5. The Horse You Came In On in Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore isn’t the first city that comes to mind when most people think about haunted locations, but residents of this city in Maryland are no stranger to spooky happenings. Many of the town’s eerie stories can be traced to its most famous resident: Edgar Allen Poe.
The Horse You Came in On was one of Poe’s haunts when he called Baltimore home, and the owners of the bar claim that he still visits. Although no one reports seeing Poe’s ghostly apparition haunting the bar, the paranormal occurrences that they have experienced are usually blamed on the deceased writer. Staff members say that Poe often expresses his anger and woe by pushing glasses off of shelves or even causing the glasses to explode where they sit. Numerous bartenders who call themselves skeptics have been converted into believers when Poe makes his presence known.
4. Kells Irish Pub in Seattle, Washington
What could be a more fitting location for one of America’s most haunted bars than the site of a former mortuary? The building in Seattle, Washington where Kells Irish Pub resides was once a morgue built specifically for handling the influx of bodies produced by the rampant spread of diphtheria and frequent mining accidents in the early 20th century.
Dr. Linda Hazard was one of the dead brought into this Seattle mortuary. Her claim to fame was her belief that illness could be cured through starvation, and she subjected many patients to this cruel treatment. Many believe that it is her spirit, angry at her postmortem reputation for torture, that causes many of the more violent paranormal happenings in the bar.
The most frightening reports of ghostly activity in the pub revolve around mirrors and glasses suddenly shattering or pieces of plaster inexplicably breaking off the walls as if struck by an angry hand. Whether or not Linda Hazard is to blame, there is certainly an angry ghost roaming Kells Irish Pub.
3. The Fenton Hotel in Fenton, Michigan
As its name suggests, the bar and restaurant known as The Fenton Hotel used to be a highly trafficked inn. Many guests met their ends in the hotel over the years, and visitors and staff members have seen plenty of unexplained apparitions roaming the halls. According to the bartenders, some of the ghosts even order drinks, but disappear before they can be served.
However, the most infamous spirit haunting this Michigan bar is that of the hotel’s former custodian, Emery. Visitors and staff often hear the sound of his boots treading the upstairs hallways of the building. However, some believe that he also visits the bar itself and pays unwanted attention to the waitresses. Many female servers working at the bar have reported feeling mysterious hands grabbing their arms (and sometimes, even more inappropriate body parts). Some blame the ghosts of former guests, but many believe that Emery is the culprit.
2. Orient Express in Seattle, Washington
Orient Express is a unique spot. It started out as a diner but now operates as a bar. The place is made up of seven decommissioned train cars, one of which apparently belonged to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Visitors to the Orient Express immediately find themselves feeling disoriented by the bizarre setup of the bar. To move through the railcars that make up the building, they must move through a series of narrow corridors and confusing switchbacks that make it easy to get lost. This confounding setup makes the paranormal events that happen in the bar feel even eerier.
No one knows exactly who the ghost of the Orient Express is, but everyone agrees that the spirit is not a happy one. The ghost seems to have a special dislike for the bar’s owner. According to staff members, the spirit frequently causes light bulbs above the owner’s head to suddenly and violently explode.
1. Captain Tony’s Saloon in Key West, Florida
Captain Tony’s Saloon has one of the more eventful and disturbing histories of any of America’s most haunted bars. The building was once a morgue; that morgue was destroyed when a hurricane struck the Keys, washing many bodies awaiting burial into the ocean. There is also evidence that during the building’s construction, a tree was cut down that had been used for hangings, including the lynching of a woman accused of killing her husband and children.
Many of the hauntings in Captain Tony’s Saloon center around the ladies restroom. Many women using the restroom have found themselves locked inside the stalls or heard the outer door slam when using the facilities. One staff member has even reported hearing a voice whisper “Don’t leave” in the restroom. No one knows what spirit is causing these bizarre occurrences, but any who have encountered it hope they never meet it again.
Well there’s our look at some of America’s most haunted bars. Have you visited any of these establishments? Love to hear your experiences in the comments below or on any of our socials.