Going out and grabbing a couple drinks isn’t merely a night on the town in Savannah—it’s a walk through Southern history. Near Downtown lies the heart of the Historic District, which is more than just restored homes and placards. People still love to congregate in the Historic District, which is home to some of Savannah’s best bars. And they’re all safely within walking distance.
The natural start for any Savannah bar crawl is Churchill’s Pub. It’s Savannah’s oldest bar, now housed in a newer, larger location on West Bay Street. Serving traditional pub fare as well as frothy brews, the rooftop is an unbeatable place to hang out on a warm Savannah night. Expect big crowds and, oh yes, plenty of other travelers looking to soak in the history (and the ales).
If you want a more authentic experience, mosey over a block to the Moon River Brewing Company. Savannah’s only microbrewery is also a cozy place that serves down-home fare like fried green tomatoes. Locals will tell you to stick to the beer (especially the Wacky Wheat Wit), and not to miss the daily 4-7 pm Happy Hour. Moon River Brewing Company is housed in the renovated former City Hotel, dating back to 1821.
Take a turn at historic Johnson Square, and head over to Hang Fire on Whitaker Street. If you have any lingering doubts about the Historic District being stuck in the past, Hang Fire will dispel them with one swift spin of DJ’s turntable. A mean jukebox, eclectic decor and cheap drinks get the diverse crowd dancing. Be sure to look for little tributes to the building’s previous tenant, the Historic District’s last strip club.
Down the block, but on the entire other end of the spectrum, is Circa 1875. The dark wood of the historic building lends a sophisticated, intimate feel, making the bar the perfect spot for an evening cocktail. The vibe is classy without being pretentious; don’t be surprised if you settle in for hours.
If you don’t, head around the corner to The Bar Bar. Fun is the name of the game here, and there’s plenty of things to entertain you: foosball tables, drinking Monopoly games, Connect Four, even a free pool tables. The only thing they charge you for, the friendly bartenders will tell you, are drinks and cigarettes.
End your crawl at one of Savannah’s most contemporary and sophisticated venues, Jazz’d Tapas Bar. But don’t let the name fool you—everything from blues to swing to jazz plays live nightly, more than tapas are served during dinner hours, and the establishment is more than just a bar. Music club, restaurant and lounge, it’s hard to beat Jazz’d for a classy night out, complete with top-notch entertainment. Delve down to the basement bar, settle in amid the chic decor and sip down delicious drinks like the Mango Mojito.
Tucked right into the center of the Historic District, Jazz’d is one of Savannah’s little surprises: hip and worldly, without trying too hard. And of course, it’s rooted in the history that makes us all swoon (no, it’s really not just the drinks).