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These Restaurants and Hotels Around Atlanta Might Be Haunted

Things that go bump in the night, shadowy figures, and unexplained voices in the dining room

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Atlanta might not be the first Georgia city that comes to mind where roaming spirits and haunted houses are concerned. That spot emphatically goes to Savannah. However, Atlanta and the surrounding metro area include a few restaurants and hotels with regular ghostly sightings, unexplained occurrences, and haunted happenings. Here are the spirited restaurants and hotels to know around Atlanta.

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1. Foster House

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305 W Main St
Cumming, GA 30040
(770) 887-9905
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Once a family home built over 125 years ago, this breakfast and lunch restaurant in Cumming has more than a few spooky stories to share. It’s said the original owner and his young son died here from typhoid fever. Staff and patrons claim to have smelled pipe smoke, witnessed silverware levitating and brooms standing up on their own, and heard unexplained noises like a music box playing and books slamming shut. Some have apparently seen a figure of a young boy in the house.

2. Aqua Terra Bistro

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55 E Main St NE
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 271-3000
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Residing inside a late 19th century building in Buford, patrons and staff members of Aqua Terra Bistro claim to have witnessed everything from lights turning on and off to wine bottles and coffee mugs flying off shelves. But that’s not all. Apparently, unexplained voices are often heard in the dining room and on EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) picked up by ghost hunters. A ghost has also been seen in the restaurant.

3. Rootstock & Vine

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8558 Main St
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 544-9009
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Before this Woodstock restaurant changed hands, it was Hot Dog Heaven. That’s when the majority of the mysterious happenings occurred. A devilish spirit with a penchant for pranking often turned the hot dog cooker off or tossed a few buns around from the cupboard. Some believe it’s the spirit of the postmaster, as the building now sits on the site of a former post office. No word as to whether he still roams the premises now that the restaurant no longer serves hot dogs.

4. Roswell Public House — currently unoccupied

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605 Atlanta St
Roswell, GA 30075

The Roswell Public House is currently unoccupied, with brunch restaurant J. Christopher’s vacating the property last year. However, it’s a regular stop on the Roswell Ghost Tour — and for good reason. The building was home to the nearby mill’s commissary during the 1800s and served as a Union hospital throughout the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier fell in love with a Southern nurse at the hospital. He was later killed by Confederate soldiers. The young nurse was so grief-stricken, she hanged herself on the town green across the street. Over the decades, occupants of the building have heard voices and a piano playing, seen the pair dancing in the loft, and witnessed objects moving. Some have even reported seeing a figure in the upstairs window and a woman walking in the kitchen.

5. Hemingway's Bar & Grill

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29 W Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 427-5445
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This one might be a bit sketchy, but staff and patrons have claimed over the years that Hemingway’s Bar and Grill on Marietta Square might be haunted. It used to be the old city morgue. Some say they’ve smelled formaldehyde in the basement. Others claim to feel the presence of someone nearby. Still others say they’ve actually heard voices.

6. Rhodes Hall

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1516 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 885-7800
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While not officially a restaurant, the Romanesque Revival mansion built by furniture magnate Amos Rhodes on Peachtree Street frequently hosts weddings and events throughout the year. It’s also apparently haunted. Many say Mrs. Rhodes died in the house, and some believe her spirit as well as those of children have been heard there throughout the years. Others believe an evil spirit resides in the basement of the mansion. Lights turning off, footsteps, and even a ghost sighting or two have all been reported. During the 1980s, Rhodes Hall was a popular spot for impromptu haunted house tours around Halloween before it was renovated. Take a tour.

7. Fox Theatre and Marquee Club

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660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 881-2100
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It’s a well-established fact among Atlantans that the Fox is haunted. There are even ghost tours at the 90-plus-year old Midtown theater around Halloween. Over the years, staff and theater patrons claim to have seen apparitions of women and a Confederate soldier walking throughout the building and doors shutting suddenly and experienced unexplained cool breezes. One story involves the backstage elevator, which automatically stops at the fourth floor. Many believe it’s the ghost of a woman who lived and died in the apartment there. The Fox now includes a swanky bar and club — the Marquee — overlooking Peachtree Street offering drinks and bites before and after shows.

