Written by Abstract Samm

While some might prefer to argue that any hour in Savannah is a happy one (we usually do, especially when we’re on the #PartyBike), there’s always a way to make any outing a better experience. What other way to have an even better time downtown than with discounted drinks and appetizers! Here on the Savannah Sip N’ Cycle, we love to have a good time and save a few bucks while doing it. That’s why our tours start at just 25$ a seat, so be sure to take a look at our FAQ tab to find out more about how to book your ride on the #PartyBike, you won’t regret it. But, before you decide to take a ride on the #PartyBike straight out of your favorite dreams, we want to take a moment to improve your visit to Savannah, and your day in general by letting you in on some not-so-well-kept secrets about when to snag the real bar bargains when you’re in town.

Did you know that the term “Happy Hour” was first used back in the 20’s as Naval slang? When the guys were spending tons of time away from home, they would have a regular “Happy Hour” each day that included games, wrestling and other activities to help break up the day-after-day schedule. While the term initially began as a slang term for the boys to use, time would provide folks with another reason to look forward to an hour or two of happiness. Back in the days of the Prohibition, there was a ban on alcohol that began in 1920 and was not lifted for thirteen years. Naturally, not many people were too keen on following those rules. Due to the need for secrecy when trying to enjoy a drink from 1920-33 people were known to gather in groups at speakeasies or house parties to get drunker than Cooter Brown, an activity that soon became known as “Happy Hour” somewhere along the way. Slang terms have a way of being recycled every so often but we have a feeling that the modern definition will probably end up sticking around for some time. Even Merriam Webster can define Happy Hour as “ a period of time during which the price of drinks (as at a bar) is reduced or hors d’oeuvres are served free”.

Though the concept of alcohol being illegal across the board is generally pretty foreign to us here in the states, there’s still some push back where the current meaning of Happy Hour is concerned. Believe it or not, Happy Hour is actually banned in eight states, how’s that for irony? Seriously, Happy Hour is not allowed, by law, in Massachusetts, Alaska, Indiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Vermont. Back in 2011, Happy Hour was illegal in twenty-three states. Thank goodness that isn’t the case so often anymore. As if you needed another reason to choose a visit to Savannah, we not only participate in Happy Hour, we practically live for it. Just come by on St. Patrick’s Day or Halloween if you don’t believe us.

This week, here on the Sip N’ Cycle blog, we are hyped to tell you all about the greatest weekly Happy Hour specials all around the city. From half priced appetizers to 3$ draft beers and all around the menu spectrum, all of the restaurants and bars that you love visiting already can only get better by serving up sweet deals each week. You don’t have to be a local to find out all the best deals in Savannah, just keep checking up on the cyclesavannah.com blog. There’s always something new going on, artists to be enjoyed, tours that you didn’t even know existed and endless other choices for your trip to Savannah.
Be sure to stay on the look out for more blogs about what Savannah has to offer, even take a look at past posts, we’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to cover all that we can. What makes Savannah so special has to be the way we are constantly growing, adding more of what we want and expanding what we’ve got. Savannah might be the type of city that seems trapped in time at first glance but that is anything but true, and we here on the Sip N’ Cycle can’t wait to tell you more about it.

Now, let’s get right into it. Keep on reading for more about Savannah’s happiest hours throughout the week!

Sorry Charlie’s

4.5 ★
Residing in one of Savannah’s oldest commercial buildings, Sorry Charlie’s can be found watching over Ellis Square on Congress Street. Not only are you sure to fall in love with their house made hot sauce no matter what time you’re ordering oysters (and let’s face it, there’s never not a great time for oysters) but if you come in from 4-6pm Monday-Friday, you’ll only pay 1$ per oyster. With dollar oysters, 3$ beers and 5$ champagne, there’s enough to keep anyone busy for two hours with this awesome deal. Take two happy hours to unwind at Sorry Charlie’s, a favorite to all who enter.

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Cotton & Rye

4.7 ★
If you’re ever on Habersham Street between 5-6:30pm Monday-Friday, you’ll want to stop by Cotton & Rye to take advantage of 5$ select wines, 7$ specialty cocktails and even more. Formerly a 1950s bank, this spot is rustic and chic in a way that just feels like Savannah, there’s really no other way to describe Cotton & Rye. The only thing prettier than the interior is the drinks, they really step the game up on presentation with each and every cocktail made feeling like a personal gift from an old friend.

