When people think of Savannah, their first thought is often ghosts and hauntings. Their second thought is always the other kind of spirits – the thriving bar scene. Savannah, Georgia has a lively nightlife that is core to its charm. Our list of the best bars in Savannah right now has something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for fancy cocktails, an extensive wine list, or a spirited rooftop retreat.

20+ of the Best Bars in Savannah

These essential Savannah bars offer creative cocktails, fine wine, craft beer, mocktails, and more.

Unique Savannah Cocktail Spots

For the best cocktails in the city, check out these hotspots. 


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  • Artillery Bar
    For amazing craft drinks in the city in a breathtaking historic space, visit the Artillery Bar on Bull Street. It’s a sophisticated speakeasy with cocktails ranging from tiki drinks to imaginative creations like the Bit of a Pickle, featuring Hayman’s gin, lemon, white balsamic, cucumber, and dill with cracked pepper.  
  • The Wayward Bar
    The Wayward Bar is a relaxed upscale cocktail bar on the ground floor of the Perry Lane Hotel. Here, you can play an arcade game while sipping craft beers or enjoying a classic Old Fashioned.
  • Arco Cocktail Lounge 
    Perched right above Savannah’s historic River Street, Arco is a cozy, high-end lounge in a gorgeous Victorian building with vaulted ceilings (circa 1860). Enjoy a scenic river view while soaking in the ambiance and sipping signature cocktails like the Espresso Martini.
  • Savoy Society
    Savoy Society is a trendy restaurant and cocktail bar with a casual, sunny interior. Listen to vintage vinyl while knocking back a few craft beers or unique cocktail creations in Savannah.
  • The Trade Room
    In the lobby of the Alida Hotel, you’ll find an inviting whiskey bar with stiff drinks, Irish coffee, and a comfy atmosphere. 

Wine Bars and Tasting Rooms in Savannah

For a relaxing glass of wine, grab a seat at one of these top Savannah tasting rooms. 


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  • 208 Wine Bar
    Located in a historic cotton warehouse in Factor’s Walk, this bar serves up an impressive wine list and riverside views.
  • The Georgia Tasting Room
    This no-frills bar specializes in unique, local drinks including wine, beer, mead, and moonshine slushies. If you want to do a wine tasting, reservations are required for groups of 5 or more.
  • Late Air
    Late Air is a local restaurant with a rotating list of natural wines by the glass and bottle, located at the corner of Bull and Victory Streets. This hip newcomer to the Savannah food scene also serves a la carte plates inspired by Indonesian and Turkish cuisine.

Famous Bars in Savannah

These one-of-a-kind watering holes offer a glimpse into the city’s rich past and are perfect for those who want a little history with their beer.

  • Crystal Beer Parlor 
    This historic gem has been slinging drinks since 1933, and it’s a must-visit for beer, wine, and Southern-style bar food. 
  • The Pirate’s House
    Officially the oldest bar in all of Georgia, this watering hole in the historic district hails from 1753. They serve wine, beer, and pirate-themed rum cocktails.
  • Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos
    This is a wild late-night dueling piano bar with songs selected by the audience, plus affordable drinks and bar food. Perfect for a fun night or a celebration like a bachelorette party.
  • The Original Pinkie Masters 
    Visit this legendary dive bar to drink a beer or cocktail while enjoying 1950s nostalgia. Not much has changed since its founding in 1953, from the no-frills menu to the Cheers-like ambiance. Grab some dough at the ATM before you stop by, though; it’s a cash-only bar.

Savannah’s Local Breweries and Taprooms

For innovative local brews, we recommend these taprooms. 

  • Two Tides Brewery 
    This taproom in Starland Yard has locally brewed beer for everyone’s taste, including IPAs, lagers, stouts, sours, and more. It’s also home to the Crispi Smashburger food truck and Smol Bar, the tiniest cocktail bar in Savannah.
  • Service Brewing Co
    At this veteran-owned craft brewery in downtown Savannah, locals and visitors enjoy a fun taproom with year-round brews, seasonals, and small-batch beers. Stop by for an evening or one of their signature events like team trivia or brewery yoga. Be sure to say hi to the brewery kitties, Blackhawk and Chinook.

