Things To Do
Here are some suggestions from the Stopover gang on what you might wanna check out in Savannah when you have some downtime between shows:
You’ve finally made it here for Savannah Stopover Festival and now you’re probably wondering, “What is there to do?” No worries, we’ve got you covered. With bars and restaurants around every corner and everything within walking distance, you won’t find a dull moment in this city. From the moment you wake up until it’s festival time, Savannah offers an array of places to explore….
To start your day off right, swing by The Coffee Fox at Broughton and Whitaker for locally brewed coffee from PERC and delicious organic treats. If you’re the “breakfast of champions” kind, then grab a cold beer or mixed drink from the American Legion Post 135, home of The Mighty Eighth (Google it), located just south of Forsyth Park. Insider tip: cash only!
Speaking of Forsyth Park, be sure to take a walk through it! Or set up a blanket on the grass to gaze up at all the Spanish moss covered trees. It’s something we cherish here in Savannah, so be sure to check out the fragrant garden and take your picture by the fountain because it’s just so cool. (If we really wanted to go off the cuff, we’d say get your feet wet in it, but we’re not trying to get anyone arrested.)
In the mood for a full breakfast or brunch? Head towards East Bay Street and grab a table at B. Matthew’s Eatery. This bistro offers classic and new American fare; the Bay Street Scramble is highly recommended.
If you find yourself still near Forsyth Park, then hit up The Sentient Bean for tasty vegan and vegetarian food options.Sit out front with a delicious cup of free trade coffee and people watch the characters walking by (because, oh, they’re there). Cash only.
We highly suggest you make your way down to local hot spot Zunzi’s to chow down on a Conquistador or an Oliver’s lunch. When they ask you if you want the special sauce, your reply should be: “shit yeah!” They also offer vegetarian options.
Sister to The Coffee Fox is Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Cafe located south of Forsyth Park down Bull St. Their Mexican Mocha is to die for and they have a beautiful courtyard out back. There’s a cool selection of eats (from tacos to brownies) and they also serve alcohol in addition to coffee concoctions.
We can't speak of lunch without mentioning our good friends at Green Truck. Not only do they have the best burgers in town, they also provide all our bands with backstage snacks! We love you Green Truck!
We haven’t forgotten you, Angel’s BBQ….Best BBQ, sauces and fries in town. Ask classically trained chef Andrew about any restaurant in town and he’ll give you an honest opinion. Ask him why the fries are so good and you’ll get a scientific explanation about why the surface area of french fries matter.
Not in the mood for BBQ? Head over to Spudnik for a gourmet potato bowl...yes it is as good as it sounds. Keep it simple and order the Classic or spice it up with the Monterrey. Either way your tastebuds will thank you.
Another bonus is that many of our venues also serve delicious and affordable food, so see our venue section and map for a list of those. A few faves:
-At Ampersand sip on a “Smoke and Mirrors”, a favorite craft cocktail among the many offered in their menu. you would also be wise to order the Blackened Shrimp and Grits, Ampersand gives this traditional Southern Dish a modern twist.
-Although it’s called a “Failure Bowl” ordering one of these Congress Street Social Club favorites is a winning decision.
-Moon River Brewing Company, alongside their impressive beer list, offer an assorted menu of gourmet southern and creole pub food. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes or the Low Country Crab Melt.
If all things vintage, retro, old and curious are your jam - well, you've come to the right place! Looking for some stylin' vintage duds? Hit up Civvies on Broughton St. They've also just added a pop up shop inside for Graveface Records and Curiosities. Or on Friday and Saturdays from 6-8pm, check out Sylvester and Co. for their version of "Happy Hour"; 2 for 1 cookies and coffee. We're partial to the world's largest Ginger Snaps!
WHERE'S THE OCEAN?
Take a trip out to the beach and spend some time on Tybee Island. It's 25 minutes from the Historic District. It's as kitschy a little beach town as one could ever hope for. Aside from the beautiful Atlantic coast it offers up character laden beach bars and delicious seafood...make sure to check out Huckapoo's or AJ's Dockside for exactly that.
We surely haven't covered it all, but hopefully we've gotten you on the right track to a pretty off-the-beaten-path start...