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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (New Orleans)
Founded in 1772 by pirate Jean Lafitte, this bar was supposedly first established as a front for his extensive smuggling operations. However, according to legend, the pirate life comes with a price. Paranormal sightings are a regular occurrence here, with spirits and inexplicable moving objects galore. Lafitte is said to be a regular at the bar (more than 200 years after his death), and rumor has it he is chained into guarding his treasure, hidden somewhere inside the establishment. Until the treasure is found, he will be eternally damned to the bar (hey, there are worse places to be damned to).
The Old Absinthe House (New Orleans)
Although this bar (founded in 1874) was supposed to have been destroyed when Prohibition went into effect, it survived thanks to a fervent, if somewhat law-breaking, crowd of regulars. Among the famous ghosts said to have been spotted here are Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson. The sound of late night parties have also been reported by people outside the bar after it has supposedly been locked up with no one inside. There is also the occasional incident of plates and chairs moving around the bar completely on their own. Vaporous figures have also been spotted, along with strange noises emitting from the tunnels underneath the bar.
Ear Inn (New York City)
This bar is home to what is arguably one of the more well-known spirits: a temperamental sailor named Mickey famous for causing trouble throughout the bar's long history. This sailor is known for not letting death slow down his amorous, seafaring ways, reportedly feeling up the female patrons through the ether, and even climbing into bed with those maidens bold enough to stay the night above the bar. There are even accounts of drinks being paranormally drained when no one is around. The most disturbing event happened in 1996, however, when a fire broke out inside the bar without a logical starting point. Maybe Mickey had just had one too many?
The Pirate's House (Savannah, Ga.)
Supposedly the ghost of one Captain Flint (yes, of Treasure Island fame), who died in one of the upstairs rooms still haunts this bar. Also, in the stairway to the basement of the bar there is a plaque that reads, "According to legend, this stairway at one time led to the entrance of a tunnel which ran from the old rum cellar beneath the Pirate's House to the banks of the Savannah River, a short block away. 'Tis said that many able-bodied men, drinking in carefree abandon in what is now our Captain's Room, were carried, drugged and unconscious, through the tunnel to sailing ships anchored in the harbor and were shanghaied by short-handed ships' masters to complete their crews." Angry pirate spirits, anyone?
Moss Beach Distillery (Moss Beach, Calif.)
Once a famous speakeasy, the venue was known for constantly receiving shipments of illegal hooch from ships docked on the beach, and was patronized by politicians, movie stars, and people of note on the West Coast. Among those guests was a nameless woman who arrived every week at the speakeasy to meet her lover. One night, walking on the beach with her lover, they were attacked and the woman, dressed in blue, was killed, while her lover escaped. Now it is said that she haunts the distillery, still looking to rendezvous with her long-gone love. Sightings of The Woman In Blue have been plenty, along with missing earrings appearing in nonsensical locations throughout the bar.
White Horse Tavern (New York City)
This tavern is near and dear to anyone who considers themselves a fan of drinking with the deceased. This is thanks in particular to the poet Dylan Thomas, who, in 1953, dramatically drank himself to death with 18 shots of whiskey at his favorite table. The story goes that as he was at death’s door, his last words were, “I’ve just had 18 straight whiskies, I think that’s a record.” It could very well be, but many people visiting the bar since have seen Thomas’ favorite table being rotated by an invisible hand, a habit he had when still alive. Be sure to give him proper credit if he happens to make an appearance at his favorite table — just challenge him to a drinking contest.
Pat O'Brien's (New Orleans)
This 24-hour bar is best known for its strong Hurricane cocktails and haunted ladies room. Bartenders and patrons alike have reported strange occurrences near the Piano Bar and courtyard as well.
The Most Unique Bars in America
There is a bar where you can drink and pet dogs. Seriously.
A night out on the town can really put a dent in your wallet, but a visit to one of these 15 bars is well worth the experience. From dogs and ghosts to mermaids and subway tunnels, here are the 15 most wildly unique bars in America.
Imagine a bar where you can fetch a drink and dogs run free. Well, that fantasy is a reality at Mutts Canine Cantina. The Texas-based bar has two locations&ndashone in Dallas, and the other in Fort Worth.
Ahoy! It's a pirate's paradise when you enter this nautical, shipwreck-inspired watering hole. The Ft. Lauderdale bar offers visitors the chance to sip on cocktails as they take in the beauty of living "mermaids" as they gracefully swim past the porthole.
Enjoy a premium cocktail at Northampton's The Tunnel Bar. The structure housing the bar was built in 1896, when trains were a primary mode of long-distance transportation. Now, it is an elegant and sophisticated lounge.
Only in Portland would you find a Lovecraftian-inspired bar that conjures tasty spirits under the tribute of everything macabre and weird.
Various locations in Wisconsin
If you're long craving the summertime traditions enjoyed at a campfire, look no further than Camp Bar. The "urban camping" experience has tents pitched at three locations across the state of Wisconsin, including Milwaukee.
Tucked in the corner of Rochester is a house of oddities where the drink selection is as spirited as a ouija board. The cafe and bar also features live performances, cult-horror screenings, and tarot card readings.
The bartenders behind the counter at Magic Lounge are anything but ordinary. Sure, they'll pour you a drink, but they will also perform a trick or two that will entertain and challenge your mind. The venue also provides full-blown magic shows, magic lessons, and&mdashoh, yeah&mdashyou have to enter through a laundromat.
You're going to want to bring a jacket to the coolest experience in Vegas. Well, actually, not really. They'll supply you with all the winter gear you need. Everything inside the bar, from the walls and chandeliers to the drinking glasses and seats, is carved out of -5 degree ice. It's like drinking inside of an igloo.
Locations in New York City and Los Angeles
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Step inside the world of Tim Burton, where every day is Halloween. The Beetlejuice/Nightmare Before Christmas hybrid-themed bar and restaurant has locations situated in NYC and LA, and both deliver a spooky good time.
Journalists and newsies alike will enjoy the atmosphere that Local Edition has to offer. The news-themed, San Francisco&ndashbased bar has headlines papering the wall, and vintage typewriters don every corner.
