With its mossy oaks, cobblestone streets, historic homes, and public parks, Savannah is picture perfect any time of day. But this party town really comes alive at night, when the bars, clubs, and restaurants along River Street and other parts of the Historic District are packed with residents and visitors alike taking advantage of the city's walkability and open container policy to hop from one spot to the next into the wee hours of the morning. The city also has a variety of festivals like its annual St. Patrick's Day event that turns the city into one big block party.
Whether you're looking for a dive bar with karaoke, an upscale cocktail den with rooftop views, or a dance club with the hottest DJ, Savannah's nightlife offers something for everyone. Here's everything you need to know about going out after dark in Georgia's oldest city.
Savannah's bar scene is varied, thriving, and never boring. From elegant rooftop bars whipping up fancy cocktails to classic Irish pubs with cheap pints to eclectic speakeasies, Savannah has a watering hole for every type of drinker, budget, and occasion. Whether it's your first stop or final destination, these are some of the city's go-to bars:
- The Perch at Local 11 Ten: For unparalleled views of iconic Forsyth Park and classic cocktails like the Paper Plane and Manhattan, head to this stunning, modern and treehouse-like rooftop bar above Local 11 Ten restaurant. Don't miss the daily 5 to 6 p.m. happy hour, which features $7 cocktail specials and $6 glasses of wine.
- Rock on the Roof: Sip a classic martini or a glass of bubbly while soaking in views of the Savannah River at this rooftop spot on top of the Bohemian Hotel. The bar also offers a menu of shareable small plates, frequent live entertainment, and a fire pit so cozy you may just want to make this your final stop of the night.
- Savannah Distillery Ale House: A historic distillery turned modern saloon, this spot has over 20 rotating beers on tap, including local favorites like Coastal Empire Beer Co.'s lavender saison, as well as 100 bottled and canned options and seasonal cocktails.
- Kevin Barry’s: A Savannah institution housed in a two-story building on bustling River Street, the pub's highlights include nightly live music, an extensive menu of Irish beers and whiskies, and a balcony for watching ships pass by on Savannah River or the masses of partygoers below.
- Alley Cat Lounge: Escape the craziness of River Street by ducking into this subterranean cocktail den, whose extensive menu ranges from classic punches (like Savannah's own Chatham Artillery Punch) to tiki drinks to Chartreuse cocktails to house originals, all printed on a menu that looks like a vintage newspaper.
From sprawling multi-floor nightclubs to cabarets to dive bars, Savannah's nightclub scene offer something for everyone.
- Club One: With three levels, 1,000 square feet of dance space, and everything ranging from Monday night Bingo to cabaret shows and regular drag performances—including Lady Chablis of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" fame—it's impossible not to have a good time at this late night spot and city's most popular gay bar.
- Club 51 Degrees: Why choose one genre when you can get three at once? Each of this clubs's trio of floors plays a distinct style of music, from hip-hop to Latin to electronic—perfect for large groups with different tastes.
- The Jinx: This low-key dive bear across the street from City Market features live music from a variety of genres, including metal, country, and hip-hop, six nights a week.
Live Music and Performance
Head to Jazz'd Tapas Bar in the historic Kress building for small plates, over 25 kinds of martinis, and live jazz Tuesday through Sunday. Other live music options include Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos, which offers late night bites, shots, cheap beer, and four pianos taking all requests all night long. For everything from stand up comedy to live rock to punk and blues music, head to neighborhood spot The Wormhole Bar & Live Music.
Savannah is best known for its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration, which is the second largest in the United States and draws easily more than 300,000 attendees each year. The three-day event is one of the biggest of the year, with a massive parade, live music, street vendors, and block parties.
The Savannah Music Festival, a multi-day, multi-venue event in March and April that features classical, jazz, bluegrass, and indie musicians ranging like Jeff Tweedy and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Other can't-miss festivals include the Savannah Jazz Festival in September and the Savannah Food & Wine Festival in November.
Tips for Going Out in Savannah
- While Savannah's (Downtown Transportation (DOT) system shuttles in the Historic District are free, service ends at midnight Monday through Saturday and at 9 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. If you plan on being out ready, be prepared to walk, hail a taxi, or use a ride share service like Lyft or Uber.
- Yes, you can get a roadie. Just know that open containers are only permitted in the Historic District—River to Jones Streets and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to West Broad Street—and drinks must be kept in cups no larger than 16 ounces (sorry, no flasks or bottles).
- Be aware of your surroundings. While the Historic District is crowded and relatively safe, it only takes one wrong turn to end up in a deserted area.
- While reservations generally aren't required, they are recommended for large parties or special occasions.