Jul. 09, 2013 | By Guest Blogger
Summer Date Nights in Savannah
By Guest Blogger, Shawndra Russell
Savannah is known as a romantic destination thanks to its historic beauty, but add our fun-loving atmosphere and delicious cuisine and a Savannah date night turns into an evening you’ll never forget. Here are four date night ideas—one for every weekend of the month—that are swoon-worthy.
First Fridays in Savannah are special because River Street and SoFo both roll out the red carpet for guests and locals. On River Street, you’ll find the cobblestone street is lined with pop-up tents showcasing crafts, food and drinks that precede a firework show over the water. There’s also an oyster roast across the river at the Westin, which provides my favorite view of Savannah’s Riverfront. On the other end of the Historic District, you and your date can bike from art exhibits as part of Art March, starting at the beautiful Mansion on Forsyth Park and ending on DeSoto Row where handcrafted jewelry and other wares await for this one night only Indie Arts Bizarre.
Old-fashioned Movie Night
Recently Lucas Theatre played When Harry Met Sally on the big screen, so that gives you a glimpse at the kind of movie night you can experience at this old-school theater. In July, the venue is being transformed from a movie theater to speakeasy, featuring local musicians playing 1920s favorites. You can “BYOB,” Bring Your Own Bootleg (wine only, $10 corkage fee) while enjoying the performance. Cool Hand Luke, Mary Poppins, and The Last of the Mohicans are the upcoming throwback movies slated to reappear on the big screen.
Nearby dinner ideas: The Olde Pink House, B. Matthews, Cha Bella, Chive Sea Lounge
The craft beer movement is alive and well in Savannah, so you and your sweetie can enjoy a night out sampling brews and create your own progressive beer dinner. Start with a pre-dinner pint at World of Beer with nearly 500 choices, then mosey down to Molly Macpherson’s for a savory appetizer and extensive beer list. Next, head to Crystal Beer Parlor for dinner and drinks; they have a solid craft beer bottle and tap list, plus classic Beers of Our Fathers for a little nostalgia and reminiscing. Lastly, head to The Distillery for dessert and your choice of 21 carefully selected taps and pair with their huge, famous fried moonpie. Or, opt for a beer cocktail or float instead for your nightcap. Keep an eye out for beer dinners too—the folks at Blue Turtle Bistro, Ruth’s Chris, and Dub’s Pub have all thrown a few and hopefully will continue to do so regularly.
Nothing like a little adrenaline to heat up your night, and our haunted pub crawls are sure to get your heart rates up. You’ll hold onto each other’s hands tightly as your guide shares tales of ghostly encounters while you sip on cocktails as you stroll through Savannah’s hauntingly beautiful streets. Tales of love gone wrong, such as in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, will make you thankful for what you have, too. Finish your night in the cozy—and slightly spooky in their own way—pubs for dinner and drinks like Planter’s Tavern, 17hundred90, Winston’s Wine Bar (in the wine cellar of Churchill’s Pub) or Moon River Brewing Company.
Shawndra is a freelance writer and also helps small businesses invigorate their social media through compelling storytelling. Read about her services and work at www.shawndrarussell.com.