The Spirited Spirits of New Orleans: 5 haunted French Quarter bars

New Orleans is often referred to as America’s most haunted city, and apparently, some haunted French Quarter bars also possess haunting backstories.

New Orleans Psychic Medium Cari Roy says drama is one contributing factor to the city's paranormal activity, among other reasons.

"Perhaps it is the high consumption of alcohol here, but we New Orleanians are quite dramatic; and that is a chief ingredient to a haunting," Roy said.

Roy pinpoints the top five haunted French Quarter bars to visit for a "spirited" bar hop around the city. Here's why you'll find some extra spirits at these locations other than what's in your cocktail glass.

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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is the oldest building to operate as a bar within the United States. This property is probably also one of the most popular haunted French Quarter bars. Used as a front for pirates to sell their contraband, many feel the presence of buccaneers still guarding their bounty there. The back part of the bar is where most of the paranormal activity can be found or where the spirits maybe will find guests when they visit.

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Sylvain

The resident ghost at Sylvain is Aunt Rose, who had been a madame in Storyville, the red-light district of New Orleans during the late-1800s to early 1900s. Aunt Rose used this location as her personal home. There is a cocktail named for her, and guests can feel her presence when she is summoned by making this drink. Bartenders feel her watching over them and have reported items that move by themselves.

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Longway Tavern

Longway Tavern is housed in what had been a bed and breakfast in the 1940s. The owners, a husband and wife, often had guests like William Faulkner and Ernest Hemmingway. The presence of the former owners and their guests can still be felt as well as the high level of creative energy that filled this place.

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The Jimani

One of New Orleans’ premier late night haunts is actually haunted. On June 24, 1973, someone set fire to the upstairs of the Jimani Lounge, killing 32 men. Considered one of the country’s most horrific hate crimes, as it was a gay bar at the time, many workers and patrons can still feel the spirits of those who passed there.

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Tableau

Housed in the old Le Petit Theatre, Tableau hosts a wide selection of ghosts. Union soldiers, a theater manager, a nun and an actress who committed suicide are just a few of the many spirits that haunt the restaurant and bar. Doors mysteriously blowing open and shutting close and bottles of wine flying off of shelves are just some of the ways that the spirits make their presence known.

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For more information about New Orleans psychic medium Cari Roy, visit her website.

See also: New Orleans ghost stories: 5 horrifying haunted landmarks to explore