After rereading the reviews of this tour on Tripadvisor, I realize that which tour guide you gets has a big effect on the tour. I don't recall the name of our guide but he was a loud east coaster originally from Boston who told long winded stories, many of them about himself, by the last stop no one was even paying attention to him anymore. We stopped at four bars along the way, the Six Pence where we started, Isaac's, 17hundred90 and Moon River and we stopped outside of the Colonial Cemetery which gets locked at night. I won't say that it was a complete waste of time because we did get to stop at a couple of nice bars, enjoy an evening stroll through Savannah and the stories were interesting, especially the one told at 17hundred90 about the underage Anna, her creepy old husband and the sailor she was in love with. But I was kind of hoping to get on a tour with someone actually from Savannah who tells colorful stories.
Home of the "Shuck Me, Suck me, Eat Me Raw" Oyster T-Shirt!
Karaoke and lots of customer interaction.
The bar atmosphere is so fun and things get going around 10pm, which is when food is no longer served, kids can no longer be in there, and you can start smoking.
Food: I had the Shrimp Po' Boy. I would NOT recommend it. Big slab of bread, had to ask for the po' boy sauce which they forgot, which turned out to be 1000 Island Dressing, and it only had 6 little fried shrimp on it, with one tomato slice and one leaf of lettuce. All that next to regular, no frills french fries for $9.74. Just go for the fried shrimp basket, because the shrimp was good, the sandwich just wasn't a great deal.
Dress Code: Anything goes! Not a club, more a great little quaint "dive." I only use the term dive, because it is extremely small and dark. But it's fabulous fun and has great bartenders and wait staff!
The Lady Chablis performs from time to time as a headliner at this club which features a female impersonator floor show.
The real Lady Chablis appears in the movie, playing, of course, The Lady Chablis. She has acquired a book deal as a result of her newfound fame in the wake of the success of Midnight.
Be sure to check out her very own Web site: http://www.theladychablis.com.
located on west bay street across the street from the hyatt hotel is churchill's pub. in my opinion the best pub in savannah. great atmosphire and a great beer selection. a must stop on a pub crawl in central savannah.
Dress Code: casual.
the bar/bar is located in the basement of 219 west st. julian street at the savannah market. this unpretentions bar offers pool and other table games, and a number of televisions for sporting events. a fun "redneck" type place.
Dress Code: casual.
Planter's Tavern is the bar located in the basement of The Olde Pink House restaurant. This dimly lit bar had two (if I recall correctly) fireplaces, some tables and bar space. Service was good and relatively friendly. I merely had a Heineken ($4.50) and some tasty she crab soup ($7.25). They were fairly busy for an early Wednesday evening.
Asian themed "tapas" lounge. When I first arrived on midway through a Wednesday evening, only a few people were at the bar. I ordered a Bellini ($6.42, including tax) and made myself comfortable on a "fainting couch" of sorts. Over the next hour, many more people flowed into the place; some sitting outside and others joining those already at the bar. There was only one person working behind the bar, but he was doing a great job of taking care of customers both inside and outside. I would be interested in going again when there's live music.
This cozy and casual little British pub was featured in Julia Roberts' film "Something to Talk About." There's both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as the signature red British telephone booth outside. A fair amount of locals seem to go here. I ended two evenings here having drinks and a bite to eat. The first evening I merely had a side order of egg noodles, which were fine, with a few beers. Someone else was kind enough to pick up my tab, so I have no idea what the damage was. On the second evening, I was in the mood for a chicken salad sandwich, which was good; my bill was $9.58, including tax. The moderate crowd was friendly. The young female bartender on Wednesday night was quite affable and on top of all the orders. The female bartender on Thursday night was a bit less so.
Casual underground (literally) dimly lit place with friendly service and live music. I had a pesto salad ($9.00) and a glass of sparkling wine ($9.00). I stopped by on two separate evenings; there was no cover and the music was nice and relaxing both times.
One of the best bars in Savannah for meeting friendly, local people is the Rail Pub. It's got a lot of drink specials and it's right next to City Market, a nice place to hang out and not quite so much of a tourist trap as some places on River Street. I found out about it on savannahcitydirectory.com website, which is also helpful. Another good bar for locals is the Bar Bar in City Market. You have to look for the sign in City Market because it's kind of underground.
Dress Code: Very casual
A guide dressed in old fashioned garb will take you on a two hour walking tour of various pubs throughout Savannah. Every place you go to will have a haunted tale or two.
It's not all scary, there are a lot of jokes and the guides are really well suited to dealing with people who have a little too much to drink. We paid $10 after using discount coupons which are pretty easy to find. The alcohol is not included, but you can get it in a plastic cup and take it on the road with you.
