Whether you’re in Savannah for a weekend with friends or want to toast a successful solo visit, you’ll find creative drinks throughout this cocktail-loving city. To help you locate the best tipples poured anywhere in Savannah, here are six libations locals love, from a riff on the classic martini to a true taste of the south:
Savannah Planter’s Punch at The Grey
Set in a former Greyhound bus station, the mid-century-styled The Grey is one of Savannah’s hottest restaurant-bars. Here, oysters, benne seed avocado fried catfish, and other bites pair nicely with a curated list of house and vintage cocktails.
Shake It Up: Try The Grey’s version of a throwback Planter’s Punch, which originated in nearby Charleston at The Planter’s Hotel and includes Jamaican rum, cognac, lime and pineapple juice.
Old Fashioned at Cocktail Co.
Modern speakeasy Cocktail Co. specializes in small-batch liquors, craft cocktails and craft beer. The place is known for its expansive social hour, which is held weekdays from 5 to 8 p.m., and a late night happy hour, starting at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, when draft cocktails are half off. On Sundays, breakfast shots are a highlight of brunch.
Shake It Up: Don’t miss the Old Fashioned made from Woodford Reserve, vanilla lavender simple syrup, orange and preserved cherry.
Birthday Cake Martini at Jen’s and Friends
Every day can feel like your birthday at Jen’s and Friends, a cozy bar that locals treasure for its offbeat cocktails. Some are fruity and others favor chocolate, but all include toppings beyond the standard olive — think salted caramel, Reese’s, and cookie dough.
Shake It Up: The birthday cake martini — with a sprinkles-dusted rim and an actual piece of cake with a candle in the glass — is one of the most popular items.
Flying Wasp at Treylor Park
Treylor Park — whose cheeky tagline is “home is where you park it” — quickly fills up on weekend nights. The bar-restaurant pairs Americana-inspired plates like PB&J chicken wings and chicken pot pie encased in a deep-fried tortilla with similarly fanciful cocktails.
Shake It Up: The Flying Wasp combines mint-tea vodka and lemon simple syrup, making it a refreshing take on southern sweet tea.
Absinthe at Mata Hari’s
You’ll need a key to access Mata Hari’s, a speakeasy that will transport you to the Roaring Twenties. The plush seating and dark interiors provide the perfect backdrop for its roster of singers and burlesque acts.
Shake It Up: Get into the spirit of the era by sampling a glass of absinthe. Licorice, sugar and ice water bring out the earthy flavors of the legendary “green fairy.”
Lulutini at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar
As its name suggests, Lulu’s Chocolate Bar specializes in all manner for desserts, from the signature strawberry suspension cake (two layers of rum-brushed chocolate cake with a filling of mascarpone cheese with strawberries, encased in a chocolate “sleeve”) to dark chocolate fondue (served with brown sugar pecan shortbread, coconut macaroons, strawberries and bananas), as well as cocktails in dozens of flavor combinations.
Shake It Up: The signature Lulutini — made from chocolate vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and the house drinking chocolate — will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your yen for something strong.