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Lively with restaurants and nightlife today, 100 years ago the Historic Old Town District was home to many of Portland’s less savory establishments – opium dens, brothels and underground speakeasy’s.

In the 1800’s, locals steered clear of Portland’s “North End” as it was notoriously dangerous and a hotbed for kidnapping. On this tour, you’ll venture underground into the Shanghai Tunnels and see where unknowing sailors were ruthlessly abducted. This rampant kidnapping earned Portland the reputation as one of the most dangerous port cities in the Western hemisphere. Our expert tour guides regale you with stores about these infamous criminals, their victims and the ghost’s they’ve left behind.

This tour includes an exclusive 20-minute visit into one of Portland’s original Shanghai Tunnels. Please note you will encounter dirt/mud floors and a dark, enclosed space during this brief underground experience. This eerie tunnel system has been featured on the TV show “Ghost Adventures” and is known as one of Portland’s most haunted places.

The Haunted Pub Tour is roughly 2.5 hours. The tour stops at 2 local pubs and includes 6 local craft beer samples. It has been rated as ‘mildly' spooky and is a 50:50 mixture of history and hauntings.

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Explore the eerie side of Old Town with this haunted pub tour in Portland. Learn about some of the city's scary history as you walk through 19th-century buildings. Sample seven local beers as you hear about Portland's era of kidnapping, gangs, prostitution and opium dens.
  • 2.5-hour walking tour of Portland's haunted pubs
  • Hear about ghosts that are said to inhabit these two buildings
  • Sample seven craft beers by award-winning Portland breweries
  • Stop at the most haunted building in the city, the Merchant Hotel
  • Visit two historic pubs in Old Town Portland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Creepy history with a beer twist

Honestly, we were going to do another tour but it was sold out. So glad we wound up here! If you want to learn about Portland's seedy history AND get to sample some brews, this is a great bet. Give it a whirl. Thumbs up...More

Thank Marla S
Reviewed 12 February 2018
Fun Tour Guide + Tasty Beer = Great Night Out

I was in town for business and signed up for this tour as a solo traveler. Alan, our awesome tour guide, greeted me enthusiastically and made me feel at home on the tour. The beer was tasty, and his stories were well told, as were...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017
21st birthday

I decided for my 21st birthday to do the haunted pub tour and it was great! The tour guide was amazing and funny he did such a great job!!! I would definitely recommend for anyone who wants to know a bit of Portlands history!!!

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Thank ileanas866
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile
So much fun!

We had Miles as our tour guide for the haunted pub tour and he was great. We learned a lot about the city's history and the different pubs and breweries in downtown. We got to try a great assortment of different beers and we enjoyed...More

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 5 March 2017
Great location with great host

Chose the Haunted Pub Tour on a Thursday night and it's a great location to walk around. Josh our host was very good and had an infectious enthusiasm. The 3 pubs we visited offered a good contrast and there was plenty to drink. The food...More

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