Haunted Pub Tour
Uncover Portland’s haunted dark side on this spine-tingling walking tour, all while sampling 6 local beers.
Alive with restaurants and nightlife today, 100 years ago the Historic Old Town District was home to many of Portland’s less savory establishments – opium dens, brothels, and underground speakeasies.
While locals steered clear of the city’s notoriously dangerous “North End,” unsuspecting sailors were often ruthlessly abducted there. On this tour, you’ll venture underground into the Shanghai Tunnels and see where they were locked away. This rampant kidnapping earned Portland the reputation as one of the world’s most dangerous port cities in the 1800s. Our expert tour guides regale you with stories from this lawless period, including Portland’s most infamous criminals, their victims, and the ghosts they’ve left behind.
The tour begins with beer samples in an underground cigar bar where patrons regularly experience paranormal activity. After a walk through the Historic District, guests will embark on an exclusive 20-minute visit into one of Portland’s original Shanghai Tunnels. Please note you will encounter dirt/mud floors and a dark, enclosed space during this brief underground experience. This eerie tunnel system is featured on the TV show “Ghost Adventures” and is known as one of Portland’s most haunted places.
The Haunted Pub Tour is roughly 2.5 hours. The tour stops at 2 local pubs and includes 6 craft beer samples. It’s rated ‘mildly’ spooky and is a 50:50 mixture of history and hauntings. Unfortunately, the tunnel area is not wheelchair accessible.
A perennial favorite with the locals, as well as one of the best places in town to watch soccer. Beers sampled have included Irish Red, “Irish Pale Ale” IPA, and Irish Stout (Nitro), among others.www.kellsportland.com
Voted “One of the Best Pizzeria Brewpubs” by Thrillist, Old Town Pizza is housed in the former Merchant Hotel, known as Portland’s most haunted building (highlighted on an episode of the Travel Channels’ “Ghost Adventures”). Beers sampled have included award-winning Sun-Dazed Kölsch, Paulie’s Not Irish Red, and “Shanghai’d” IPA, among a rotating selection. www.oldtownpizza.com