Locations in Chicago and Milwaukee
Even James Bond needs a place to kick back and grab a martini (shaken, not stirred). With locations in Chicago and Milwaukee, The Safe House is a spy-themed experience. But don't worry, you don't need to take up a career in espionage to find the secret entrance. Just look for a red door and be prepared to complete a clearance test.
From a beverage treasure chest to sparkler cocktails, if you're searching for unique presentation from genuine mixologists, The Aviary in Chicago creates much more than just a cocktail&mdashthey create a one-of-a-kind experience. Co-founder and Mixologist Charles Joly was even named the 2014 international bartender of the year.
At the Jekyll & Hyde Club in Greenwich Village, paintings come alive, bookshelves move to reveal hidden passageways, and live entertainment is around every coffin, er, corner. The haunted bar and restaurant is full of eerie delights.
This isn't your typical hole-in-the-wall dive bar. What sets this Sacramento-mermaid attraction apart from the rest is that the live sea-people swim directly above the bar. No matter where you stand, everyone will have a view of the special show. Just look up.
Located inside The NoMad Hotel in NYC, guests and visitors can enjoy a specialty cocktail in the comfort of an elegant, two-story library. The space features an extensive collection of books and is connected with a spiral staircase, imported from the South of France.
America's Best Beer Bars
In the dark days before the craft beer boom of the 1980s, much of the beer sold in America was as uninspired as the generic bars that served it. But now historic beers, micro bottlings, and hyperlocal selections fill bars worth traveling to. Check out this selection of America's best beer bars.
To help customers keep track of the 50 beers on tap at this Garden District tavern, bartenders provide frequent drinkers with punch cards. Those who try all 50 (over the course of multiple visits) get their name on the bar's "plaque of adventurers." Louisiana draughts are well-represented on the list, with offerings like Tin Roof's citrusy Perfect Tin and NOLA Brewing's Hopitoulas, a West Coast-style IPA. The outdoor patio features a beer tap water fountain made out of taps collected from breweries across the country.
The hard-drinking author for whom the bar was named would surely belong to the frequent-drinkers program. After drinking 120 of the tavern's beers within six months, regulars get their own mug, which is hung on the back wall and reserved for their use. Some of the lesser-known highlights include Smuttynose's funky Brett and I (brewed with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that gives the beer a slightly sour flavor) or the house beer, The Buk pale ale, a collaboration between Worcester's Wormtown Brewing Co. and the tavern's staff. Wavering customers can leave their pint up to fate by spinning the "wheel of indecision."
Beer doesn't get more local than this pub's house-brewed selections, like the nutty Guy Smiley, made with fresh coffee, or Sunburst, their bright, citrus-packed summer ale. The 75-beer-strong list further draws lines on weekend nights, and cask beer enthusiasts geek out on Firkin Fridays when a different cask-conditioned beer is tapped every week, like the intensely hoppy Deviant Dale's IPA from Oskar Blues.
Named for the place where chef-owner Sang Yoon first tasted good beer (his own father's office), the upscale pub goes by the motto "Beer Makes You Strong." Both the original Santa Monica location and the newer &mdash and more spacious &mdash Culver City spot have draught-dominated menus divided by beer style: malty, hoppy, and yeasty/spicy, with a separate menu for rare, primarily Belgian beers like the herbaceous Brasserie DuPont Saison Foret (the world's only certified organic Belgian ale). Deciding what to eat is a much simpler endeavor: Chef Yoon's dry-aged burger topped with Gruyère and blue cheeses, arugula, and applewood-bacon compote is widely regarded as one of the best in the country.
The term "blind tiger" refers to a speakeasy, but this old-school West Village pub is far from under the radar. Built from salvaged 19th-century wood, the bar appears to have been in operation for ages, though it's only been in its current location since 2006. Both eager NYU students and beer enthusiasts flock to the unpretentious tavern to sample 28 mostly domestic drafts and expertly curated bottles. Appropriately, many of the selections are New York-sourced, like Red Ale from Three Heads Loopy and Brooklyn Brewery's light, wheaty Weisse.
This large, Colonial-style pub serves only locally-produced beer. Luckily, many terrific indie breweries call the Philadelphia area home, so the bar's 20 taps always have something interesting to offer. In addition to familiar names like Victory and Dogfish Head, look for Manayunk's caramel-brewed Philadelphia Porter. The gastropub serves basic burgers and sausages, plus daily-changing seasonal dishes like fiddleheads with ramps and bacon.
A charming, cluttered Portland bar, Great Lost Bear started serving craft microbrews in 1979 when it had just eight taps. As the number of local breweries grew, so did the offerings. Sixty-nine taps now spotlight microbreweries like Marshall Wharf, whose Big Twitch is a sweet, citrusy style of IPA.
A large industrial sign across the front of the bar reads "Kegs to Go," but patrons come for the potent beers on tap, most of which contain an above-average eight percent alcohol or more. Along with a terrific selection of Belgian, German, and American beers, the tap list also features meads (honey wine) like Skyriver Meadery's sweet, raspberry version. Monitors above the bar list all the kegs in the order they were tapped, along with each keg's level &mdash checked by hand &mdash so customers know if they're getting the first pint or the 50th.
Come for the beer, not the setting at this florescent-lit East Bay bar. As the bar's name suggests and punk rock owner Fraggle (no last name) dictates, no big business beers are sold here. There are 47 taps, such as Pacific Brewing Laboratory's Nautilus Hibiscus Saison, made with coriander, ginger, and hibiscus flowers, and you can pay the $1 "corkage fee" to crack open a bottle from one of the beer fridges.
An American craft beer destination with more than 15 taps and growlers to-go, this warmly lit Williamsburg bar and shop has communal tables for drinking retail-priced beers like Bear Republic's malty Heritage (or any of the 100-plus bottles and cans from the cases) on the spot for no additional fee. Regulars play board games like Trivial Pursuit while snacking on German bratwurst sandwiches and soft Bavarian pretzels.
Though California's Bay Area is known for its wine, San Francisco is also a beer lover's town, boasting some of the West Coast's oldest breweries, such as Anchor Steam, whose history can be traced back to the Gold Rush. Local beers stand out at the Monk's Kettle. The pub's 200-strong beer list is encyclopedic, with a plethora of esoteric beers from all over, including Pliny the Elder, a cult, small-batch double IPA from the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa.
