Charming Savannah is probably most reputable for its food and drinks. And I’m not talking about the “box of chocolates” that Forrest Gump ate there.
I recommend stopping all eating and drinking a few days before your departure for Savannah because you will soon be full of heavy Southern food and tasty drinks. I suggest walking around and seeing what catches your eye among the many bars and restaurants. There are various delicious places to enjoy cuisine and cocktails served with the best of Southern hospitality.
SPECIAL OCCASION: OLDE PINK HOUSE RESTAURANT
The Olde Pink House is a delightful place to celebrate a special occasion such as a joyous birthday celebration or an intimate anniversary dinner. The Olde Pink House is literally an old pink building that was built in 1771. It is located in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and overlooks Reynolds Square.
The award-winning restaurant features seafood, prime–aged beef, and traditional southern fare. Be sure to try the famous BLT Salad with fried green tomatoes, bacon, and a buttermilk dressing. The service is impeccable, and the staff will treat you to a memorable meal.
After your meal, enjoy a cocktail at the Arches Bar, which is a tavern in the cellar of The Olde Pink House. Sip The Olde Pink House “Pink Lady” cocktail made with fresh-squeezed lemonade and Absolut Raspberry Vodka. Enjoy your libations while listening to live music.
SWEET TREAT: LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM
Since 1919, Leopold’s Ice Cream has been serving award-winning, homemade super-premium ice cream. All ice cream is made on-site at Leopold’s flagship parlor in downtown Savannah. The ice cream uses a top-secret family recipe that’s been handed down from generation to generation, starting with the founding Leopold brothers.
The flagship location showcases Hollywood movie props and posters from Stratton Leopold. Stratton has worked on many blockbuster hits during his nearly 50 years in the film industry. He has served as a producer on films such as “Mission Impossible 3,” “The Sum of All Fears,” “The General’s Daughter,” “Paycheck,” and “Parker.”
There are also two Leopold’s locations at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, so you can conveniently grab a pint upon arrival or departure. The kiosk serves a selection of classic and seasonal flavors, and the shop is set up like an old-fashioned soda fountain. You can also visit the airport locations when you’re not traveling and have your parking validated.
DRINK & LEARN: CONGRESS STREET UP SPEAKEASY
The Congress Street Up Speakeasy is hidden away within the American Prohibition Museum. Since the bar was founded in the retro 1920’s era, you will hear music from that time period. Costumed bartenders serve authentic prohibition-style cocktails. The Chatham Artillery Punch is the speakeasy’s most popular cocktail.
You can also take a cocktails class and learn to make classic drinks along with the history behind them. Classes are held Monday to Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Purchase your class online for a discount.
To learn more about the bar’s history, visit the American Prohibition Museum. This museum includes artifacts and displays about the ban on alcohol from 1920 to 1933. It is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of Prohibition. Select Museum ticket packages include a drink ticket for the Congress Street Up Speakeasy.
LOCAL FLAVOR: GEORGIA TASTING ROOM
The Georgia Tasting Room is located in the City Market section of downtown Savannah. The store features selected products from all around Georgia and the Coastal South. Stop in and try a popular wine smoothie such as the Georgia Wine Smoothie or Southern Moonshine Smoothie.
Ask to get your smoothie in a to-go cup so you can walk around with it. Savannah is one of a handful of U.S. cities with local legislation that permits open containers. The drink must be in a plastic 16-ounce cup.
The Georgia tasting room offers rotating taps of 15 different local craft beers. Try a tasting of a selection of traditional, seasonal, and quirky local wines. Tastings are free with the purchase of any bottle of wine. Offset all that alcohol with a meat and cheese plate.
Make sure to try some of Savannah’s most popular dishes on your many outings to Savannah’s restaurants and bars. Keep a lookout for fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and pralines. Argue with your fellow travelers about the place that has the best of these specialties. And, of course, make sure to have at least one Georgia peach!