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 of fun, including date night, late night, girls night out and more.
Girls Night Out
48 Whitaker St.
Sometimes all you need in life is your best girls, a basket of fries and a bottle or two of rosé. That’s likely one reason—or three—why Circa 1875 is a favorite GNO spot for locals and visiting bachelorette parties alike.
“Unpretentious French” is the restaurant’s tagline, and owners Donald Lubowicki and Jeffrey Downey take it seriously. The bistro menu’s uncomplicated classics (roast chicken, steak-frites, onion soup) please every palate, and also allow for a little adventure—frog legs, anyone?
The high-ceilinged dining room is street level, but the bar is more refined than rowdy, and groups can dine in the wine cellar downstairs. Lubowicki says Circa’s thoughtful touches and décor— vintage advertisements, antique lighting fixtures, cozy rugs, a rose on every table—create an elegant atmosphere. The impeccable service doesn’t hurt either.
The boutique wine list is another well-rounded and affordable draw. Add to that desserts like crème brulee and chocolate cake, and Circa might be the closet you’ll get to a Parisian affair—sans airfare.
Runner up: Jen’s & Friends
23 Abercorn St.
A former private home, The Olde Pink House on Reynolds Square invites you to slow down, savor your meal and hold hands across the table. Reserve a spot in the intimate wine cellar to up the romance factor.
Runner up: Circa 1875
309 W. Saint Julian St.
If you find yourself in City Market any time after midnight, climb the stairs to Tree House and you’re bound to discover a spirited crowd dancing to live bands and DJs until last call. Take five on the covered balconies overlooking the revelers below.
Runner up: Circa 1875
127 W. Congress St.
Every night is different at the Jinx, and that’s what locals love about it. The venue hosts bands playing country, punk, bluegrass and metal and features events like Hip-Hop Night and the Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue.
Runner up: Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Bar
311 W. Congress St.
Gather your friends for Sunday night trivia at Molly MacPherson’s. Whether you’re toasting your win or drowning your sorrows after defeat, the formidable selection of whiskeys will do the trick.
Runner up: Mellow Mushroom