Best of Savannah 2018: Bars, Booze & Beer

Photo by Cedric Smith

From thousands of reader surveys comes our inimitable Best of Everything list. Categories run from appetizers to desserts, bike shops to barbershops. Here, the year’s best food, including fine dining, outdoor dining, coffee house, brunch and more. 

Brewery 

Southbound Brewing Company | 107 E. Lathrop Ave.
What they’re all about: Craft brews from Moonlight Drive to Shakedown Street
Insider pick: Hop’lin IPA
Runner-up: Service Brewing Co.

Bartender

Sidney Lance, Ghost Coast Distillery | 641 Indian St.
What they’re all about: Mixing up one-of-a-kind Savannah spirits
Insider pick: Oglethorpe’s Mule
Runner-up: Andrew Jay Ripley, Andaz Savannah

Beer list

Churchill’s Gastropub & Taphouse | 13 W. Bay St.
What they’re all about: Local, regional and international brews 
Insider tip: $2 draft beers at happy hour
Runner-up: Moon River Brewing Company

Wine list

Elizabeth on 37th105 E. 37th St.
What they’re all about: A discerningly streamlined list above, a cellar of 10,000 bottles below
Insider tip: Get on the mailing list for special winemaker dinner offers
Runner-up: The Grey

Cheap drinks

The Jinx | 127 W. Congress St.
What they’re all about: Cold bottles and cans with a rock ‘n’ roll chaser 
Insider pick: House special (PBR tallboy and Wild Turkey 101 shot)
Runner-up: Abe’s on Lincoln 

Nightclub

Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos | 314 Williamson St.
What they’re all about: Saloon sing-alongs down by the river
Insider tip: Stick to weeknights to avoid the bachelorette crowds
Runner-up: The Jinx

Pub

Molly MacPherson’s Scottish Pub & Grill | 311 W. Congress St. | 110 Towne Center Dr., Pooler | 3742 US Highway 17, Richmond Hill
What they’re all about: Old-fashioned charm and authentic eats for the whole clan 
Insider pick: Scotch eggs and a pick from the Scotch list
Runner-up: The Rail Pub

Sports bar

Coach’s Corner | 3016 E. Victory Dr.
What they’re all about: Games and grub for every fan
Insider pick: Buffalo Bill’s Chicken Wings
Runner-up: Wild Wing Café

An Artillery specialty. Photo by Cedric Smith

Signature cocktails: Artillery

Our goal is to give the guests the best Artillery experience from start to finish and introduce them to new and exciting ingredients and presentations they may not be used to. We set out to create something that Savannah has not seen before.

            — Cal Momyer, Manager, Artillery

Runner-up: Rocks on the Roof

Bloody Mary 

Coco’s Sunset Grille | 1 Old US Highway 80
What they’re all about: Spicy perfection in a glass with a marsh-side view
Insider pick: The Ultimate Bloody Mary
Runner-up: Huey’s On The River

Margarita

Tequila’s Town Mexican Restaurant | 109 Whitaker St. | 7360 Skidaway Road Suites G1 and G2
What they’re all about: It’s all in the name
Insider pick: Prickly pear margarita 
Runner-up: Jalapenos Mexican Grill

Martini

Jen’s & Friends | 34 E. Congress St.
What they’re all about: Over 300 martinis for the sweet-toothed sipper 
Insider pick: Birthday Cake Martini
Runner-up: Lulu’s Chocolate Bar

Liquor Store

Habersham Beverage Warehouse  | 4618 Habersham St. | 7927 Abercorn St.
What they’re all about: A menagerie of spirits and wine for over 30 years
Insider tip: Scope out the newly renovated Habersham Village location
Runner-up: Johnnie Ganem Package Shop

Edgar’s Proof and Provision. Photo by Beau Kester

New bar: Edgar’s Proof and Provision

Being located in The DeSoto Hotel, we adopt the slogan, ‘Our town. Your home.’ We get to know our regulars. Savannah enjoys a good libation and when you’re at Proof & Provision we want you to feel at home — just with a much larger bar selection!

          — Miranda Marchant, The DeSoto Savannah

Runner-up: Prohibition

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