Written by Abstract Samm
Support local businesses by having a drink at any of the locally owned bars on this list. Every spot has their own specific charm and is part of what makes Savannah such a fun place to spend your vacation time.
Starting up the list today is another Starland District watering hole, the Lone Wolf Lounge on Lincoln St. Known for being on the up-and-up, the Starland District is a super creative neighborhood in Savannah’s Historic District that seems to have something fun to do on every corner and Lone Wolf Lounge adds to the reputation. Whether you have a favorite drink that graces every menu, or want to taste something from their house cocktail selection, the mixologists at Lone Wolf Lounge are skilled and ready to get you right. Look for Lone Wolf Lounge on Lincoln and any day outside of Sunday and come in from 11 am – 1 am. Late nights are the best part of hanging out at Lone Wolf Lounge.
Only a short walk from Forsyth Park, The Black Rabbit can be easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. When you want to relax, kick back, and enjoy a drink (or some stellar sandwiches) without worrying about an overcrowded location. Though they always seem to have a full house at The Black Rabbit, there is never a wait for service. Find them on Barnard St from 11 am – 1 am (11:30 am – 12 am on Sundays) and try something simple like a smoked turkey sandwich or get creative and ask for the “Three Piggies” for a sandwich that is dripping with all sorts of flavors. Try out the “Millennial Tears” specialty cocktail, we can’t resist a fun jab and it comes with pear brandy and Japanese whiskey. The Black Rabbit is a prime stop for lunch or drinks at any point in your walk through Savannah’s Historic District, close enough to all the fun with double the available street parking.
Dive bars are one of Savannah’s specialties, even outside of the Historic District you won’t have a hard time finding a little hole in the wall location where the locals all seem to know each other’s names. The Original Pinkie Masters on Drayton St has that homey feel, while being one of Savannah’s most inviting bars. Since their opening in 1951, the building has remained a bar throughout its entire time standing. At one time, the name of this bar was The Rainbow Room, Pinkie’s was just a nickname paying homage to the colorful owner. These days, The Original Pinkie Masters sticks to serving up drinks and wholesome times, just like always. Occasionally, you will find a live musician providing entertainment. Getting lost in the overwhelming sense of nostalgia covering every inch of The Original Pinkie Masters can be easy. Don’t forget to bring cash and come party with them Monday through Saturday from 1 pm – 3 am.
Award winning sandwiches, made from scratch food, and an upscale setting are three reasons (outside of the awesome chicken wings) that Savannah Taphouse should be next up on your list of restaurant stops in this area. High quality dining is what they aim for at this restaurant located on east Broughton st. Whether you’re picking sauces like teriyaki or a dry rub like Old Bar, Savannah Taphouse is known for their top notch service along with food that will have you wanting to come back for more. Any day that you’re wanting to be sure that your meal is going to be a five star experience, visit Savannah Taphouse from 11 am – 12 am. There’s a crew full of smiles waiting to take these wings to the next level.
Just ask any local and they will tell you a story about Wet Willie’s and how they have a cup or two stashed away from a great party at any point in the last twenty years. Known for their iconic frozen drinks, Wet Willie’s is also one of those hidden gem late night food spots that keeps everyone happy at the end of a party. After taking on something like the “Call-A-Cab” slushed drink, bar food is an absolute MUST and Wet Willie’s has two locations that stay open until 1 am during the week and 2 am on the weekends. From City Market to River Street, you’ll see plenty of guests and locals walking with one of their unique hard plastic cups. Once you’re good and hungry, ask for their food menu and really dive into the wings. Twice baked, herb marinated chicken wings sit among choices like mozzarella bites. Bar food takes on a whole new image when you order a bowl of shrimp and grits, a staple meal here in Georgia. Everyone who likes to drink at Wet Willie’s is bound to have a favorite flavor so don’t hesitate to ask your tour guide about theirs if you’re riding on the party bike sometime.
Though Cotton & Rye didn’t initially feature wings on their menu, funny circumstances led them to eventually adding this award winning recipe to their selection. Back in 2018, Cotton & Rye’s infamous wings were known to be THE superbowl snack of the year and everyone seemed to want a piece of what Cotton & Rye was tossing their chicken in. After being invited to a wing cook off in 2016 that Cotton & Rye won without question, the restaurant went on to continue taking titles with various competitions. Now, the wings remain a staple part of their large menu and we are all thrilled about that. Make the choice from any of four out of this world flavors and see why Cotton & Rye takes the chicken wing game to an entirely new level. Closed on Sunday and Monday, you can find the popular restaurant on Habersham St from 5 – 10 pm.
Known for being one of Savannah’s most popular dive bars, The Rail Pub is one of those places that makes you feel like you’re stepping into a best friend’s party. Even though their menu is not a large one, we had to make mention of their Free Fried Chicken Fridays. You can thank us for the inside info later. Every Friday, you can visit The Rail Pub on Congress St and throw back some beers while ordering plate after plate of free chicken wings. From 1 am – 3 pm on Fridays, The Rail Pub has plenty going on along with the great free food. Enjoy the aesthetic of an old building from the 1890s and feel a vibe that can only be brought on by Savannah’s Historic District. Also, if you ever needed to know exactly how many days remain until we get to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, The Rail Pub website keeps a handy little counter at the bottom of their website’s home page.
Game day is one of the most sacred at a place like Pour Larry’s on Saint Julian St in City Market. Known for being one of the best in the sports coverage, Pour Larry’s has a screen hung up on every inch of wall they could spare with access to some of the most sought out matches and games. They pay for full access so you won’t have to worry about that part. Just sit down in front of your chosen tv and ask your server to bring out the drink that gets you in the competitive mood. From 12 pm – 12 am (at least) every day except Sunday, you can drink and eat at Pour Larry’s while watching the match that everyone won’t quit talking about. Keep an eye out for live music events, when they have a guest on stage at Pour Larry’s everyone can hear the party through all of City Market.
