10 Best Historic District Hangouts: Chic Bars, Bustling Pubs and Cool Dives

Savannah’s Historic District is known for its beauty, history, charm and nightlife. The area is teeming with bars, lounges, pubs and dance clubs. Even the Historic District’s restaurants get in on the act, boasting killer bar areas and late-night bites.

One of the best spots to grab a drink and mingle is Rocks on the Roof, a rooftop bar atop the chic Bohemian Hotel on River Street with breathtaking views of the Savannah skyline. Congress Street Social Club, just a few blocks away, boasts a spacious outdoor patio and bar and always draws a lively crowd.

Savannah is known for its U.K.-inspired pubs, and there are several in the Historic District that are worthy of a visit. Sure bets include Six Pence Pub, Churchill’s Pub and Restaurant, Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub and Grill and Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub.

Those looking for an upscale atmosphere will appreciate the cozy ambiance and historic charm at Circa 1875 Gastropub and Planters Tavern, the lounge beneath the Olde Pink House. For a more modern atmosphere, fantastic cocktails and tasty small bites, check out The Sparetime or Jazz’d Tapas Bar.

Other great choices in the Historic District include beer havens The Distillery, World of Beer and the Moon River Brewing Company; live music venue The Jinx; and dance clubs SubZero Bar, Club One and Club 51 Degrees

And for an authentic Savannah nightlife experience, be sure to stop by Pinkie Master’s Lounge, a local institution known for its gin and tonic in plastic cups, PBR and fascinating political history.

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This beer-lovers' paradise on Broughton Street in the Historic District has a selection of more than 500 beers, including 62 varieties on draft. The Florida-based chain also has a mind-blowing selection of bottled beer, with choices from 40...  Read More

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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

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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

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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

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This Congress Street staple is the place to go for live music in Savannah. Raw, unpolished and unpretentious, the Jinx has hosted some of the hottest local and regional bands since it opened its doors in 2003. The Jinx boasts a friendly bar...  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

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Always packed, always lively, always entertaining, Jazz'd is the place to be seen in Downtown Savannah. Located in the basement of the historic Kress building, this tapas-style restaurant has a long, sleek serpentine bar and ample seating in the...  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



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



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


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