Owner Megan Payment named The Mitten after the shape of her home state and curates a Michigan-only menu, with beers like Founder's blood-red Blushing Monk, fermented with raspberries. Not only does the small-town bar court regulars with local bands and beers, but it also draws customers across state lines with hard-to-find kegs like Bell's Brewery's Hopslam Ale, made with pungent, aromatic hops and a dollop of honey.
The bar's 22 taps feature craft beer bar standbys like the potent, lightly spiced Delirium Tremens as well as more obscure brews like Firestone Walker's Unfiltered Double Barrel Ale, an unpasteurized amber ale aged in toasted oak barrels. The restored 1930s bar is decked out in Art Deco style, with a rotating DJ lineup spinning a variety of music, from retro soul classics to reggae. A rotating lineup of food trucks parks outside to sell delicious snacks.
Haunted Pub Crawls
Set off on a spirited pub crawl, and toss back a few while listening to spine-tingling ghost stories in these haunted pubs.
Set off on a spirited pub crawl, and toss back a few while listening to spine-tingling tales of ghosts, ghouls and spooky happenings in these haunted pubs.
Black Devil Martini
For your adults-only Halloween party, serve this Black Devil Martini. This spooky spirit gets its color from dark rum, course orange sugar and a black olive garnish.
Savannah's cobblestone streets and squares filled with Spanish moss-draped trees are made for strolling, both for tourists and the spirits who roam this notoriously haunted city. Cobblestone Tours leads visitors on a two-hour candlelit tour of Savannah, setting off from Moon River Brewing Company or Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub. Each of these cozy Southern pubs is said to host otherworldly visitors, so order a drink and settle in for some good old-fashioned ghost stories.
Wilmington, North Carolina
Believers purport that Wilmington, N.C., is a hotbed of ghostly activity with tortured souls dating back hundreds of years to the days of piracy and slavery in this old port city. The Haunted Pub Crawl and Tales of Old Wilmington is a two-and-a-half-hour stroll with stops for drinks at five of the city's most haunted watering holes where spirits linger long after last call. Set off on a group tour or organize a private outing.
With over 100 pubs to choose from, Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood is a star of the pub-crawl circuit. But every Saturday night from June through November, a different variety of pub-goers joins the throngs of revelers to learn about Fells Point's haunted history. Local ghosts are revealed by the enthusiastic guides of the Fells Point Ghost Walk as they lead curious carousers on a two-hour ghost tour of the haunted bars by the harbor, beginning outside of Max's and continuing through this waterfront community for drinks and ghost tales.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ghost hunters flock to haunted New Orleans thanks to its rich underworld and ghostly happenings all around town. The ghost scene at the local bars is so vibrant that Bloody Mary's hosts a tour seven nights a week. The Haunted Pub Crawl takes imbibers to three haunted bars and plenty of ghostly spots in between, including haunted courtyards, restaurants, hotels and a former brothel. The crawl sets off from the French Quarter at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop at 941 Bourbon Street, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Jean Lafitte, an old-time pirate who used the shop as a cover for his covert smuggling business in the late 18th century.
To truly experience the spookiest pubs in Chicago, book a private excursion with The Supernatural Pub Crawl led by Chicago's ghost hunter Richard T. Crowe. A luxury coach takes private parties on a four-hour alcohol-fueled adventure to the city's most haunted pubs where apparitions are said to partake in late-night shenanigans including the British-style Red Lion Pub, and haunted spots around Chinatown, including Ethyl's Party, the former Colletta's Funeral Home still frequented by the spirits of deceased Chicago gangsters.
St. Augustine, Florida
Get into the spooky spirit with a ride around St. Augustine in a gothic hearse on the city's Pub Hearse Ride. You may bring your own booze for the car ride as you listen to spine-chilling tales of creepy encounters with ghostly apparitions. Then make stops for drinks at no less than three haunted pubs as well as other haunted hot spots around town, including creepy burial grounds at Huguenot Cemetery and Tolomato Cemetery and the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Bisbee is a classic ghost town where many believe the spirits of the Old West mining days still inhabit the town's hotels, bed and breakfasts and bars. You may have a ghost encounter of your own while throwing back a few on the Old Bisbee Haunted Pub Crawl. This three-hour tour stops at four locations for cocktails and ghost tales from the days when cowboys and prospectors ruled the old-time saloons.
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According to some locals and experts in the Parnornormal field, the following are are to be considered the Top Ten Most Haunted Bars in New Orleans and are among the best places for possible encounters with a real New Orleans ghost.
" Who Says the Dead don't Party Hard every night?"
This is just a Ghoststory tour bar guide of New Orleans Most haunted hot spots.
New Orleans Nightlife, French Quarter, Nightclubs, Ghost and Spirits.
The great bar of the French Quarter is located at 718 St. Peter St. where it holds forth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Operators estimated that possibly a billion people have passed through the grand old watering hole in the generations it has been open. Famous for the ass-kicking Hurricane (more than just a pretty glass!), the old establishment boasts a ghostly reputation almost as well-known as its menu.
Probably the two most haunted areas of Pat's are the Piano Bar and the upstairs Ladies Room.
Employees from the early shifts, when the old building can sometimes be almost empty of customers, have reported strange cold spots and footsteps in the Piano Bar area. One bartender, restocking the bar alone one afternoon, distinctly heard the sound of footsteps behind him followed by the tinkling of piano keys. He looked around and found no one else in the bar and no apparent source for the ghostly sounds. Needless to say, he was quick to complete his inventory. Others have reported cold spots and the feeling of being pushed when no one is around.
The Ladies Room is said to be haunted by the ghostly spirit of a restroom attendant. Ladies who have retired to a stall in a mostly empty restroom have reported hearing footsteps and the sound of sighs in nearby stalls. One woman reported hearing a sudden peal of laughter from the stall areas when only she and one the lone (living!) restroom attendant were present. New female employees are generally very uncomfortable in the grand old privy, though some of the older workers just laugh and say that they can take the sounds in stride, just as long as they don't SEE anything!
Other employees report poltergeist-like activity in the courtyard area where they insist that a spirit likes to move the wrought iron tables and chairs around, and sometimes likes to hide the workers' ubiquitous green jackets while they are busy preparing for the day's crowds.
