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Ghosts, goblins, witches and spirits are the subject of classic Halloween movies, but Houston residents do not need to visit their local movie theater to experience a little hometown horror of their own. Like any large city, Houston has its share of creepy dining and drinking establishments and the legends associated with each are certain to spook even the most die-hard critics. These are some of the best haunted bars in the Houston area.

Brewery Tap
717 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 237-1537

A popular downtown Houston night spot, the Brewery Tap features more than 30 beers on tap, including local brews such as St. Arnold. Constructed in an older building, the Brewery Tap has a colorful history. The original owner of the bar was killed by the mafia during the prohibition era, and today he can sometimes be seen sitting in his recliner. The Brewery Tap has some creepy photos behind the bar and the bartenders are known to share random ghostly stories as thirsty patrons sip on their beer and peek around the room for special visitors.

Dugout Sports Bar
2395 Highway 6 South, Suite B
Houston, TX 77077
(281) 584-9295

A visit to the Dugout Sports Bar usually involves a meal or snack from the generous menu, a cold drink from the bar and a game of football, baseball or basketball on one of the many televisions. Customers must beware, because this West Oaks neighborhood bar is often visited by a mystery guest. He is known as Mad Dog and he was a former customer at the Dugout Sports Bar. He was killed in a motorcycle accident and is known to haunt his former hangout.

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La Carafe
813 Congress St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-9399
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La Carafe is the oldest wine bar and building in the city of Houston. Its status as an historic landmark and its cozy atmosphere are memorable, and they both add character to an otherwise ordinary evening. Another memorable moment at La Carafe can occur anytime and often at the least expected times. The voice of a former bartender is known to mysteriously shout “Last Call” at the most inappropriate moments.

Slainte Irish Pub
509 Main St.
Houston, TX  77002
(713) 222-1033

Slainte Irish Pub is a downtown Houston hangout and a place that is often divided by age, with older patrons, business men and women gathering downstairs while the younger crowd enjoys the upstairs. The fun games, good food and delicious drinks may help take your mind away from your troubles. Be on the lookout for the ghost of a murdered homeless lady, who is known to make appearances to female employees.

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Cactus Moon Blues Café
22250 Highway 59 North
Kingwood, TX  77339
(281) 446-2202

Cactus Moon Blues Café offers everything guests would want for a fun night of entertainment, including food, drinks, music and dancing. The atmosphere is laid back and the prices are reasonable. To add to the fun in a creepy way, Cactus Moon Blues Café is known to be haunted by a pool player and an attractive young lady who will often sit down on customers’ laps.

Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at Examiner.com.