Everyone knows of the bars that the same old customers like to “haunt.” That one guy you see every time you’re there; the one that sits on the corner stool with a Coors in fist. Well, this isn’t that. This is spirits, specters, ghosts and apparitions. These are the best haunted bars and restaurants in Cleveland. Check them out if you dare.
3120 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Johnny Mango’s is a world cafe and bar in Ohio City, offering a mix of cuisine from Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean. While the interior is bright, flowery and fun, there is much more hiding behind those curtains in the entrance. It is believed that several ghosts haunt Johnny Mango’s, one of which is known as Margaret. Margaret was killed in a trolley car accident in 1895. The car crashed into the Cuyahoga River, leaving her to haunt the Ohio City restaurant. But she is only the most well known and oldest of the spirits residing at Johnny Mango’s. There are at least three hostile specters haunting this restaurant, each of which died violently nearby. So, while you’re enjoying some tacos and a delicious margarita, say hello to Margaret and friends.Related: Best DJs in Cleveland
5000 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103
The Agora is a legend among Clevelanders. Though the venue isn’t as active with the living as it used to be, it is rumored to still be alive with spirits. Anyone can see that the Agora is a large venue and with that territory comes a multitude of corridors, closets and dark corners perfect for spooking. Since 1949, the theater has been through many changes and seen plenty of people come and go. Quickly, it became nationally known as a great music venue and has hosted many famous performers. But, one person that seems to be sticking around is a man in a yellow raincoat. Many have seen this spirit, coming and going through parts of the venue such as the stage, the side balconies and the catwalk above the stage manager’s office. Some feel he is helping concert goers, while others simply get scared. A photographer has also seen a group of people in theater seats and gone to thank them for allowing him to photograph the venue, but when he got to them, they disappeared. Perhaps these ghosts are all just former workers and guests, reliving their happy days spent at the theater. Next time you get a chance to visit The Cleveland Agora (ideally for a loud concert and a few beers), keep an eye out for this raincoated figure. There was an attempted exorcism recently, but no one knows of the success or failure.
The Taverne of Richfield
3960 Broadview Road
Richfield, OH 44286
The Taverne of Richfield has a long history dating back to 1838, when it opened as a hotel. In 1886, a new building was built and it became a glamourous hotel that declined and became a notorious brothel. Later, it became the Taverne of Richfield and underwent renovations in 2007, becoming the building you see today. Many reports of hauntings have been made concerning the Taverne, including door slamming and bar glasses flying through the air mysteriously. Two noted apparitions are of a little boy on the staircase to the second floor and a man wearing a black suit and hat. So while you’re enjoying Retail Wine Night on a Monday, Taco Tuesday specials, Tango Wednesdays, or Customer Appreciation Thursdays, keep an eye out; your martini glass may go soaring.
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The Winking Lizard Tavern
1615 Main St.
Peninsula, OH 44264
The Winking Lizard Tavern in Peninsula wasn’t always The Winking Lizard Tavern, as evidenced by the reported hauntings. It first opened as The Peninsula Inn in 1850 and became The Peninsula Nite Club in the 1900s. The Nite Club became beloved and hosted many famous acts up until its closure in 1980. After being purchased in 1986, it reopened as the Wizards of Za and then became the Winking Lizard Tavern that it is today in 1992. Much of the staff has reported strange happenings about the bar and the most common spirit is that of a middle-aged female dressed as a flapper. It’s believed she wanders in search of a cocktail, forever thirsty. Whenever you go for the beer of the month and some wings, have one for Little Miss 1920.
Medina Steak and Seafood Company
538 West Liberty St.
Medina, OH 44256
The Medina Steak and Seafood Company is located in an old stagecoach that was built in 1858. The stagecoach has been used for many purposes, such as an inn, a brothel and a grocery store. In 1997, it became the Medina Steakhouse and Saloon and in 2011, the owners changed the name to the Medina Steak and Seafood Company. This old stagecoach is said to have at least three spirits haunting it. One ghost is Ann, who died in the inn in 1895 and is said to have saved the building from burning down. The second ghost is that of a Frank Curtis, who hung himself on the second floor, Christmas Eve 1922. The third spirit is that of an “M,” who may be Ann’s sister. A psychic once tried to get rid of the ghosts, but failed. So, come to the Medina Steak and Seafood Company, try some surf and turf with a nice glass of wine, and be sure to thank Ann for keeping this stagecoach around.