Savannah, Georgia is known for being the Hostess City as well as one of the most haunted in the U.S., and we decided to visit this southern city for Jeff’s 31st Birthday! During our 4 day trip, we got to learn about its rich history through ghost stories, food, and visit some cool cocktails bars.
While we did visit during Covid-19, Savannah was pretty open while practicing social distancing, although some tours and bars we wanted to visit were closed, so make sure to call ahead!
If you’ve visiting Savannah, GA for the first time, we highly recommend staying in the Historic District either in an Airbnb or at one of the Hotels nearby. During this trip, we stayed at both! A night at the Hyatt Regency on River Street with sweeping views of the Savannah River and The Talmadge Memorial Bridge (also known as the Savannah Bridge) so Jeff and I could enjoy a romantic night together before we were joined by our friends from Orlando who stayed with us for the rest of our trip! (3 nights)
WHERE TO STAY IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
This hotel is in the center of River Street and a must for first time visitors that want to take in all that Savannah has to offer! Not only is it located in the middle of some of the best restaurants and bars, but it also offers the best view of the River!
Note: if you’re not into staying in the more loud tourist areas, this hotel isn’t for you, but personally, we love being near all the action so we’re so happy we chose this hotel during our visit, even if it was just for a night!
WHERE TO EAT IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
Savannah, Georgia is a city filled with history, haunts, and southern charm. This coastal city is known by many names but best known as the “Hostess City of the South”. You can find everything from southern comfort foods to international, either way, you’re going to be eatin’ good, yall! Here’s our list of iconic, charming to unique restaurants to try out while in Savannah, GA.
151 Bull St, Savannah, GA
If you’re looking for a cute brunch spot to start your day in Savannah, this is the place! Southern with a bit of a twist, we both enjoyed our plates to the fullest.
Drink tip: Don’t forget to order your Bloody Mary spicy, you won’t be disappointed.
TREYLOR PARK (late-night bites)
115 East Bay Street Savannah, GA
This place not only has awesome beers on tap but they have some of the most unique take on southern bites I’ve ever tried, like peanut butter wings and chicken and pancake tacos with strawberry salsa, yes strawberry salsa! So gooood! Treylor Park Savannah has a cool vintage yet relax vibe so if you need a late night spot that isn’t pretentious and stuffy, stop here!
Drink tip: passionfruit margarita was straight fire! If you’re questioning the food because of it’s seemingly conflictive flavors, at least stop in for a cocktail! Best part, they’re open very late!
Our lunch order:
Southern Sloppy Joe,
Cheesesteak Egg Rolls,
Sweet Ribs with Mac & Cheese
109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401
As seen on Netflix’s Chef’s Table, Season 6 Episode 1, this restaurant brings southern classics with a contemporary twist. Come here if you’re looking for history as the restaurant was once a refurbished bus depot. They also offer great craft cocktails!
(Since Covid-19, their tables are very limited and are only open for lunch on Sunday.)
BELFORD’S SAVANNAH SEAFOOD & STEAKS FOR GROUPS
315 West St. Julian Street, Savannah, GA 31401
Belfords is a charming steak house right in the middle of downtown. While our guests weren’t too happy with the chicken dinner, we agree that the steak is the way to go! Not the place to bring non-steak eaters.
Food tip: Order the Smoked Gouda Mac n cheese, it’s the best MAC we’ve ever had.
FLOCK TO THE WOK
37 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401
Probably one of the best Chinese food we ever had on the East Coast. It’s more modern and upscale with prices that reflect the atmosphere but truly the food tastes authentic and delicious. We shared the Fried Rice that we ordered take out again the next day (although the dish lacked the spice and flavors as the first even though, we ordered the same thing..still recommend checking out if you have a craving for Chinese food!)
(read below for Peacock Lounge review under “Where to drink”)
VICS ON THE RIVER
26 E Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401
In the middle of River Street next to touristy shops, this restaurant can easily be walked past, although you won’t want to miss it! Solid mix for the menu at a very popular Savannah restaurant. The service was amazing and the food was great as well! Definitely recommend for a couples night out!
Food tip: The house vinaigrette is one of my new favorites, I wish they sold it bottled.
WHERE TO DRINK IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
37 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA 31401
The Peacock Lounge is sophisticated, sexy and wildly fun! Located underneath an awesome Chinese spot aptly named “Flock to the Wok”. Here, you’ll get great vibes, tons of Instagram worthy settings, amazing drinks, and wonderful service!
Drink tip: We didn’t order off the menu here, our bartender asked our favorite spirit, our flavor preferences and built the cocktail from there. The cocktail was crafted perfectly and the service is unforgettable! Highly reccomend this cocktail spot!
ELECTRIC MOON SKYTOP LOUNGE + MOON DECK
500 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401
This NEW addition to the Plant Riverside District is worth visiting if you love great vibes and our top pick for best views of Savannah, Georgia. Although the drinks weren’t amazing, we had so much fun playing corn hole, riding down the slide to the downstairs bar, and taking in all of the views!
ALLEY CAT LOUNGE
207 W Broughton Ln, Savannah, GA 31401
When I asked every bartender around town where they preferred to drink… everyone replied with Alley Cats, which is pretty awesome because that’s where my fellow bartender friends told me to go as well. Drinks were on point, the atmosphere was great, and the bartenders are a good time. Youll be surprised at how many cocktails these bartenders can pull out after reading their cool newspaper-style menu! They also have domestic beers if you don’t feel like drinking craft cocktails!
Drink tip: The zombie tiki drink. Highly recommend only having one of these bad boys. Warning: Not for the faint-hearted!
301 W. CONGRESS ST SAVANNAH, GA 31401
The Grove is a rooftop bar and casual restaurant located in the heart of City Market. This was the girl’s go-to bar in Savannah. There is dining downstairs with plenty of windows for people.. Definitely a place to visit if you want to get some cute Instagram pics. A MUST FOR HAPPY HOUR OR BRUNCH.
Drink tip: GET THE POPTAIL. Prosecco with a King of Pop popsicle?! It’s a MUST! Plus it gets sweeter as the popsicle melts…delicious!
If you’re more of a vodka drinker, the adult “Capri Sun” inspired cocktail, “Cruel Summer Pouch” is calling your name!
THE ORDINARY PUB
217 1/2 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401
The first “basement bar” of our trip. We didn’t get a chance to eat here due to how busy it is but we definitely had quite a few drinks. They have cold brew on tap which they use in 5-6 of their cocktails. Definitely a good pick me up if you’re day drinking like us.
Drink tip: Besides the cold brew menu, they also have a section for bloody Mary’s each with their own unique taste. The “Improved Cap” is a Chatham Artillery Punch, the cocktail of Savannah!
Cocktail Bars Worth Mentioning:
The lost square dive bar
Ab on Lincoln dive
Treehouse dive bar
Pinky master dive bar
The rail pub #1 dive bar
WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST INSTAGRAM PHOTOS
walkable, haunted, filled with shops, history and so many things to see and do!
The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
222 E Harris St, Savannah, GA 31401
WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE
7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA 31406
THE PARIS MARKET
6 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA 3140
2 W Gaston St, Savannah, GA 31401