It's finally October, which means the countdown to Halloween is officially on. You might not be as thrilled about the spooky holiday as we are, but some part of you wants to reminisce about the hysterical costumes of your youth, and where better to share some spook-inspired memories than at the local haunted watering hole?(Photo Credit: facebook.com)
While we love the creepy decorations that most of the country's bars have started to don, that's nothing compared to the truly haunting bars that American cities have to offer. It may come as a surprise to some, but many American bars have quite a history to them, and with history comes haunting. Some of the bars on our list have even seen their way through Prohibition, an era when gangsters and mobsters ruled the bar scene.
We've been getting creative in the kitchen with spooky cocktails and creepy small bites that will be a hit at Halloween parties, but we know that some like to hit the bar scene hard on this haunted holiday, so we came up with a list of 20 creepy bars in America that you can hit up if you want an extra scare. What a better place to go than Salem, Mass., where the witch trials and hysteria occurred, or maybe New Orleans, where the entire town seems to be haunted? And if you're someone that needs a little extra spook, you can go toThe Bridge Café in New York City, where it's rumored that a 6-foot-tall pirate carried unruly patrons out by their ear with her sharpened teeth!
Halloween is all about the scare factor, and we're sure these haunted and eerie bars will send a shiver down your spine this Halloween eve!
-Juliet Tierney, The Daily Meal
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Dead President's Pub was voted one of the best bars in America by Esquire, but some believe the bar is haunted by a patron who slipped and broke his neck and died at the bar. Employees have reported hearing manic laughter late at night and witnessing objects moving on their own. We dare you see for yourself if the temperature in the room suddenly drops, as many have reported it does… Photo Credit: facebook.com Click Here to see The Complete List of America’s Creepiest Bars
This Los Angeles gem is spooky for many reasons (one being the haunting décor inside) but according to legend, One-Eyed Gypsy was once a brothel that burned down to the ground, killing everyone inside. Employees have claimed that the bar is haunted by the mistress who ran the brothel, but we say the happy hour specials look good enough to brave the potential ghosts and ghouls! Photo Credit: facebook.com
While the Old Tavern isn't open for business currently, there is a society dedicated to the preservation of the building. The tavern was reportedly a stop on the Underground Railroad and it’s rumored that the ghost of a runaway slave haunts the building and its underground tunnels. Photo Credit: facebook.com
This joint in downtown Boston is named after the haunted ground it’s built on, which was once the location of a number of 17th-century public hangings. Photo Credit: The Gallows Click Here to see The Complete List of America’s Creepiest Bars
It’s creepy enough that this bar is located in Salem, Mass., where the famed witch trials took place, but the Great Escape is also housed in what was once America's oldest active jail. The restaurant’s website tells us that "the jail was built in 1813 and remained open until February 1991. It was an active jail for 177 years, housing an unknown number of criminals." Today, the restaurant's design mimics its storied, criminal-filled history. Photo Credit: facebook.com
While this might appear like a great, romantic place to grab a drink, make sure you wear a helmet when you walk in the door. The bar is located in the former carriage house of the Aaron Burr, and employees have reported that a ghost throws plates and chairs at the tables for two. Burr’s daughter mysteriously disappeared while traveling from North Carolina to New York to visit her father and is reported to haunt the building as well. Photo Credit: facebook.com
Boston's old jail house was converted into a luxury hotel, ironically called Liberty Hotel, but the bar Alibi has us totally creeped out. The bar has the original bluestone floors and brick cell walls and offers amongst images of celebrities and their “alibis." Some famous criminals were once incarcerated in this now luxurious Boston jailhouse. Click Here to see The Complete List of America’s Creepiest Bars Photo Credit: facebook.com
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