The Distillery

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

53 Reviews
The DistilleryThe Distillery
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

416 W Liberty St
Savannah, Georgia, 31401-3918
United States

(912) 236-1772 | map
distillerysavannah.com

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by bv74550p on 12-08-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
83
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Taps:
21
Bottles/Cans:
160
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 83
Reviews by Redrover:
Photo of Redrover
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Distillery is Located on kind of the edge of the tourist area. There is some parking in front and about 4 outside tables.

The bar is on the left as you enter the rectangular room. There are tables center and to the right. There is also a small elevated area in the rear. High tin ceilings, a nice back bar, some exposed brick, sealed concrete floors and a row of pillars down the middle complete the look. They also have some beer/brewery stuff on display.

There are 4 or so TVs, so you can watch the games.

20 well thought out and diverse tap choices. Lots of bottles add to your choices. There are selections from Anderson Valley, Bells, Harpoon, Southern Tier, Victory and Terrapin among others.

Food is gastro pub style with clear Savannah influences. Try the cucumber wasabi dressing!

Service is beer savvy and friendly.

This is a must stop when visiting the area. I wish I would have had more time for a follow-up visit.

 939 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of StevenMilligan
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

I cannot speak highly enough of this bar. On our Savannah trip we frequented two of the local breweries and many bars. However, this stood out as the best experience. My wife, who is not a beer drinker wanted to return here. Their selection is great, but what really shines is their service. The hostess, server, and manager went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable...with a baby. Food came out hot and was great. Server was knowledgeable and quick to make suggestions and allow ample samplings. Yes, it may not be historic as some of the other venues, but it's worth checking out. Comparable to a World of Beer, however I've never had an experience this great at any World of Beer.

 696 characters

Photo of Corburk
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of mecmd
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The vibe of the place was energetic but quieting down when I visited as it was after the main dinner service. I was enjoying the place until the grease fire in the kitchen set off the fire alarm - that lead to my leaving earlier than I had planned and visiting another spot in town.

Beers were well poured into proper glassware with a proper amount of head and a decent temperature.

Servers were friendly, personable, and attentive. Not too much in the way to beer knowledge being shared with me but I already knew what I wanted when they came to take my order and we did chat about other spots in Savannah that have good tap lists that I might have beers I had not seen before.

They had a very nice selection of local, regional, and national craft beers on tap with a good range of styles. Several IPAs and big stouts were available along with a handful of other styles which would likely have an option for just about anyone. Beers seemed to have turned over fairly quickly as I saw two kick and be replaced in my short visit on a Friday night.

 1,049 characters

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.78/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of ryanhooks81
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Awesome place. Beautiful bar. Knowledgeable bartenders. Pretty standard bar food. This place DOES get the goods beer-wise. Craft beer week they have a ridiculous line up. All taps change everyday throughout the week, culminating in night of the beer geek on Friday night. Too bad I have to work.

 295 characters

Photo of aleckpa
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

We stopped in here on our most recent visit to Savannah. We really enjoyed the vibe of this place. It was dimly lit, with some historic charm in the building. The only reason I wanted to go here was for the tap list. The tap list is excellent and they have great selection of cans/bottles. But be careful when ordering an IPA/PA off the bottle/can list...it could potentially be somewhat dated! The service is pretty slow, and the food isn't anything to brag about either. We went back a 2nd night simply for the beer!

 518 characters

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of NJB145
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Had to give anyplace that has KBS &CBS and Terrapin Wake and Bake on tap a high score for selection. This place kills for stouts.

130 characters

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Beerando
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

The Distillery might be my favorite place in Savannah. It's not old, so I guess it loses some points for that in such a historic town, but on the other hand it's not full of tourists (I, of course, am a tourist myself; I guess what I mean to say is that you won't have to wait to be seated like you would at the Crystal Beer Palace); and I really like the feel of the place. I like the exposed brick and the wood, and the barstools and the layout. I love the music they play and the silent movies that they've got running on the TVs. On top of that it doesn't hurt that they've got the best draft line-up in town!!! 21 taps that include a good showing of local beers (meaning everyone gets a shot, not just the best), and some quality nationals as well. I've never eaten there, I have to admit, but I can say that the food smells great!!! I'm gonna have to try one of their shrimp Po' Boys the next time I'm in (which will probably be next week)!!!

 948 characters

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Schwegler
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GMan
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Liverocks
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kell50
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bushdere
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of HannahSea
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of adam42381
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
The Distillery in Savannah, GA
4.11 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe