Opening a portal to the netherworld usually requires a combination of candles, incense, and an interpretive dance based on Goodnight Moon. Skip the complex rituals with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a haunted-bar ghost tour for two, redeemable on Wednesday or Thursday (a $30 value)
- $20 for a haunted-bar ghost tour for two, redeemable on Friday or Saturday (a $40 value)
At 7 p.m. or 8:30 p.m., a tour guide leads up to 13 guests through Shaker's Cigar Bar, a former speakeasy and brothel, while shining a light on its dark history and sharing stories of past ghoul encounters.
Milwaukee's Haunted Bar, Part of Shaker's Cigar Bar
Located in Milwaukee's trendy warehouse district, the Victorian-era building that houses Shaker's Cigar Bar has gone through several iterations. The property began as a cooperage to store Schlitz beer in 1894, and went onto become a Prohibition-era speakeasy and brothel; it was during that time that a bordello girl was murdered in the penthouse suite. Paranormal researchers and the proprietor himself maintain that Shaker's bustles with otherworldly regulars. At 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday–Saturday, groups of 13 or fewer tour takers explore the old building, from the basement below to the former brothel.
On the main floor of Shaker's Cigar Bar and Palm Garden Restaurant, guests can belly up to the brass-topped front bar for a libation, such as a snifter of 132-year-old cognac paired with a Dominican cigar from the basement humidor. Bartenders, called Shakers and Shakerettes, also serve up period-style absinthe cocktails at the carved-oak back bar. The drinkery's tin ceilings and tin-relief walls sigh with age as they long for new hearts, and antique stained glass and hardwood maple floors round out the time-displaced decor, transporting patrons to a bygone era.
Milwaukee's Haunted Penthouse, Part of Shaker's Cigar Bar
Nights aren't always restful at Milwaukee's Haunted Penthouse. It's located inside Shaker's Cigar Bar, which since 1894 has been home to a cemetery, a speakeasy, and a brothel, and seen its share of murders. It's no wonder, then, that previous penthouse guests have experienced paranormal activity. While ghosts are not guaranteed to visit, many people have reported mysterious crashes in the night and ghostly specters roaming the halls.
An overnight stay could begin with an absinthe cocktail (included in every visit) before visitors take a dip in the hot tub or warm themselves by the wood fireplace. Guests can also tour the entire premises by taking part in one of their nightly ghosts tours, which cover the mysterious history of the bar, from its stint as a brothel in the '20s to the secret of how bartenders get the glassware so clean.