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Driskill Hotel tops list of Texas' most haunted spots, among six other Austin digs

The Driskill Hotel is among six haunted places in Austin. (CC)

Austin's got some serious spook factor: The capital city boasts a slew of haunted digs to send a year-round shiver down your spine—including the most haunted spot in Texas.


Austin's Driskill Hotel topped Yelp Texas' Top 20 list of the most haunted spots, with the Driskill Bar clinching the No. 2 spot. Four other local properties made an appearance.

The list, released Tuesday, considered businesses in the restaurant, food, travel and arts categories with a large concentration of reviews mentioning relevant keywords like "haunted," "spooky," and "ghosts." It then ranked those spots using a number of factors including total volumes of reviews and ratings.

Here's how the city's creepy properties landed on the Lone Star State's list of frightful destinations:

No. 1 The Driskill Hotel

It may seem only fitting that the state's most haunted spot has a storied history. Determined to construct "the finest hotel south of St. Louis," Missourian cattleman Col. Jesse Driskell built the infamous Driskill Hotel in 1886. Located at 604 Brazos St., guests have long reported supernatural activity there, including alleged poltergeist sightings and encounters with the spirit of Driskell himself.

No. 2 The Driskill Bar

Long known as a power meeting spot for politicians, the Driskill Bar lies within the hotel itself. But it turns out the rich mahogany wood, plush chairs and live piano music aren't enough to mask the spook from its haunted hotel counterpart.

No. 3 Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill

This southern cocktail bar, located at 303 Red River St., began in 1852 as a trading goods store, before expanding with a saloon and domino parlor. In 2003, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill opened its doors, though it evidently still has strong ties to the past (and spirit world)—it's said to be haunted by people killed in a flood in the early 1900s. It's been said customers dining in will feel tapping on their shoulders or air blowing on their neck.

No. 5 Clay Pit

The celebrated contemporary Indian restaurant, at 1601 Guadalupe St., is located within the historic Bertram Building, named after German immigrant Rudolph Bertram. The building's cellar is allegedly haunted by a murdered prostitute's spirit, and one Yelp reviewer recalls "a sudden dizziness, nauseousness hit me like a ton of bricks" when he entered the upstairs rooms previously inhabited by the Bertram family.

No. 13 1886 Cafe & Bakery

This quaint Victorian-style café's traditional Texas comfort foods may not be enough to keep the scary at bay. Just like the Driskill Bar, the 1886 Cafe & Bakery sits within the Driskill Hotel's haunted walls.

No. 15 The Tavern

At 922 W. 12th St., The Tavern used to operate as a secret brothel in the 1920s. When one politician was caught there, local legend says he murdered the head madam's daughter Emily in retribution. Her spirit is said to have stuck around, sending kitchen drawers flying open and switching TVs off in the dining room. According to Austin Monthly, a pair of shoes were found buried within the walls during renovation in 2006, which the bar then put on display as evidence of Emily's continued presence.

The full list

  1. The Driskill, Austin
  2. The Driskill Bar, Austin
  3. Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, Austin
  4. Menger Hotel, San Antonio
  5. Clay Pit, Austin
  6. Miss Molly's Hotel, Fort Worth
  7. Monteleone's, El Paso
  8. The Emily Morgan Hotel, San Antonio
  9. The Adolphus, Autograph Collection, Dallas
  10. The Alamo, San Antonio
  11. Jefferson Hotel, Jefferson
  12. The Tremont House Hotel, Galveston
  13. 1886 Cafe & Bakery, Austin
  14. St. Anthony, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Antonio
  15. The Tavern, Austin
  16. Faust Brewing Company, New Braunfels
  17. Faust Hotel, New Braunfels
  18. The Esquire Tavern, San Antonio
  19. The Crockett Hotel, San Antonio
  20. VFW Post 76, San Antonio

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