8. The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge

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644 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 874-5756
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Nothing has ever been confirmed by the owners, but several guests of this circa 1927 hotel on North Highland claim to have witnessed odd shadows on the walls, heard unexplained noises, and experienced strange cold spots while staying here over the years. Likely just the normal shifting and creaking of a drafty old building and its plumbing, some guests believe there’s more to it. The Highland Inn often hosts parties, comedy nights, and events in its basement ballroom. Pop over to Poncey-Highland Cafe next door for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

9. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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No Atlanta “best-of” bar list would be complete without Kimball House. Located in an old Decatur train depot dating from the 1800s, the building has seen its fair share of people coming and going over the decades. Lights flicker here and doors often creak and close suddenly. The owners chalk it up to the building’s age. However, even they have experienced a few unexplained occurrences, including seeing a little boy’s face in a bathroom mirror and hearing someone enter the bathroom and close the door loudly only to find no one there. Some people claim to have seen a ghostly figure of a woman on the train tracks just beyond the restaurant. Regardless of whether these spooky stories are true or simply the trappings of an old building, grab a cocktail, oysters, and a steak dinner, and soak in the moody atmosphere at Kimball House

10. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

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499 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 874-5299
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It seems fitting that a theater and tavern named for Shakespeare might be haunted. Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, guests and staff of the Shakespeare Tavern claim to have heard voices and witnessed everything from unexplained lights and shadows to seeing a ghostly figure or two floating around the backstage dressing rooms. Apparently, some on staff feel uneasy entering a top-level room of the tavern due to its many cold spots.

11. Ellis Hotel

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176 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-5155
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The Ellis Hotel (formerly the Hotel Winecoff) in downtown Atlanta includes a tragic chapter in its history. It’s the site of the deadliest hotel fire in the United States. On December 7, 1946, 119 people perished after a fire ripped through the hotel on Peachtree Street. The fire began at 2:48 a.m. and lasted for nearly six hours. Ever since, staff and guests claim to have seen ghostly figures, heard screams in the hallways, and even smelled smoke. Occasionally, the fire alarm sounds at 2:48 a.m.

12. The Historic Green Manor Restaurant

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6400 Westbrook Ave
Union City, GA 30291
(770) 964-4343
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Once a grand home part of a late 19th century farm, Green Manor is now a Southern restaurant and event space known for its crispy fried chicken and Sunday buffet lunches. However, some staff over the years have claimed seeing objects moving about the restaurant, hearing water running in the basement only to find the faucets turned off, and even witnessing a shadowy figure of a woman on the porch.

1. Foster House

305 W Main St, Cumming, GA 30040

Once a family home built over 125 years ago, this breakfast and lunch restaurant in Cumming has more than a few spooky stories to share. It’s said the original owner and his young son died here from typhoid fever. Staff and patrons claim to have smelled pipe smoke, witnessed silverware levitating and brooms standing up on their own, and heard unexplained noises like a music box playing and books slamming shut. Some have apparently seen a figure of a young boy in the house.

305 W Main St
Cumming, GA 30040

2. Aqua Terra Bistro

55 E Main St NE, Buford, GA 30518

Residing inside a late 19th century building in Buford, patrons and staff members of Aqua Terra Bistro claim to have witnessed everything from lights turning on and off to wine bottles and coffee mugs flying off shelves. But that’s not all. Apparently, unexplained voices are often heard in the dining room and on EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) picked up by ghost hunters. A ghost has also been seen in the restaurant.

55 E Main St NE
Buford, GA 30518

3. Rootstock & Vine

8558 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188

Before this Woodstock restaurant changed hands, it was Hot Dog Heaven. That’s when the majority of the mysterious happenings occurred. A devilish spirit with a penchant for pranking often turned the hot dog cooker off or tossed a few buns around from the cupboard. Some believe it’s the spirit of the postmaster, as the building now sits on the site of a former post office. No word as to whether he still roams the premises now that the restaurant no longer serves hot dogs.

8558 Main St
Woodstock, GA 30188

4. Roswell Public House — currently unoccupied

605 Atlanta St, Roswell, GA 30075

The Roswell Public House is currently unoccupied, with brunch restaurant J. Christopher’s vacating the property last year. However, it’s a regular stop on the Roswell Ghost Tour — and for good reason. The building was home to the nearby mill’s commissary during the 1800s and served as a Union hospital throughout the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier fell in love with a Southern nurse at the hospital. He was later killed by Confederate soldiers. The young nurse was so grief-stricken, she hanged herself on the town green across the street. Over the decades, occupants of the building have heard voices and a piano playing, seen the pair dancing in the loft, and witnessed objects moving. Some have even reported seeing a figure in the upstairs window and a woman walking in the kitchen.

