I'll Drink to That: Libations, Temptations and Good Vibrations at Savannah's Many Bars

Savannah is home to one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but you don’t have to travel to the city on March 17 each year to find free-flowing libations and a good time. Savannah’s healthy bar scene is active year-round and offers a little something for everyone. If unique cocktails and hip clientele top your wish list, head to The Sparetime, a popular, new Historic District bar. Bar·food, a Midtown favorite that draws an equally cool crowd, boasts a nice selection of wine, tasty cocktails and excellent French-Asian cuisine. Beer lovers have plenty of great options, including The Distillery, which boasts more than 100 craft brews, and Churchill’s, an authentic British pub with a good selection of imported European beer. If you want to take in Savannah’s skyline while you imbibe, head to Rocks on the Roof, the fabulous bar on the rooftop of the Bohemian Hotel. For a totally different kind of atmosphere, be sure to check out Pinkie Master’s, a local watering hole famous for its political memorabilia, patrons and PBR. If you’re craving an intimate conversation, you’ll appreciate the cozy nooks and soft jazz music at Circa 1875. If you’re hoping to strike up a conversation with a stranger, head on over to the Congress Street Social Club. Still can’t make up your mind or hoping to try multiple bars in one night? The city has an open container law in portions of the Historic District, so ask for your drink to go and hit the pavement.  

Fans of British pubs will love Churchill's. Not only are the furnishings and décor the real deal (the hand-carved mahogany bar was crafted in England and shipped to Savannah), but the owners are too--British transplants who have successfully...  Read More

Historic District

Not everyone wants a loud bar with blaring music and a pickup scene. If your tastes are more refined and you prefer sipping a nice glass of wine while listening to classic jazz, be sure to stop by Circa 1875. The Historic District bar--once the...  Read More

If you like your waiters in kilts and your scotch top shelf, then head to Molly MacPherson's, the city's only Scottish pub. Enjoying a great location on Congress Street just steps from City Market, Molly's is at once spacious and bustling, with...  Read More

Historic District
Planters Tavern
Photo courtesy of Planters Tavern

Located in a cellar underneath the highly regarded Olde Pink House restaurant, Planters Tavern stands alone as a great spot to grab a drink and enjoy live entertainment. The building itself--a late 18th-century Georgian mansion that was built as...  Read More

You don't have to go Downtown to find an excellent bar with a hip clientele. Bar · food, located in Habersham Village in a burgeoning Midtown neighborhood, has all the elements of an outstanding bar without the hassle of searching for a parking...  Read More

Just as its name suggests, Congress Street Social Club has become a popular spot for those who want to meet and mingle. The always-bustling establishment, which is just a block away from City Market, has a large outdoor patio and bar, along with...  Read More

Historic District
Pinkie Master's Lounge

If a dive bar atmosphere is your speed, be sure to check out Pinkie Master's, a Savannah institution famous for its gin cocktails in plastic cups, free-flowing PBR and laid-back atmosphere. Regulars love the neighborhood bar for its reasonably...  Read More

Historic District

Beer snobs unite. The Distillery, a popular Historic District bar, features an assortment of more than 100 craft brews and a rotating selection of 21 beers on tap. You won't find cheap favorites such as Bud and Miller Light here: The...  Read More

Located on the rooftop of the Bohemian Hotel, Rocks on the Roof features gorgeous views of the waterfront and the Savannah skyline. But lovely outdoor vistas aren't the only reason to visit Rocks. The bar draws a steady crowd of locals and...  Read More

Most bars serve specialty drinks, but The Sparetime takes top honors for the most unique cocktails in town. This newcomer, located near City Market in the Historic District, offers alchemic cocktails such as the Corn N' Oil, a mixture of Cruzan...  Read More


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Amy's thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of Savannah with the world. A Savannah native, Amy has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, and her work has appeared...  More About Amy

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