Looking to add something a little spooky to your next diner date? There are tons of haunted bars in Ontario that have hidden secrets and a dark past. However, make sure to grab a friend before heading out, because you aren’t going to want to wander through these venues alone.
With haunted stories that span hundreds of years into the past, Ontario is full of reported ghost sightings all across the province.
Niagara-on-the-Lake is considered one of the most haunted towns in all of Canada and tons of the restaurants are said to have a spirit or two living amongst the guests.
Next time you are in Toronto, you also have a chance at sitting inside a haunted bar. One location even reportedly has trouble keeping a cleaning night crew because the place is so haunted.
No matter which location you choose, be prepared to spot a ghost or two.
The Olde Angel Inn (Niagara)
Next time you find yourself in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this is one pub that you will want to check out if you are looking for a paranormal sighting.
During the War of 1812, a British soldier by the name of Captain Swayze had been ordered to evacuate the town as American soldiers continued to march forward. However, Swayze was in love with a woman and decided to stay put until he could find her.
This mistake ultimately led to his gruesome death. Once spotted by Americans, Swayze hid in a wine barrel in the basement of what is still the Angel Inn. The enemies went around with their bayonets, stabbing each barrel until one drained with blood.
Now, the washrooms of the location that are located right next to the cellar where he died in, is where this reported ghost calls home.
Many people have reported hearing phantom footsteps, or someone entering the washrooms, even though not a single soul is in sight.
The Albion Hotel (Guelph)
Located in Guelph, Ontario this local pub is considered one of the most haunted spots in the entire city. Opening its doors in the 1850s, this location was originally operated as a hotel. However, it had a hidden and dirty secret.
Multiple tunnels ran under the building and were used during the prohibition area to transport beer and other liquors to the hotel. Due to this, it became a popular location for many bootleggers to gather. Including, the popular gangster Al Capone.
During this time, a woman in white hung herself on the top floor. It was also rumoured that she was one of Al Capone’s mistresses.
To this day, multiple people have reported spotting the woman wandering around the pub. Some say they hear her heels clicking by, while others report feeling a nudge on their shoulder or a blast of cold air.
The Keg Mansion (Toronto)
Next time you want to enjoy a steak dinner with some uninvited company, the Keg Mansion in Toronto is the place to stop by. Reportedly haunted by multiple spirits, every room in this grand building isn’t safe from the dead.
Hart Massey acquired the mansion in the late 1800s and it was used to entertain multiple political figures including King George VI and Queen Mary.
Massey’s daughter was said to have died on the second floor, where she still haunts the washroom today. Many guests have reported having an intense feeling that someone was watching them while using the facilities.
On top of that, a maid who hung herself decades ago is also said to be wandering the mansion. Some patrons have reported spotting her hanging from the stairs with a noose around her neck.
Beckta Dining and Wine Bar (Ottawa)
This wine bar was originally built by James Alexander Grant, a doctor who died in 1920. When he lived in the house, it was reported that he had a morgue in the basement and did surgery on site.
Since then, multiple sightings have been reported by people who believe that the doctor never left his home.
Paranormal activity includes seeing shadowy figures, hearing someone coughing when nobody is in the room and plates crashing to the floor for no reason.
Corks Wine Bar (Niagara)
This wine bar in Niagara-on-the-Lake was once the scene of an awful murder. Before it became a restaurant, the building was home to a woman, her abusive husband and her brother.
When she became pregnant, the brother wasn’t happy with how her husband was treating her and went to go kill him. However, the wife tried to stop the fight and got in the way before she was accidentally pushed down the basement stairs and died.
Since then, reports of her ghost have been reported in the basement, where the bathrooms currently are.
The Frog: A Firkin Pub (Toronto)
Who haunts this Toronto pub is still unknown, but multiple paranormal activities have been reported over the years.
Toilets flushing randomly, patrons being locked in the bathroom stalls and spotting shadows in the basement hallways are just a few of the creepy things that have happened at this location.
In fact, this place is reported to be so haunted that the restaurant has trouble keeping a nightly cleaning staff. Many have left because the spot has “too many ghosts around.”