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Five UK Horror Bars You Need To Visit

by Cara

We’ve covered horror bars and restaurants on Popcorn Horror, in the US, India, Japan and beyond. So we’re turning our attention to the UK, here’s five horror themed bars in Britain that every horror fan will want to check out.

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Frankenstein Bar, Edinburgh

Starting close to home for us is the Frankenstein Bar in Scotland’s capital. The lavish gothic bar promises the unique experience of seeing Mary Shelly’s monster come to life – as well as a host of horror events and classic movie screenings.

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Mad science and macabre in a genuine 19th century church, the decor includes monster shows, flashing lights, electric static charges and vats of bubbling liquid.

Garlic and Shots, London

Another bar with a gothic theme is Garlic and Shots in Soho, London. Satisfy your inner vampire with skulls, spider webs and the bar’s very own creepy crypt!

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Food is available at Garlic and Shots, with the bar staffs recommendation being the aptly named ‘Vampire steak with a pepper sauce, with potatoes + garlic’ .

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Pit and Pendulum, Nottingham

Named after the famous story by Edgar Allan Poe, The Pit and Pendulum definitely takes some influence from the Corman adaptation from 1961.

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Their Facebook boasts “Wickedly good drinks, sinfully tempting food, and an atmosphere to die for…” in store for Poe fans who pay a visit.

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Cannick Taps, London

London’s Cannick Taps is an atmospheric venue, which has the appearance of a rugged castle interior from classic Hammer horror film. You can almost imagine Van Hellsing studying in the corner.

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The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Back to Scotland for the final bar on the list, The Banshee Labyrinth aims to show the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ history of Edinburgh.

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Half of the venue was once part of the infamous “underground Vaults” -once the haunt of criminals. It was in these former slums that many poor and innocent met a very grisly end! Ironically right next door, the front of the bar; was the home of one of the richest men in Edinburgh, Lord Nicol Edwards.

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