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“Interesting tour, good fun” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nightly Spirits - Pub Tours

Nightly Spirits - Pub Tours
1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
844-678-8687
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Ranked #57 of 157 Activities in Washington DC
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Owner description: Nightly Spirits Historic Haunted Pub Tours take a look at some of the most haunted places in D.C. and Old Town Alexandria, while allowing time to really enjoy the "spirits" along the way. Our tours stop at 3-4 different famous pubs/bars and give you a look into their haunted and historic past. Come try us out, this isn't your ordinary ghost tour and we are confident that you will love our costumed tour guides. Check out our website for tickets and details on where our tours depart from.All of our tours depart at 8:30 PM from locations near the White House and Old Town Alexandria.
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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“Interesting tour, good fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Tour guide Karima was very knowledgable and had an excellent sense of humour. We went to some famous bars, including one at The Willard, and saw famous buildings including the White House. I wasn't sure how this would work out for me, as a solo traveler, but the others on the tour were very friendly and we stayed out together for some drinks afterwards for a few hours (Ebbitts grill recommended - open late). Would definitely recommend. Only negative is the rather high price ($33 on Sat night) which doesn't include any drinks.

Visited November 2014
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“Great Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

I highly encourage addityion visiting D.C.to pay the money and take this pub tour. Granted, you need to pay for your drinks at the bars but the atmosphere and expertise and fun of the tour guides are worth it. Especially if you get Karima!

Visited November 2014
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Fairfax, Virginia
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“Shallow”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I really hate to give any tourist attraction a less than positive review because the frontline staff are usually trying to give it their all. But sometimes that less than positive review is warranted. So was the case with the Nightly Spirits tour in Old Town. The guide was a nice guy ... he reminded me of Davy Jones of the Monkees consequently I often expected Peter, Mike, and Mickey to show-up and the four of them would start singing "DayDream Believer" or some other Monkees song ... and he really tried to make the most of the evening. But, the tour itself was really shallow. I did like the pubs that we visited. I'd spend my time and money doing something else on a Friday night .... at a minimum, the $22 will get you a couple of extra drinks on your own impromptu pub crawl.

Visited September 2014
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Arlington, Virginia
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“It's OK...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

(Seems like all of the reviews are for the tours in Washington, DC; the same company offers tours across the river in Old Town Alexandria. As new transplant to Northern Virginia area, we went on the Alexandria tour for something fun to do.)

I don't know if the "ghost stories" are any better on the DC tour but about half the stories on the Old Town tour gave us the chills (ex. candy shop & murder alley) and the other half were just out-right lame (ex. river ghosts and pillaging British soldiers). You could get the sense that the guide was struggling through some of the stories. To his credit, where he found an opportunity, he supplemented the stupid ghost stories with some historical facts. History and architecture lessons are not usually associated with pub crawls but he made it work in a fun way.

The bar stops are nice. Each one is very different. Ample time is spent at each stop to have a drink and socialize with others on the tour or play "Trivial Pursuit" (at Bilbo Baggins).

If you go and drive ... don't park near Chadwicks. The last story break is a bout 5 or 6 blocks to the west; and the last bar stop about three blocks further on. So, if you park near Chadwick, you will have a substantial walk back to your car.

In sum, it was a fun evening. The guide was engaging; as a local resident, he offered tips and suggestions for other sites and restaurants in the Old Town area, which we will try on other weekends. With all of the bar stops, the night did not end until nearly 11:30 pm and after incurring about $80 in bar tabs for two and one for the guide. In retrospect, maybe an hour-long tour offered by the Visitor Center followed by drinks at one of the many bars or restaurants on King Street might be a better choice.

Visited August 2014
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“Very Well Done Tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Tour Guide Stephen was truly in his element. He graciously guided the tour and provided some wonderful history of the area. His delightful accent made the tour even more enjoyable and a totally fun time.

Well done, indeed Stephen!!!


K.Michelle

Visited August 2014
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