This story was updated on October 4, 2022.\r\n\r\nMany bars have regulars who never seem to leave, even after hundreds of years. And to that point, from the United States to Australia, these haunted bars claim to be home to a number of ghostly beings.\r\n\r\nAccording to Julie Rieger, author of The Ghost Photographer and co-host of the podcast Insider\u2019s Guide to the Other Side, ghosts and other spiritual entities are 100% real.\r\n\r\nWhen asked why a ghost might want to stick around long after they have passed, Rieger says there are several reasons. A person may have suffered a quick, violent death, so their spirit might not realize they\u2019ve died, she says. Or, spirits might stick around because they\u2019re attached to a particular location.\r\n\r\nIf bars have issues with their invisible occupants, Rieger recommends writing a list of \u201cghost rules\u201d and signing it to set boundaries of what\u2019s okay and what\u2019s not.\r\n\r\nWhether you believe in ghosts or just seeking a new spot to grab a drink, here\u2019s a look at seven reportedly haunted bars around the world.\r\n1. Shaker\u2019s Cigar Bar\r\nMilwaukee, WI\r\n\r\n\r\nBuilt on a cemetery in 1894, it\u2019s probably no surprise that Shaker\u2019s had its fair share of paranormal experiences.\r\n\r\nAccording to Bob Weiss, the bar\u2019s owner, the building was owned by Al Capone\u2019s crime syndicate in 1924. On the second and third floors, it served as a speakeasy and brothel.\r\n\r\nA woman named Molly Brennan left home to work in the brothel and disappeared three years later, according to Weiss. But some believe she never really left.\r\n\r\nWeiss says that several psychics independently confirmed the spirit\u2019s name.\r\n\r\nToday, the former brothel has been turned into an Airbnb. The listing cautions patrons that the room could be haunted, and Ouija boards are forbidden.\r\n\r\n\u201cNothing fancy,\u201d says Weiss. \u201cNo conversation. He'd drink his drink, and stare or sneer at people.\u201d\r\n\r\nShortly after Shaker\u2019s launched in 1986, Weiss came to know Elizabeth, who reportedly haunts the bathroom.\r\n\r\n\u201cApparently, she was climbing for apples in 1835, in a stand of apple trees in the cemetery which Shaker\u2019s is built upon, fell and broke her neck,\u201d says Weiss.\r\n\r\nWeiss claims he met her in 1987 when two servers coaxed her out of the bathroom.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe servers made a circle with their arms, and Weiss says he put his hand in the middle of it. \u201cIt was like a blast [of a] freezer,\u201d he says. The servers explained it was Elizabeth. \u201c\u2018Well, hello, Elizabeth,\u2019 I responded,\u201d he says.\r\n\r\nAlong with reported apparitions in mirrors, unexplained footsteps and ghostly figures, Shaker\u2019s also used to be the go-to spot of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.\r\n\r\nWeiss says he\u2019d order a gin and tonic. \u201cNothing fancy,\u201d says Weiss. \u201cNo conversation. He'd drink his drink, and stare or sneer at people.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe bar is a stop on the Cream City Cannibal Tour, and both the tour and bar were featured on the Netflix series Dark Tourist.\r\n\r\nIf ghosts aren\u2019t for you, check out Shaker\u2019s award-winning selection of spirits or their food menu that ranges from pizza to filet mignon.\r\n2. The Mermaid Inn\r\nRye, England\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Mermaid Inn proudly states that it has hosted travelers for 600 years. Some seem to have enjoyed the hospitality so much, they never left.\r\n\r\nThroughout its history, the inn may have served as everything from a hideout for Catholic priests during the Reformation period in the 1530s to a stage where William Shakespeare\u2019s theater troupe, Lord Chamberlain\u2019s Men, performed.\r\n\r\nBut perhaps, most notably, the inn was once the headquarters for the notorious Hawkhurst Gang. The gang, which according to NPR had about 600 members, was known for smuggling tea. That might sound harmless, but they could be ruthless.\r\n\r\n\u201cIf anyone was found to say things they shouldn't about the smugglers, they were sometimes nailed alive to their front doors,\u201d says Judith Blincow, the inn\u2019s owner.\r\n\r\nThe inn\u2019s long history extends to the paranormal.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSeveral guests, for example, said they saw a thin apparition of a woman wearing white or grey sitting by the fireplace in Room 1. Each of the guests reported that anything they left on the chair became soaking wet when she disappeared, even though there are no nearby windows or pipes.\r\n\r\nArguably, one of the strangest stories came in 1993. English actress Kiki Kendrick and her husband stayed in the inn's Elizabethan Chamber. They awoke at 4 a.m. to the sound of heavy breathing and knives clashing together. Reportedly, they saw two ghostly figures fighting.