In this feature we will share the best tips from the professionals that are there everyday on how to get the ultimate rooftop experience. Everything from how to get the best possible seats to what to order and what time of day to visit a rooftop bar.
The Lost Square | 412 Williamson St.
This inviting rooftop bar, perched confidently above the riverfront, offers stunning panoramas and warm-hearted service. Inspired by the city’s lush plazas and nautical heritage, it’s a veritable outdoor parlor, with fresh air and refreshing drinks.
Best Spot in the House: On a beautiful day they suggest sitting on the East side of the open-air terrace where you can take in views of the river and downtown.
Best Time to Visit: Definitely sunset, the river views and candy skies are a perfect way to end the day
Are you Dog friendly: Yes! The Lost Square loves to see your furry friends
Don’t Miss Cocktail: All of our cocktails on the new Spring menu are named after Mean Girls references. So far, the most popular is “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” because its absurdly crushable. It’s a gin cocktail with Rosé and fresh raspberry syrup. Honorable mention is “Hair Full of Secrets” which is a lavender-hibiscus vodka, garnished with a spell…
Don’t Miss Appetizer: Pimento cheese spread, crab hush puppies and mushroom Boursin toast.
Any Fun Promotions Coming Up: Follow them on Instagram for upcoming showings of the movie Mean Girls
Peregrin | 256 E Perry St.
The Peregrin, the Perry Lane Hotel’s all-weather, open-air lounge with exquisite views of the cityscape from the rooftop deck, hand-crafted premium cocktails and a carefully curated wine list. The Peregrin also offers lawn games and one of Savannah’s best Instagrammable murals.
Best Spot in the House: Whether you are admiring our mural of which has become an iconic piece of art here in savannah, or taking in the gorgeous view, the atmosphere will be exactly what you would hope on a rooftop excursion. However, the lawn gives you a front row seat to the best view in the city. Of course, the upper lawn provides a bird’s eye view to the Savannah skyline and it is awfully pretty up there on your perch!
Best Time to Visit: For a lively atmosphere, weekends are the way to go but be sure to make a reservation. Recharge and get ready for the week by visiting on Sundays to relax and enjoy the day.
Don’t Miss Cocktails: From the very beginning, the most popular cocktail has been the Frozé All Day. A frozen drink with a mixture of vodka, rosé wine, lillet, and the secret ingredient, Aperol! Though, we have to say that for quite awhile now the Skylark has been a huge hit, most likely because it was born from nostalgia. The ingredients include, vodka, strawberry pureé, Gifford Rhubarb, lime, and orange bitters-a take on strawberry rhubarb pie. We like to indulge in creativity while infusing a bit of soul in all we do. Strawberry Rhubarb pie is a dish that instills memories for so many people, memories of savoring wonderful experiences with people we love.
Don’t Miss Appetizer: Fun things on the way in April, don’t miss the grilled Halloumi with watermelon, jalapeno and mint.
Any Fun Promotions Coming Up: We offer live music. When we have live entertainment, we post it on our social media-follow us @peregrinsavannah to keep up to date on our happenings. Frozé All Day in Summer! Wishing for a cool breeze while sipping cocktails by the fire then stop by in October or November. However, if you feel like hanging with some very cool Reindeer on the Roof, December is definitely the way to go!
Churchill’s | 13 West Bay St.
Churchill’s is a lively restaurant & bar located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. The pub occupies the street level with Winston’s wine cellar in the basement and 10 Downing private event space on the 2nd floor adjacent to their rooftop terrace. This patio is best for alfresco dining. Enter through the front door and follow the signs up the rear stairs—beers, booze and brunch await when the weather allows.
Best Spot in the House: The rooftop is mainly tables and chairs but if you are lucky there are two lounge seats right in front of the bar facing each other. Perfect for relaxing in the shade with a cool breeze and having an afternoon conversation.
Best Time to Visit: Without a doubt…brunch! Served on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Don’t miss the Brunch Board!
Don’t Miss Cocktail: Savannah Refresher made with Savannah Vodka, muddled berries, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, prosecco
Don’t Miss appetizers: Black & tan onion rings, pimento cheese croquettes and bourbon glazed chicken wings
Best Feature of Your Rooftop: When the sun goes down and the bistro lights come on and the whole roof takes on a romantic glow
The Fitzroy | 9 Drayton Street
The Fitzroy is a downtown Savannah Restaurant and Bar, offering Australian inspired elevated pub food. Enjoy dinner, brunch or cocktails in cozy, moody indoor seating or bask in the glorious Savannah sunshine on their rooftop. Hit up this sweet rooftop terrace for a romantic dinner or a lazy Sunday brunch.
