Texas April 18, 2019
Sip Wine And Mingle With Ghosts In One Of Texas’ Oldest, Most Haunted Bars
Given our state’s rich and extensive history, Texas is home to its fair share of supposedly haunted places. From restaurants to cemeteries, the ghosts of historical figures and war-torn soldiers have infiltrated countless buildings. One such place, La Carafe, is a bar in Houston dating back to the 1800s. Not only is it a hotbed for paranormal activity, but the building also has more quirk and character than any establishment of its kind.
Houston's oldest continuously-operating establishment, this historic building dates all the way back to 1860. It's been everything from bakeries to drugstores until La Carafe was opened nearly 50 years ago.
Nestled in downtown Market Square, the bar has an undeniable Old World charm about it. Like something straight out of the French Quarter, it reminds us that our city hasn't been completely lost to monotonous, cookie-cutter architecture.
Inside is a similar story, one wall covered with black-and-white photographs detailing the building's history. Feel the weight of an entire century sitting heavily on your shoulders as past and present inhabitants compete for attention in this tiny space. Important figures such as Sam Houston allegedly enjoyed a few drinks here, and many are convinced their energy hasn't left just yet.
Grab a stool and let your eyes take in all the unique decor. An old-fashioned cash register often clicks open with no one around, and wine glasses shatter into pieces of their own accord. Any regular customer is almost guaranteed to have a story or two - but don't be surprised if they disappear when you turn around.
Adding to the vintage atmosphere is a jukebox sporting all your favorite classic tunes. It too has a mind of its own, shuffling through the tunes despite no money having been inserted. Locals have grown accustomed to these strange occurrences, humorously remarking on the spirits' good taste in music.
Peruse the extensive wine list and slowly nurse a glass of your favorite, taking time to admire the bar's intricate carvings between sips. With only candlelight illuminating the room around you, eeriness and romance are juxtaposed here at La Carafe.
You'll find La Carafe at 813 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002. It's open daily from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Have you ever been to La Carafe? Did anything strange happen during your visit? To read about another haunted place in Houston, check out our previous article:
You’ll Never Forget Your Visit To The Most Haunted Restaurant In Texas.