\r\n\r\nWhen the couple told the inn\u2019s bartender, he showed them a newspaper article from six months earlier that described the exact same spectacle.\r\n\r\nIf you want to stop in to spot a ghost or two, you can also enjoy an extensive wine list with robust offerings from around the world and a selection of half bottles.\r\n3. John Kavanagh or The Gravediggers\r\nDublin, Ireland\r\nIn 1832, the first person was laid to rest in Glasnevin Cemetery, Ireland\u2019s first non-denominational graveyard. A year later, John Kavanagh was gifted a pub by his father-in-law, which shared a wall with the historic graveyard. It\u2019s owned and operated by the Kavanagh family to this day.\r\n\r\nAccording to the BBC, the pub soon became a popular spot for mourners on their way to or from funerals.\r\n\r\nBut the bar started being called The Gravediggers a few decades back.\r\n\r\n"My father Eugene took over [the bar] from my grandfather John in 1973,\u201d says Ciar\u00e1n Kavanagh, one of the pub\u2019s owners. \u201cA young crowd started to come in [and] they noticed a few gravediggers drinking there, so they started to call it \u2018The Gravediggers,\u2019 so it became a popular nickname.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIf workers couldn\u2019t wait until the end of their shift for a pint, they would simply knock on the graveyard's gate nearest to the pub.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy dad, grandfather or barman would bring their drink and pass it through the railings to [the] gravediggers,\u201d says Kavanagh.\r\n\r\nLike the other bars on this list, the pub has also reportedly had some ghostly run-ins.\r\n\r\nSome claim to have seen a man dressed in tweed finishing a pint of Guinness at the bar before fading away.\r\n\r\n\u201cMy dad, later in life, had paranormal investigators come to the pub after hours to do what they do,\u201d says Kavanagh. \u201cSometimes they made contact, including one medium who drew a picture that my dad [said] looked like my late grandfather."\r\n\r\n\u201cI haven't seen [or] heard anything, but when it's closed there is a feeling or sense of family history,\u201d says Kavanagh.\r\n\r\nFeatured in Lonely Planet\u2019s guidebook Secret Europe: 50 Truly Unforgettable Experiences to Inspire Your Next Trip in 2014, Gravediggers is a perfect place to drop in for a pint and food. Its menu includes boiled brined pork and the \u201cIrish Spring Roll,\u201d which is stuffed with bacon and potatoes.\r\n4. The Pioneer Saloon\r\nGoodsprings, Nevada\r\nHome to the ghost burger (an Angus beef patty topped with ghost chile sauce) and the poltergeist burger (an Angus beef patty topped with tomato, pepper Jack cheese, jalape\u00f1o, bacon, ghost sauce and more), it\u2019s only fair to expect The Pioneer Saloon is home to a ghostly entity or two.\r\n\r\nGeorge Fayle built the establishment in 1913 as many moved West to take advantage of the mining industry. And today, it\u2019s reportedly the oldest bar in the Southern Nevada area.\r\n\r\nThe drinking hole even managed to stay open during Prohibition. \u201cIt\u2019s unclear how,\u201d says Stephen Staats, owner of The Pioneer, but he speculates it\u2019s because of the bar\u2019s remote location.\r\n\r\nThe saloon itself is covered in memorabilia, which may look familiar as the establishment has served as a backdrop for many films, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. But perhaps one of the most famous pieces of d\u00e9cor is a newspaper article from 1915 entitled \u201cMan Killed at Goodsprings,\u201d next to three bullet holes in the wall. The man was Paul Coski.\r\n\r\nCoski \u201cwas an out-of-work miner who was known to be a belligerent drunk,\u201d says Staats. \u201cHe was caught cheating [at poker] and shot by the dealer, Joe Armstrong, on site. His bloody body lay dead on the saloon floor for 10 hours until the coroner was able to take it out.\u201d Now, some believe he still haunts the saloon.\r\n\r\nAlong with the ghost of Coski, there\u2019s a ghost named Ruby, who is said to haunt the women\u2019s bathroom, and the ghost of Don Hedrick, one of the bar\u2019s former owners. (However, according to Staats, there\u2019s no evidence of a woman named Ruby ever living in Goodsprings.)\r\n\r\nAlthough the watering hole might be home to a spiritual entity or two, Staats says there isn\u2019t too much to be nervous about.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe ghosts are more mischievous, than frightening or dangerous,\u201d says Staats. \u201cThey like to hide things and turn appliances on and off. Although, one of our managers, who has worked here for years, claims she was scratched by a ghost.\u201d\r\n\r\nNot that anyone would blame you for being scared. Staats notes that people claim to have seen apparitions or heard weird noises at the bar. Once he himself was woken up in the middle of the night by a notification on his phone that there was someone in the saloon\u2014even though it was closed. No person or creature was ever caught on camera.