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The Grove

4.2 ★
Located right in the heart of City Market, you can’t miss The Grove once you walk by it. If you’re in the area between 5-7pm Monday-Friday, you’ll want to take advantage of what they have to offer at this regular haunt for locals and tourists alike. If half priced champagne and wine and 2$ off house cocktails are not convincing enough, you can even take 1$ off of Southbound Brewing Company beers and 2$ off appetizers. Sit in style on the rooftop bar and have a blast people watching from one of the best views in City Market.

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Jen & Friends

4.6 ★
Make sure to take a trip to Jen & Friends if you’re looking to find out where your new best friend is. Whether you’re wanting a cocktail that is truly unique, served with a smile, or figuring out where to become a regular, Jen & Friends is happy to have you visit. From Monday-Friday, wander in to this Savannah favorite, located on Bull St anytime between 3-7pm and ask about their 5$ drink of the day, or 2$ domestic beers. We’ve mentioned Jen & Friends here on the Savannah Sip N’ Cycle blog because they are well worth mentioning, even when the hours are just the regular amount of happy.

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The Warehouse Bar & Grill

4.3 ★
Proudly boasting the coldest beer in town and hosting local musicians regularly, The Warehouse is one of River Street’s prime bars. Just take a walk inside on any weekday (Monday-Friday) from 3-7pm for 3$ Miller Lite draft, 4$ Blue moon, 5$ appetizers and more. When the beer is already known for being the coldest and cheapest, the only way to top that is with happy hour specials. You’ll come in for the deals, you’ll stay for the live music and great service.

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The Ordinary Pub

4.5 ★
While this may be The Ordinary Pub, their happy hour options are anything but ordinary. Enjoy 12$ bottomless mimosas not just on weekdays, but every single day. When you’re shopping on Broughton Street, there’s no better option than bottomless mimosas to settle down at the end of the day. Honestly, you don’t even need to be on Broughton Street already to consider wandering in. Along with the bottomless mimosas, don’t forget to ask about their other deals, you’ll have a time at The Ordinary Pub that is nothing less than extraordinary.

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The Trade Room

4.4 ★
Located right on Williamson Street, inside of the immaculate and rustic Alida Hotel, The Trade Room is more than just a killer view of the Savannah River. The Alida Hotel prides itself on being an essential host, truly encompassing what the term “Southern Hospitality” means down to the core and The Trade Room adds to the ambiance. Featuring a menu stocked full of wines, beers and mostly whiskey, you’ll want to come in from 4-6pm on Thursday through Saturday for their Happy Hour bargains. From 3$ beers to 6$ wines, you’ll love feeling fancy in this contemporary setting at half the cost.

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The Rail Pub

4.5 ★
Throughout the history of The Rail Pub, this location has been home to everything from a brothel to a boarding house. What better place to experience “Happy Hour” than at the place that seems to have a history with that sort of term, even if the meanings might have been different (ha,see what we did there?) With Free Fried Chicken Wednesdays and a countdown to St. Patrick’s Day on their website, you can tell The Rail Pub is the spot that knows how to have a great time. In fact, they love their fun times so much that Happy Hour lasts most of every weekday. Monday through Friday, beginning when they open and ending at 7pm, you can enjoy free nuts and 1$ Ghetto Dawgs, and plenty of snarky fun at absolutely no extra charge.

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Conclusion

Well, there you have it, just a few more options to amp up your visit to Savannah. Though some might argue that location is everything, we here at the Sip N’ Cycle like to think that timing plays the most significant role in party planning. Even if you’re not such a stickler for time, most of these Happy Hour specials are available throughout the week, you’ll stumble upon something fun regardless of what part of downtown you’re at. But, don’t let this list alone limit your choices. Around here, the bars are regularly looking for any excuse to sell discounted drinks. What can I say? Savannah likes to party, we even featured a list of “Quarantine Style” drinking games here on the blog at one point. It takes a lot less than cheap beer to get Savannians (and extended Savannians, you’re all family once you step foot in the city) to come out for a party, but saving a buck or three is nice. Here at Savannah Sip N’ Cycle, we want to make sure you’re able to have the best time possible while in the city.
While you’re here, don’t skip out on a great opportunity to take a tour that is as fun as it is affordable. Starting at just 25$ per seat, the Savannah Sip N’ Cycle is not just tons of fun, but also a ticket to your greatest asset, a local tour guide. If you’re truly interested in finding out where the prime place to score a sweet deal in Savannah is, you can always ask your host while you’re on the #PartyBike. You can’t ever be sure of what one local might say, we have all developed a sense of who our favorites are. Not only is a ride on the #PartyBike one of the top tier ways to get to know Savannah, but is also a door to the city that can’t be encompassed by one blog post.