South's Best Bars 2015

Casimir’s Lounge:

 

            Following the aesthetic of The Mansion’s particular mix of modern Italian gothic ambiance, the entrance to Casimir’s Lounge is preceded by a set of leopard printed stairs, and if you don’t know where you’re going you might just miss it. Of course those who haunt Casimir’s Lounge know exactly where they’re going. Enter a dark room and you will find yourself affronted with velvet chairs, live music, and signature craft cocktails in the vein of the sexiest speakeasy you have ever stumbled upon. Every week they showcase some of the best jazz and blues in the south and their drink list features original cocktails as inventive as the décor. We recommend sipping on a “Devil Went Down To Georgia” while outside on the terrace, gazing at the lights from Forsyth Park across the street.

 

Good for:

  • Hob Knobbing with Savannah’s Elite
  • Grabbing a drink before “getting a room”
  • Indulging the mixologist in all of us

 

Pinkie Masters:

 

  As the oldest running bar in Savannah, Pinkie Masters has earned its stripes. Walk in and you are greeted by a bartender and a bar full of regulars, all impossibly friendly I might add and ready to tell you that they were there when Jimmy Carter announced his presidency standing atop the bar. Though consistently named as one of the best dive bars in the South, this establishment remains uncocky and unpretentious, still serving the cheapest PBR’s around town and their mixed drinks in plastic cups. Framed dusty relics line the wall, pieces of the past, to remind us that some things are better left unchanged. Be forewarned though, the urge to become a regular is apparent as the lure of cheap drinks and jukebox tunes draws a mix of SCAD students, locals, and visitors alike.

 

Good For:

  • Those who wants to hear a good story from 50-year long regulars
  • Anyone searching for the seventies
  • Jukebox dance parties
  • Presidential run-ins

 

Rocks on the Roof:

 

            Take an elevator to the top of the Bohemian Hotel and enter a sultry, almost flirtatious open-air bar complete with a fire pit and modern chandeliers made of oyster shells.  The ambiance of Rocks on the Roof is that of southern elegance for a hipper crowd.  Serving southern style tapas, like boiled peanut hummus and a grilled pimento cheese sandwich, Rocks on the Roof (or just “Rocks” as nicknamed by locals) is innovative with their cuisine. They have live music five nights a week starting around 6, which is just in time to grab a drink before enjoying a beautiful sunset over the Savannah River. Another great feature of having drinks at The Bohemian? They offer free shuttle rides to their sister hotel, The Mansion and its corresponding lounges. Think of it as a pub crawl for those of us who prefer cocktails and terraces.

 

Good For:

  • Meeting friends after work
  • Impressing that blind date of yours
  • Sunset Selfies

 

 

Seed Eco Lounge:

 

            Located on Montgomery St. caddy-corner from City Market, Seed Eco Lounge is a small, unassuming bar with a big attitude.  On any given night The DJs are playing anything from house to electronic to hip-hop as the dance floor occupies almost the entire place. The only thing better than the dance floor though is the drink selection, featuring organic alcohol and signature cocktails like a cucumber martini. What’s more is their mission to constantly strive for sustainability, something that is mimicked in the sleek, minimalist interior aesthetic.  As Savannah’s only eco-friendly bar, one starts to wonder why more bars haven’t followed suit.

 

Good For:

  • Environmentalists with dance moves
  • Letting off some steam after that business dinner
  • Great drinks and better DJs

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