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Moss Beach Distillery

Moss Beach, California

During the Prohibition era of the 1920s, a young woman was murdered after her lover found her cheating with another man who was employed at the site. Today, “The Lady in Blue,” lurks around the cliffs surrounding the building; she warns children not to play too close to the edge. In the area, there have also numerous reports of poltergeist activity. Such activities include: incessant telephone ringing, cases of wine being stacked behind the door leading to a windowless storage room, objects randomly being thrown about, and doors mysteriously slamming.

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Exene says:

October 9, 2005, 5:18 pm

is this place still in buisness? can u visit? it sounds sorta interesting!

Yer mom says:

November 14, 2005, 6:32 pm

Yeah it is i live right by it, but
there food is not so great and is expensive

Cherish says:

March 24, 2006, 8:50 am

I have heard of this, want to check it out sometime, as far as I know it is still in bussiness.

mikki says:

October 17, 2006, 5:23 pm

I friend took me to dinner here for my birthday in Aug of 2003. We sat at a table near the windows that overlooked the ocean. After ordering dinner, the table started to vibrate and hum then shook violently and levatated several inches. We were both startled but sceptacle. We checked under the table for electronic devises and even moved the table, thinking it must have been a joke. No JOKE! Several other patrons as well as the waitress gathered round. There was a flurry of activity for several minutes while they assured us that the table was not rigged in any way. They offered to reseat us at a different table, but we decided to stay put. Dinner was served, an excellent meal by the way. Now wishing to rush an end to our evening, we decided to stay and have dessert on the patio which is below the restruant on the cliffs over looking the ocean. There are some lovely benches and lap blankets. While waiting for our coffee and cheescake, I used the ladies restroom which is in the lower level of the building, and although I was certain I was the only one in there I could hear the mournful crying of a woman, I even asked out loud, “Are you okay?” When I came out of the stall, no one was there, not in the bath room and not on the lower level. The only other person was my friend who was out on the patio. We ate our dessert and drank our coffee, and altough we saw no apparitions, a chill wind and fog rolled in, obscuring our view and effectively ending our evening. We both had the sense that the evening had been an extrordinary experience, pleasant though odd. I’m convinced the shaking table was NOT a tourist trick, and the mysterious crying woman was the Lady in Blue. By the way, if you ever go there, Try the surf and turf (filet and giant prawns)it was the best I ever had, and the service was impecable! I swear to you this is a true story!

Sara says:

October 28, 2006, 6:27 pm

I like the fact that the ghost may be nice.
Ghost: “Don’t fall off the ledge children.”
Kids: Okay.

Lacy says:

February 16, 2007, 11:10 pm

I heard about the Moss Beach Ghost on Unsolved Mysteries:)

Colleen says:

March 6, 2007, 7:09 pm

Unsolved Mystries reported the ‘Lady in Blue’s’ young son had fallen to his death from the cliffs. And that she had died in a car crash near the distillery. Today, she warns children to stay far away from the edge.

mandi says:

March 8, 2007, 12:54 pm

omg. i luv this place its sooooo kool.evrytime i visit mi dad in the bay i come here.yes i hav seen her in the bathroom && yes i hav answered the phone wen there was no one on the other end of the line it was really trippy but i swear it hav 2 go check it out if you havent all ready im goin nxt weekend im super excited. :]

Wild Child says:

March 24, 2007, 5:22 pm

Hi Ppl’s,
boy,is that interesting! NOT!!!altho i do lik the part about the ghost being nice to lil blue lik the ghost’s fave color or sumthen? Buh-By.

horsesgirl105 says:

July 26, 2007, 9:25 am

cool story i like blue!

Melissa says:

September 28, 2007, 10:28 pm

My family and I went there for dinner this summer. My cousin and I heard the lady in the blue dress laughing while we were in the bathroom. So we ran upstairs and asked the waitress and she admitted that some tourist traps were planted, such as the chandiler over the bar that shakes.

Star says:

November 18, 2007, 1:26 am

Another tourist trap in the women’s bathroom is a face appearing in the mirror, I don’t know about the laugh, though.

I think it’s totally stupid and despicable when an establishment fakes hauntings like this, that’s why I’m boycotting the Moss Beach Distillery – even though I live somewhat nearby!

