9 Bars in Savannah, GA That Have Definitely Earned the Title “Local Favorite”

Source: Yelp

Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful city. By day, there are plenty of things to do – you can take a trolley tour, visit locations straight out of your favorite movies, explore tons of unique museums, spend some time reflecting (or cooling off) under branches draped in Spanish moss… the list goes on. But if you’ve landed on this article, chances are you’re looking for ways to keep the good times rolling even after the sun goes down.

If you’re looking for bars in Savannah, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of 9 spots any Savannahian would have on their list. These places get great reviews for ambiance, food, and drinks, so you can be sure that you’re signing up for a good time when you stop by.

What’s on the list? Here’s a sneak peek:

Plus, we also did the legwork and included links to grab our super convenient GiftYa virtual gift cards for all the spots on this list that accept them as of this writing.

In Case You Forgot, Here’s a Refresher on How GiftYa Works

What’s a GiftYa? Whether this is your first time on our site or you just need a refresher, here’s a quick reminder that a GiftYa is a digital gift card that can be sent within seconds right from your phone and connects with your credit card so that you can use it anywhere, anytime without worrying about forgetting a physical gift card or keeping track of your balance. 

When you make purchases at the Savannah bar that accepts your GiftYa, you can use your card as normal, but the balance comes off of your GiftYa. There really isn’t a more convenient option when it comes to buying gift cards and gifts for yourself or others.

If you’re interested, you can learn more about how GiftYa works with this quick video.

All set? Awesome. Let's jump right into our list of the BEST bars in Savannah!

Savannah Taphouse

Your Quintessential American Sports Bar, Conveniently Located in the Heart of Savannah’s Historic District

125 E Broughton St | Historic District | savannahtaphouse.com

There are countless top-tier watering holes around Savannah, but the Savannah Taphouse comes in number one on our list. Why? Not only does this local favorite get rave reviews for its menu – you’ll be pleased to see old favorites like fried chicken and pork belly alongside more creative options like mac and cheese egg rolls and pickled peaches – it’s also located in the heart of Savannah’s iconic historic district. 

Just steps from countless museums, historic sites, squares, and other attractions, it’s a great place to refuel or unwind at the end of a long day of exploring all that Savannah has to offer.

“The food is excellent!! Good service and atmosphere! In walking distance of many attractions! I will definitely come here again next time I am in Savannah!” - Yelp Review by Chris P.

Grab a digital GiftYa gift card to Savannah Taphouse and treat yo’ self to one of the best bars in Savannah, GA!

Bogey’s Bar (Formerly Island Miniature Golf & Games)

Grab a Drink and Hit the Green (The Mini Green, That Is)

7890 E US Hwy 80 | Talahi Island | bogeysbar.com

Head outside of Savannah for a short stint down Highway 80, and you’ll be rewarded with one of the city’s hidden gems – Talahi Island. Bogey’s Bar (formerly Island Miniature Golf & Games) has been serving up good times for years. Stop in for cold brews and creative cocktails, but stay for air hockey, bumper cars, and award-winning putt-putt fun. 

Plus, with tons of TVs and a large patio, Bogey’s Bar has you covered for your favorite sporting event.

“this place is AWESOME! great bar with fun arcade games, foosball, air hockey. This place is super fun because you can drink while you mini golf. i definitely recommend the "slice shot" it is a delicious orange vodka & lemonade shot” - Yelp Review by Emily Grace A.

If you are looking for one of the best things to do in Savannah, GA then you really can’t go wrong with Island Miniature Golf & Games. Snag a GiftYa for yourself or someone you care about using the link!

Lone Wolf Lounge

Your New Favorite Neighborhood Bar in Savannah

2429 Lincoln St | Starland District | lonewolfsav.com

Quick, picture your favorite dive bar – the neon signs, the checkered floor, the wood paneling. Feeling nostalgic yet? Good. Now head on over to the Lone Wolf Lounge to kick things up a notch. With the timeless decor of a hometown watering hole, the Lone Wolf Lounge elevates the dive bar experience with classic and creative cocktails that will have you coming back for more.

“Such a cute place! The drinks are reasonably priced and the atmosphere is perfect. This is very much a locals bar and we felt right at home while we were there!” - Yelp Review by Shelby L. 

There aren’t GiftYa digital gift cards available for Lone Wolf Lounge as of the date of this writing, but there might be now! Be sure to check GiftYa itself for all the gift cards available for bars in Savannah.

Common Thread

Sit and Sip with a Reservation at One of the Most Sought-After Spots in Savannah

122 E 37th St | Thomas Square | commonthreadsavannah.com

You know a bar is good when it’s packed every night. Located in the historic Krouskoff House which was built all the way back in 1897, Common Thread considers itself part of the larger story and living tapestry of the Savannah Community. The food they serve up receives rave reviews – and it’s locally sourced. But the food is not what we’re here to talk about.

Craft cocktail lovers will rejoice at the drink menu. With creative concoctions like the Fascinator – a tantalizing combination of bourbon, aperitif, herbal liqueur, peach, and lemon – along with cider-based beverages and plenty of craft beers, there’s truly something for everyone.

“What a great experience! My wife and I love coming here for appetizers and drinks. Great vibes and awesome food + service!” - Yelp Review by Juan G.

Common Thread doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding bars and restaurants in Savannah, GA!

