Bohemian Hotel Savannah
Bohemian Hotel Savannah

What to Do in Savannah When You're in Town for a Convention

Conventions can't be all business and no pleasure. Savannah offers per diem-friendly unique dining experiences and after-hours entertainment. There are also a number of good places to go to seal your next deal and adventures you'll want to have when the deal making is done.

Lunch options

Photo courtesy The Green Truck Pub, Savannah.

Green Truck Neighborhood Pub – Order a burger, salad or sandwich, but be sure to include an appetizer when you head to the Green Truck Pub for lunch. The pimento cheese plate with house-made pickles or spiced Georgia nuts with a hint of rosemary will give you a true taste of the South.

The Starland Cafe – Grab a sandwich or salad for a quick lunch between sessions. The restaurant is located in an old Victorian house and has a number of vegan and vegetarian options on its menu.

Soho South Cafe  - If you want something other than just the usual soup and burger, go to the Soho South Cafe for hardier fare. Order the fried green tomato sandwich, chicken and waffles, Southern meatloaf or chicken fried chicken.

Have a drink and discuss a deal

Five Oaks Taproom, Savannah

Five Oaks Taproom – Grab a seat at the bar, a comfy chair in the corner, or a table for four. Delicious bites and signature cocktails are available starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Public Kitchen & Bar – A cheese board, steak tartare and oysters Rockefeller are a good start to a delicious meal and a great deal. Stay for dinner, and you'll be able to enjoy some of the best cuisine in the city.

Circa 1875 – Take your game up a notch but not too much. Circa 1875 provides an intimate setting to discuss the finer points of a business agreement over a bottle of wine or a local brew.

Dine to seal the deal

Seafood at Cha Bella in Savannah, Georgia

Noble Fare – Plan on splurging on the Chef's Tasting Menu to seal the deal. The menu includes locally influenced dishes combined with classic flavors sure to please any palate.

Cha Bella – Nearly all the ingredients Cha Bella uses come from farmers within a day's drive of the restaurant. Add in an upscale atmosphere and you have a dinner choice that is sure to impress.

Now, enjoy the city

Top Deck above the Cotton Sail Hotel in Savannah

Watch the sunset on a historic rooftop Rocks on the Roof, Top Deck, The Public Kitchen and Bar, and Local 11 Ten offer outdoor dining with views of the city you won't soon forget. The closer to the river you get, the better a view you're likely to have.

Crawl from pub to pub exploring Savannah’s haunted history – Get your walking shoes on and your drinking arm ready. Savannah's Creepy Crawl Pub Tour offers a number of stops where you'll be regaled with tales of death, mystery and intrigue. Reservations are recommended in advance.

Take a trolley tour – Savannah is full of history, and there are a number of tours available. If you're up for touring in the daylight hours, take a trolley ride to see famous spots, including the home of the founder of the Girl Scouts, the city's famous squares and magnificent churches.

Cruise the river – Savannah Riverboat Cruises offers a number of cruise options that are perfect whether you're enjoying the city on your first night in town or your last. Be sure to book in advance to ensure you get a seat.


Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Find more trip ideas from Eileen on ExploreGeorgia.org.

Published: March 2017