5 of the best dates in Savannah
Writing and Photography by Ashley Beschell of Beschell Photography.
There's no question that Savannah, Georgia ranks among the most romantic cities in America. A simple walk through some of the city's charming public squares can testify to that. To embrace all the romance Savannah has to offer, check out our list of 5 Great Date Ideas, straight from the local's mouth!
1. Drinks on the Roof
River Street, in downtown Savannah, hosts two great rooftop bars, both with delicious specialty drinks and amazing views of the Savannah River. During the day, you will see Hutchinson Island and the massive container ships leaving the Port of Savannah. At night, you can enjoy the enchanting view of lights along both the Port and Talmadge Bridge.
For Drinks Only: Top Deck Bar (125 W River St, Savannah, GA 31401) - Open until 12 AM
For Drinks and Tapas: Rocks on the Roof (102 W Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401) - Open until 1 AM on Weekends, 12 AM on Week Days
2. Friday Nights at Foxy Loxy
Friday nights at Foxy Loxy Cafe are always perfect for a fun night of great food and laid back entertainment. The cafe is a two story coffee shop converted from a Victorian home with an incredible backyard courtyard, complete with eclectic yard ornaments (including, but not limited to, a carousel horse), water features, a stage and, best of all, heaters in the winter! The cafe sells delicious tacos, wine, beer, and local Savannah coffee from PERC Coffee Roasters. Alternating Fridays of the month, Foxy Loxy hosts music and comedy nights in their courtyard, making for the perfect casual Friday night date. If you can’t make it Friday, cozy up every Saturday at their courtyard fire pits.
Check out their Event Calendar
Address: 1919 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401
3. Tybee Island Adventure
Take a day trip to Tybee Island for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or a relaxing stroll along the beach. The drive to Tybee is about half an hour from downtown Savannah and includes beautiful views of the Lowcountry marshes. Avoid the crowd and escape to your own oasis by heading to the southernmost point of the island, where you can find more desolate beaches and rolling sand dunes. This end of the beach has gazebos, swinging benches, and warm ocean water in the summer time (just watch out for the jellies when the tide rolls out...they'll getcha!). If you get hungry, check out A-J’s Dockside Restaurant and make sure you sit out back on the pier, where you can watch locals ride up for lunch on their boats.
4. Relaxing Afternoon in Forsyth Park
Pack a picnic, a blanket, a good book and some games for a fun and leisurely afternoon in Forsyth Park. Located just south of the historic district downtown, this park features beautiful oak lined paths, the infamous Forsyth Fountain, an amphitheater with concessions, tennis courts and spacious grassy fields perfect for games or just laying out in the sun. And the best part - you can bring beer and wine (in plastic only)!!!
Suggestion for packing a picnic: Swing by the Smith Brothers Butch Shop on Liberty Street for a great spread of of charcuterie, cheese and bread.
5. Dinner and a Show at the Theater
Savannah has no shortage of amazing restaurants if you’re in the mood for the traditional ‘dinner and a show’ date night. Check out one of the recommended restaurants below, then take an evening stroll through a few of Savannah’s 22 beautiful squares on the way to the historic theaters for a show!
Dinner (In Order from Fancy to Casual)
Elizabeth on 37th - $$$
If you’re looking to dress in your finest and go all out with the best food and dining experience that Savannah has to offer, try Elizabeth on 37th, located a short Uber ride from the historic downtown. Elizabeth on 37th is esteemed for it’s delicious Southern Coastal food and excellent service.
The Public - $$
For an excellent meal, minus the fancy, try The Public Kitchen and Bar. The Public is known for their fantastic cocktails and serves my favorite burgers in all of Savannah.
Tequila Town - $
Tequila Town has the best Mexican food in Savannah and, not to mention, margaritas! Bonus - their guacamole is made right in front of you with your choice of ingredients!
Theatres (in no particular order)
Lucas Theatre for the Arts
The Lucas Theatre is one of Savannah’s oldest theaters and is still decorated with the original ornate details of its historic beginnings. The venue puts on a variety of shows, ranging from from movie marathons to live performances like ballets and concerts. Check out what shows are coming up on their calendar.
The Historic Savannah Theatre
The Savannah Theatre is well known for it’s local musicals and features many talented singers. With excellent song performances through the ages, you can’t help but sing along. Check out their current and upcoming shows here.
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