Art Vanderlay says:

November 30, 2007, 5:25 pm

I think it’s fine to have a few Ghost “special effects” at the Distillery; people (myself included) love the whole Ghost theme as it is a lot of fun. Many
professionals such as Sylvia Browne have visited the Distillery and are convinced that spirits and ghosts visit on a frequent basis. Say what you will, the view of the ocean is awesome. Yes, the food is expensive but was very good on my last two visits for dinner.

Lily says:

March 6, 2008, 6:56 pm

I am from Half Moon Bay and my sister worked as a waitress at the Distillery for 2 weeks and says she will NEVER go back. Not even for dinner. She doesnâ??t really talk about what happened except for 1 story:
The wine cellar is located downstairs and the door opens inward. One night she went down to retrieve a second bottle of wine for her table and couldnâ??t get the door to open. It took 3 strong guys to finally pushed the door open, when they managed to peak inside they saw that all the cases of wine had been pushed up against the door, all the way to the ceiling. She hates it there. Even when we drive by she gets creeped out.

Britt says:

June 4, 2008, 10:20 pm

Personally, I find this place pathetic. Any Real paranormal activity they may have can never be trusted because they’ve decided to turn themselves into a cheesy haunted house. There are speakers hidden all over the place, sensors, hydraulics, and a whole host of other fabricated “hauntings.” Beyond that the staff is simply rude and insulting.

Elizabeth says:

June 5, 2008, 3:28 pm

I live in San Francisco, and had often heard stories about the Moss Beach Distillery hauntings.

I am also an huge fan of the SciFi Channel’s Ghost Hunters show. Last night they aired a new epsiode, which was an investigation of the Moss Beach Distillery. The own/manager listed many claims of patrons seeing faces in the mirror and hearing laughter in the women’s restroom, hearing noises through the halls, and the chandelier shaking.

After an intense investigation, the hunters discovered all of the booby traps and rigs set up to simulate paranormal activity. This includes all of the activity the duped patrons reported. The Moss beach Distillery fabricated hauntings with electronic devises, and then tried to use the reports as evidence… all the while compleyly knowing that it was all a ruse.

Needless to say, the investigators were very upset and angry to have been lied to. It was terribly unprofessional of the Moss beach Distillery to waste the time of the investigators with falsified reports. The Distiller claimed that they use the equipment to ‘enhance’ the haunting experience, but how can any evidence be trusted, considering the likely hood that anything discovered has been tainted.

The Moss Beach Distillery tarnished its reputation as being a haunting location in Northern California.

aliza thornberry says:

June 12, 2008, 1:28 pm

your feet smell bad

Jilly says:

June 14, 2008, 2:37 am

Recently TAPS investigated the Moss Beach Distillery and found that the building is ‘rigged’ to scare you – an eerie face behind a mirror that lights up, pneumatic devices that make the chandeliers swing, and more. It’s a hoax out there folks…don’t bother.


July 7, 2008, 1:11 pm

T.A.P.S. investigated that place, it’s a fake. Nothing but fun house devices that got Grant injured the owners and managers should be ashamed of themselves!

Kimberly says:

July 26, 2008, 9:42 pm

Lighten up everyone! My visiting family loves this place–yes, the hauntings are mostly fake but they are usually very obvious (the lady in the mirror, for instance). There probably may have been a lady in blue at some point but by now she has been scared away by the tourists and the nonsense. It is overpriced and the service does generally suck. However, watching the sunset with an Irish coffee (or what have you) from the back deck at sunset cannot be beat.

cnjs says:

August 5, 2008, 8:00 pm

I saw this place on tv the other day. Apparently, they have technology that makes people see the ghost. She comes sometimes, but in order to make her appear every time there is a crowd, they have a room in the back. It is hooked up to the bathroom, the lights, a lot of things.


September 19, 2008, 11:54 am


Bounty Hunter says:

October 27, 2008, 12:27 am

Some people need to lighten up on the Ghost effects. The Distillery website talks about the enhacements quite openly. Many experts in paranormal activity such as Sylvia Brown and Lloyd Auerback (who teaches a college course in the paranormal) swear they have had “real” ghostly experiences at the restaurant. The food is great, staff is terrific and the views are awesome. Some of the complainers need to get a life.

rsm says:

November 27, 2008, 5:11 pm

Yes, the web site talks about the “effect” NOW. Prior to being found out, and debunked, they did not. Sylvia Brown and Lloyd Auerback are both known frauds, and should not be used as example.

rn says:

February 26, 2009, 10:32 am

This place is a fake and they are dumb enough to think everyone else is dumb and wont figure it out…check out the info here

Belinda says:

April 15, 2009, 9:32 pm

This place is full of lies and I am just as disgusted as the TAPS team who came to investigate.