Don’t Miss Cocktails: The Patridge made with vodka, Domaine de Canton, St. George’s spiced pear, cranberry & lemon or The Bantam which is gin, chai syrup and dry apple cider.
Don’t Miss Eats: Brussel sprouts, cheeseburger (the best you’ll ever have) or for a full dinner the pork shank
Do You Offer Live Music: On Sundays
What is The Best Feature of Your Rooftop: It is quaint, quiet and the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. Also, we have one of the best happy hours in town with 1/2 off the bar and food menu from 3:00pm to 5:00pm Thursday through Monday.
Electric Moon Skytop Lounge | 500 W. River St.
Escape to a high-energy rooftop lounge where the stunning river views, illuminated smoke stacks, signature cocktails and music blend together for an electrifying experience. Head down the slide or take the spiral staircase to the Moon Deck, a playful adult oasis where you’re invited to play lawn games, relax in the sun and gather with friends.
Best Spot in The House: Electric Moon’s best spot is definitely the River Front Patio, whether cold or warm you have the option to sit at a beautiful fire pit or right against the Savannah River.
Best Time to Visit: Just before sunset, as the sun goes down enjoy one of our wonderful cocktails while embracing the breeze of the river.
Are You Dog Friendly: Yes, bring your fur-babies for the ulti-mutt time!
Don’t Miss Cocktail: Our Luminescence is one of the most desirable drinks on our menu. Come light up on the moon with our refreshing gin cocktail with a splash of prosecco and lemony twist.
Don’t Miss appetizers: Ride up the elevator for some pork-belly bao buns. These are great at anytime of the day. With spicy aioli and cucumber kimchi it could not get better!
What is The Best Feature of Your Rooftop: Come slide back into your childhood (literally) from the rooftop down to our next level Moon Deck. This second floor offers a plethora of activities. Featuring Corn Hole, Ping-Pong, and other fun games!
The Drayton Hotel | 7 Drayton Street
Perched on top of the Drayton hotel and simply called Rooftop, the terrace offers unobstructed panoramic views of City Hall and the Savannah skyline.
Best Spot in the House: When Savannah weather is on her best behavior, snagging the northeast corner lounge set is undeniably the best seat – you have an unobstructed view of the gold dome of City Hall as well as the best people watching throughout the space.
Best Time to Visit: Any day, golden hour. We have an equal amount of indoor and outdoor space, so no matter the season or the weather, golden hour is pure magic. Outside, light glints off the golden dome of City Hall and inside, light floods in from 180 degree floor to ceiling windows. More based on luck, if you can catch one of the giant ships that pass so closely by us, there are few experiences to feel more perspective.
Don’t Miss Cocktail: I wouldn’t say we have a most popular cocktail, but a most popular style of service – several of our cocktails can be made into “bottle service” which comes in a family-style serving method and makes 4-5 cocktails – great for a group!
Don’t Miss Appetizers: Our menu is heavily based on seasonality, as is should be, so we change it up pretty often. Chef Meenan puts up some of the most delectable plates of any bar in Savannah, but some favorites right now are the crispy cauliflower with tahini dressing, or perhaps the sweet & salty ribs with peanuts, cilantro and collards. As always, we have the best oysters in the city and there’s nothing we love more on our rooftop than a dozen oysters and a bottle of bubbles.
Do You Offer Live Music: We do! Check out our instagram @draytonhotel for the next set to be announced!
What is The Best Feature of Your Rooftop: Undeniably it’s the scene – our rooftop is laid out to create intimate spaces throughout a large area so every couple, group or party feels they have their own little corner. While we welcome you to come by for just a drink or two, the best experience is setting up shop and letting the day pass with cocktails, incredible small plates and watching the ships pass by.
Top Deck Bar | 125 W. River St.
Hip rooftop bar offering specialty cocktails & new American bites with river views. If you are a local looking for somewhere to visit and feel a little touristy or if you’re showing your friends a good time this venue would fit the bill.
Best Spot in the House: Grab the very corner seat for a perfect view up and down the river.
Don’t Miss Cocktail: The Top Deck Mojito made with Veev acai spirit, sugar island coconut rum, mint, seasonal berries and lime.
Don’t Miss Appetizers: Buffalo chicken tacos, house truffle pretzel and spinach & artichoke dip
Do You Offer Live Music: Thursday- Sunday 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Any Fun Promotions Coming Up: Monday to Sunday happy hour 4:00pm to 8:00pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday $3 Rose all Day.
Perch | 1110 Bull Street
Nestled amongst the oak trees over the restaurant, Perch is the quintessential southern meeting place. Enjoy a specialty cocktail and admire the views just south of Forsyth Park. Its design is as much functional as it is relevant to the original concept and features seating groups that persuade guests to ‘perch’ for a while.
