridge Cafe

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This is one of the oldest bars in New York City. It has served as a meeting place for pirates, as a brothel, and as a speakeasy. Between the disembodied footsteps, the scent of lavender that fills the room, and the fact that electronics often malfunction, the place is notorious for its little paranormal episodes.


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