January can find people in a tough spot. The holiday credit card bill is due and tax season is on its way. But even penny-pinching couples deserve a few fun, romantic experiences, right? Plus you want to support local business so the key is planning ahead.  Last-minute decisions on where to eat or see a show often lead to higher costs. The date ideas below give you a head start on some great Hostess City deals.

FOOD TRUCKS

From tacos to crepes to gourmet grilled cheese, you can find a fun food truck for just about any kind of cuisine now. There’s just something so great about dinner (or dessert!) served from a brightly painted truck. Try visiting Starland Yard or 3 Points Food Court (opens 1/16) where multiple trucks gather and make it a three course meal, with each part of the dinner from a different truck.  Don’t miss out on Butter Bean Beach where most days you will find a truck from 11:00am to 7:30pm. Grab some lawn chairs and place by the water, bring your favorite beverage and enjoy a $25 date night. To find out where the trucks are daily follow ScoutSavannah912 on FB or IG.

ART EXHIBITION AT SULFUR STUDIOS

Art starts a conversation and makes us reflect on how we feel which makes it the perfect date night. Sulfur Studios at 2301 Bull Street has regular receptions of their upcoming exhibitions. The next reception date is Friday, January 15th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for “Possibilities” which is a Georgia Southern University MFA Exhibition. Sulfur Studios website has this to say in regards to the exhibit, “What are the possibilities when 17 different artists come together? Possibilities, the exhibition of Georgia Southern University’s MFA students is an offering of what is conceivable and what is imaginable; and what can exist when diverse mediums and concepts are explored. Each artist in the exhibition is on a personal journey of expression. It may be to tell a story, provide healing, examine the natural world or consider a notion. The possibilities are endless. And with each artwork in the exhibition, a new possibility is presented, a new conversation started.” This is the perfect way to take in some culture, enjoy your evening and help out the studio by sharing your experience to encourage others to patronize the local studios and artists.

 

WORMHOLE LIVE SHOW PLUS AN AWESOME BURGER

Wormhole bar is an independent small club where you can always find a local scene and an artist on the rise.  The best part is their ticket prices range between $5-$10 but make sure to plan ahead since because of reduced capacity tickets are limited and masks are mandatory. Coming up next weekend January 16, 2021 they have comedian Marcus Crespo from 8:00pm to 10:00pm and the Magnetic Bass Reboot Volume 2 from 10:00pm to 2:30am. Look to their website for additional upcoming shows.  The Wormhole also offers food on Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00pm to 1:00am and I’ve heard that their 1/2 lb. $11 cheeseburger is one of the best in town. A live show plus a burger for $16 per person makes a night out on a budget very achievable.

LAUGH ALL NIGHT

Go ahead and buy two tickets at the nearest comedy club. Comedy shows are great, inexpensive date nights. They are uniquely unpredictable, fun and give you something to talk about after. We have a couple of great options in Savannah. You can check out Front Porch Improv for in house tickets as well as Zoom performances ranging from $10 to VIP for $20.  Savannah Comedy Revue also has shows available for $15 per person and $20 VIP.  Not ready to end the night then top off the evening at Jens & Friends with a $10 chocolate martini till 8pm at their walktail bar where you order at the walk up window and then take a seat in their outdoor seating area or stroll the squares.,

SLY’s SLIDERS and FRIES PLUS MOODRIGHTS

Sly’s Sliders and Fries is a low-key burgers, hot dogs and fry joint at 1710 Abercorn Street. Sly’s offers a variety of sliders with multiple toppings for $3.50 and whether you like your dog basic, with chili, pulled pork, or with smoked jalapeno bbq sauce they are all yours for $3.50 a pop. Then share some hand cut fries for $2.50 and go ahead and spring for a topping of bacon for $1.50, it is date night after all.  After you have had your fill of burgers and dogs then head over to Moodright’s at 2424 Abercorn to dominate the dart board and belly up to the bar for an $8 pitcher of PBR.

 

PIANO AND POPSICLES

Plant Riverside District offers two key talents for this date. The musical talents of Kenny Munshaw which can be witnessed most Fridays at Beethoven’s Terrace from 5:00pm to 9:00pm and most Saturday’s at Generator Hall from 11:00am to 1:00pm. These free concerts allow you to spend your hard earned cash at Savannah Square pops. These pop professionals get amazing flavors into a popsicle. Stop by and grab a pop which run around $3.50 and include flavors like blueberry cheesecake, black cherry, Savannah Banana Puddin’ and much, much more deliciousness. A tasty treat and an enjoyable show of Kenny tickling the ivory keys all for about $10.

 

FUN AT FORT MCALLISTER STATE PARK

Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill has some inexpensive tours and programs. For $11 ($3 per person plus $5 parking) you can enjoy the outdoors, learn a new skill or view the stars. Just a sample of the adventures they have coming up in January are edible plant hike, rice hike, candle making, solar system walk and more.  Check out what they have to offer here.