An old tradition at Pat O's is to have a photo memento taken of an evening spent there. Although some people look a little worse for wear, or worse than they recall, several have commented in hindsight that the Pat O's photos might be a good place to look for photographic evidence of ghostly occurrences. If you have any Pat O's memento photos and notice anything odd in them, please let us know and we will be happy to post them on our Ghost Photos page.
A Employee tells us of a ghost, possibly, the ghost of New Orleans own Ray Walston ( My Favorite Martian) or a ghost that looks alot like him appearing in many outside Pat 'OBrien's courtyard photos.
2.Lafitte's Blacksmith's Shop
This old building, at 941 Bourbon St, looks almost as if it is about to fall down at any moment. But there's life in that old mortar: some of it supernatural to be sure.
Lafitte's just oozes with genuine haunted New Orleans atmosphere. Dimly lit, with flickering candles and dark woodwork, old fireplaces and a decrepit courtyard, it is easy for the truly ghostly minded to expect a ghost at every turn. But there is one ghost in particular that everyone hopes to see!
According to legend, the buccaneer pirate Jean Lafitte once used the location to run his shady business. The little blacksmith shop was once a front for a burgeoning smuggling business, which was the real source of Lafitte's wealth and as such the pirate was himself quite a regular at this location.
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
One of the all-time favorite tourist attractions of the New Orleans French Quarter is Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, on the corner of Bourbon Street and St. Phillip Street. It was built sometime before 1772, and is one of the few remaining original "French architecture" structures in the French Quarter.
Two devastating fires, one in 1788, and the other in 1794, all but destroyed New Orleans. Hundreds of buildings - businesses and residences - were destroyed. New Orleans, and Louisiana, was under Spanish rule at the time, and the city was rebuilt as a Spanish styled city, replacing what was a crudely built French port and trading post.
Tradition has it that the Lafitte brothers operated this blacksmith shop as a legitimate appearing business, serving as a front for their privateer enterprises. One of the brothers was the infamous Jean Lafitte, Privateer, and co-hero of the Battle of New Orleans. Rumor has it that his treasure is buried in everyone's backyard. There are many myths and rumors about the life of Jean Lafitte, but very little has been substantiated.
We do know that Jean Lafitte operated from Barataria Island in Barataria Bay, south of New Orleans. The local authorities knew where his camp was located, and even succeeded in overrunning it once. Because of his assistance to Andrew Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans, he received a Presidential pardon, and then disappeared into the foggy mists, for all time. Later, The United States built Fort Livingston on his island, and its ruins are there to this day. If you visit the Town of Lafitte, you may get a boat ride to the island.
For the past several decades, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, privately owned, is operated as a bar and restaurant, and is a favorite haunt for tourists and locals alike. Today, it remains a popular gathering place.
Some people say that there is still buried or hidden treasure somewhere among the ancient bricks one afficiando insists, however that the treasure will never be found because of the amount of cursing, spitting and drinking that go on in the place. Everyone knows the old taboo that pirate's gold will just sink lower into the ground when surrounded by truly disrespectful scaliwags!
There have been reports of hauntings in this old bar for years. A mirror in the upstairs area is said to be haunted by the spectre of a woman some say it is Marie Laveau Or Madame Delphine Lalaurie.
The fireplace grate in the downstairs bar, rumored to be the actual last resting place of some of Lafitte's gold, is said to be haunted by the ghost of the pirate Lafitte killed with the charge to protect the treasure for eternity. Staff and patrons have been alarmed by the sight of two ghostly red eyes staring at them through the grate and the atmosphere around the fireplace is said to be decidedly chilled and unwholesome. also his ghost is said to actually touch people.
Of course, several witnesses have reported seeing the man himself, The Notorius Ghost of Pirate Jean Lafitte, scowling from a dark corner, twisting his black moustache in his gloved hand, obviously not pleased with the view. Several people who have seen the ghost say that as soon as it is aware of them, it will vanish into thin air. some say they smell the presence of a ghostly strange tabacco blend when he is near.
Although Jean Lafitte sailed into Louisiana history long, long ago, this old building still stands and for those who want to get as good a feel for the old pirate as possible, this is a location not to be missed.is also perhaps the oldest Haunted building or haunted structure in the country still used as a bar. Needless to say, Lafitte's Blacksmith's Shop should not be missed.
Bourbon Pub - 801 Bourbon St., 504-529-2107
Downstairs, Bourbon Pub is a saloon but upstairs is Parade, a dance club with a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street. The mix includes a heavy slant towards disco, soul and techno music.
This infamous bar, located on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets, is a wildly popular hangout with The New Orleans' gay community.
There's never a dull moment anytime at the Bourbon Pub, but the place is especially lively during the Mardi Gras, when it plays host to the famous Drag Queen contest, and during Southern Decadence, one of the most popular gay festivals in the South.
Over the years, however, there have been several reports of paranormal encounters and activity at the site. Patrons and staff have experienced strange encounters on the balconies, where there are said to be unexplainable cold spots and disembodied voices, and also in the downstairs bar area where there are often encounters with the ghost of a diminutive Creole slave lady. Called "Mam" by the staff, she appears walking through the bar area in the early hours when the bar is mostly empty. She wears and old cotton dress and a bandana on her head, and carries a huge wooden spoon. Walking and muttering to herself, she sometimes stops and looks directly at staff members before disappearing into the shadows. Because the Bourbon Pub sits directly across the street from Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo, the last residence of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, many wonder if Old Mam might be connected in some way to Marie Laveau or her family. It's a short walk across the street even for the living, so it is quite possible that Old Mam is walking between the Pub and her old homestead.
Some patrons say it is haunted by a former owner, that doesn't like the recent renovations. Cups often move across the bar on their own. Foot steps are heard walking across the empty second floors haunted balcony. The Upstairs is said to be very haunted and one Bartender says he sees a passaing parade each night just begore his shift begins waliking across the dance floor. " I think they are probally looking for a good seat to watch the crowds. " He says.
