Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful historic cities, not just in Southern lore, but in America. The city is known for its famous historic sites, homes, churches, lovely city squares and ghosts. But when the sun sets on Savannah, locals and tourists alike head out to enjoy the booming nightlife scene. One reason Savannah’s nightlife is so popular is the amount of good, local establishments that offer plenty of options in terms of food, drink and fun.
Grab a plastic “to-go” cup and carry your drink from bar to bar throughout downtown Savannah and River Street. You’ll find dance clubs, pubs, bars, live music, and late night hotspots all within the historic district of Savannah. There are specialty tours that give you a taste of old Savannah such as a historical drinking tour or a haunted pub tour. You can even tour a local, haunted cemetery!
Are you ready for a great night out? Here are the 9 best things to do in Savannah, GA at night.
Tour Savannah’s historical sites the way Savannahians do, with a drink in hand. The Historical Drinking tour takes you on a leisurely three hour stroll through the Savannah Historic District, while enjoying snacks along with some favorite Southern libations, all included in the ticket price. Savannah has one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts and who better to guide you than a local resident?
You will visit historic homes, Civil War period buildings, learn about Savannah’s storied past while making stops at local bars and restaurants for food and beverages. Stops include Savannah Bee, Local Chocolatier Adam Turoni, The 17Hundred90 and Restaurant, The Pirates House, and Jazz’d Tapas Bar. You’ll meet in the NW corner of Telfair Square, directly across from the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the tour starts late afternoon.
Historical Drinking Tour of Savannah
Duration: 3 hours
2. Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos Saloon
Located just steps from River Street in Savannah’s Historic District, this dueling piano bar has been delighting locals and visitors for almost 20 years. Savannah Smiles is an all-request show in which four piano players duel it out for the audience’s accolades. The bar’s claim to fame is that the audience decides what the musicians play. They have the ability to play everything, from jazz to rock to rap to country. The menu is pub-grub with standards such as chicken fingers, fries, mozzarella sticks and jalapeño poppers. There is a full bar which includes an extensive beer and liquor listing.
Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Saloon
Address: 314 Williamson St, Savannah, GA
Website: Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Saloon
3. The Pirates House
The Pirates House is a preserved seaman’s tavern dating from the late 18th-century. Located only a block from the Savannah River, the tavern was a popular meeting place for sailors and pirates alike. The Pirate’s House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors. Today, it doesn’t have quite the nefarious reputation and welcomes “landlubbers” for lunch or dinner in one of their 15 unique dining rooms. While dining, guests can enjoy its peg beamed rooms, nautical displays and curio collections. The extensive menu features traditional Southern dishes of steak, chicken, seafood and ribs.
The Pirates House is a also popular destination for visitors hoping to catch a sighting of one of Savannah’s legendary ghosts. Legend has it that a sea caption still haunts the Pirates’ House on moonless nights.
The Pirates House
Address: 20 E Broad St, Savannah, GA 31401
Website: The Pirates House
4. Jen's and Friends
Consistently rated one of the top bars in Savannah with an award winning Happy Hour, Jen’s and Friends located in the Historic District is home to more than 300 martinis and 200 beers. It is a truly unique drink experience. The cozy bar receives accolades from locals and tourists alike as one of their favorite hangouts.
Here is just a sample of the unique martini offerings: Rice Crispie Martini, White Elephant Martini, Bubble Gum Martini, Banana Cream Pie Martini, Snicker-doodle Martini, Elvis Martini and Watermelon Lemondrop Martini. While the martinis are sophisticated, their food menu is easy and simple. You basically build your own sandwich; you pick the meat, cheese, condiments, chips and a side.
Jen's and Friends
Address: 34 Bull St. (at W. Congress St.) Savannah, GA
Facebook: Jen’s and Friends
5. Rocks on the Roof
Rocks on the Roof is a plush rooftop lounge atop the Bohemian Hotel where you can enjoy handcrafted cocktails while enjoying a spectacular views of Savannah’s waterfront and skyline. You can choose an outside venue, the most coveted spot, with open-air banquettes and on chilly nights a big fire pit will keep you warm. Inside, the bar’s spacious interior has additional seating if you choose to stay indoors. The menu features tapas style small plates, perfect for sampling around the fire pit.
