The good news about Friday the 13th is that it's still Friday -- it's socially acceptable to start drinking off the day's bad luck at the strike of 5. If you're stuck with bad mojo during the day, a cocktail is a fair remedy; if you make it through the day unscathed, well, that's call for celebration in and of itself.
Whatever your superstitions, we say why not lean into the creepiness of the day, and find a watering hole with an otherworldly air about it. Where better to spend the most cursed date of the month then in one of the top five haunted bars in the world?
1.) Old Absinthe House
New Orleans, LA
Employees and regulars have reported sightings (and more complete encounters) with any number of famous, long gone locals; less celebrated specters appear on a daily basis, moving barware, re-arranging chairs, and slamming doors.
2.) White Horse Tavern
New York, NY
Dylan Thomas drank himself to death here in style, with eighteen straight shots of whiskey before stumbling back to the Chelsea Hotel. To this day, employees (and anyone drinking at his regular table) have reported unexplainable sounds - as well as freshly used, empty barware that appears as if from nowhere.
3.) The Old Tavern
Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, this bar sits over a network of subterrnanean tunnels, and is said to be haunted by the clanging, moaning, restless ghosts of runaway slaves.
4.) 40 Club Inn
A far more recent addition to the haunted hot-spots list, this Minnesota bar is reportedly haunted by a man who killed himself on the premises in the late 1990s. Since his body was removed, the principle complaint is that bars TVs have long turned themselves on, blasting improbable static and blistering white noise.
5.) Ear Inn
New York, NY
This old sailor bar (the oldest working bar in New York City), built in the early 1800s, plays host to a spirit named Mickey, who harasses waitresses and steals drinks from patrons even during the bar's busiest hours.