Dinner at the Peerless Saloon

As part of my recent roadtrip in search of the Hell’s Gate Bridge in Oxford, Alabama, I’d intended to stop by my (then) favorite restaurant in the nearby town of Anniston for dinner. That place was crowded like crazy with a waiting line stretching around the parking lot, so the lovely missus and I decided to seek out some other colorful locale. We discovered the Peerless Saloon and Grill, and I’m so glad that we did.

The food was terrific, to begin with, but you don’t come here to read food reviews and I’m not really interested in writing them. No, the Peerless merits coverage on this site because of its history and its ambiance.

The Peerless is the oldest saloon in the state still in operation. Around the turn of the 20th Century, the upstairs of the saloon was a brothel. One night, the Sheriff came to arrest one of the johns who was busy being “entertained” and things went south.

This landing opened directly to the brothel.

As he fled, the lawman shot at him—and instead hit and killed one of the ladies. It is her ghost that still wanders the Peerless, which looks much the same today as it did over a hundred years ago.
Though technically off-limits to the public, my helpful server showed me the stairway leading up to the brothel. This is the spot where the woman was killed.

By all means, if you’re ever passing through Anniston, make it a point to stop in and have a drink or a meal at the Peerless, and visit with its fulltime unseen resident(s).

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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