The Story Behind The Tavern's Ghost Is Totally Freaky
Photo: Chris Mosser
UPDATE: The Tavern was my very first stop when the Grand Old Austin Tour got started back in February, and remains one of my favorites - mainly because Texas Tim, the years-long regular who told me all about Emily and the bar's storied past, was such a cool character. I ended up hanging out with Tim at the upstairs bar for a couple of hours that day, and could have hung for a couple more - and I'm really sad to report that Tim has passed away since we met. I'm glad and honored to have had just that one hang with Texas Tim, in the place he loved so much.
This week's stop on the Grand Old Austin Tour is The Tavern. As they say, you're never too far from 12th and Lamar, and it's actually a pretty regular haunt for me as I live pretty close by.
The Tavern has been a tavern (or some close approximation, including a stint as a bordello) for over 100 years, just about unbroken, since its conversion from a private home in 1916. Speaking of haunts, just like most places its age, The Tavern is said to have a ghost - and a pretty famous one at that.
Ghost hunters and tours roll through regularly hoping to catch a glimpse of Emily, the spirit of a young girl who hangs around the upstairs bar. I talked to the Tavern's longest-running regular Texas Tim (known as "the ghost guy") about Emily and got a bit more than I bargained for.
The tragic and scary story of Emily, and lots more on the Tavern, below.