Written by Abstract Samm

Featuring anything from arena’s to all access and every style in between, Savannah Georgia has a music scene that covers every end of the spectrum, at least twice. Whether you’re looking for a local jam band or tracking down some of the biggest names from your bucket list, the city is stacked with locations to suit whatever music taste you can come up with. We here at Sip N’ Cycle have compiled a list of music venues in Savannah, Georgia to make choosing entertainment easier. Whether you’re from here, new here or on a repeat visit, there is bound to be something unexpected going on musically.

SMALL VENUES, ARENAS, & PARKS

If what you’re looking for is a closer, more intimate show while still enjoying the full concert experience, Savannah also has a selection of theaters constantly adding fresh acts. The infamous Lucas and Savannah Theater are not just locations to watch plays. Known for hosting “That’s 70’s Show” and other types of collaborative musical shows, spending a few hours in the theater is a nice change from the typical bar venue scene while still scratching that live concert itch.

Victory North

Reminiscent of long time favorites like The Masquerade in Atlanta, Victory North provides an intimate experience for fans of acts that are sure to hit you in the nostalgic bone. Featuring everything from acts like Reel Big Fish and Uncle Cracker to indie cover groups like Rumours (Fleetwood Mac cover group), there is always an interesting set scheduled. Located in Savannah’s new Starland District, Victory North is right downtown with plenty of street parking available.

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The Savannah Civic Center

First and foremost, the Savannah Civic Center is home to the Johnny Mercer theater and the Martin Luther King Jr. arena. Featuring past acts like, The Temptations, Heart and many more, the Civic Center has been housing some of the world’s top acts for well over a decade. If you’re looking to experience a classic favorite or check out what’s fresh on the country scene, the Civic Center hosts them all. You’re guaranteed a high quality performance at either of these locations.

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Forsyth Park

Of all the squares in the Historic District of Downtown Savannah, Forsyth is known to be the largest and most picturesque of the thirty in the area. Though the area is the wearer of many hats, throughout the year, a wide variety of events are hosted in the area. From the Savannah Jazz Festival to Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah, Forsyth can be found inhabited with any and every type of musical act.

Even on a regular week day, finding a busker or two having fun with their guitars and trumpets and who knows what else just having a good time. Savannah is full of hidden talent and a simple stroll through Forsyth Park can uncover a lot of it.

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Ships of the Sea Museum

While the Ships of the Sea Museum is not primarily a music venue, it is a location that hosts acts from the annual Savannah Stopover and Music Festival. Though this is a museum first and foremost, when this museum hosts a stop on a festival, they really go all out with production. Drinks, dance floor and great service to boot, The Ships of the Sea Museum can put on the venue hat and wear it well.

Regardless of your genre or venue preference, the city of Savannah is known for housing some of the most passionate shows around. The music community is a tight knit one here but always welcome to new and bigger acts. Whether you want a small almost private showing of your favorite indie band or to cross a major name off the bucket list, there is a spot in Savannah for you.

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Live Bar & Cafe Music:

Good Times Jazz Bar & Restaurant

One of the City’s newer residents, Good Time Jazz Bar is located right on Broughton Street in the Historic District. Already known for hosting choice Jazz acts, this is the spot to be on any given night for a jazz lover. With delicious southern-style cooking and top-notch musicians, this is a cozy little place to grab a beer, eat some soul-warming food, and listen to jazz. Great for a sultry, yet satisfying evening!

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Saddlebags

True to that classic southern feel, Saddle Bags on River Street is known for its massive dance floor, great live country acts and even the standard mechanical bull. Get ready to cut a rug, dance in line and two-step your heart out at Saddle Bags. Perfect for a rock-n-rollin honkey-tonk evening! So come on down, ride the bull, and jump in the line!

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El Rocko’s

Any nostalgic music lover can agree that only truly hip music venues still rock out with a jukebox while live acts are getting ready. El Rocko’s is one of those locations that sticks with you long after a visit, regardless of the featured genre. Along with progressive/experimental acts gracing the stage regularly, this spot is a stop on the Savannah Stopover festival.

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Bay St Blues

Whether you’re looking to jam out on Karaoke night or to hear some local jazz, Bay Street Blues always keeps the party going. Locals, new tourists and returning visitors flock to Bay Street Blues on any day of the week to have a great time. Karaoke is guaranteed every weekend.

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Bayou Cafe

Open seven nights a week, Bayou Cafe is always ready to party. Riverfront view, a Southern and Cajun blend of menu options and home to regular blues, southern rock and classic acts, there’s definitely enough to keep your interest at this bar & grill. Whether it be one of the local legends that hype up the house bands or a traveling act, there is no shortage of sweet tunes at the Bayou Cafe.

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Abe’s On Lincoln

One of Savannah’s oldest bars, established back in the 1700’s, Abe’s On Lincoln is an Abraham Lincoln themed tavern that hosts an open mic night every Monday. Come in and check out the continuously growing collection of Abraham Lincoln napkin drawings that line the walls and check out the nearby talent while enjoying a truly rustic ambiance.