The Portal Arcade, Cafe, and Bar

Enjoy an Adult Beverage While You Play Some of the Best Nostalgic Arcade Games of Your Childhood

408 W Broughton St | Yamacraw Village | savannahsarcade.com

Who says video games are for kids? At The Portal Arcade, Cafe, and Bar, patrons can step back in time as soon as they’re off the clock and unwind from a long workday with plenty of fun and games. The Portal has over 25 arcade and pinball games (including South Park, Terminator, Batman 66, Earthshaker, and more pinball games).

With tasty grub and plenty of drink options named after your favorite video game characters (Ms Pacman quesadilla, anyone?) you’re in for a night you won’t soon forget!

“Y'all.... this is THE BEST FOOD/BAR joint in Savannah! Games, delicious food, and well mixed drinks! The prices are totally fair, the staff is really friendly, you cannot go wrong. If you're looking for a freaking delightful evening, come HERE!” - Yelp Review by Sarah I

The Portal Arcade, Cafe, and Bar doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding things to do and attractions in Savannah, GA!

Savannah Tequila Company

Come for the Tequila, Stay for the Tacos (or Vice Versa) At This Stylish Savannah Bar

500 W River St | Downtown | plantriversie.com

What are the ingredients you need for the perfect night out? Tequila… check. Tacos… check. The Savannah Tequila Company has everything you need for an unforgettable evening out on the town, including beautiful views of the Savannah River. Sample signature margaritas and make your drink selections from one of the best lists of premium agave spirits and tequilas that Savannah has to offer.

“Loved the food and the drinks ! With the view  the street corn is to die for and the cocktails were yummmm !  Really nice hangout place by the river walk!” - Yelp Review by Rish R.

Savannah Tequila Company isn’t accepting GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check here for all the other GiftYa available for bars in Savannah

The Ordinary Pub

Creative Cocktails + Loaded Fries You Won’t Be Able to Forget

217 ½ W Broughton St | Downtown | theordinarypub.com

Don’t blink, or you might miss the entrance to The Ordinary Pub. Squeezed behind a single-door storefront which opens up into a spacious gastropub downstairs, The Ordinary Pub will have you feeling like you’ve slipped backwards in time. 

Located in the old basement of Savannah's original Sears & Roebuck building, the 200 year-old building is brought to life with stained glass, edison light bulbs, and a variety of other subtle touches that give the space a unique speakeasy feel.

“Wow!!!  What a fun time at the bar.  There was a 40 minute wait so we asked if there was room at the bar and got seats immediately. We were greeted by Melanie (Mel). She was a delight!!!  She was really busy but still took care of our needs.” - Yelp Review by Linda S. 

Right now you aren’t able to get a GiftYa digital gift card to The Ordinary Pub but check back because there’s more bars and restaurants in Savannah added all the time.

The Original Pinkie Masters

Savannah’s Authentic Vintage Watering Hole Since 1953

318 Drayton St | Downtown | theoriginalpinkies.com

The Original Pinkie Masters – or simply “Pinkie’s” to locals – is a Savannah institution. It’s been serving up cold beer and good times in the same laid-back, no-frills atmosphere since 1953. Some might take a look at the chill vibe and cheap drinks and deem Pinkie’s a dive, but if you’re looking to hit the town like a local Savannahian, you can do no better!

Keep in mind Pinkie’s is cash-only, but they do have an ATM on site.

“We were visiting for a long weekend and found a list of must stop places before we arrived. The Original pinkie Masters was on it so we stopped the first night we were in town. If those walls could talk, they'd have some wild stories. Look up the history of this bar and Jimmy Carter, it's quite the story! Their drinks are strong and the bartenders are so fun.” - Yelp Review by Amanda S.

You can’t get a digital GiftYa gift card to Pinkie’s at the moment but be sure to check back soon as new bars and restaurants in Savannah, GA are added all the time!

Alley Cat Lounge

Sip Creative Cocktails That Are the Cat’s Meow

207 W Boughton Ln | Downtown | alleycatsavannah.com

To get to Alley Cat Lounge you do, indeed, have to make your way down an alley, but once you get into the bar the space opens up into one of the most stylish places to grab drinks in all of Savannah. Alley Cat Lounge boasts a full bar and an extensive list of creative cocktails, but don’t be afraid to chat with your bartender – they’ll be more than happy to mix up something amazing tailored just to your tastes.

“Fabulous speakeasy lounge in the heart of downtown Savannah. There is such a chill vibe going on in here. This place was right up my alley (no pun intended) I just loved it! Can't wait to go back.” - Yelp Review by Kirstine S.

Alley Cat Lounge doesn’t offer GiftYa digital gift cards just yet, but check back soon because we are always adding bars and attractions in Savannah!

There you have it! All the best rated bars you can find in Savannah. Savannah is a major hub of business and commerce, so it isn’t easy to narrow down the list of great bars to only what can fit in this post. But just from what we gathered for you here today, you’ll be sure to find a location that's convenient for you with plenty of excellent options. 

And remember, if you or someone you love is out in Savannah, we marked off which of these bars accept convenient GiftYa digital gift cards. And you can use them at any of the locations we indicated on this list today. But even if you choose a bar that doesn’t accept GiftYa, you’ll be sure to find great drinks and even better times at any of these local-approved locations. Savannah, GA and GiftYa definitely have something to offer.

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