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You Have to Visit These 8 Horror-Themed Bars!

Jekyll & Hyde Horror-Themed Bar

Horror doesn’t get enough representation in the service industry (not a phrase I ever thought I would say, but here we are), so imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon a horror-themed bar while I was in Scotland one year. There are actually quite a few horror-themed bars in the world, you just have to know where to look. Here are few options to get you started!

Frankenstein – Edinburgh, Scotland

This is the one bar on this list that I’ve actually been to, and boy is it a lot of fun! The interior is decked out in a ton of Franktenstein memorabilia and even has an “It’s Alive!” setup with a hanging Frankenstein on a lab table.  If you happen to be there on a Sunday, definitely check out their karaoke contest!

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Cambiare – Tokyo, Japan

Who would have ever thought there would have been a Suspiria-themed bar in Japan? The bar uses the brilliant color palette from Dario Argento’s classic to a pretty great effect. Just look at those stained glass windows!

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The Lovecraft Bar – Portland, OR

This particular bas just so happens to be expanding this year! It also has events going on all the time, so definitely check out their calendar the next time you’re in Portland. The owner seems like a pretty decent guy, too. You can read his story here.

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Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den – Minneapolis, MN

“Zombies are attracted to brains and Minneapolis has a lot of good ones.” These are the words that help explain Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den’s existence, and the bar serves as a safe haven from those pesky zombies! Also from the website:

Donny Dirk’s is half cocktail lounge and half dive bar with fancier furniture. We are not a restaurant and our food options are always limited. We have seating for approximately 52 people. We are an intimate venue serving quality beer, fine spirits, housemade infusions, and cocktails made with fresh produce.

This is a nifty little dive bar if I ever saw one. It’s definitely on my hit list!

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H.R. Giger Bar – Chur, Switzerland

There’s actually another one of these in Gruyères, but the design of the bar in Chur looks just a bit more Alien-y. Just look at those seats! The bar basically doubles as a museum completely devoted to the artist”s work in Alien, and it’s truly a thing of beauty.

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The Slaughtered Lamb – New York, NY

I know I should be focused on the bar itself, which is modeled after a pub straight out of An American Werewolf in London, but those wing flavors sound absolutely amazing. Do you think they’ll ship them to Texas?

The Slaughtered Lamb

The Jekyll & Hyde Club – New York City, NY

Located on 7th Avenue in New York City, The Jekyll & Hyde Club warns that anything can happen within its walls. While you are dining, creatures and memorabilia come to life and interact with you, but the club informs all guests that something “unusual” happens every 10 minutes or so. What that unusual thin is, I’m not sure, but hopefully it’s not the same thing every time!

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Vampire Café – Shinjuku, Japan

Out of all of the places on this list, the Vampire Café is definitely the most gorgeous one. Just look at the detail put into the décor! Those private booths look pretty cozy too, don’t they?

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Have you been to any of these bars? If so, what did you think? If you haven’t, which one sounds the best to you? Let us know in the comments below!



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COMMENTS

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  • WoodsboroKiller

    There’s a great horror bar in Blackpool, England. It’s underneath the Pasaje del Terror walk-through attraction. You literally get chased right into the bar by a chainsaw-wielding Jason.

  • Grandpa Fred

    Awesome, came here expecting to see the Frankenstein (also the only one on this list I’ve been to) and there it is at the top. Fun place. My Scottish friends were horrified that I’d go there instead of their local pub, but I enjoyed it.

  • Darth_Siskel

    I remember the old Ben Crouch Tavern in London. Great horror themed pub. The London Vampire Society used to use it as their HQ. Shame it had to close

  • Mark P

    I’ve been to both The Jekyll & Hyde Club and the Slaughtered Lamb in NYC. Both are owned by the same company. The Jekyll & Hyde Club is pretty fun, and if you’re looking for a big experience, with actors, and interactive decor, than this place is for you.

    If you want a more laid back place, the Lamb is good. Pretty small, but decorated with some cool horror memorabilia, it’s worth a visit.

    I would have also recommended Times Scare NYC, which unfortunately appears to have closed permanently. They were a real cool restaurant that featured a full haunted attraction, plus a theatre that had different live shows going on.

    • poopsadaisy

      Times Scare was great. Naturally, anything cool doesn’t last long in NYC

      • Miss.Anne Thropee

        word.
        (haha…)

      • Rick-Taylor

        That’s they way of NYC, since the 1600’s.

  • poopsadaisy

    There used to be a much larger Jeckyll and Hyde Club right near Times Square. It was huge, had a live stage act with a mad doctor and Frankenstein-esque creature and loads of animatronic “events” happening every few minutes, all around the club.

    • Mark P

      I believe this is the one I went to. I went about five years ago, and then went back in 2012, and it was in between locations I think.

  • RidleyScott

    The Giger documentary on Netflix delves into the bar in more detail.

  • BloodyDisgusted

    As a child my family visited NYC and went to the Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant. To give a brief summary of my experince: there was a loud noise, some guy in a shitty costume was being a little too aggressive, I may have cried and then we left.

  • Darren Bellisle

    Went to the Frankenstein in *Glasgow* in 2008…okay-ish, not great…I was there on the early side, so not much of a crowd. It’s listed as “Permanently Closed” now, so I can only hope the Edinburgh version is doing better!