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The Warehouse

No matter which direction you head down River Street, there’s bound to be music blasting out of most doorways and this is just as true at The Warehouse. Happy hour complete with live music is from 2-6 pm and the kitchen stays open late! There is always a party going on at this bar.

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The Jinx

If you were to ask any local to describe the The Jinx, they just might have a hard time getting started. This is because you never really, truly know what to expect upon entrance to this venue. Games, drinks, live music and who knows what else? When you’re trying to get away from the standard “Southern” scene (or any “standard” scene for that matter), this is the spot to go.

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The Wormhole

Known by locals as the City’s favorite dive bar, this location features games, food and always some sort of live entertainment. Whether it be comedic relief you seek or groovy jams, on any night The Wormhole is hosting someone new and fun. Vegan menu options and drink specials are boasted here just down Bull St.

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Congress St Social

Game room, dart board, live music and a huge screen to watch the game? Check, check, check and check off the list of must-have party options. Live music can be heard all through City Market by way of Congress St Social Club. Good southern rock and country musicians love to grace this stage, providing the perfect soundtrack for a weekend down south.

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Rancho Alegre

Traditional Cuban dishes collide with exotic music and an atmosphere to match, the proper place to dance Flamenco style is definitely Rancho Alegre on Martin Luther King Blvd. Hosting fantastic Latin acts and boasting mojito’s that you can’t have just one of, Rancho Alegre is like a step into another world.

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Jazz’d Tappas Bar

There’s nothing quite like a night of smooth tunes and appetizers with friends. At Jazz’d Tappas Bar, you get to wander below street level and really “get down.” Six nights out of every week, you can find the hottest in live swing, big band and blues jam bands that are sure to max out the dance floor at any given time. Just north of Broughton St, down Barnard, you’re sure to get your fill of brass at Jazz’d Tappas Bar.

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Casimir’s Lounge Bar

At 700 Drayton Street, it’s hard to miss the historic Mansion on Forsyth. Nestled inside you can find Casimir’s Lounge, a private little hideaway with a picture perfect view of the park. Casual but chic, you’re sure to find a signature martini to match any taste while enjoying a tranquil atmosphere on any given night.

Wild Wings on Barnard

Located right in the middle of City Market, there’s definitely no missing the Wild Wing Cafe on live music nights in the historic district. Featuring space for musicians to play both indoors and out, the local talent flocks to this area regularly. Along with great wings and any game you want playing inside on the big screen, Wild Wing Cafe has a knack for providing the party. There’s no shortage of dance floor space here!

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Molly McGuire’s

Open every day of the week, Molly McGuire’s is here to satisfy no matter what the time. Boasting a menu of seafood favorites and one killer view, this restaurant and bar holds to the island feel of being so close to Tybee. Serene vibes and handcrafted cocktails mix and mesh with the best of local musicianship on Johnny Mercer at Molly McGuire’s.

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The Rail Pub

When you don’t really feel like being entirely dressed for success but still want to enjoy a night out, The Rail Pub is ready to make you feel right at home. Whether you’re in it for some karaoke or free fried chicken (that’s right, free!) The Rail Pub is sure to be more than expected. Every night is karaoke night and Friday’s bring the promise of free fried chicken and live music out in the courtyard. These guys have been going hard since 1890, they must be doing something right.

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Savannah Smile’s

Classic hangout spot, a must see for any piano lovers from or new to Savannah. Savannah Smile’s is located on Williamson Street and is known for the infamous “Dueling Pianos” act. If you haven’t been at least once, you’re definitely missing something that has been a part of the true Savannah experience since the early 2000’s.

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Service Brewing Co.

Open from Wednesday through Saturday, Service Brewing Company on Indian St keeps the supply of bluegrass music coming strong. Come by on a Friday evening to enjoy “Bluegrass by the Pint” from 5:30-8:00. There is no cover charge to enjoy house band City Hotel, a wicked blend of funk, bluegrass and indie influences.

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Live Coffee Shop Music

In the city of Savannah, we know one thing to be true. Everyone here plays some sort of instrument and wants to start a band. Sometimes, the best talent is hiding in the local coffee shops just waiting to melt your heart.

Foxy Loxy

If you’re looking to stray away from the every day music venue, Foxy Loxy is the spot for you. Part coffee shop, part wine/beer cooler and part creative venue, even the walls are filled with artistic charm. Mark your calenders because this spot hosts everything from Boom Box Brunch on Sunday to Acoustic Tuesday, just check out the website to find out more.

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Coffee Deli

Every Wednesday night, Coffee.Deli in Habersham Village hosts an array of musicians for their open mic nights. Along with quality coffee and fresh food options, the entertainment is never the same twice.

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Sentient Bean

Haunt of the locals, housing art of any and all kinds, there is always something unexpected happening down at the Sentient Bean. Right next to Brighter day in the Forsyth Park area, the Sentient Bean is not only the go-to spot for all things vegan and plant based but a sweet space for open mic nights and more! Hosting spaces for events like Aura Fest, The Bean is an integral part of the city’s creative community from music to art and back.

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