I woud recommend doing something of this sort since its a bit of goofy fun and a unique tour.
Unfortunately the tour is for 21 and older since you are going to bars.
Dress Code: No dress code.
This is definitely in the "other" category. It's a bar located on the waterfront and its distinctive characteristic is that its front door is a garage door. In truth, its a bit sleazy, but I spent my 21st birthday here, drinking with the group and boisterously discussing Soviet history with the 3rd secretary of the Russian Embassy in Washington. The bar tender is very nice, the music is eighties rock and the ambience is standard American bar scene.
Dress Code: very casual
River Street is, indeed, a night spot in Savannah! It fills with locals, romantic couples, sailors in uniform, and party goers all mingling along the pedestrian promenade...Of course, they also go in and out of the numerous restaurants and bars that have "live" music such as Bayou Cafe, Kevin Barry's (great Irish Pub), and Exchange Tavern.
If you happen to be here in August , you will be able to enjoy the Maritime Festival here at River Street. At the festival, there are food stalls, live bands, temporary dance floors, beer & wine stalls, and fireworks!
City Market also offers night life activities, but more laid-back. At the Bottom Line, local pianist, Chris Chandler, plays old Johnny Mercer tunes when the swing bands and/or jazz musicians are not performing. City Market Cafe has dinner jazz music, and Crossroads has blues until 3:00 am (except Sundays).
Above the Pirates' House Restaurant (20 E. Broad St.), a local jazz club called Hannah's East resides.
The Comedy House Theatre in the Southside district at 711 Mall Blvd. presents live comedy and hot snacks.
There are several theatres available here for evening entertainment:
The Savannah Civic Center at 301 West Oglethorpe hosts popular personalities.
Savannah Folk Music Society performs around town in the squares, at festivals and malls.
The Savannah Symphony, 225 Abercorn Street performs during its season from September through May; they also perform free summer concerts in the squares!
The Savannah Ballet Theatre (912)236-2894 performs throughout the year. Call for a schedule.
The Savannah Theatre Company (912)233-7764 also has seasonal productions of musicals, comedies, and dramas. Call for information.
City Lights Theatre Company at 125 E. Broughton, (912)233-7764 has local productions in a 100-seat theater; they also present the annual free Shakespeare on the Square in early May.
Dress Code: Dress depends on the place. For instance, the Crossroads is an arty place that caters to artistic souls. (My advice: wear black even in the summer!)
For the Ballet Theatre and other theatres more dressy clothing is appropriate.
Riverfront is casualwear.
Another less expensive Ghost Tour is called "The Ghosts of Savannah", which is entirely a walking tour. This tour last about 90 minutes, and the walk is a leisurely 1 1/4 miles. It is fully narrated by well trained guides.
This is perhaps Savannah's most popular tour (due somewhat to price) and is well known because it has been featured on %c0CNN Travel Guide, The Learning Channel, Home & Garden Television, and The Discovery Channel!
The cost for an adult ticket is $15.00
The cost for child (7-14) is 8.00
You need reservations so call 1-888-419-4467
Dress Code: Another inexpensive Ghost Tour is called "Ghost Talk/Ghost Walk Tour".
If I recall correctly, this is the first and original ghost tour. This one is based on Duke university studies, interviews with Savannahians, and Margaret DeBolt's book called Savannah Specters & Other Strange Tales.
This tour departs from John Sesley's Monument in Reynolds Square on Abercorn Street. It always departs at dusk.
The Cost: $10.00 for adults
5.00 for children
Regardless of which tour you select, just have fun with the whole concept of ghosts.
There are several different Ghost Tours from which to choose in Savannah. The most expensive is perhaps the best. This tour is called "Ghosts and Gravestones, and the reason it is the best is because the guides are dressed as gravediggers, and part of the tour is via the "Trolley of the Doomed"! The tour company refers to the tour as "Frightseeing" rather than sightseeing!
Tales of ghosts, ghouls, voo doo, murder, and other sinister deeds are related, and you are taken to "secret haunts" by the guides. They take you to the only house in Savannah to undergo an "exorcism", and they also take you to Colonial Park Cemetery.
Departure is Wednesday to Sunday from the end of March through December.
(Wed & Thurs. & Sun. 7:00 pm)
(Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm)
Friday and Saturday from January through February (7:00 pm and 9:00 pm)
You depart from the Simply Savannah Depot located at 301 E. River Street.
They also extend a courtesy hotel pickup in the historic district..
You have to book at least 48 hour in advance.
$ 9.00 children 4-12 years old
Dress Code: Because there is some walking, you need good walking shoes.
It's after the sun sets, so a jacket or sweater except in the summer.
Note: photo from a pamphlet