Savannah, Georgia has certainly fought for its right to party. When Georgia went dry during the Prohibition era, Savannah was so up in arms that it threatened to secede from Georgia and form its own state, and that’s some pretty heavy dedication.
In fact, it may be fair to say that Savannah schooled America on partying, and it more than likely still has a thing or two to teach us. After all, it is the place that practically masterminded the speakeasy, gave rise to the jazz era, and put the fringes on the flappers.
1. Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour
Want to do some ghost-busting while you are in Savannah? If you find tours a little, well, touristy, here is one with a little taste of the macabre. This Pub Crawl starts at the Six Pence Pub, which is the first of five haunted watering holes of the evening. There you’ll meet your fearless guide who will give you your glow-in-the-dark cup to shed some light on the evening.
Next, you’ll be taken to the pubs, where you’ll do some spine shivering listening to tales of the haunted Savannah past, while you’re welcome to imbibe libations. The Savannah Flu Shot at 17hundred90 comes highly recommended, and a stiff one may be necessary after seeing all those stiff ones at the Chatham Cemetery.
2. The Wormhole Pub and Music Venues
If you dig deep enough into the city of Savannah, you’re sure to crawl into the Wormhole sooner or later. Known for its lack of pretension, the Wormhole bills itself a local watering hole where the neighbors come out to enjoy music, drinks, and food, but, its a safe bet these ain’t the neighbors you grew up next door to.
If you don’t mind your trivia night mixed with a little nudity, you’ll be right at home at the Wormhole, and if you want to try your luck at winning the Best Fake Orgasm contest, the Sex and Candy Saturdays may be right up your alley. However, when it comes down to it, the Wormhole is really about the people and the music. The staff is down to earth, the sound man cares, and the bands play from the heart. There’s also plenty of booze and comedy nights, and, word has it, the panini is to die for.
3. Savannah Smiles Duelling Pianos
If Savannah had a soundtrack, it would have to be centered on piano. One look at the city and you can almost hear those high tinkling arpeggios flowing from the open porches on hot summer nights. If you find yourself on Williamson St. on a Savannah evening, hearing the sound of live piano and a few raucous voices, it’s more than likely coming from Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos.
At Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, they bring the pianos and the bar, you bring the party. All the musical selections are chosen by the people for the people, and with a 450 person capacity, that can make for a lot of requests, but never fear, there’s enough booze and food to keep you singing and dancing all night. With a menu of over 50 different beers, over 250 different liquors, and food served all night, you’ll have enough to keep you smiling all night long.
4. Rocks On The Roof
Want to see the swankier side of Savannah? If the heat on the Savannah streets is making your hair curl, you can rise above it at Rocks on the Roof. Perched atop the stylish Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Selection. The oyster chandeliers, marble bar top, and aged wood trim make for an elegant backdrop, but most would agree that the real star of the show here is the view. After all, what would a maritime setting be without a river as the centerpiece? You can cozy up to the fire pit, and dine on some five-star tapas-style cuisine overlooking the stunning Savannah River and Talmadge Bridge while listening to the acoustic offerings of some of the best finger pickers Savannah has to offer.
5. World Of Beer
With a globe-spanning list of beers, The World of Beer claims to have a menu that “lets you travel the world from your barstool.” Good thing too, because after drinking that much beer, you may not be able to make it much past that point. With 50 beers on tap and a rotating list of draughts, the World of Beers has taken the ancient art of drinking to the millennium. In fact, WOB has so many social media outlets, you can find apps that do everything short of drinking the beer for you. Their up-to-the-minute beer list lets you sort beers by origin, color, or ABV, so you can find the one best suited to your taste, and it even offers recommendations for pairing and occasions.
Plus, the WOB is not one to discriminate. While beer is its first love, their respect for the distillers and fermenters is no shabby second. The WOB also put together a mind-blowing selection of mules, spirit flights, and signature shots, and even put its own unique twist on creative cocktails.
6. Jen’s and Friends
Can’t decide between an ice cream sundae and a martini? At Jen’s and Friends, you don’t have to. If you love the intoxicating feeling of alcohol, but your tastebuds long for a more palatable option, Jen’s and Friends has your number. With martinis ranging in price from $8 to $10 to $12 you’re guaranteed to find something in your price range, and your taste range. Take the cake with the Banana, Chocolate or Oreo Cake Martini for $12, or the Diet Cherry Coke for those watching their waistlines and their wallets for $8.
Plus, if beer is more your cup of tea, there are plenty of options for you, too. However, it seems like Jen prefers her beers a little less on the sweet side, but there’s just as much selection. Jen’s has beers from all around the world ranging from $4 to $12. Try the Delirium Tremens from Belgium if you have a few days off of work.
Updated: April 8, 2018