For music fans, it is the best time of year in Savannah. This Thursday starts the 10th annual Savannah Stopover Music Festival, but what is good music without good food and beer to match?
For those starting with the early gigs on Thursday and Friday, be sure to take advantage of the happy hour specials at The Grey (one of this year’s sponsors). They offer discounts on wine, half prices on draft beer and a daily cocktail special that never disappoints.
One of the other sponsors also has a killer menu you need to check out: Congress Street Social Club has great selections and is in a perfect location that doubles as one of this year’s venues. Everything is great but adhere to only two words: smoked wings. They also have one of the largest bourbon selections in downtown with an entire menu of just bourbons; very impressive.
No matter where you go, make sure to grab Service Brewing’s "I Am The Roadie." It’s a special beer they have brewed just for the Savannah Stopover. It is an American Lager that is light, crisp, refreshing and perfect to walk around with. This beer will be all around town, as well as at each of the concert venues. After all, Savannah is known for grabbing a "roadie" to carry with you. Be sure to also check out the different food trucks that they have invited to be in front of the brewery each night.
At Service Brewing, there is a lot of love for the festival as Service itself started during the 2011 Savannah Stopover when two lovers of music and beer met.
While bouncing around the concert venues, there is something for every appetite. I know many people that have grabbed drinks at Boomy’s on Congress Street for years but have never tried their food. For those who fit that criteria, you are missing out; the bar is great, but the food is amazing. From stir-fry to curry bowls, this place has it all. I am pretty crazy about the Pho seafood with shrimp, calamari, mussels.
If this is your first time in Savannah, Vinnie Van GoGo’s has the best pizza around. The atmosphere is like no other restaurant around; it’s as if a dive bar served pizza. Sorry Charlie’s has just been through a renovation and has come back stronger than ever. While stopping in for a beer you must grab some of their oysters — cooked or raw, they are all great.
If you’re looking for late night food, the kitchen at McDonough’s Restaurant and Lounge is open until 2:30am. After a long day of music and beer, their hand cut and hand breaded onion rings will revive you. Unlike most places, they keep their full menu on until close. Who else is in the mood for a 2 a.m. Mushroom & Swiss Burger?
With all of these great food options paired with the exceptional music from the over 65 different bands, close out all plans for Sunday; you will be in need of a day of rest!