When you go to a bar in Savannah’s Historic District, you’ll soon discover a unique perk. Instead of being forced to finish your drink before you leave to head to another bar, you can instead take it with you thanks to Savannah’s unique to-go cup zone – as long as the beverage is held in a plastic container. Now that you’re aware of that little treat, let’s look at some of the city’s best downtown bars.
The Rail Pub has been a local mainstay since it opened its doors back in 1890. Located on Franklin Square, the pub’s name stems from the workers who would gather in said square as they waited to work on the railroad. Today, the laid-back, no frills bar serves as a go-to watering hole for both locals and tourists alike.
One of Savannah’s newer bars, Stafford’s Public House, opened in March of 2017, combines the atmospheres of a dive bar and a dance club into one, resulting in one of the more entertaining experiences you’ll have in the Historic District. Enjoy a drink or two with new friends you’re bound to meet, and then dance the night away. You’ll find Stafford’s Public House off the beaten path at 306 West Upper Factors Walk.
Located in a restored armory in which the Georgia Hussars cavalry unit once stored their artillery, this speakeasy boasts an extensive bourbon, cocktail, and wine list. Artillery’s interior harkens back to the eclecticism and romanticism of the 19th century, so you’re greeted with an air of sophistication as soon as you walk through the door. Find Artillery at 307 Bull Street, between Liberty and West Harris streets. Make sure you try the Bull & Matador cocktail!
If you’re interested in a genuine Irish pub on the smaller side in the Hostess City, then you’ll want to go to 42 Drayton Street. O’Connell’s Irish Pub prides itself on its authenticity, with its walls being covered in all kinds of Irish memorabilia like sports jerseys. Get a pour of Guinness and you’ll feel as though you’re in the heart of Ireland!
Circa 1875 is a French restaurant that houses a gastropub on one side and a dining room on the other side. The gastropub features an ambience that reflects 18th century décor, from the doors, windows, moldings, complex tile floors, and Mahogany bar. And, of course, refreshing drinks to pair with your hors d’oeuvres. Circa 1875 is located on the corner of Whitaker and Broughton streets.
As if the name wasn’t clear enough, this Abraham Lincoln-themed bar is situated at 17 Lincoln Street. Enjoy craft beers and cocktails in the rustic-esque tavern, or find space outside on the patio. If you’re looking for spot with a dive bar ambience, then look no further than Abe’s on Lincoln.
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