What’s up witches! The biggest tourist season for Salem is upon us and that means throngs of tourists are flooding into the streets of The Witch City. But, ghosts and witches aren’t the only things to do in Salem Massachusetts. You may have heard that Massachusetts has a very progressive view on marijuana legalization, but here’s the question: can you buy marijuana as a tourist at a Salem dispensary this Halloween?
I know this is an issue near and dear to my heart, so I whipped out my grinder, grabbed my lighter, and dug in for the answers. My research has been vetted by some of Salem’s licensed sellers, so you can trust this is THE place for accurate marijuana information. Alright, enough build up, here are the questions and answers you care about.
Yes! Not only is there a very fine dispensary, but it sells both recreational and medical marijuana.
You sure can! You can check out the dispensary’s inventory on their website, this includes pricing. Here’s what you need to know before heading to the shop:
If you have a Massachusetts state medical card, you’re good to go. Unfortunately, if you have a medical card from another state, you won’t be able to use it to purchase medical cannabis.
Alright, so maybe I’m the only one asking this question, but the answer is yes! The shop has some gorgeous pumpkin-shaped glass pipes for sale during the 2019 Halloween season, courtesy of Salem’s Witch Dr.
by Salem Joel
Everything you need to know about Bunghole Liquors! Let's kick things off with a short, introductory video. The video below is part of the the Salem Spotlight series in which I fill you in on 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. Keep scrolling past the video for much more information about 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." This term was likely a bit cheeky in its intent. The bunghole is a the little, corked hole on the side of a liquor barrel. Its used to provide easy visibility to the liquor inside, without having to open the entire barrel and potentially expose the fermentation to damaging light or materials.
But it also sounds pretty hilarious. I know if I was forced to drink in the basement of a funeral home, I'd want it to be called something hilarious too.
Speaking of drinking at the bunghole. It was just as gruesome as it appears to have been. There are multiple claims of Salem's residents getting sloshed literally right beside corpses. If that's not the most Salem thing I've ever heard, I'm not sure what is.
Due to either well-guarded secrecy or the inclination of Salem's policing officials to look the other way, the funeral home/liquor dungeon somehow held on through the entirety of the prohibition age. 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.
Legend has it that the name came directly from a Polish priest who frequented the parlor every single day. He, like most of Salem's drinkers, had adopted the bunghole colloquial, years prior. And so, Bunghole Liquors was born.
The main store (in downtown Salem) offers with a wide variety of drinks, especially wine and beer. It also has an online store, where you can buy Bunghole merchandise. Unfortunately there's little these days that hearkens to the store's strange history. Legend has it, however, that the basement still contains the portholes where once corpses awaited their final internment. Bunghole is one of the several Salem locations that supposedly also contains access to the infamous tunnel system that runs beneath the city streets.
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. The first is a woman, usually spotted along the wine racks. The second is the infamous black cat of Salem, which has also been spotted at the nearby House of the Seven Gables. You can learn more about those hauntings, as well as the paranormal history of four other Salem locations, in the video below.
Bunghole Liquors in Salem Ma is perhaps best well-known outside of Salem for its sign. Why? Because it's hilarious. The entire brand is hilarious if I'm honest. That leads many people to share images of the sign on social media. Here's a photo of mine if you'd like to share it.
The store is rather advantageously positioned. You'll find it near Derby Wharf between the Salem Waterfront Hotel and the House of the Seven Gables. If you're visiting the Witch City, chances are you'll run right into Bunghole without even trying to. Bunghole isn't the only liquor store in downtown Salem. But it is the only one on the wharf.
Address: 204 Derby St, Salem, Massachusetts
Bunghole also opened a sister store in the "Tanner City," Peabody, MA in 1995. Its address is 79 Lowell St, Peabody, MA 01960
by Cristiana L.