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Bobby Mackey's

44 Licking Pike, Wilder, Kentucky 41071 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Fri 7:30p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi

“The way it was is still the way it is”

Bobby Mackey is a traditional country music singer whose career has spanned 40 years. His musical style can be described by his loyalty to Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty and Johnny Paycheck, and is the foundation for his musical success. Mackey opened Bobby Mackey's in September 1978 in Wilder, KY along the Licking River, next to the same railroad track that he worked in his youth). The nightclub's slogan "Come for the ghosts, stay for the music" became a popular quote as the club's popularity began to rise. Bobby Mackey's has been featured on network television shows such as Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Most Terrifying Places in America, My Ghost Story, and A Haunting. USA Today Quotes Zak Bagans of Ghost Adventures as saying Bobby Mackey's is "one of the 10 most haunted places in America." Before it became a famous bar, the building was used as a slaughtering plant which supplied meat to to Northwestern Kentucky and nearby Cincinnati. Years after the slaughter house closed, rumors circulated that the building was secretively being used by a practicing satanic cult. Purportedly, humans and animals were being used as sacrifices during dark rituals. The dark energy surrounding Bobby Mackey's was further substantiated by the earlier history of the building dating back to 1896 when the body of a young girl was found a short distance from the building. The young girl, known only as Pearl, was found pregnant and decapitated and dumped in a field. During their investigation, police discovered that Pearl's boyfriend, Scott Johnson and an accomplice had attempted a failed abortion on the girl. They later removed the girls head with the hopes that, without it, the headless body would deter the police from discovering her identity.   These are only a sampling of the reasons Bobby Mackey's has been labeled one of the gateways to Hell by paranormal investigators.  Enjoy Line dancing and Karaoke during Band Breakson Greater Cincinnati Liveliest Country Dance Floor. Welcome to the Official web site of Bobby MackeyGreater Cincinnati's Hottest Country NightclubThe Longest Continuous Running Country Night Spot in Cincinnati! Bobby Mackey & The Big Mac Band, D.J. Wanda Karaoke, Turbo Bull Rides With Hourly Ghost Tours.The Way it Was is Still the Way it Is

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Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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September 15, 2014
Rated 4.0

Ok, here's the thing - Bobby Mackey's is awesome. Cheep domestic beer, live music almost every night, and a honky-tonk atmosphere to rival any road house. I saw a girl ride the mechanical bull here until she was crying. It was incredible.

However, if you saw that infamous episode of Ghost Adventures and want to come here to check out the mysterious "portal to hell", prepare to be fifteen bucks poorer and really disappointed. You're going to see a basement. Go look at your own basement instead, turn the lights off, and save that $15 for a few beers at Bobby Mackey's,

12 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Dana Newkirk

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August 26, 2014
Rated 4.0

If you're into the paranormal you already know that Bobby Mackey's is legendary place. Allegedly it's the portal to hell and many people believe it's one of the most haunted buildings in the country. Unfortunately we didn't see any ghosts while we were there, but we did take the 12am ghost tour on a Saturday night when there were at least 50 drunk line-dancers above us. Kind of killed the mood. I have had friends who have visited when the building was empty and they all claim that it's the real deal. Aside from the ghosts, it's a fun bar with lots of atmosphere, a mechanical bull, and a gift shop.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
skummerz

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  • 1 Helpful
June 09, 2015
Rated 3.0

I have been here twice, first time I caught a few anomilys on camera and had the paranormal investigators who used to work there analyze it and debunk a few "orbs" as well as confirm one. I went back the second time and the tour was not as good as when the paranormal investigators gave the tour. It was rushed and I didn't catch anymore anomilys. I did not feel comfortable the second time there. Too many hicks, who make you feel extremely awkward. Very clicky bar.

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Bobby Mackey's

44 Licking Pike
Wilder, Kentucky
41071 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Fri, Sat: 7:30 pm - 2:30 am

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi

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