Best Haunted Bars In DFW

October 11, 2012 5:00 AM

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

With the Halloween holiday quickly approaching, Dallas residents are looking for the best places to dress up, drink and be spooked. Luckily, all of those desires may be addressed year round at popular Dallas bars that have great history and are said to be haunted. Not only do these venues offer you a variety of great food, dance music and cocktails, they have the added excitement of one or more spirits running around within their walls. If you’re lucky, you may be able to experience the excitement of seeing an old soul while enjoying your favorite cocktail.

Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 747-4422

There are two areas in this music venue and bar combination that are said to be haunted. One is the upstairs ballroom and the other is the area of the converted bowling alley. Reported encounters include hearing phantom footsteps, a mysterious child’s laughter, doors opening and closing with no cause, and the sound of people bowling in the converted bowling alley. One of the mysterious voices was identified as the original caretaker, Louie Bernardt.

Lizard Lounge/The Church
2424 Swiss Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 826-4768

Lizard Lounge, known as The Church on Thursday and Sunday nights, is possibly the most famous haunted bar in Dallas. On Friday and Saturday, it’s known for providing quality electronic dance music. On Thursdays and Sundays, it transforms into a neo-gothic, industrial environment. The rumor about the hauntings at this location is that workers were killed during the construction of the building at the turn of the 20th century, which may have led to these hauntings. The most common ghost spotted at Lizard Lounge is a man dressed in all black with a look similar to that of Zorro who stands in the area of the audience members. Other, more extreme stories of bursting light bulbs and objects being thrown have also been reported.

Snuffer’s (on Greenville)
3526 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-6850

The original Snuffer’s was originally a small, 55-person, one-room restaurant built on Greenville Avenue. Since the original construction, there have been multiple remodels to the building. Some believe some of the old souls from the original building have stayed throughout the many improvements to the restaurant and bar. One of the reports includes an unidentified ghost in the hallway that connects the old building with the new. Employees have reported overhead lamps moving in unison, which the employees have failed to recreate themselves.

Churchill’s in Downtown McKinney
100 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 562-2929

Marie Briton and Erin Elwood became the new owners of Churchill’s in 2009. Both loved the atmosphere and camaraderie that was offered by pubs and decided they wanted to own their own. Located in downtown McKinney, Churchill’s has plenty of history to go along with its great food and selection of beers. If the fact that Churchill’s hosts a Psychic Night on the second Thursday of every month isn’t indication this place is no stranger to the paranormal, not much can be. Some have reported a poltergeist moving and throwing chairs in the dining room, so don’t miss out on drinks here for the chance to encounter some spirits with your spirits.

Kelsi Gerwell is a freelance writer covering all things Dallas-Fort Worth. Her work can be found on