Yes it’s not a harm to have devices to rig some ghostly figures, but to deliberately and intentionally LIE about these things before TAPS started investigations was rude and terribly unprofessional. People could have been scared or hurt by these things, in fact, one of the TAPS investigator fell and hurt his leg as he was trying to check out the speaker placed in the ceiling.

I don’t mind a place being funny and haunted like, but at least have the decency to warn people. What if someone who saw the face in the mirror or heard the laughter and was scared and had a heart attack?

The scenery and the distillery is beautiful, that I agree with. But it is uncool to try to deceive people like that.

So I would say, if you want to see good scenery, go check it out. But if you’re looking for real paranormal activities, don’t bother.

Quinn says:

October 31, 2009, 12:53 am

Sorry guys. This is a fraud. From CNN: “Off State Route 1, one finds the famous restaurant Moss Beach Distillery, an architecturally and historically noteworthy building located upon a cliff with ocean views. This present day restaurant has its roots in bootleg liquor during Prohibition. This building is an official California Point of Historical Interest [1] and includes its own ghost (the Blue Lady) which has been featured in a number of ghost hunting programs including Unsolved Mysteries and Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunters recently found their paranormal claims to be fraudulent by revealing that owners of the distillery have created various hoaxes simulating paranormal activity.”

David Huang says:

December 25, 2009, 3:12 pm

Dear Real Haunts,
I Tend To Disagree With Some Comments, Most Of Them Are Alright But Suggesting It’s Fake Or It’s A Hoax Is Simply Impossible. No Way Anybody Can Fake A Haunting With Special Effects, Or Sound Equipment Inside The Distillery. It’s A Little Bit Hard To Swallow! As A Christian Believer I Plan To Start My Own Investigation With A Cell Phone Camera And A Tape Recorder To Record My Entries And Stay At A Inn In Moss Beach Next Year In The Spring Or Fall 2010. It Should Be Interesting To See What Clues I Can Pick Up About The Mysterious Hauntings And The Legendary Blue Lady.
Thank You.
David Huang

rick torz says:

January 7, 2010, 1:45 pm

personally i would love to eat and stay there some time, i think it has alot of interesting history. as far as the ghosts, im sure it does have ghostly spirits hanging around, but they are made null and void by the manmade ghostly effects and now you cant trust what may happen. any of it could be a hoax or it may not be. who knows. a place of entertainment mainly, which is fine.

Not no more says:

May 16, 2010, 12:18 am

the owner of this place should be ashamed! i was visiting Moss Beach with a couple of relatives a few years back and i refused to eat in the Distillery. I will never give my money to a place where the owners/operators deliberately attempt to con and manipulate the paying costumers within the establishment. Shame on you, your a disgrace to California

Anna says:

June 17, 2010, 11:01 am

I’ve been here! It’s hilarious! If you look into the mirror you see a blue face. And I read on wikipedia that there are staged effects. It’s fun to go to this place, it’s not really haunted. But when I was small it really freaked me out to see the face in the mirror.

Katie says:

August 5, 2010, 2:49 pm

I have been there and heard a mans voice say ” I’m gonna rape you” then a woman cry being forced to do it with him

Joe says:

November 17, 2010, 7:53 pm

My friends and I from the local dog park thought the only thing scary about the distillary was the prices on the menu!

Faydrae Watkins says:

July 12, 2014, 1:45 pm

We came here about a year ago,I was traveling back from standford hospital with my son in a wheelchair.While the menu is a little expensive,the staff was very accommodating,friendly and the food was delicious.We travel around to see suppossedly haunted places,rarely if your lucky something may happen. We did not see any of the fake funny pranks but when I went down the elevator shaft and stepped into the small room just before the bathroom there was an overwhelming feeling that I was not alone…the view here is to die for-ghost hunter or not I would highly recommend making a stop here.

Jewell says:

December 3, 2015, 1:21 pm

Been to the MBD several times over the years, both BEFORE and AFTER the owners added their “enhancements”. Why not spend that money on other things? They enticed Ghost Hunters to investigate after they put in their enhancements and Grant & Jason were both really pissed off. Wasted their time! And when questioned, the owner lamely stated, “Oh those? I forgot about those….” What an idiot. It’s a great place with some interesting history. Try going on a day when you can walk the beach, too. The entire area is worth the visit!

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