\r\n5. Bushwakker Brewpub\r\nRegina, Canada\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter it received a liquor license in 1990, Bushwakker opened its doors the next year. It\u2019s become a well-known spot to have a pint, enjoy the daily specials and possibly spot a ghost.\r\n\r\nBack in June 1912, Regina was hit by one of the country\u2019s worst-ever recorded tornados. It killed 28 people and leveled buildings, which included one on a site where the pub now stands. There, several people died.\r\n\r\nAccording to CBC Canada, Grant Frew, the pub\u2019s bar & marketing manager, says several psychic mediums have visited the pub and felt the presence of \u201cmany ghosts.\u201d But there\u2019s one that the pub claims to know by name, James Strathdee.\r\n\r\nIn 1914, Strathdee was hired to manage a warehouse built on the land where many people died in the tornado.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the 1930s, Strathdee was in a car accident. While he survived, he sustained head injuries, and according to the brewpub\u2019s website, he was never quite the same. His business partners soon tried to pressure him out of his position, and his wife wanted to move back to Scotland.\r\n\r\nHe was said to have fallen into a deep depression and was found dead several months later. The official cause of death was suicide.\r\n\r\nThe warehouse Stathdee once manged later became Bushwakker, but many think he remained in the pub.\r\n\r\nOne of the bar\u2019s managers believed she saw someone walk into Bushwakker\u2019s room for private functions. She followed them to say they couldn\u2019t go in there. But when she opened the door, no one was inside, and the only exit was sealed shut.\r\n\r\nMichael Gaetz, the Brewpub\u2019s head brewer, experienced possibly the most dramatic ghostly encounter. One day while on a break, Gaetz says he was pushed from behind so forcefully that he nearly fell. Later, he says he found a red mark on his back where he felt like he had been pushed.\r\n6. The Hero of Waterloo\r\nSydney, Australia\r\nIn 1815, the Duke of Wellington led his troops to victory over Napoleon in Waterloo, Belgium, to end the Napoleonic Wars that raged for 23 years.\r\n\r\nThe Duke has since been memorialized by The Hero of Waterloo, a hotel, bar and restaurant located in Sydney that\u2019s served customers since 1843.\r\n\r\nBut the bar is believed to have had a dark history. In 1793, Thomas Kirkman, an Irishman, was tried and sent to Australia for likely being an Irish rebel, according to Waterloo\u2019s website. He took over the Waterloo in 1845.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe pub was a popular spot for whaling ships and merchants, but some men that went into this pub were never seen again. It\u2019s believed that under Kirkman, many times sailors were drugged and awoke in chains in the bar\u2019s basement. They were then smuggled out through a tunnel from the bar to the harbor, where they most likely were sold into slavery. Today, you can tour the bar\u2019s cellar and see the chains and passageway.\r\n\r\nKirkman also had a wife, Anne, who supposedly fell down the stairs in 1849. Many believe he pushed Anne, who broke her neck and died. She used to love to play the piano. It\u2019s said in the middle of the night, classical music will sometimes play from the bar\u2019s piano. When people investigate, no one is there, but the piano\u2019s lid has been left open.\r\n\r\nAccording to the site, there have reportedly also been instances where chairs have been found facing the fireplace, \u201ceven though nobody has been inside since the previous evening.\u201d\r\n7. The Ear Inn\r\nNew York City\r\nEstablished in 1817, The Ear Inn is one of New York City\u2019s oldest drinking establishments. But the building itself is even older, built in 1770 for James Brown, an African-born aid to George Washington.\r\n\r\nBrown fought under Washington in the Revolutionary War and is said to be depicted in the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware. He later became a tobacconist before selling the house that would eventually become The Ear Inn. Over the years, the building changed hands several times, and has been everything from a Prohibition-era speakeasy to a brothel to a smugglers den.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s only natural then that a few ghostly entities stuck around. For instance, the spirit known as Mickey, who according to Atlas Obscura, died at The Ear Inn in the 1800s. Mickey is believed to be waiting for his next shipping job, which makes sense since the bar used to be only a few feet from the Hudson River. He might be in good company: Some claim the ghosts of Portuguese and Dutch sailors still haunt the halls.\r\n\r\nThomas Cooke, who used to run the Inn in the 19th century, is said to still be hanging around and looking for a drink, too.