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$20 for a Haunted Bar Ghost Tour for Two at Shaker’s Cigar Bar ($40 Value)

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Friday & Saturday ghost tours explore supernatural-saturated historic bar housed in former speakeasy dating back to 1894

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Promotional value expires Jun 6, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person. Must be 18 or older. 48hr cancellation notice required. 13 spots per tour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 today’s Groupon: for $20, you get an evening ghost tour for two at Milwaukee’s Haunted Bar, a part of Shaker’s Cigar Bar (a $40 value). Participants must be aged 18 or older and must call ahead or check in online to reserve a spot.

Located in Milwaukee’s warehouse district and housed in a former cooperage and speakeasy dating back to 1894, Shaker’s Cigar Bar adds a hauntingly historical element to an otherwise typical night out. Paranormal researchers and the proprietor himself maintain that Shaker’s bustles with otherworldly regulars. Starting at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, groups of 13 or fewer tour takers explore the old building—from the basement below to the former brothel—in search of spine-tingling apparitions and the friendly phantasms of former accountants. Confronting the supernatural may be hard on the nerves of some erstwhile specte- seekers; fortunately, the bar-based tour allows patrons to bring a drink (not included) along for liquid courage.

Intricate 19th-century woodwork greets guests upon arrival, and a brass-topped front bar beckons un-wetted whistles and parched kazoos to belly up for a libation, such as a snifter of 132-year-old cognac paired with a natural 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 décor, transporting patrons into a bygone era.

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    Downtown Milwaukee

    422 S 2nd St.

    Milwaukee, WI 53204

    +14142724222

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