Another strange happening at the Bourbon Pub has had patrons and staff scratching their heads in disbelief. Basically, it can happen at anytime of the day or night. Unsuspecting patrons will be sitting comfortably at the bar, engaged in conversation or enjoying a drink, when suddenly, out of nowhere, there comes a pop and a stunning "bang" on the bottom of the foot. Those who have experienced it say it feels like being hit with a stick or a piece of wood, and the first instinct was to blame Old Mam. However, many who have experienced it have likened it to a well-known form of S&M known as Bastinado, where the soles of the feet are struck with a wooden pole in a form of sexual castigation. Once a form of torture used by cultures all over the world, the practice is today widely known but is only popular in certain segments of society. This strange event has happened so often at the Bourbon Pub that the new spirit has been nicknamed The Bastinado Ghost. A ex Security Personel related that it happened to him twice.
Most patrons take it in stride and many who have yet to experience an encounter with the Bastinado Ghost complain that they have been left out. Those who have experienced it, though not harmed in any way, say they really don't mind but that they would rather have their feet beat by someone they can see, thank you very much.
The Bourbon Pub and Parade is actually two clubs in one. Downstairs, the Bourbon Pub video bar is a frenzied singles hangout, with crowds often spilling out onto the street.
Parade offers a serious New Orleans dance experience with nationally known DJs, an impressive laser-light show and a state-of-the-art sound system.
As the epicenter of gay nightlife in the French Quarter, this is the place to be for big gay holidays like Mardi Gras, Southern Decadence and Halloween. And it doesn't lack for customers the rest of the year. While women and straights are welcome, gay men of all ages and races are the predominant clientele.
Step out onto the balcony for one of the best views of Bourbon Street.
Visit the Bourbon Pub at www.bourbonpub.com. Open 24 hrs, 365 days
Lafitte's is the oldest Gay bar in the country and has a long and interesting history. During his years in New Orleans, Tennessee Williams used to frequent Lafitte's. And his ghost is said to turn up quite often sitting at the end of the bar sipping on a cocktail.
New Orleans most celebrated Carnival event the Bourbon Street Awards were hosted by Lafitte's until the early 80's when massive crowds forced them to move from Bourbon Street to St. Ann and Burgundy. Wood Enterprises continues to host the awards at Rawhide 2010.
Lafitte's also features two floors of music and video.The Dance floor is said to be a popular place to spot a ghost or while shooting Pool. The ghost of a man the regulars call Mr. Bubby is said to be a frisky ghost and has been known to pinch a but or two.
Many say the actual ghost of Truman Capotes' ghost haunts the small stairwell leading to the second floor and and very often his ghost has been captured on video and film. Others say he even strikes up a a very cute conversation as they meet him on the stairs. Many orbs, strange mist and strong glows appear in photos taken here.
Downstairs you'll find the main bar. where a few ex Bartenders speak of Ghost sitting and enjoying themselves at the center bar. Upstairs you'll find a pool table and the balcony! During Carnival, because the Gay crowd dominates this part of Bourbon Street, people tend to be a little more "adventurous" in their pursuit of beads and the balcony at Lafitte's can be quite "entertaining." Many locals, Ghost hunters and tourist have reported seeing many ghost on the reported haunted New Orleans balcony that surrounds the second floor over looking Bourbon Street and Dumaine. Ghostly figures are said to walk upon it and even wave to tourist then just disapear. or hollar out at many a passerby.
Famous ghost that have been said to have been encountered or be seen near or at Cafe Lafitte in Exile are none other then Marie Laveau, Jean Lafitte and his Brother, Truman capote, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Tennesee Williams, Huey P. Long, and Louis Armstrong.
Lafitte's is popular and Haunted all year round and is open 24 hours a day.
The actual claim to being first may be questionable, but Lafitte's status as one of the French Quarter's premier gay and lesbian nightspots is beyond popular dispute.
It's also a popular spot for straight locals and the adventurous tourist, as the ceaseless crowds will attest. Legend has it that Tennessee Williams was a patron of this establishment he followed his friend Tom Caplinger, who opened it after leaving Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.
Lafitte In Exile was the original home of the Bourbon Street Awards, one of the most celebrated Carnival events in the gay community until massive crowds forced the relocation of the ceremony.
Both floors feature music and videos, with the main bar situated downstairs. Upstairs, there's a pool table and the club's infamous balcony, where rowdy patrons look out over this particular stretch of the Quarter and can be quite, er, flashy.
901 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
This grand old New Orleans institution, located at 240 Bourbon St. at the corner of Bienville, has been a fixture in the French Quarter for over 200 years.
Built in 1807, this location has been present for nearly every heartbeat of the grand old days of the French Quarter. Originally used as the headquarters for a local importing firm, the building was then converted to a neighborhood grocery and an importer of fine foods, tobaccos and wines from all over the world.
With the advent of the Creole Balls and the popularity of other places of culture in the French Quarter such as the Theatre d'Orleans and the French Opera House, the building the corner of Bourbon and Bienville became a popular late night habitat of New Orleans' salon society. The copper-colored wooden bar with its antique fixtures was built at this time, and as the name now suggests, the place immediate became a firm favorite among the followers of the Green Fairy.
Many locals and employees have reported encounters with a pantheon of famous New Orleanians, from Jean Lafitte to Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Andrew Jackson, "The Beast" Benjamin Butler, and even Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Any of these encounters could be likely, as all of these famous people passed through the doors of the Old Absinthe House at one time or another over the years.
Other spirits, perhaps not as famous, make their presence felt on an almost daily basis, moving bottles and glasses around behind the bar, moving chairs back and forth, and, most disturbing, opening and closing the bar doors: when staff look up, there is no one to be seen.
Local legend has it that the Old Absinthe House is located over a series of old tunnels, dug by Jean Lafitte and his bands of buccaneers. Although no evidence of such tunnels has been found, many insist that they are there and that they link with Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop further down Bourbon, with the Old Mint on Esplanade, ultimately ending at the river embankment, where Lafitte would have smuggled items (or himself) into the swampy darkness of the Mississippi River.
In 1874, mixologist, Cayetano Ferrer, created a drink consisting of Absinthe—the “Old Absinthe House Frappe”. The popularity of this venomous green concoction consequently resulted in the coffee house being renamed “Absinthe Room,” and thus a legend was born!