Best Time to Visit: Before or after your meal at Local 11Ten! Depending on the time of year the sunsets are spectacular and after the sun goes down the live music starts and drinks keep flowing!
Don’t Miss Cocktail: Jalapeno lime spritzer has been a fixture on the menu for years and it’s one of the most refreshing drinks.
Don’t Miss Menu items: Since Covid we are featuring our entire dining menu at Perch which has been a huge hit! Order “shared” options for a snack or go the whole way with entrees and dessert!
Do You Offer Live Music: We do offer live music on the weekends weather depending, check our social media for more info on who and when!
What is The Best Feature of Your Rooftop: The live oaks drape over the rooftop mixed with café style lighting that makes for a treehouse type feel with a rooftop skyline just beyond Forsyth Park. There is no view quite like it in Savannah!
Myrtle and Rose Rooftop Garden | 500 W. River St.
Inspired by the flowers used in the crowns often worn by muses in classical mythology, this rooftop garden is named for Myrtle & Rose, symbols of femininity, love and romance. With a selection of handcrafted shareable bites, fragrant, botanically inspired cocktails and breathtaking views of Savannah.
Best Spot in The House: Fire pits for those chilly evenings after the sun goes down, by the life-size chessboard for prime Instagram photo ops or on the riverside to watch the famous Savannah sunsets and cargo ships coming in and out of the port.
Best Time to Visit: Right before sunset, so you can watch as the sky turns purple and pink, our lanterns turn on and the fire pits help to you warm. The ambience is peaceful and romantic.
Are You Dog Friendly: Yes! We love to see you and your pawsome pals.
Don’t Miss Cocktail: Toss up between our Ginger Lilly, a light and refreshing Lillet Rose cocktail with passion fruit and ginger ale, or our Georgia Kiss, a sweet and tart Grey Goose and blood orange cocktail.
Don’t Miss Appetizers: The deviled eggs, which offer twist on the classic topping with our house-made bacon jam and mustard seeds, as well as, the mussels, which are tossed in with our delicious red curry broth with enough bread to dip in the leftover goodness. Also, don’t miss our marshmallow pops for a sweet treat, which are handmade by our in-house pastry chef with flavors of Limoncello, Chambord and Bailey’s dipped in chocolate.
What is The Best Feature of Your Rooftop: The view and the beautiful garden-like landscape. Our rooftop is an ideal romantic getaway or a girl’s night dream.
Do You Offer Live Music: Every Sunday brunch, we feature the fabulous Equinox Jazz Trio live from noon to 3:00 p.m.
The Public Kitchen & Bar | 1 W. Liberty St.
Located at the corner of Liberty and Bull Street, The Public Kitchen & Bar sets a casual, modern vibe in the heart of the Historic District. Keeping with their farm-to-table mission, their burgers are made from all-natural 100% grass-fed beef from right here in Georgia. It is important to note this is not a true “rooftop bar” but rather an patio seating on the upper level for al fresco dining. The laid back vibe, gorgeous scenery and delicious food are what makes this location deserve a spot on the list.
Best Spot in The House: There isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Do You Offer Live Music: We feature live music on the rooftop patio on the weekends from 5:30-8:30PM.
Is the food limited: We serve the entire lunch and dinner menus upstairs weather permitting.
Rocks on the Roof | 102 W. Bay St.
Relax and unwind while enjoying fantastic views of Savannah River and the historic district from this rooftop lounge. Swanky drinks, small plates & a fire pit star at this top-floor hot spot in the Bohemian Hotel.
Best Spot in The House: One is the west end of the building facing the bridge, which has the most breathtaking sunset view. The other spot is after sunset, where you can huddle up next to the fire pit. This is a great space where groups can laugh and have fun together all night long.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is when a ship is passing by. The view from the highest rooftop on the Savannah River gives you an amazing sight like no other place.
Don’t Miss Cocktail: “Practice What You Peach” – A refreshing cocktail served in a champagne glass featuring Tito’s Vodka, Blended Family Peach Liqueur, house-made spiced vanilla syrup, fresh lemon, topped with sparkling wine and garnished with a dehydrated peach slice.
Don’t Miss Appetizers: We feature international street food, including popular fan favorites like Korean tacos, pulled pork nachos and sliders with bacon jam.
Do You Offer Live Music: Yes, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8-11 pm we offer a mix of live performances and DJs.
What is The Best Feature of Your Rooftop: The best feature of the rooftop is that it is the highest rooftop on the Savannah River. On a clear day you can see for miles!
There are two additional rooftop bars in Savannah that did not participate in the feature: Rooftop at Sorry Charlie’s and The Grove