Oh Savannah, what a quaint little fun city you are. Last weekend Andy and I went to Savannah, Georgia to visit Andy’s brother who lives down there.
This was my first time in Savannah and I really enjoyed everything it had to offer. Savannah is a small city with a big history. It is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the US! Because of it’s age and history there are a ton of cool little restaurants, bars, and inns lining old cobblestone streets along the Savannah River.
Things To Do
We were told a ghost tour is a must in Savannah. We decided to try one out our first night there. Because it was a Friday night we opted for a Boos and Brews walking tour that would take us to famous haunted spots all with an adult beverage in hand.
We stopped at some cemeteries, inns, and famous landmarks including 17Hundred90 Restaurant and Inn and Moon River Brewing Company. Both are said to be haunted. While they were both a little bit creepy we unfortunately didn’t see any goblins. Overall the tour was great. We learned some history, saw lots of sites, kept active while walking and covered a big part of downtown, and had some beverages along the way!
One of the most famous areas of Savannah is River Street. River Street is literally set down below the rest of the city along the river. There are various entrance points all with old, winding, steep, and sometimes Crickety stone steps. The stairs lead you down to a cobblestone road lined with restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and candy stores – a tourist Mecca for sure.
We pretty much organized our own little pub crawl around River Street. One of the main reasons this is appealing in Savannah is because it is legal to drink open containers on the streets. Every bar even has to-go cups. When ordering a drink or a beer the friendly bartenders will ask you for here or to-go? It definitely felt strange at first!
Here is a rough itinerary of our River Street Bar Crawl:
Kevin Barry’s Pub
Very old Irish Pub. We came back here later on to listen to an old Irish Folk Singer who was awesome!
Pretty much a hole in the wall with lots of tvs playing football and a pool table in the back.
The Bayou Cafe
The sounds of live music reeled us in here. Good cover band.
I’m not sure if this is a southern thing but there was live music at a ton of the bars and restaurants we stopped at over the weekend. I absolutely love live music, corny cover bands and all. Savannah offered a wide range of live bands. My favorite was the Irish Singer at Kevin Barry’s. I even requested the one Irish Song I know, Gallway Girl (and yes I only know that from PS I Love you).
Where To Eat
I scoped out this restaurant before we even got to Savannah. It is a farm to table restaurant with grass fed meats and mostly local ingredients. They feature one exotic special meat of the night. When we went they were serving up elk and guess what? I tried it! I wasn’t expecting to but the way the waiter described elk as a sweet and tender type of meat over butternut squash I knew it would be right up my alley. I highly recommend this restaurant. Everything was amazing down to the butter for the out of this world clue berry corn muffins. We lucked out and got a seat without a reservation, but they suggest you make one!
The Old Pink House
This is one of the most famous restaurants in Savannah. Well known for it’s pink color and and colonial architecture, it was built in 1789. This is also said to be haunted. Besides that fact the food was more traditional southern comfort food and had great service!
Leopold’s Ice Cream
Very rare do I eat ice cream, but when being a tourist in a new city and there is a famous ice cream shop it is certainly a must. Leopold’s was opened by a famous Hollywood movie producer. It was very old fashioned ice cream parlor style inside and had a ton of flavors to choose from. I went with the almond honey, made from local Georgian honey! It was out of this world.
And that’s pretty much a wrap of Savannah. We came, we saw, and we drank a lot of to go beers on the pretty cobblestone streets of this cute little southern city.
Have you guys been to Savannah? What is your favorite part?