THE OLD ABSINTHE HOUSE
240 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 523-3181 or (504) 523-0103
Fax (504) 410-0750
Located at 811 Iberville St. just off Bourbon, the Alibi is a popular late-night hangout that serves 150 different varieties of beer. Late-night munchies make this a prime spot for service industry types looking to unwind after a long night of waiting on others. Most say the Alibi is a sure bet for the best late-night burger in town! Playboy and Stuff magazines have featured the Alibi among the best bars in New Orleans. And it is considered one of the most haunted.
Most of the sightings at the Alibi are in the bar area, where staff have reported incidences of glasses, bottles and cutlery flying off the bar onto the floor or sometimes in the direction of staff members. The activity is attributed to the ghost of a man who was supposedly stabbed to death behind the bar several years ago.
Patrons have reported encounters with a shadowy figure near the restrooms, and a misty apparition has sometimes been spotted near the service entry door. a ghost of an Ex Employee named Davie is said to still come in and want to wait on costumers.
The attic area, which is off limits to the public but where members of the staff are sometimes required to go, is said to have a particularly unpleasant and haunted atmosphere.
Legend has it that the attic was once a makeshift hiding place for escaped slaves waiting for passage on the Underground Railroad. The sounds of sighs and soft crying have been heard near the old attic door.
7.O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub
This popular pub is located at 514 Toulouse and from the moment you step into the old carriageway you might as well be on the Emerald Isle. Duck into the Informer, the casual, friendly pub where patrons enjoy live music, imported Irish beers and whiskey, and satellite broadcasts of the footie (soccer) matches direct from the UK. The Informer hosts a weekly darts league and is the meeting place for many Celtic sports organizations in the Big Easy.
Across the way, in the Ballad Room, visitors can enjoy live music by Celtic and folk performers from all over the UK and America. Danny O'Flaherty, the pub's owner, often entertains the crowds with his unique Irish style.
At the rear of the carriageway is the gift shop and a delightful old New Orleans courtyard where patrons like to sit to enjoy a quiet drink or sample homemade Irish stew or Shepherd's Pie, just two of many delicious items straight from O'Flaherty's kitchen.
But these days people come as much for the hauntings as for the entertainment.
The Ballad Room balcony is said to be the most haunted spot in the entire building. The ghost of a woman, whom the staff have named "Angelique," is often seen peering down from the balcony when the ballad room is empty or swaying to the music on nights when the room is jammed with patrons.
"Angelique" is said to be the ghost of the mistress of a man who owned the house in the early 1800's and who fell to his death into the courtyard. Despondent upon the death of her lover, it is said the woman then jumped to her own death as well, this time plunging from the second floor gallery and falling into the stone cistern to her death.
The woman has been seen by patrons and employees alike and primarily appears in the upstairs area her lover is said to haunt the courtyard area where his presence is felt as a cold spot passing among the tables and chairs.
The Informer is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man who hung himself in the building sometime in the late 19th century. His presence is often felt in the back of the bar area, near the door leading to the courtyard, where the atmosphere is sometimes heavy and sad. Some employees insist that they have seen the ghost himself, sitting forlornly at the far end of the bar in turn of the century clothes, staring blankly at one of the many tv screens. Right before their eyes, he will sadly fade away.
8.The Dungeon-Ye Olde Original Dungeon
In the French Quarter • 738 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA. Is said to be haunted by a real vampire and ghost of hundreds of ex- patrons who enjoyed being there so much they refuse to leave.
In 1808, Prince Suleyman of the Turkish Royal family arrived in New Orleans with his retinue of eunuchs and servants. Six months later, all were brutally murdered in their living quarters. Officially, it is recorded as a robbery.
The truth is far more sinister and interesting…
Yes, retribution for the young women of New Orleans who were lured into the prince’s nearby Dungeon and prepared for the harems of Istanbul by psychological indoctrination, opium-induced submission and torture.
For you have entered The Dungeon of the Prince.
This is New Orleans locals most favorite New Orleans Haunted bar. It doen't open until the haunting hour of Midnight. The entrance is a narrow dark damp alley way that opens up into a small patio with a tiny cage and waterfall.
Upstairs has a bar and dance floor that plays kickass rock and punk tunes of the patrons' choice. It is black and dark and has the feel of, well, a dungeon. The downstairs Rest rooms are hidden behind book cases.
The upstairs mirrored dance floor features a real coffin haging from the Ceiling. Many locals tell stories saying the actual owne ris a real New Orleans Vampire and he sleeps in it during the day liight hours.
Important to note photos are not allowed. The front down stairs Bar is Open 7 Days a Week: Sunday through Friday 6 pm - till and Saturday 5 pm - till
For the last 40 years, people like yourelf have faced their fears and walked down the long, narrow alley deep into the heart of the French Quarter. Expect not the warmest welcome, but the Dungeon isn’t exactly grandma’s house. Cross the foot-bridge and pass the torture chamber and you will arrive at our entrancing courtyard. Immediately, you will begin to feel the difference-your heart begins to beat faster as the adrenaline rises inside of you. You now feel far-removed from the throng of Bourbon Street, as you prepare to enter the heart of the Dungeon.
Once inside, your senses will be devoured as the sights and sounds of the Dungeon arrest your spirit. Grab a witch's brew or some dragon's blood at one of the three bars, or catch up on your reading in the Library. Make your way upstairs to the Sound Bar and request a song from the DJ and dance all night on the dance floor. Journey past the Cage to the Venus Bar and you will not be alone. All around you, rest the skulls of patrons that just could not leave the dungeon. So there they rest.
In the Heart of the French Quarter at:
738 Toulouse Street
New Orleans, Louisiana (map)
Phone (504) 523-5530
Fax (504) 522-6182
Email [email protected]
New Orleans' most underground scene, where nothing starts till midnight. The famed Dungeon is once the torture dungeon of the evil Prince Suleyman of the Royal Turkish family. It is said that he kidnapped young women and boys from the streets of New Orleans to torture them into his harem. Beware, you have entered the Dungeon of the Prince"
Must be 21 to enter. I.D. required.
Hours Midnight – til
Cover charge at the door on weekends and holidays.
727 St. Peter St. Considered a very "cool Hanted bar", Yo Mama's was formerly a tailor shop owned by a Mr. Green, who is said to have hanged himself.
