5 Best Outdoor Dining Spots to Celebrate Labor Day 2020
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country” – certainly cause to celebrate!
Labor Day weekend is the unofficial mark of the end of summer, so why not go out with a bang? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day “is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country” – certainly cause to celebrate! The first Labor Day was celebrated in September 5, 1882 in New York City and has since been adopted by the rest of the country as a national holiday. The American work force has certainly been through the ringer this year, as the national unemployment rate peaked in April but has decreased to 8.4 % through August due to the addition of 238,000, which is still less than half of the 22 million jobs that were lost in the spring. Despite the hardships, the resilience of small business owners, retail workers, the food service industry, the hospitality industry and many others deserves acknowledgement. This weekend is also a time to reflect on the countless instances where workers are still jobless, and owners have fallen victim to the economic hardships induced by the pandemic.
In the spirit of holiday and celebration, it’s especially important to practice compassion for our neighbors this weekend. Spend this Labor Day weekend with family, friends and loved ones (socially distanced, of course) and patronize your favorite restaurants and businesses. Here are five of the best outdoor dining venues to celebrate in Savannah this weekend:
(Crystal Beer Parlor)
1. Crystal Beer Parlor
Crystal Beer Parlor, located at 301 W Jones Street, has recently expanded into the parking lot behind the building, adding distanced tables, a large tent and ambient lighting and decorations. There’s plenty of space to relax outside (or inside with limited seating) and enjoy their extensive drink list featuring rare and seasonal items. The menu is notably very accommodating, with many options and substitutions for food allergies. As the “oldest restaurant in Savannah,” having opened during the Great Depression, the folks Crystal Beer Parlor have persevered through economic hardships and are excited to be serving customers again. Stop by any time this weekend (they’re closed on Monday) from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to experience a local dining legend.
(The Wyld Dock Bar)
2. The Wyld Dock Bar
The atmosphere at The Wyld Dock Bar is simply unmatched – located just before Dutch Island at 2740 Livingston Ave, the waterfront views of Williamson Creek and the marsh wildlife are breathtaking. Lined with charming lights and outfitted with rustic wood tables, The Wyld lets the natural setting do the ambiance work. Enjoy local food and menu items like fish tacos and crispy shrimp. They also make the best authentic Pain Killer outside of the British Virgin Islands – tin mug and all. Open Friday through Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., but closed Monday.
(Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park)
3. Collins Quarter at Forsyth Park
Having opened just before the initial shelter-in-place order and mass-closings, the Collins Quarter’s new location at Forsyth Park is one of the best things to happen during a pandemic. They absolutely run the brunch game with an absolutely delicious Australian-inspired menu and some of the best mimosas in town (which says a lot). Open Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop in for breakfast, lunch or a bit of both with a side of cocktails and enjoy the view of Forsyth Park. This location allows for a pre-meal workout or post-meal stroll, or a beautiful space to spend some time outdoors this weekend.
4. North Beach Bar and Grill
Labor Day weekend means many of us are heading out to Tybee Island to enjoy the beach. The North Beach Bar and Grill is located just off North Beach in the main lot and is the perfect way to spice up a regular day on the sand where a casual atmosphere meets Caribbean flavors. Dine guilt-free, as this restaurant works hard to preserve the beauty of Tybee Island through a number of sustainability initiatives. The open-air pavilion is a great place to dine and enjoy music; however, as North Beach is known to attract large crowds (especially on a holiday weekend), the bar now offers a to-go drink table where customers and pick up drinks to enjoy on the beach to avoid potentially risky proximity to others. Open Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday and Monday 11:30 am to 9 p.m., guests can stop by all holiday weekend.
5. Starland Yard
This outdoor venue – featuring a bar, Pizzeria Vittoria and a rotating food truck schedule (with names like Leopold’s Ice Cream and Chazito’s) as well as TV’s, cornhole and picnic tables – is guaranteed fun for the whole family. All ages are permitted, but there’s also a rooftop courtyard for 21+ with cocktails, cans and drafts. Starland Yard is located at 2411 Desoto Avenue and open Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 11p.m; however, they are closed Monday’s so make sure you don’t miss out and stop by this weekend!