The Distillery

BA SCORE
92
outstanding

52 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

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Added by bv74550p on 12-08-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
82
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Taps:
21
Bottles/Cans:
160
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by nickfl:
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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Update: Having been back to the Distillery a few times I am less and less impressed with the beer selection. Rarely is there anything unusual or exciting and it seems like much less of a cutting edge beer bar than it once promised to be. Much like the rest of Savannah's beer scene it just isn't as good as it ought to be.

Original review
We came to the Distillery on a recent trip to Savannah for a late dinner and some beer. The atmosphere is standard, semi-upscale beer bar with lots of beer signs and some interesting prohibition era memorabilia and anti-moonshine posters as well as silent movies playing on the TVs. In some ways it reminded me of the downstairs bar at the Brickstore.

The beer selection was excellent with many regional brews and some semi-rare offerings from other parts of the country. There was an extensive bottle list as well. Everything was served in proper glassware and the severs mostly seemed to know what they were talking about.

By the time we arrived they were only serving a limited menu, but there was still a nice selection of sandwiches available. I had an Elvis style peanut butter and banana with bacon sandwich and it was just as awesome as it sounds.

A nice experience overall, the Distillery lives up to its reputation pretty well and I will definitely make another stop there next time I am in Savannah.

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More User Reviews:
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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)!!!

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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%

Photo of boogs
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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The Distillery in Savannah, GA
4.11 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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