New Orleans has spirits, and I’m not just talking about the kind that stock a bar. Named as one of the most haunted cities in America, NOLA loves celebrating our spookiness, so it should come as no surprise that Halloween is one of our biggest locally celebrated holidays. And in preparation, we’ve put together a list of local bars where paranormal happenings have been recorded by the eyes and ears of those who frequent them. Who said Halloween is just for kids?
HAUNTED French Quarter PUB CRAWL
Start on Dauphine Street
May Baily’s Place — This haunted bar inside the Dauphine Orleans hotel is where bartenders have reported hearing the gentle clinking of silverware and someone yawning when no one else is around. Napkins tend to disappear and reappear, and guests have reported feeling a gentle tap on their shoulders when coming off of the elevator. Getting the chills? Warm up with their Pecan Sandy made with hot chocolate, pecan vodka, and Bailey’s. Just keep an eye on your napkin… 415 Dauphine St.
Head to Bourbon Street
Old Absinthe House – Frequented by names like Franklin Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and Frank Sinatra, The Old Absinthe House is rumored to be a meeting place where Andrew Jackson and Pirate Jean Lafitte planned their victory of the battle of New Orleans. Enjoy a slow-drip Absinthe cocktail, and listen to the bartenders tell tales of Jean Lafitte’s ghost. 240 Bourbon St.
Café Lafitte in Exile – The oldest continuously operating gay bar in the United States is also a haunted haunt where you can get a drink 24 hours a day. Enjoy great views of the French Quarter from their balcony, and maybe Mr. Bubbly, their fun and naughty ghost, will pinch you on the bottom. 901 Bourbon St.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop – Built between 1722 and 1732, this iconic New Orleans watering hole is considered to be the oldest building operating as a bar in America. Cozy up to one of the candlelit tables, and sip on a famous Voodoo daiquiri while listening to the piano man sing. Lafitte’s is always busy, but I imagine that when the bar becomes quiet, the real spirits awaken… 941 Bourbon St.
Turn on Orleans Street
Bourbon O at Bourbon Orleans – One of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans where guests are encouraged to write down encounters with spirits in a ghost log book. A wounded soldier haunts the bar and has been known to, on more than one occasion, throw a candleholder off of a table. Grab a Vampire Blood cocktail, and see what happens. 717 Orleans St.
Make Your Way Down Chartres Street
Napoleon House — Most famously known as a place to get a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail, this centuries-old Chartres Street building was offered as a refuge for Napoleon during his exile. A recent photo taken upstairs shows the profile of a man’s face reflecting in a window when there were only two women upstairs at the time. 500 Chartres St.
Sylvain – Escape busy Chartres Street down a dark alley and into the dimly lit courtyard of this unmistakably New Orleans restaurant. Ms. Rose, the resident ghost, for whom the bartenders craft a Sazerac for each night and leave sitting on the bar, is rumored to haunt the 18th-century carriage house. 625 Chartres St.
Muriel’s Séance Lounge — After committing suicide on the second floor of his beloved home, the spirit of Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan haunts his former residence, now turned restaurant and bar. In the séance lounge, listen for knocking on the brick wall and voices as well as the movement of objects. A table remains set with bread and wine every day to keep Jourdan’s ghost feeling right at home. 801 Chartres St.
Finish on Decatur Street
Tujague’s – Established in 1860, this age-old French Quarter restaurant is home to the original stand-up bar and is haunted by the ghost of a famous cross dresser named Julian Eltinge. When owner Mark Latter removed Julian’s photo that hung on the wall during renovations, Eltinge appeared in the background of a couple’s photo that they took inside the restaurant. Pretty creepy! Learn more about this haunting image on Eater New Orleans. 823 Decatur St.