89 reasons why downtown Savannah is still cool.
Beneath the cambering canopies of timeworn trees, tucked under the skirted mists and water-colored river lights, pulses the life and fire of our beloved city center: downtown Savannah.
Never, ever referred to as uptown, downtown Savannah has the distinction of being a National Historic Landmark District. And deep within her sprawling and untamed oaks, resides nearly anything one could ever want or desire. From fresh local honey and exquisite handcrafted baubles to exotic vodkas and subterranean speakeasies, downtown Savannah isn’t just for tourists anymore.
From within the city’s lush and diverse offerings, South has discovered the very treasures and hidden riches that delight and compel so many, both native and adopted, to proudly call her home. Quaint or funky, plush or redolent, here are 89 reasons to get excited about heading downtown again and again—and again.
- Eating out. “What I appreciate most is that Savannah has such differing levels of formality, from casual to fine dining, and a nearly endless array of cuisines to choose from.” -Robert Glenn, attorney
- Breathtaking views. Rocks on the Roof, an open-air rooftop lounge at the newly opened Bohemian Hotel, features a fire pit, live entertainment and an extensive martini menu. 912.721.3901
- Karaoke Wednesdays. Feeling feisty? Set your inner lounge singer free at Hang Fire on Whitaker Street. 912.443.9956
- Late-night munchies. Visit the Blue Goose Cafe on Whitaker Street for those after-hours snack attacks. Reopens at 11 p.m. weekend nights. 912.236.1800
- Exotic ices. Introduce yourself to one of the myriad of artisan gelatos offered at Café Gelatohhh!, in the heart of City Market. 912.234.2344
- Subterranean Savannah. Dining beneath the beautiful city can be enjoyed at Alligator Soul and Jazz’d. 912.232.7899, 912.236.7777
- Guilty pleasures. Forego the gym and munch instead on fabulously fried chicken fingers at Spanky’s on River Street. 912.236.3009
- Outdoor dining. “I’m always drawn to any restaurant that has an outdoor element, no matter what time of year. My favorites are Pink House (the new side bar), Local 11 Ten or Jen’s & Friends.” -Stephanie Lindley, James Gunn boutique
- Rooftop patios. Sip cocktails under the stars on the rooftop patio at Churchill’s Pub. 912.232.8501
- Luxurious libations. Sample a few of the 25 different vodkas at Saya Lounge on Broughton Street—perhaps not all at one sitting. 912.236.7272
- New discoveries. Start a weekend morning tradition of nibbling beignets at Huey’s on River Street with a properly strong cup of java. 912.234.7385
- Happy hour at The Jinx. Head to West Congress Street for fab drink specials, even on Saturdays. 912.236.2281, www.thejinx.net
- Nooks and crannies. Drink cocktails under the stars at Venus de Milo, where hidden balconies and alcoves await. 912.447.0901
- Traditional favorites. Rediscover one of Savannah’s cheapest and tastiest pizzas at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s on West Bryan Street. 912.233.6394
- Garden fresh herbs. Elizabeth on 37th grows its own. 912.236.5547
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