Liquid Artistry

From excellent views to exceptional brews, everything about this premier rooftop bar is pitcher perfect. 

A breath of crisp river air and the color of calm (I’d call it ocean breeze blue) reached for me before I even have a chance to take a seat at Top Deck on the sixth floor of the Cotton Sail Hotel. This day was made for sipping something on the deck and this bar/restaurant is one of few in Savannah where the views compliment the booze.

Rachel Urbano, an Atlanta transplant, pulls up a stool next to me and walks me through Top Deck’s drink specialties, each one making me go, “Oooh I need to come back and try that.”

“I’ve been working here for about five months now,” explains Rachel. “I bartend at Club 51 as well, but the pace here is more high class and the drinks take longer to make.”

Top Deck’s sweeping views of the Historic District and the river are part of what draw patrons inside to look out from the bar’s stage. Aside from craft cocktails, the bar is also a restaurant serving small plates and offering a charcuterie menu.



According to Rachel, the most-ordered drink on the menu is the Top Deck Mojito with Veev Acai Spirit, Sugar Island, Coconut Rum, mint, and seasonal berries. Muddled and shaken, it’s a hit with both regulars and tourists.

For the better part of the year, the drinks on the menu remain the same with the occasional seasonal specialty added. Rachel’s favorite drink is the Fleur de Lys, a refreshment blending Domaine Canton, cucumber vodka, agave, fresh lemon, and splashed off with some lime juice. “It is so good and really refreshing,” she says.

Top Deck’s more powerful potion of choice is the one that sounds the most intimidating: the G.B.G. An “I-mean-business” libation, it combines Tanqueray Gin, Irishman Whiskey, and
Maraschino Liqueur with ginger beer. “It’s really different,” Rachel says, pointing it out on the menu. “I’ve never had a drink like it.”

Become one of Rachel’s regulars by visiting Top Deck Monday through Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. If it’s not your pregame to a night out, it should definitely be your finale. 

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