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, across the street from Pat O’Brien’s and just half a block from Bourbon Street, Yo Mama’s Bar and Grill is the ideal spot for locals and tourists alike looking for great food, great drinks, and a great casual party atmosphere in New Orleans.
Yo Mama’s offers video poker, televised sports, and a jukebox filled with all your favorite rock and blues classics. Over 50 different tequilas line the shelves at Yo Mama’s, including selections from Cuervo, Sauza, Herradura, and Patron plus the rarest and smoothest anejos from Mexico. Be sure to ask for a shot from the owner’s special barrel!
Bar employees have reported seeing a tall man with graying hair and a nice smile, his ghost is said to have rope burns around his neck, he is often spotted just sitingt at the bar. One person said he usually orders a jack and coke then just dissapears when you turn around.
A recent Bar guest reported to us that he even asked to escourt her back to her hotel to make sure she got there safely. Another bar regular reported that he has been known to tap you on the shoulder when you turn around no one is there.
A fun loving fellow in real life, He is it is said, still likes to play a good game of pool by moving the balls around on the table. and occasionaly pinch customers, men and women alike on the butt.
Photos taken on the second floor (where the Secret Room is) show orbs, and a haunted mirror is said to reflect a hazy figures. People have said they have peered into the Mirror only to see their very features transformed into those of the ghost.
The main bar: 7 days a week, from 11:00 am till 5:00 am - The Secret Room: Thursday til Saturday from 10 pm till 5:00 am.
The kitchen is open every day til 5 am just to satisfy those late night cravings.
For those wanting a little taste of New Orleans’ famous seafood, Yo Mama’s holds a crawfish boil every weekend.
331 Decatur Street (504) 286-5862. Kerry Irish Pub has its share of regulars who enjoy the Guinness and other brews and liquors. One of a handful of Celt-influenced outposts in the French Quarter, the Kerry is a small, friendly bar that features decent-to-very-good musical talent. Not all of the music is Irish, either local folk and fringe acts such as Jim Smith or Aural Elixir are as likely to perform as singer-songwriters Barry Cowsill or Dave Sharp. Although tourists do wander in, this spot sports a neighborhood feel, it's a decent place to hang out and drink, shoot pool or do whatever.
It boasts a sense of Celtic community that's never stronger than when touring acts such as Smithfield Fair bring out the small, loyal Irish music contingent.
The Kerry Irish Pub was born in October, 1993. I use the word 'born' because the word 'established' does not even come close to telling the tale. The idea for 'The Kerry' was conceived in the back bar of another irish pub, the old 'Ryan's Irish Pub' once located on bourbon street. After a long and difficult labor 'Kerry Irish Pub' was finally born. Kay Harris, one of the proud, but weary parents had a love and enthusiasm for Irish and country music I found beyond compare. 'The Kerry' started out as another venue for live Irish music but evolved into an outlet for all types of acoustic music in New Orleans. The sounds of Irish, country, folk, rock, bluegrass, roots rock, and more are part of the heart and soul that is 'the Kerry Irish Pub'. The success of the Kerry Irish Pub is a true musical testament to Kay's drive and determination for 'The Kerry' to succeed. If a live music club can have a mission statement, 'The Kerry's' is that it has always offered a stage and haven for talented local musicians, as well as those just passing through town."
The music spans an assortment of styles, from the Gaelic to bluegrass to rock. The hauntings in this bar seem to consist of eerie sounds and feelings, such as the sound of incorporeal footsteps, ghostly voices and whispers, and cold spots. Doors have opened or closed by themselves,and customers report feelings of being followed when there's no one there.
So the next time you plan to party in the French Quarter, put these very haunted locations on your "Must See" list, and maybe you will have a memorable experience of the paranormal kind!
Special Thanks to local paranormal enthusiast and investigators for contributions to this the "Top Ten Haunted bars in New Orleans" List!
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Bourbon Street is a must for all first time visitors. Although the street got its mystique from the heyday of the burlesque houses, it's now mostly dominated by many bars. And the most famous one is Pat O'Brien's, located right in the middle of the street. The rest of the strip features everything from music pumping clubs and daiquiri shops to strip clubs and cubby holes serving huge beers to go.
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Escape to the Myrtles Plantation
One of America's Most Haunted Homes
Experience antebellum splendor in this circa 1796 National Historic Register plantation home famed for its mystic and riveting history.
Surrounded by centuries-old live oak trees, the mansion features a 125-foot verandah, exquisite ornamental ironwork, hand-painted stained glass, open-pierced frieze work crown molding, Aubusson tapestry, Baccarat crystal chandelier, Carrara marble mantels, gold-leafed French furnishings and GHOSTS. At first glimpse, the home and its environment envelopes one with a complete sense of peace and tranquility.
Guided day tours and private tours are offered daily, as well as complimentary self-guided tours of the grounds. Evening mystery tours are offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Advanced reservations are highly encouraged. If you're intrigued by the history, stay overnight in one of our many spacious accommodations.
The General&rsquos Store is the perfect place to shop for locally made gifts and souvenirs.
The Myrtles Plantation is located 26 miles north of Baton Rouge and 98 miles north west New Orleans via interstate roads. You will want to extend your visit in St. Francisville long enough to enjoy some of the 27 unique shops, 14 eateries, 7 plantation homes, and 14 other attractions which all look forward to the pleasure of your company.
Check out our Local Activities page for information about area attractions such as Angola Prison Museum, Cat Island Natural Wildlife Refuge, Clark Creek Natural Waterfalls, False River and The Mighty Mississippi River.
Giggle Water! Hooch! Bathtub Gin! Get an American Speakeasy Experience at These 13 Juice Joints (Bars)
Step back in time with the speakeasies that survived Prohibition, as well as modern cocktail bars that take their inspiration from the time period.
Once called “The Great Experiment,” Prohibition outlawed alcohol in the United States starting in January 1920. But efforts began to pass this legislation started after the Civil War and slowly picked up steam over the years, state by state. As of January 1919, a whopping 36 of the 48 states had ratified it, partially thanks to radical women like Carry Nation of the Temperance Movement, who took an ax to watering holes across the country. It was also put in place temporarily as a way to save grain during World War II. However, that didn’t stop many from taking their operations underground. In 1933, when liquor became legal again, some of these speakeasies were lost or repurposed, but some continue to exist today. Other bars take their inspiration from this time period, celebrating the clandestine drinking of years past inside modern buildings. Whichever you visit, be sure to enjoy a cocktail as you toast the last 85 years of legal booze.
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Crowley Cheese is one of a very small number of genuine American cheeses. Very few cheeses originated in the United States most came to this country with the various immigrant groups who settled here. Crowley Cheese began in the Crowley's kitchen in 1824. The Crowley Cheese Factory, built by Winfield Crowley in 1882 – A National Historic Place – is the oldest continuously-operating cheese factory in America. Visit us and see how cheese used to be made -- and still is today -- at our historic cheese factory in picturesque Healdville, Vermont.
The Most Haunted Restaurants In The U.S.
Get into the Halloween spirit with a reservation at one of these spooky spots.
If you believe in ghosts and spirits, then it's probably not shocking to you that there are a lot of haunted restaurants throughout the United States. Most are really old buildings with a lot of creepy history, but others have actually been the site of strange disappearances and suspicious activities&mdashsome even have spooky ghost stories attached to them.
You can visit these haunted restaurants all year long, of course, but they become extra special in the days leading up to Halloween, when you're in the mood for a bit of a scare. Plus, at the same time, you get to eat some really good food. It doesn't get much better!
Muriel's is one of the most famously haunted restaurants in the country, located in just as famously haunted New Orleans. The restaurant was founded back in 1718 and has a lot of history. There's one table there that is left unavailable, but every night it gets set with tableware, bread, and wine. It's for the previous owner of Muriel's, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, a ghost with a standing reservation (spooky!). He died on the second floor of the place back in 1814 after losing a poker game, and according to Muriel's, there have been a lot of paranormal sightings at the restaurant since.
Scarlett O'Hara's is listed in the National Directory of Haunted Places. Supposedly, it's haunted by the man who built the house (now restaurant) back in 1879. As the story goes, George Colee drowned in a bathtub there after his fiancée left him for another man. The second floor, where he passed away, is home to the "Ghost Bar," which he is said to haunt.
Another famously haunted spot is Poogan's Porch in Charleston&mdasha South Carolina city full of ghosts and spirits. Legend has it that the original Victorian home was built in 1888, and the owner had a dog named Poogan. When they moved out, they left Poogan behind, and he is rumored to still run around the restaurant as a canine ghost to this day. But there are other creepy ghosts too, like Zoe St. Armand, who owned the house in the early 1900s and went crazy after her sister died. She fell down the stairs in the home and has haunted the place ever since, searching for her sister's soul.
It's not surprising that White Horse Tavern is haunted: It's the oldest tavern in America! The story is that two men showed up at the tavern in the 1720s looking for a room. The next day, one was found dead by the fireplace and the other one was gone. Now, people say there is a resident ghost by the fireplace.
The Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn offers ghost tours to play up their spooky history. The old Victorian mansion has been a popular destination for paranormal investigators and ghost hunters. There has been talk of weird voices and figures, and there really is no known explanation for who or what is haunting the place. Even though the Lemp Manison has left diners feeling kind of creeped out, it's still a really popular spot in St. Louis.
Another famously haunted spot in New Orleans is Brennan's Restaurant. It's haunted by the ghost of chef Paul Blangé, who died in 1977, but stuck around in the kitchen. He was actually buried with the restaurant's menu and a knife and fork across his chest, so it's not shocking that he never wanted to leave! There's also a ghost in the wine cellar of a sommelier named Herman Funk who regularly clinks bottles.
Succotash is a popular brunch spot right now, but it was once a saloon called Dutch Hill Bar and Grill dating back 100 years. An old regular still haunts the bar, and leaves the smell of cigars lingering. His name was Radar, and he had always sat at the bar with a cocktail and cigarillo in hand.
Stone's Public House has a pretty grisly history. The place is named after John Stone, the original owner. According to the stories, Stone supposedly killed a boarder who won a big card game there in 1845, then buried him in the basement. He made a few witnesses help him and swore them to secrecy. Now all of them haunt the bar, making a little bit of a mess and some noise from time to time.
As beautiful as Beardslee Castle is, it does kind of look haunted, right? Located in Mohawk Valley, it's been featured on the TV show Ghost Hunters because of all of the weird things that go on there. Ghost hunters have said that they have spotted spirits there. There are a few spooky stories associated with the place, but one is about Native Americans who were killed on the property back in the 1700s. Another is about the former owner who passed away there and never really left.
Savannah is known for being full of history and spirits, and Moon River Brewing Company is one of the most haunted spots in the city. Today, it's a bar and restaurant, but back in 1821 it was a hotel and then a hospital for victims of the Civil War. There are lots of scary stories about bad energy there, and many guests have said that they've seen a woman in period clothing on the staircase. Moon River is now a regular spot for ghost tours.
The Whitney was built in 1893 as a private home, and wasn't made into a restaurant until 1987. It's a huge mansion, and it has a lot of history: there's even a spot upstairs called The Ghostbar, where you can get cocktails like "The Witching Hour." Guests and employees have said that the elevator moves on its own, there's a crying woman in one of the ladies bathrooms, and apparitions have been spotted in photos.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea is a notable haunted restaurant because it's said to be haunted by the ghost of Aaron Burr, the man who murdered Alexander Hamilton. Apparently, the restaurant used to be his carriage house, and many believe he is his spirit still resides there, along with his daughter, Theodosia. They are said to creep around, knocking things over and freaking out guests.
Photo Credit: Facebook/One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Founded in 1974, Old Town Pizza and Brewing truly is old&mdashit's in the lobby of the Merchant Hotel, which is one of the longest-standing buildings in Portland. It's haunted by a ghost named Nina who has been there for over a century and is usually wearing a black dress, hanging out in the basement, or even standing near guests as they eat. Supposedly, Nina was killed and left in the elevator shaft on the premises. The place even serves a Ghost Pie!
The Twisted Vine is a building that has been around since the late 1800s. It was once the Birmingham National Bank, and was made into a restaurant in the late 1970s. Employees and guests have seen some pretty weird paranormal activity, like lights flashing on and off and furniture moving on its own. They even have a weekly paranormal tour, so they're embracing the spiritual vibes.