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A Guide to Savannah Rooftops
Savannah, the coastal city in Georgia, known for its lush landscapes, well-preserved architecture, and vibrant history has become a destination for many looking to experience history, food, and good ol’ southern living. Savannah, no doubt has a lot to offer when it comes to sightseeing and tours but they are also unmatched in rooftop experiences. This list covers the best rooftop bars in downtown Savannah.
01. Myrtle & Rose
Myrtle & Rose is part of the brand new expansion of the historic river street. Located at the top of the JW Marriott, this rooftop lounge boasts views of the Savannah River and Talmadge Memorial bridge. Enjoy botanically based cocktails in this garden-like space inspired by the flowers worn in the crown of muses in classical mythology. Enjoy a jazz brunch every Sunday from 11a - 3p.
02. Electric Moon Skytop Lounge + The Moon Deck
Also located in the newly expanded river street, Electric Moon is located in the power plant building of the JW Marriott complex. Catering to a more lively crowd, this space offers electrifying cocktails in an eclectic setting. When you’re not overlooking the river take a walk to the other side of the lounge where you can take a giant adult slide down to the moon deck where you will find outdoor games and views of the city.
03. Rocks on the Roof
Located atop the Bohemian hotel on historic river street, this classic hangout spot has an open air bar with a beautiful wraparound deck equipped with plush seating and fire pits. Enjoy craft cocktails and the occasional live music in this chic space.
04. Top Deck
This youthful rooftop lounge is located atop the Cotton Sail hotel, also located on the river. Enjoy the nautical theme while sipping hand crafted cocktails inspired by the seafarer. Dance to upbeat tunes offered by the in house DJ as you take in the sunset.
05. The Drayton Hotel
The newly renovated Drayton hotel not only houses one of the best seafood restaurants in town (St. Neo’s), it also has a marvelous view of the gold dome of city hall. This rooftop bar has a semi-enclosed, open air bar with a variety of seating options. Reserve the private dining room where you have the option to keep the doors shut or slide them completely open to enjoy the breeze and view of city hall. It is closed during the Winter however, you can enjoy the restaurant bar and cocktail lounge.
06. The Lost Square
This rooftop lounge is located atop the Alida Hotel. A concept of the Makeready group, they spare no expense in offering high end finishes, paying very close attention to detail. The space is beautiful and cozy and the service is amazing. The Lost Square models itself after the many squares through the historic downtown Savannah and boasts panoramic views of the city. Enjoy craft cocktails that are unique and inventive in front of the fireplace or enjoy it in your own private igloo offered in the winter for a food and drink minimum from $200-$300.
07. The Grove
The Grove rooftop deck lounge is located in the heart of City Market in downtown Savannah. Enjoy happy hour specials Monday through Friday and bumping tunes from in house DJ. This place draws crowds of all ages and the vibe is fun with the bright and clean decor. This lounge is great for groups. Offering craft cocktails and classics, be sure to have a champagne pop or one of there amazing mocktails!
Located atop the Perry Lane hotel, Peregrin is a premium open-air rooftop lounge that exemplifies southern sophistication. Enjoy city views in the vibrant outdoor space while enjoying craft cocktails from attentive staff. Bring a group and sit around the large fire pit or gather around the tree. Enjoy a dip in the pool adjacent to the lounge, available to residents of the hotel or with the purchase of a day pass. Peregrin also offers mocktails and small bites that perfectly match the vibe of the space.
09. Sorry Charlie’s
The lax atmosphere of Sorry Charley’s oyster bar makes this rooftop perfect for a low key afternoon where you can enjoy the best combination of southern fare with hints of the sea - exactly what Savannah is all about. The crowd is mixed here and the cocktails are simple. Pair your drinks with fresh seafood including the oysters, po’ boys, and a low country boil. The rooftop bar overlooks City Market and covered as well as uncovered space is available here.
10. Bar Julian
Last but certainly not least is the newest addition to the hotel and hospitality world that is Savannah. Bar Julian located at the top of the tallest structure in downtown Savannah, the brand new Thompson Hotel, is definitely a wow factor. From start to finish this place is impressive. The decor, the service, the views… breathtaking. A must visit if you are in Savannah, it may be a little off the beaten path but it is totally worth a visit. The cocktails are inventive and the small plates have a variety of items that are very difficult to choose from so unfortunately you will have to eat it all. Put this rooftop bar at the top of your list during your visit!
Not quite rooftop bars per se, but these spaces are located at higher levels. The Fitzroy has a quaint outdoor space tucked away on its second level. Churchill’s located on Bay Street is a British pub that has become a favorite hangout spot for locals and visitors. Located on the second level of The Public Kitchen & Bar (great spot for lunch) is their patio with extended dining area and occasional live music. Just a short walk from Forsyth park is local 11 ten, a wonderful place to have dinner with a cute patio called The Perch where you can enjoy craft cocktails 7 days a week weather permitting.