These are the most haunted bars and restaurants in Michigan, according to Detroit Ghostbusters


People always ask us, what are DPXThe state’s favorite haunted places? We decided to do something fun and pull out our list of haunted pubs, bars and restaurants.

During the year 2021, we have visited and studied these incredible places! Some of the criteria we used to determine our list were history, mood, personal stories, our own experiences, atmosphere, and reported hauntings. The stories we heard from each of these places were really interesting and we discovered things we didn’t know! We hope you enjoy and recommend you check them out for yourself.

Michigan’s Most Haunted Bars and Restaurants

Two Way Inn, Detroit

Two Way Inn, Detroit MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

Built in 1873 and known as Detroit’s oldest bar, it opened as a saloon in 1876 and has also served as a general store, stagecoach, train station, hotel, jail, dance hall and maybe a mess. During Prohibition, the Two Way was owned by a dentist, which is significant because doctors could prescribe up to a pint of whiskey every 10 days for pain under the Volstead Act. There were several fatalities in the building throughout its lifetime.

One of the apparitions said to have been seen here is a cowboy with a long white beard and cowboy hat, believed by many to be the spirit of Colonel Philetus Norris, the building’s former owner. He was not only a bar owner, but also a Civil War Union spy, archaeologist, and superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.

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Nancy Whiskey’s, Detroit

Nancy Whiskey’s, Detroit MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

Nancy Whiskey’s dates back to 1902. According to staff and regulars, this 119-year-old pub is haunted by no less than three spirits. Some of the reported activity includes disembodied voices when the staff closes and all guests have left, self-breaking mirrors, and more.

Just inside the gate is an old phone booth, said to have been used regularly by Jimmy Hoffa. It is also possible that members of the Digby family, who opened the general store on this site in 1902, are still present today.

Cadieux Cafe, Detroit

Cadieux Cafe, Detroit MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

Café Cadieux is one of Detroit’s best-known haunted places. Two Belgian immigrants, Yvonne and Robert Devos, founded the cafe on the east side of Detroit in the early 1930s. In its early days, it was a Prohibition-era speakeasy. The Devos family bought it in 1962 and in 2018 it was purchased by Cliff Bell’s co-owner Paul Howard and musician John Rutherford.

It was featured by Anthony Bourdain during a visit for his TV show “No Reservations”. Some have seen an apparition they believe to be Yvonne sitting at a table near the bar. Others saw her husband, Robert, in the basement of the cafe, as well as self-moving objects throughout the building.

Atwater in the Park, Grosse Pointe Park

The church in which the brewery is located opened in 1936. The building once housed Grace United Church.

Atwater in the Park, Grosse Pointe Park MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

People heard strange noises and strange happenings as the church was turned into a brewery. Atwater in the Park opened in 2014 and a priest came to bless the brewery soon after. Employees fear going to the basement, where fermenters, alcohol and various supplies are stored. The basement once housed a kindergarten and daycare center.

Shadow figures, disembodied voices of children and flickering lights, video capturing a dove shadow flying inside are some of the paranormal experiences that have been reported

Related: “Ghost” filmed during an investigation at the Atwater brewery in Michigan

Tommy’s Bar and Grill, Detroit

Tommy’s Bar and Grill, Detroit MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

Tommy’s Detroit Bar is one of the most historic and haunted places in the city. Dating back to the mid-1800s, the building would have been a stop on the underground route and served as a speakeasy during the Prohibition era before becoming Tom’s Tavern in 1938.

The owner of the bar, Tommy Burelle, says he has heard of and experienced many unusual encounters in the building. One of the paranormal hotspots is the basement, where the hidden speakeasy was located. Urban legend says the basement is also where a body was buried by the mob.

Gandy Dancer, Ann Arbor

Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

Gandy Dancer’s Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan was originally a Central Michigan Railroad Depot dating back to 1886. Considered Michigan’s finest Central Line station when it was built, this building features heavy walls of stone, deep round arches. openings, large fireplaces and beautiful stained glass windows. It is also said to be haunted, possibly due to some of the traumatic events from his past.

In September 1940, children put a railroad spike on the tracks, which derailed a freight train, killing Walter Flinn. The train depot was also where American servicemen killed in action during several wars were unloaded. It is said that during the First World War the bodies of deceased soldiers who were not claimed by their families were temporarily stored in the basement of the depot.

Even today, the Gandy Dancer exhibits much of its historical authenticity. Be sure to check it out when you’re in the area.

The Whitney, Detroit

The Whitney in Detroit (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

The Whitney Restaurant was built between 1890 and 1894 by a prominent lumber baron, David Whitney. It served as his family’s home until 1920. The Whitney is 21,000 square feet with 52 bedrooms (including 10 bathrooms) and 20 foyers. Our favorite place is the Ghost Bar! It has also long been said to be haunted. We were lucky enough to investigate a few years ago and captured an “avp” of what we believe to be Grace Whitney in the shed. Listen carefully to Grace humming a melody.

Hotel Huron River Inn

Search for Huron River Inn (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

HRI, formerly known as Burton Manor & Tavern, was originally built in 1860 and operated through the Civil War years. It was the center of social life in what was then called Huron Station (now Rockwood). In the early 1900s, Burton Manor caught fire and had to be rebuilt. In 1907, from the ashes was born the Rockwood Hotel!

HRI is well known for being haunted. Staff and patrons have reported seeing the apparition of a woman wearing a beanie sitting at the bar, as well as a shadowy man standing in the old coal bin entrance in the basement. Loud noises, children’s laughter and unexplained footsteps running down the second floor hallway were also reported.

Walldorff Brewery, Hastings

Walldorff Brewery, Hastings MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

Now a brewery, this 1866 building has been many things throughout its life, including a funeral home, hardware store, furniture store, clothing retailer, and pharmacy and grocery store. Staff and guests have reported numerous paranormal encounters, including objects inexplicably flying out of the bar, lights coming on, touches, shadowy figures and more.

Search for The White Horse Inn

White Horse Inn (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

The White Horse Inn dates back to 1848 and is said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad. It originally served as a general store, but throughout its life has also been an inn, a dance hall and now a restaurant. The building has quite a haunted reputation, with many reporting hearing the sound of boots coming through its second floor when no one is up there, doors slamming, lights flickering and more. Some even saw apparitions, including those of a man in a 1940s tuxedo, an older man, and a young girl.

One of the haunted legends says that a handful of customers and a worker were killed in a fire in the front part of the bar. To this day people at the bar continue to report hearing screams, possibly from those who perished in the fire.

BBQ Bone Heads, Willis

Bone Heads BBQ is known to be one of the most haunted places in the state. Now a bar/restaurant, the building dates from around 1865 and previously served as a bus stop, grain store, butcher, ice cream parlour, post office and general store. Many paranormal encounters have been reported by staff and guests.

Some saw apparitions near the welcome booth and bar, heard footsteps and whispers when others were not present, and saw the apparition of a woman in a white dress descending stairs.

While it’s unclear who all of the Bone Heads spirits are, there is one the owners and staff call Nellie, who they believe may have lived in the building in the early 20th century.

Bone Heads BBQ, Willis MI (Detroit Paranormal Expeditions)

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