Casual Pubs in Savannah

If you’re looking for a hearty meal and a pint (or two), try these classic Savannah pubs.


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  • Six Pence Pub
    Billed as the most authentic English pub in the South, Six Pence’s menu features bangers and mash, Shepherd’s pie, and a host of British ales.
  • The Ordinary
    This relaxed Savannah happy hour spot serves elevated bar food and craft cocktails in a basement bar with exposed brick walls. They’ve got a great menu of craft beers, mules, wines, and “Togosas” (bottomless mimosas served to-go on the weekends).
  • The Public Kitchen and Bar
    This classy bar and restaurant serves up mid-century-modern vibes with amazing craft cocktails, beer, wine, and food. They don’t accept reservations, so you’ll want to arrive early and grab a drink while you wait for lunch or dinner.

Savannah’s Best Rooftop Bars

For a truly elevated experience in Savannah, head to one of these rooftop bars. 


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  • Bar Julian
    This bar has craft cocktails, Mediterranean eats, and a beautiful panoramic view from the city’s tallest rooftop. It’s open 7 days a week, with live acoustic performances on weeknights.
  • Peregrin Rooftop Lounge
    For the best rooftop view in Savannah, visit the Peregrin–the sophisticated bar perched atop the Perry Lane Hotel. Try their famous Frosé (Frozen Rosé) or incredible seasonal cocktails, along with premium appetizers and sandwiches.
  • Electric Moon Skytop Lounge + Moon Deck
    This new venue on top of the JW Marriott Plant Riverside Hotel roof is a high-energy cocktail lounge with modern industrial decor, terrace views, and great cocktails. With nightclub vibes, colorful lighting, and games on the Moon Deck, it’s an elevated playground for adults. Highly recommended for celebrations like birthday or bachelorette parties.
  • The Lost Square
    The Lost Square is a huge, verdant rooftop bar above the Alida Hotel. The menu features casual, yet refined craft cocktails and small bites that reflect the coastal Southeast food scene. 

Mocktails and Alternative Beverages in Savannah

If you’re not a drinker, the mixologists in Savannah can whip up a whole lot more than juice with soda water. Visitors recommend the No-No-Groni at the Ordinary Pub, the extraordinary Carrot Colada at Savoy Society, and the zero-proof tiki drinks at The Bamboo Room. There are also loads of NA drinks at Two Tides Brewing, like espresso, non alcoholic punch, and craft sodas.

Bar Events and Festivals in Savannah 


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Savannah always has something going on. Down a green-tinted beer at the famous St Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14, or stop by a rooftop bar to view the 4th of July Fireworks on the River. Later in the year, celebrate the Savannah Food and Wine Festival or Oktoberfest at The Plant Riverside District. Or, hop on a Savannah River Booze Cruise for your next big party or bachelorette celebration.

Tips for Exploring Savannah’s Bar Scene

If you’re headed out for the night in Savannah, keep these tips in mind. 

  • Open containers are allowed in the Historic District.
    In Savannah, you can walk around with your to-go beverages, from Bud Light to high-end Bourbon. All you need to do is ask for a plastic to-go cup and walk from one spot to the next.
  • Most bars are open late.
    The bars here officially close at 3 am, making it the perfect place for a late-night drink. But be sure to check your destination’s website before heading out. Some places are open every night of the week, while others are open Thursday-Saturday. Restaurants with bars tend to close a bit earlier, usually between 10 pm and midnight.
  • Grab a free ride to the bar.
    Savannah has plenty of free shuttles in the Historic District, but service ends at 7 pm Monday-Saturday and 6 pm on weekends or holidays. Other options include walking, cabs, and rideshare services like Uber or Lyft.
  • Drinks start flowing at 11am on Sundays.
    If you’re brunching and sipping in the city on a Sunday, you’ll need to wait ’til 11 for that mimosa or bloody Mary. On Sundays, restaurants and bars here are only permitted to serve after 11 am.
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