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.
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 2-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, NC, 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 Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington is a 2.5-hour stroll with stops for drinks at 5 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 2-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 7 nights a week. The Phantasmic Cocktail Tour takes imbibers to 3 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 4-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 3 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, AZ, 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 3-hour tour stops at 4 locations for cocktails and ghost tales from the days when cowboys and prospectors ruled the old-time saloons.