From the UK to New York to San Francisco, fiesty dead fags are choosing not to go quietly into that good night, not to give up that seat at the bar and not to leave the sex club at 6AM just because some guy is spraying everything down with Clorox.
5. The Urge, New York City
A gay bar on the site of a former funeral home, The Urge has long attracted creepy ghouls. A renovation a few years back stirred up some of the old spirits who mischeiviously knock over drinks of unsuspecting patrons. One could reasonably assume that go-go boys are the culprits, but other poltergeist activity isn’t so easily explained. Like, we have no idea how did this baggy get in our pocket, officer.
4. Trax Bar, San Francisco
Trax, located near the notorious cruising grounds of Buena Vista Park, is a bit of a hike from the gay bars of the Castro — in fact, it’s one of the few in San Franciso that isn’t in a gay ghetto. Perhaps that explains the reluctance of the old man who sits at the end of the bar to leave … even though he died decades ago. His continued, ethereal presence squeezed between a bowl of Chex Mix and the MegaTouch 3000 game console, has earned this ghoul a prime spot on the Haunted Haight Walking Tour.
3. The Ritch Street Baths Building, San Francisco
It’s now an office complex with a club (330 Ritch) in the basement, but during the 70s, the Ritch Street Health Club (more colloquially, the Ritch Street Baths) was a multi-level sauna and sex club. Even before the club was shut down in the 80s during the AIDS crisis, employees at the baths would report mysteriously flashing lights, sudden “cold” spots and the sensation of being watched. Of course, the same things happened to us at Steamworks, and we’re almost positive that the pale cold flesh we felt was still alive.
2. St. George Hotel, North Norfolk Coast (UK)
For years, the St. George Hotel in North Norfolk (UK) was once rumored to have a female ghost affectionately known as “The Green Lady.” Previoius guests at the hotel reported seeing a woman in their rooms and feeling “pin downed” to their bed. Paranormal investigators were called in and talked to many hotel employees who reported sensing a “feminine energy” during their tenure. One waiter, however, confessed that he’d once felt the ghost trying to undo his zipper. A medium was brought in to identify the ghost, but when presented with a group of pictures of former staff members pointed to an old queer.
1. Carluccio’s Tivoli Gardens, Las Vegas
Not only is Carluccio’s haunted, it’s haunted by Liberace. A former owner of the club, (when it was known as Liberace’s Italian Gardens) Wladziu Valentino Liberace is reported to still be hanging about wearing a glittering cloak and moving around lights. Anyone want to bet it’s a candelabra?
BONUS: We’re not sure if this gay medium on Chelsea Lately a couple months back was at Carluccio’s when he had the encounter, but he claims to have spoken to the ghost of Liberace who, naturally, introduced himself as Lee.
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