Rocks on the River has quickly become one of Savannah’s most popular bars. It’s the perfect spot to socialize, sip cocktails and watch the sun set.
Rocks on the Roof
Address: 102 W Bay St, Savannah, GA
Website: Rocks on the Roof
6. Jazz'd Tapas Bar
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Located in Savannah’s Historic District in the basement of the historic Kress Building, Jazz’d has the ambiance of a speakeasy. It has been described as “swank, sexy and sultry”. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to its sleek serpentine bar and eclectic drink menu of more than 25 types of martinis. The decor of the lounge and bar is sleek, industrial chic.
Tapas are on the menu, but with a slight American twist rather than the traditional Spanish and Mediterranean influences. There is live music six nights a week featuring blues, swing, jazz and classical vocals reminiscent of Sinatra or Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer. You might think the name Jazz’d refers to the music, but it’s more about a state of mind. One gets an “All Jazz’d Up” vibe at this upscale tapas bar.
Jazz'd Tapas Bar
Address: 52 Barnard St, Savannah, GA
Website: Jazz’d Tapas Bar
Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery made famous in the book “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” drips with Spanish Moss and has some of the most haunting grave markers which make it a very macabre destination, even during the day. At night however, it takes on a completely different turn. An after hours tour of the cemetery is a highlight of any visit to Savannah and one that only a few people get to experience as the cemetery closes to the public at dark.
Your expert local guide will take you to some of the tombstones and graves of some of Savannah’s most well known residents in the 2.5 hour tour. You will hear stories about the history of Bonaventure from the present back to Bonaventure’s plantation beginnings in 1754. The tour is a most unusual way to experience the serenity, stillness and quiet in the cemetery that is not possible during the day.
Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Group Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
8. The Artillery
The Artillery was named Savannah’s 2017 ‘Best Craft Cocktail Bar’ by Connect Savannah and is Savannah’s newest stand alone bar. A visit to the restaurant and you will understand why. The Artillery is the place you go for true quality cocktails. Built in 1896, it is located in a former Georgia Hussar’s armory that housed the cavalry’s artillery and was built by the Georgia Hussar’s, a volunteer group of mounted rangers. The inside interior was designed in late 19th-century eclecticism and romanticism that will have you transported to a Parisian lounge complete with banquettes lining the walls and cane back chairs.
There are rules: no tank tops, no sandals, no hats, and silence your phone. It sets the tone. They want you to concentrate on enjoying the ambiance, cocktails and conversation. So much so, that there are buttons to summon waiters. They will only attend to you when you call so as not to disturb the conversation. Bartenders will make drinks not listed on the menu, however the cocktail list is diverse. Order the famous Artillery Punch, a Savannah classic, which is a combination of four high-quality liquors for a smooth, rather than sweet punch.
Address: 307 Bull St, Savannah, GA
Website: The Artillery
There are spirits and then there are spirits. On The Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour you take your “spirits” in search of “spirits” as you stroll through the streets of Savannah at night, where you will be welcomed into some of the city’s best pubs. As you tour the pubs, your guide will tell stories of ghosts from Savannah’s past. The Creepy Crawl tour starts at the Six Pence Pub and the start time depends on the season. This tour is approximately two and a half hours long. Each tour is conducted by an experienced, licensed professional guide. The tour costs 24.99 USD taxes included, but you get 2 USD off when booking online.
Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Walking Tour of Savannah's Historic District
Duration: 2 hours
Savannah: gentile by day, pulsating at night
Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, is a beautiful city with city squares surrounded by historic homes, Live Oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss, a lively riverfront, and a colorful history. By day, you can tour the historic district and riverfront, have coffee at one of the many coffeehouses, or shop the many boutiques downtown. By night, there is a smorgasbord of dining and entertainment options: intimate cocktail bars, lively pubs, tapas bars, piano bars, and walking tours. You’re never far from Savannah’s historic past, even at night. At night, Savannah is your oyster.
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