Bunghole Liquors

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Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at Bunghole Liquors.

Crazy History of Bunghole Liquors

During the Prohibition-era, Americans would often go to extreme lengths to get their hands on heavily restricted alcohol. In Salem, a funeral home by the wharf even went so far as to serve liquor out of its basement. Frequent visitors to the parlor began referring to it as, “The Bunghole.”

As Prohibition lifted in 1933, people began searching for places to drink in droves. Hence, in the same year, a liquor store emerged in the place of the funeral home. This name was endowed by a Polish priest who used to frequent the parlor every single day.

What’s Inside Bunghole Liquors?

The store offers with a wide variety of drinks, especially wine and beer. It also has an online store, where you can buy Bunghole merchandise.

Most fascinatingly, the dark and macabre history of the store has led many Salem residents and visitors to claim the building is haunted. Rumor has it that there are two ghosts who frequent the store – a woman usually spotted along the wine racks and a black cat.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Saturday: 9am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 10am – 10pm

Location

The store is rather advantageously positioned near Derby Wharf between the Salem Waterfront Hotel and the House of the Seven Gables. Bunghole also opened a sister store in the “Tanner City,” Peabody, MA in 1995.

Address: 204 Derby St, Salem, Massachusetts 

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