5 Most Haunted Bars in the US

Spend Friday the 13th sipping amongst the spirits


The good news about Friday the 13th is that it's still Friday -- it's socially acceptable to start drinking off the day's bad luck at the strike of 5. If you're stuck with bad mojo during the day, a cocktail is a fair remedy; if you make it through the day unscathed, well, that's call for celebration in and of itself.

Whatever your superstitions, we say why not lean into the creepiness of the day, and find a watering hole with an otherworldly air about it. Where better to spend the most cursed date of the month then in one of the top five haunted bars in the world?
1.) Old Absinthe House
New Orleans, LA

Employees and regulars have reported sightings (and more complete encounters) with any number of famous, long gone locals; less celebrated specters appear on a daily basis, moving barware, re-arranging chairs, and slamming doors.

2.) White Horse Tavern
New York, NY

Dylan Thomas drank himself to death here in style, with eighteen straight shots of whiskey before stumbling back to the Chelsea Hotel. To this day, employees (and anyone drinking at his regular table) have reported unexplainable sounds - as well as freshly used, empty barware that appears as if from nowhere.

3.) The Old Tavern
Unionville, OH

Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, this bar sits over a network of subterrnanean tunnels, and is said to be haunted by the clanging, moaning, restless ghosts of runaway slaves.

4.) 40 Club Inn

Aitkin, MN

A far more recent addition to the haunted hot-spots list, this Minnesota bar is reportedly haunted by a man who killed himself on the premises in the late 1990s. Since his body was removed, the principle complaint is that bars TVs have long turned themselves on, blasting improbable static and blistering white noise.

5.) Ear Inn
New York, NY

This old sailor bar (the oldest working bar in New York City), built in the early 1800s, plays host to a spirit named Mickey, who harasses waitresses and steals drinks from patrons even during the bar's busiest hours.

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  • I own a place called Fianchetto in Utica NY, our "ghost" looks like Captain Morgan !!! He screws with everything in the place. Turned off freezers, turned off water boiler, ice machine that works and stops making ice randomly, alarm panel door that jumps off it's hinges like 3 times in a row even after putting it back and watching...spooking the waitresses, walks from kitchen to cellar against a white kitchen wall, that cops even have seen "who was that in the kitchen?" I have even had "conversations" with him asking him "what the hell do you want? " Want me to close the place? Renovate? You don't like the music? The building is from 1848. People that don't even know about "it" ask us "what the hell was that in the kitchen?" He's like a looming shadow. I think he's fun, he just wants to join in the party.

    Aug 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM

  • Snooth User: Carly Wray
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    @ Fianchetto -- that you have a ghost in the bar that looks like Captain Morgan is the best. thing. ever. I'd like to buy him a round!

    Aug 13, 2010 at 2:29 PM

  • Snooth User: reiglet
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    Sadly, The Old Tavern in Unionville, Ohio is no longer open. It was actually a restaurant originally, then new owners took over & tried to turn it into a restaurant / wine / martini bar which failed miserably. Before the new owners took over, this was years ago, my husband was the executive chef there. Now this beautiful (and yes, haunted) historic building is sitting empty and falling apart. If only I could win the lottery....

    Aug 14, 2010 at 7:33 AM

  • One of the best "haunted" bars was The Old Spye Inn, formerly of Sayerville, N.J. Sadly it burned down in the late 70s. Being from N.J., and eventually settling in Colorado, I was fortunate enough to visit a few purported haunted inns/bars here. One of the best was the bar at the Fairplay Hotel in Fairplay, CO. I'm not sure that I would say the ghosts were limited to the bar, however. A night or two spent at that hotel was enough to make even the most skeptical non-believer have doubts! And let's not forget the Stanley Hotel - I think every corner of that place has something other-worldly residing there.

    Aug 14, 2010 at 9:53 PM

  • Snooth User: qpicius
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    Fianchetto sounds great...but just checked out the reviews on urbanspoon.com http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/313/130...
    which states that is now closed down. Any truth in that?

    Aug 15, 2010 at 4:29 AM

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