In Savannah, live music can be heard at numerous venues most nights during the week. Depending what you have ear for, the sounds of rock, country, jazz and alternative usually make the playlist. Many consider the Historic District the place to see national artists and the best local acts. If you like discovering unsigned bands, the Sandfly neighborhood draws some of the area’s most talented musicians.
Here are the top places in Savannah to hear live music.
This venue is your passageway from the downtown district into an incredible world of live music. Many consider it a dive, but that’s what makes it popular. It also doesn’t hurt that parking is easy to find, the beer is cheap and national touring bands of all genres have hit the stage of the Wormhole to kick out jams. In addition to the live music, comedy shows, theatrical performances, art exhibits and fashion shows all take place at this Savannah establishment. And since the Wormhole is a full bar, you can expect a casual atmosphere filled with bar games like billiard tables and dartboards.
Saddle Bags Savannah
Located on the west end of River Street, Saddle Bags Savannah is a country bar that serves some of the city’s best top shelf bourbon. Many guest come to this venue to take part in line dancing night, which includes free lessons for beginners. On the weekends, country music fans can enjoy a great lineup of Savannah’s live music artists. There’s also a mechanical bull. Those that think they can hold on without getting thrown off are encouraged to go for a ride.
Wild Wing Café
Since 1990, Wild Wing Café has treated its patrons to a wide variety of live music. Featured acts have included Rocky Young, Old Southern Moonshine, Justin Anderson, Will Hoge, Cranford Hollow, Whiskey Jam, Radio Romance, Demun Jones, Scars on 45 and Old Dominion. Stop in for lunch and enjoy all you can eat wings from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos
Get ready for a rock and roll party—and get ready to shout out song requests at Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos. Inside this lively venue, you decide what gets played. Everything from rock, rap, country and jazz is fair game so call out what you want to hear. Two pianists will then tickle the ivories and sing in a heated competition as they face off in battle to win the crowd’s approval. More than 50 beers and 250 liquors are available along with bar food favorites like jalapeño poppers, chicken fingers, jumbo pretzels and mozzarella sticks.
Jazz’d Tapas Bar
Located on the outskirts of Ellis Square, Jazz’d Tapas Bar is home to blues, jazz and swing. This sizzling hot spots hosts live music Tuesday through Sunday. Attend one of the classic vocal performances and you’ll think you’re in the company of Frank Sinatra or Savannah native Johnny Mercer. This eclectic venue was built below street level to provide one-of-a-kind experiences for its guests. Stop in, sip a martini at the serpentine bar and indulge in delicious taps—all while enjoying a night of live music.
Known for its gritty yet welcoming environment, The Jinx has enjoyed success since opening its doors in 2003. The staff is friendly, laidback and caters to a myriad of patrons. It’s not uncommon to see the hip tattoo crowd mingling with college kids from the college punk scene and tourists taking a break from their vacation. This unpretentious hangout is located on Congress Street, and many consider it the go to place when it comes to hearing the music of local and regional bands.