New Orleans August 22, 2019
Take This Haunted Pub Crawl In New Orleans For A Truly Spooky Night
New Orleans is an old city filled with history, mystery, and maybe a lingering spirit or two. Ghost tours are quite popular in the Big Easy, and they’re not just limited to cemeteries or historic buildings. We’ve got quite a number of bars in New Orleans that have high paranormal activity, and they’re worth checking out. Take this haunted pub crawl in New Orleans for a truly spooky night.
This tour will take you around the French Quarter to five historic bars, all within a mile of each other.
1. The Jimani
Built in 1848, the Jimani House is a popular late-night haunt with a tragic history. In 1973, it was firebombed, which resulted in the death of 32 people and is considered one of the country’s worst and most horrific hate crimes at the time. Many who visit the club today can still sense the spirits of those who passed away on that tragic day.
Address: 141 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
The second oldest restaurant in New Orleans has a couple of wandering spirits. One ghost is believed to be Julian Eltinge, a famous actor in the early 1900s. When his photo was moved into the attic a few years ago, he made himself very well known until his photo was returned back to the dining room. But that’s just the start of the paranormal experiences at this historic restaurant. The sounds of breaking glass is often heard (when no actual shattered glass can be found) and many staff members refuse to go up to the attic, where they feel unsafe and often feel as though they are being watched.
Address: 823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
3. Pat O’Brien’s
Home of the hurricane, and maybe a couple of playful spirits, a trip to Pat O’s is always a good time. The most haunted areas of this iconic bar are the upstairs ladies room and the piano bar. Many staff have reported hearing unexplained footsteps, sudden cold spots, and even the feeling of being pushed or shoved. If you find yourself alone in the ladies room, you might hear some footsteps, disembodied laughter, or unexplained noises when no one else is around.
Address: 718 St. Peter Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
4. The Bourbon Pub
This popular gay bar on Bourbon Street is home to the ghost of "Mam," a Creole lady that has appeared to many patrons and staff member over the years. She appears wearing a cotton dress with a bandana around her head, holding a long wooden spoon. Others have reported sudden sold spots and disembodied voices when standing on the balcony.
Address: 801 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
5. Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
We've saved the most haunted for last. Perhaps the most iconic building on Bourbon Street, this historic building dates back to the early 1700s and is considered the oldest structure in the country currently being used as a bar. There are reportedly a few different spirits that seem to be lingering here, and the most frequent sighting is that of the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte, who once used the building as a home base for his Barataria smuggling operation. You might catch a glimpse of him standing in the corner, just observing the crowd, but if your eyes meet, he will vanish into thin air. There’s also a darker, more sinister spirit that seems to haunt the fireplace, and you can read more about that in our previous article
Address: 941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA, 70116
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