5 Top Spots on River Street


Along River Street’s 200-year-old cobblestone path are century-old cotton warehouses converted into antique shops, galleries, nightspots and fantastic restaurants. Yes, you’ll discover a lot of other tourists like yourself, but the iconic street is popular for a reason: It’s a great place to explore, shop and dine, and it offers spectacular views of the Savannah River.

The Olde Pink House

Make your way to the historic Planters Inn and adjacent is the Olde Pink House, famous for its inventive Southern cuisine served in an 18th-century mansion. Be sure to venture below to Planters Tavern located in the restaurant’s cellar. Planters Tavern is one of the city’s most romantic spots with its exposed brick walls and fireplaces. You can sit at the bar for wine and cocktails, order from the upstairs menu and sing along with piano man for as long as your heart desires.

Vic’s on the River

It’s fine dining inside a 19th-century warehouse that once served as a hub for General Sherman’s army during the Civil War. Fully immerse yourself in the experience and order up a mint julep before enjoying its classic Southern cooking, including pecan-crusted flounder, wild Georgia shrimp served with smoked cheddar stone ground grits and its famous Southern meatloaf. We recommend though you save some room for the praline cheesecake or pecan pie.

Rocks on the Roof

Featuring a cozy fire pit, live entertainment and delicious tapas-style menu, Rocks on the Roof sits atop the stunning Bohemian Hotel. It’s the perfect spot to chill, relax and unwind with one of its specialty cocktails in hand as you take in breathtaking views of the Savannah River and Historic District below.

The Cotton Exchange Tavern

One of River Street’s oldest restaurants, the tavern is located inside a Colonial-era cotton warehouse complete with exposed brick walls and plenty of character. Its menu has something for everyone, but what it’s really known for is seafood. We’re talking big portions of the freshly caught kind served either grilled, broiled or fried. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon peeling shrimp while enjoying cocktails and its awesome waterfront views

Kevin Barry’s Pub

Inside this historic building is a truly Irish pub experience with beamed ceilings, exposed brick walls lined with pictures detailing Irish history and live traditional music seven nights a week. Pull up a chair and treat yourself to single malt and a cigar or a Guinness or Harp on tap. And of course, you’ll find a menu of traditional pub fare such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage and Irish beef stew.

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