1916 Post Alley, Seattle, WA

(206) 728-1916

Status: Former Mortuary; Pub and Restaurant



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In 1903 Butterworth & Sons Mortuary moved into this building. It was the first location to become a permanent mortuary in Seattle and as such did all business around the subject of death. A loved one’s entire funeral could be done in this building from purchasing a coffin to burial in the cemetery of your choice.

The building even had the first elevator on the west coast for easy movement of the deceased remains.

The bodies were brought in through the basement; brought in through the door that is now used by customers to enter the pub.

The Mortuary moved to a bigger location in 1923.

Founded in 1983 the basement of the building was opened as Kell’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. A great place to grab a pint or a whiskey with a meal and perhaps run into one of the former customers of Butterworth & Sons.


Paranormal Activity

There are 2 ghosts here that are referred to as the regulars:

1) A little girl with red hair who is known for playing pranks on adults but she is most active during the day when there are living children in the pub. She loves to play with these children and will even move toys. She is thought to be one of the victims of the 1918 influenza epidemic and one of the friendliest ghosts in all of the locations on the website.

2) Then we have the pub’s most famous ghost. An elderly man named Charlie and seems to thoroughly enjoy that he’s now haunting a pub. Charlie most often appears as reflection in the Guinness mirror – usually smiling, wearing a double breasted white coat and wearing a derby hat – who appears most often when live music is playing at the pub.

Other Reported Activity: apparitions of the mortuary’s other customers; mirrors shattering; plaster unexplainably falling; disembodied voices; unexplained banging; faint whimpers that are believed to come from a suicide victim; shadow figures; glasses moving on their own; light anomalies and feelings of being watched and not being alone.