Arnold's Bar and Grill Hosting Public Paranormal Investigations This October

Find out for yourself if this bar full of spirits (as in alcohol) is actually full of spirits (as in dead people) on these super-limited guided ghost hunts.

click to enlarge Arnold's Bar and Grill has been open since 1861. - Photo:
Arnold's Bar and Grill has been open since 1861.

Downtown's Arnold's Bar and Grill is renowned for being the oldest continuously operating drinking destination in Cincinnati — one of the oldest in America, in fact, at 160 years — and that history comes with plenty of local urban lore.

There's the infamous Arnold's bathtub, reportedly used to make bootleg gin during Prohibition. And another rumor that the building was once a whorehouse. But is this bar full of spirits (as in alcohol) actually full of spirits (as in dead people)?

A lucky group of ghost hunters will be able to find out this October.  

Arnold's has partnered with regional groups Cornerstone Paranormal and POV Paranormal to host public paranormal investigations on six different nights, limited to 20 people per night. Hunts last three hours. 

Attendees are asked to bring their own equipment, like an EMF reader, EVP recorder and flashlight. Both paranormal groups will also have equipment on hand. 

Three-hour hunts take place 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m. on Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct, 22 and Oct. 23. 

Tickets for these experiences are $40 per person and available at

"Bottled water will be provided. No alcoholic beverages will be served or are allowed. We will be walking around in the dark so safety is of the utmost importance," says Arnold's in a release.

For a different spin, on Oct. 29 and 30, chef Kayla Robison will be serving up a three-course dinner before the investigation. The dinner starts at 9 p.m. and does include two — and only two — boozy beverages. 

These guided ghost hunts end at 1 a.m. and tickets cost $90 for food, drinks and the possibility of encountering something paranormal.

Arnold's Bar and Grill is located at 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. More info:

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