605 Atlanta St
Roswell, GA 30075

5. Hemingway's Bar & Grill

29 W Park Square, Marietta, GA 30060

This one might be a bit sketchy, but staff and patrons have claimed over the years that Hemingway’s Bar and Grill on Marietta Square might be haunted. It used to be the old city morgue. Some say they’ve smelled formaldehyde in the basement. Others claim to feel the presence of someone nearby. Still others say they’ve actually heard voices.

29 W Park Square
Marietta, GA 30060

6. Rhodes Hall

1516 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

While not officially a restaurant, the Romanesque Revival mansion built by furniture magnate Amos Rhodes on Peachtree Street frequently hosts weddings and events throughout the year. It’s also apparently haunted. Many say Mrs. Rhodes died in the house, and some believe her spirit as well as those of children have been heard there throughout the years. Others believe an evil spirit resides in the basement of the mansion. Lights turning off, footsteps, and even a ghost sighting or two have all been reported. During the 1980s, Rhodes Hall was a popular spot for impromptu haunted house tours around Halloween before it was renovated. Take a tour.

1516 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. Fox Theatre and Marquee Club

660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

It’s a well-established fact among Atlantans that the Fox is haunted. There are even ghost tours at the 90-plus-year old Midtown theater around Halloween. Over the years, staff and theater patrons claim to have seen apparitions of women and a Confederate soldier walking throughout the building and doors shutting suddenly and experienced unexplained cool breezes. One story involves the backstage elevator, which automatically stops at the fourth floor. Many believe it’s the ghost of a woman who lived and died in the apartment there. The Fox now includes a swanky bar and club — the Marquee — overlooking Peachtree Street offering drinks and bites before and after shows.

660 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

8. The Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge

644 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30306

Nothing has ever been confirmed by the owners, but several guests of this circa 1927 hotel on North Highland claim to have witnessed odd shadows on the walls, heard unexplained noises, and experienced strange cold spots while staying here over the years. Likely just the normal shifting and creaking of a drafty old building and its plumbing, some guests believe there’s more to it. The Highland Inn often hosts parties, comedy nights, and events in its basement ballroom. Pop over to Poncey-Highland Cafe next door for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

644 North Highland Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

No Atlanta “best-of” bar list would be complete without Kimball House. Located in an old Decatur train depot dating from the 1800s, the building has seen its fair share of people coming and going over the decades. Lights flicker here and doors often creak and close suddenly. The owners chalk it up to the building’s age. However, even they have experienced a few unexplained occurrences, including seeing a little boy’s face in a bathroom mirror and hearing someone enter the bathroom and close the door loudly only to find no one there. Some people claim to have seen a ghostly figure of a woman on the train tracks just beyond the restaurant. Regardless of whether these spooky stories are true or simply the trappings of an old building, grab a cocktail, oysters, and a steak dinner, and soak in the moody atmosphere at Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

10. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

499 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

It seems fitting that a theater and tavern named for Shakespeare might be haunted. Located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, guests and staff of the Shakespeare Tavern claim to have heard voices and witnessed everything from unexplained lights and shadows to seeing a ghostly figure or two floating around the backstage dressing rooms. Apparently, some on staff feel uneasy entering a top-level room of the tavern due to its many cold spots.

499 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

11. Ellis Hotel

176 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

The Ellis Hotel (formerly the Hotel Winecoff) in downtown Atlanta includes a tragic chapter in its history. It’s the site of the deadliest hotel fire in the United States. On December 7, 1946, 119 people perished after a fire ripped through the hotel on Peachtree Street. The fire began at 2:48 a.m. and lasted for nearly six hours. Ever since, staff and guests claim to have seen ghostly figures, heard screams in the hallways, and even smelled smoke. Occasionally, the fire alarm sounds at 2:48 a.m.

176 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

12. The Historic Green Manor Restaurant

6400 Westbrook Ave, Union City, GA 30291

Once a grand home part of a late 19th century farm, Green Manor is now a Southern restaurant and event space known for its crispy fried chicken and Sunday buffet lunches. However, some staff over the years have claimed seeing objects moving about the restaurant, hearing water running in the basement only to find the faucets turned off, and even witnessing a shadowy figure of a woman on the porch.

6400 Westbrook Ave
Union City, GA 30291

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