What better name for a bar on Lincoln street is there than Abe’s? The originators of this bar saw the perfect opportunity and made sure to take it. Live music, outdoor seating, and the largest collection of Abraham Lincoln doodles imaginable are all parts of what make Abe’s such a popular destination. Once you walk inside, you’ll notice that the walls and ceilings are all covered with seemingly endless variations of the past president. Ask the bartender for some extra napkins and a pen with your drinks, they always have room for adding to the collection. Live music can also be found at Abe’s and you can never be sure of who will be taking advantage of their stage so repeat visits to Abe’s on Lincoln are an absolute must. Closed on Sundays, Abe’s on Lincoln accepts guests from 4 pm – 3 am any other day.
Strawberry Cucumber mojitos are only the beginning of what is happening at Mint To Be Mojito Bar on State St. Located in a quiet area of downtown, get ready to enjoy freshly prepared drinks and appetizers. Every bite or sip leaves you wanting more in the best kind of way. Mojitos are crafted with top tier ingredients and you can choose from indoor or outdoor seating. Check out their (not entirely) secret speakeasy and find out why Mint to be Mojito Bar & Grill has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Every day, prepare to come by from 11:30 am until at least 10 pm. They remain open later on the weekends but can still be a dependable stop for weeknight adventures.
Throughout history, alcohol has played an interesting role in past events and the nature of how businesses have been run. At Artillery Room, they take the idea of a speakeasy and cover all the bases. Back in the early days of alcohol distribution, the local speakeasy was the only way to get a drink and Savannah had their fair share of private clubs. Artillery Room is the kind of location that gives subtle nods to the building’s history with a 19th century design. Try out some cocktails made with recipes from way back in the day, created with fresh ingredients and high quality liquors at Artillery Room. This place is a bit like a time capsule, don’t be shocked if you learn something in the midst of having drinks. Closed on Sunday and Monday, Artillery Room is the bar to be at when you want to feel fancy without having to spend too much on drinks.
Rumor has it that some of Savannah’s strongest drinks are poured on the regular at Totally Awesome Bar on Whitaker St. Not only can you find karaoke and silent disco (on different nights) but the walls of this venue are covered in an ever growing collection of edgy and nostalgic memorabilia. They always play the best music and have more than enough pool tables to keep everyone in rotation. Go dance and drink and have the time of your life at Totally Awesome Bar from 7 pm – 3 am during the week, from 2 pm – 3 am on the weekends and then take some time to rest when they do on Sundays. You haven’t truly encapsulated your time in Savannah until you’ve taken photos in their booth. Don’t forget to pick up your prints though, discarded photos get put up for all the patrons to see.
There’s no need to drive all the way to Tybee or Jekyll island when you need a taste of the beach life. Zunzibar is easy to spot on Drayton Street with their colorful umbrellas standing out among downtown Savannah’s city life. Zunzibar or Zunzi’s is known for fun times, strong drinks, and a menu that can make anyone’s work day so much better. Their Vegan meatballs seem to draw in even the most picky of meat eaters, just ask the locals who work within walking distance of the restaurant. Since opening in 2005, Zunzi’s is proud to be one of downtown Savannah’s favorite hole-in-the-wall bar and restaurants. Easy enough to remember, Zunzibar is open from 11 am until 11 pm every day and night. Grab one of their signature cocktails to get a real taste of just what these bartenders can do when considering flavor.
Duckpin bowling, bingo, cheap beer and some of the greatest vibes around is what you will find when you hang out at Moodrights. Located on Abercorn, close to downtown but not inside of the busy sector, you will find Moodrights. Known mostly for the duckpin bowling, the slightly smaller version of 10 pin bowling, Moodrights is low key and fairly priced with everything they offer. Don’t skip this one of a kind experience, better than the bowling alley because the beers aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg. You will be needing those limbs to get the high score bowling. Come by any day but Sunday after 4 pm and play a few rounds one of these days.
When you’re the type of person who likes to document experiences on social media, aesthetics are everything in the choosing process for where to have drinks in Savannah. No filter is needed for the photos taken at Water Witch Tiki, a chic addition to Savannah’s ever growing party scene. Charge your phone to 100% and get ready to hashtag #IslandGetaway while you’re sitting in one of the wicker chairs sipping on a tropical flavored cocktail. Water Witch Tiki adds plenty of charm to Bull St in the Starland District, fitting in with the rest of this area’s funky vibe. During the week, come in and ask for a Skidaway Getaway cocktail from 5 pm – 12 am or Friday – Saturday from 11 am – 2 am. Happy Hour is from 5 – 7 pm Monday through Friday so jump on deals like 3$ Coors.
Only the best authentic, Prohibition-style cocktails are prepared at Congress St up. This 1920’s speakeasy style bar does have a dress code and is known for keeping up the class with everything they do. Stop by Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 pm – 12 am for drinks or check their website to find out more about their cocktail making classes. Located right beside the Prohibition museum near City Market, Congress St Up is right along nearly any route planned through the downtown bar scene.
Being a local business ourselves, we can really appreciate the hard work and dedication that goes into what we do in Savannah. The Savannah Insider and CycleSavannah.com is always on the move, gearing up to tell you more about this wonderful city and all that it has to offer. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our FAQ to find out more about how to book a tour with us on the pedicabs or party bike! Our local tour is the perfect way to find out all you need to know about local bars. You can even ask your tour guide for advice on what to do when you’re in Savannah. The locals do know best after all. Come back to CycleSavannah.com next time you need any advice on where to eat, drink, and party in Savannah.