What Makes Bobby Mackey’s the “Most Haunted Nightclub in America”

Bobby Mackey’s Music World has gained notoriety as one of the most haunted places in Kentucky, that the mere mention of its name conjures pictures of apparitions and sounds of disembodied voices. Poltergeist activity is very active there. This kind of notoriety has drawn  people and paranormal event companies from all over the world who wish to experience it for themselves.


The tavern has been established as “Most Haunted Nightclub in America”. Patrons have even claimed as to having spirits enter their bodies while in the club.

There are several reports from visitors and employees alike detailing their personal experiences. They felt cold chills and a different personality taking over. Some have even claimed that their facial features changed or were contorted when they looked in the bathroom mirror.

Bobby Mackey’s lawyers have even advised him to place a sign by the entrance door saying that the establishment is haunted and that the management is not responsible for any actions of the ghost or ghosts.

There are various specters that have been found dwelling within the Honky-tonk. Ghost children as well as a headless woman have been seen wandering the property. There are some spirits who are menacing to the people they come in contact with. The most entertaining and well known spirit in the bar is named Johanna.  Hundreds of guests have seen her standing on stage performing with several bands.

Faucets and light fixtures turn on by themselves and objects move around at night in plain sight. People have reported having their body parts touched and their clothing being grabbed by unseen hands. You can even test your own courage by climbing into the Portal to Hell as you investigate and see if you have what it takes to face the infamous spirits of Bobby Mackey’s Music World. There are several paranormal event companies who host ghost tours of Bobby Mackey’s Music World.

Several paranormal TV shows have also visited the Honky-tonk, including Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters.

History of the Haunted Honky-Tonk

From 1850 to the later part of the century, the building served as a slaughterhouse. The sealed well in the basement, which is now known as Hell’s Gate or The Portal to Hell, was used to wash away animal remains. It later became a casino and a refuge for mob members who took over the place from the previous owner.

Buck Brady, the previous owner, was distraught after the casino was taken from him so he shot himself. There have been reports of multiple murders but it has not been clearly established as to how many people died at the hands of mob members.

From the 1930s to 1970s the building hosted an array of nightclubs. Eventually, the building was used by Satan worshippers who were said to get strength from the building’s evil history. There were even reports of satanic sacrifices.

America's Haunted Honky-Tonk
Come for the ghosts, stay for the music
-Bobby Mackey

When country music legend Bobby Mackey first laid his eyes on the dingy abandoned building that is now the notorious Bobby Mackey’s Music World he instantly fell in love with it. When he came across the building, he was not thinking about purchasing a property or owning a bar. However, according to reports, voices were speaking to him and telling him to purchase the building. New life was given to the building when Bobby Mackey purchased it and it is now a stop for paranormal investigators and music lovers alike. 

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