Southern Pub Fare

A pub’s kitchen used to be limited to a deep fryer and a microwave. Their menus didn’t go much further than fried chicken wings and limp French fries.

Now that a wave of foodie revolutionists have been popping open their pups throughout the city, pub fare has become a bit more highbrow. These local pubs have said goodbye to the tasteless plate of fried goods that used to accompany a big name beer, and hello to local craft beers paired with gourmet dishes prepared by seasoned chefs who take their trade very seriously. Pub fare is now something to be proud of, and these Savannah pubs are doing it right.

 

The Ordinary Pub (pictured above)

Located in a basement along bustling Broughton Street, The Ordinary Pub has quietly marched into town and revolutionized the pub market. The atmosphere is cool and extremely well thought out. Everything is intentional from the exposed brick and stained glass windows to the wooden tap wall and the incredible menu. “We wanted to create a classic pub menu, but with a modern twist. There’s no reason the food you pair with your beer can’t be delicious,” says executive chef Zach Starr. Enjoy your pairing after work at their happy hour, which is seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or late into the night; their full menu is served until 12 p.m.
217 1/2 West Broughotn Street  |  Savannah, GA 31401  912.238.5130  |  theordinarypub.com

 

Molly Macphersons

Molly MacPherson's

If you want to enjoy Savannah’s take on the classic pub, head into Molly MacPherson’s for a truly Scottish experience. Get the Scottish meatloaf for a twist on your mama’s classic dish. After trying it you’ll swear it’s better than any you’ve tasted. You also are required to try some Scotch before you leave here. Molly MacPherson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky on the East Coast. 

311 West Congress Street  |  Savannah, GA 31401  912.239.9600  |  macphersonspub.com

 

80 east gastropub

80 East Gastropub

In an unassuming building connected to a gas station is a gastropub that is changing what pub fare means to Tybee Island. You’ll swear you’ve left the beach and entered a completely new world. With TVs on every wall, hundreds of beers on tap, and a menu that will blow you out of the water (literally), 80 East Gastropub is Tybee’s answered pub prayer. We always start with the Lobster and Shrimp Fondue; one dip and you’ll know why. From there we recommend either the Fried Chicken N Sweet Potato Waffles or the Buffalo Mac N Cheese; both very different flavors, but equally thrilling. Have your server recommend a good beer pairing; they’re very knowledgeable about the local craft beer scene. 725B First Street  |  Tybee Island, GA 31328  |  912.786.4782  |  80eastgastropub.com

 

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