    • Miss.Anne Thropee

      It was much different in 2004…I guess you missed it whilst it was still fresh and new…

  • Meisha’s Taint

    I went to this really scary place late one night. Every item on the menu was absolutely horrific I think it was called Denny’s or something like that.

  • shane666

    Zombies bar in San Antonio Texas. Gore splattered bathrooms, bar, cadavers hanging from the ceilings and metal every weekend. Very strict no rap, country pop rule too if ur ever in Texas this place is heaven.

    • CKS

      Too bad about the no rap and no country rule, since both those genres have plenty of horror content in them. Johnny Cash pioneered a whole genre of country that explored dark religious themes, temptation, the nature of evil… and of course, in hip hop, the RZA of Wu-Tang fame was a founding member of Gravediggaz, who brought us the genre of horrorcore rap.

  • turk

    Not horror themed, but I was pretty shocked to encounter a Starsky and Hutch themed pub in Prague. They even had a delivery van painted in the classic red with white stripe pattern.

  • Darkness69

    I’ve been to both Giger bars in Switzerland. Definitely two must-see places for all Giger fans out there. The one in Gruyeres is opposite of the actual HR GIger Museum, and the Chur version has a lovely owner who made us Alien cocktails and endured my friend’s and my constant photo sessions, lol.

  • While the Jekyll & Hyde Club on lower Seventh Avenue remains open, the photo of the top hatted skeleton that appears above is from the Times Square branch – which has closed. Just FYI.

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    I have been to FRANKENSTEIN’s in Scotland, however, not the newer one in Edinburgh will never be as good as it’s original in Glasgow, (Which is the one I have haunted…) I would post pics…but, well..it doesn’t do any justice…There is nothing that compares with sitting beneath that 8 ft. steel apparatus as it descends with lightening afright! T’is a noble way to sip any poison to soothes what is ailing you.

    I have also been to The Slaughtered Lamb in NYC, which sadly lost the paramount ‘Limelight’ to a shopping mall, along with many of the other ‘fright’ joints that are now not much more than articles in old Propaganda zines…It would also be worthy, whilst on the subject, to remember Grandpa’s Spaghetti House, owned by the late great Al Lewis of ‘The Munsters’ fame, who would always appear, nightly, in his infamous ‘Dracula’ ensemble (a la stage theatrics). Where a table visit always turned into a grand spectacle of creamers and salt shakers…It may have died decades ago, but lives on in the many that remember NYC before 9/11…and then some.

  • Too bad the Crypt Pub in Savannah, GA closed. The decor was amazing, but the music blew and the owners wanted it to be too much like an exclusive nightclub.

  • Freddy Morris

    I would recommend The Overlook Lodge in Cincinnati, OH too. It’s themed after Kubrick’s THE SHINING. Super friendly staff, great craft cocktails and they host some really cool special events like movie screenings and variety shows.

  • JayP

    Jeckyl and Hyde is one of my absolute favorite restaurants ever. I highly suggest anyone visiting NYC go pay them a visit also in October they have a world class haunted house….oh and make sure to use the phone booth if you visit.

  • Rick-Taylor

    It closed, just last December; Times Scare. Also in Manhattan. Literally one block west of Times Square. It was a year-round haunted house with 2 bars. One resembling a morgue, the other resembling the hall from The Shining. They would switch up the haunted house area; with one season being Michael Myers related. I had 2 birthdays and one first-date, there. Also, was there the weekend of closing. Anyway, for those interested, here is the website; http://timesscarenyc.com/

  • The Lovecraft looks wicked!

  • Tremors

    Casino El Camino in Austin, Texas is.modeled after the Titty Twister from From Dusk til Dawn and are almost always showing horror movies on the tvs. Just don’t touch the fountain out back . . .

  • Ptisuisse

    Information : HR Giger bar isnt in chur but in Gruyère Fribourg dpt.

  • Ryan Zombies

    I’ll definitely have to check out the Frankenstein Bar, since I’m in Northern England Scotland is about an hour drive for me.

  • Evan3

    What a fantastic list. I will absolutely need to check out the NYC bars someday. The closest thing to a horror pub I have been to was the Troll under the Bridge pub in Louisville, Kentucky.

    http://www.trollpub.com/

    The pub itself was just OK, but the giant troll outside the pub is great! As is the fact that the bar is indeed under a bridge.

  • Evan3

    What a fantastic list. I will absolutely need to check out the NYC
    bars someday. The closest thing to a horror pub I have been to was the
    Troll under the Bridge pub in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Go to trollpub dot com

    The pub itself was just OK, but the giant troll outside the pub is great! As is the fact that the bar is indeed under a bridge.

  • Ms. Ripley

    Oh, the H.R. Giger one actually isn’t that far away from me. I’d love to check it out. Thank you! It does look awesome!

  • Nicole Anderson

    Been to Jekyl and Hyde in NYC. It was very entertaining and the food was excellent! However, they have a very limited menu and pretty pricey.

  • JD

    The coolest one I’ve ever been to is Slains Castle, Aberdeen, Scotland.
    http://www.eerie-pubs.co.uk/slains-castle/Gallery
    ”Slains Castle is a little different to your average pub. Drawing inspiration from Bram Stoker’s Dracula and set in an old church, the pub is a Gothic wonder in the heart of Aberdeen”
    Loved it!!

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