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Best Haunted Bars In Atlanta

May 11, 2012 6:00 AM

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Halloween is a fun time of year for kids knocking on doors and filling up their candy bags. However, this holiday doesn’t belong just to the young but to the young at heart as well. If you have the spirit to handle real ghosts and spooks, then Atlanta has a few spots you definitely want to check out.  

The Masquerade 
695 North Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 577-8178
www.masqueradeatlanta.com

The Masquerade was built in 1890 and was originally known as the Dupre Excelsior Mill. For years, there have been sightings of a tall black man walking around the club and music amplifiers turned upside down when no one is around. But these myths don’t scare the crowds away. The Masquerade is a music complex that houses three areas called Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. You get a dose of everything from Industrial Goth to Hip-Hop. If what’s inside doesn’t do it for you, then check out the live performances by hot artists such as Cypress Hill and Led Zeppelin 2 outside in the Music Park which hold 4,000 people.

Compound
1008 Brady Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 898-1702
www.compoundatl.com

The Compound was featured on the Atlanta-based television show “The Atlanta Ghost Hunter” after employees reported hearing mysterious voices. This Hip-Hop and R&B spot used to be a headstone factory and slaughter house. It’s hard to be scared when surrounded by the laid-back, sleek style of this VIP celebrity spot. The Compound gets down every Saturday night and you have to come correct which mean you dress to impress. No casual wear allowed. RSVP allows for complimentary entry for you and guests until midnight. Don’t be surprised to see big stars roll through.

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The New American Shakespeare Tavern
499 Peachtree St. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299
www.shakespearetavern.com

The New American Shakespeare Tavern is home to The Atlanta Shakespeare Company and to a pair of phantoms which haunt the upper and lower decks of this theater. These ghosts aren’t part of the plays, which everyone is encouraged to see. Buy your tickets in advance so you can show up early and sample the new English pub menu or enjoy the fine winery at the bar before you are whisked away in a night of Shakespeare.

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Smith’s Olde Bar
1587 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 875-1522
www.smithsoldebar.com

The legend behind this hot spot is shrouded in mystery. All the employees would say is that they hear voices calling from dark corners and back areas of the building. Although mysterious events occur, you don’t have to guess what to expect when you hit this place. Smith’s has a fantastic bar and a friendly staff ready to serve you. Almost every night of the week has a drink special and don’t forget to check out the live entertainment while you’re there. 

Johnnie MacCracken’s Celtic Pub
15 Atlanta St. S.E.
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 290-6641
www.johnniemaccrackens.com

The apparition at Cobb County’s Johnnie MacCracken’s is seen mostly by women. Patrons describe this ghost as wearing a waistcoat and being very tall with muttonchops. But don’t take just anybody’s word for it, see for yourself. While you are there, take in the Celtic culture and the neighborhood bar atmosphere. With 30 different styles of beer and a menu featuring traditional Irish-style cuisine, you will start feeling lucky before you know it.

Gregory Kelley is a proud resident and author in Atlanta, GA that enjoys writing informative content that is useful and appealing to the community. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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