The delighted shrieks lead straight to Saddle Bags, where a bucking mechanical bull sends riders tumbling to the cushioned ground. Inside, boots scuffle against the hardwood floors of the expansive dance floor during free line dance lessons, and billiard balls clatter on pool tables like boulders on really, really big pool tables. Garbed in cowgirl boots, bartenders and servers dole out mugs of beer along with plates of southern-style finger foods and dinners. The bar hosts regular special events, including a Wednesday night bull-riding contest and monthly "Best Chest in the West" and "Boots and Bikinis" competitions with cash prizes.
Servers bear platters of sizzling fajitas, crispy flautas, and decadent desserts to patrons relaxing in large red booths beneath the colorful artwork that adorns the warm-colored walls of Carlito's Mexican Bar & Grill. The fajitas Texas's chicken-, steak-, and shrimp-topped flour tortillas ($13.95) curl up next to a sizzling campfire of veggies to swap ghost stories, and the Monster burrito flaunts a showy red-sauce cloak and hides a choice of chicken or beef that snuggles between fluffy pillows of guacamole and sour cream ($7.95). In the flautas doradas, a quartet of flour tortillas swaddles beef tips and juicy chicken and somersaults in a pool of golden oil until they are warm and crispy ($7.95), as Carlito's bartenders sprinkle diners with liquid joviality from the full bar. For the decadent chimi cheesecake, creamy cheesecake dons a sweet cinnamon and sugar coat ($5.95) to dazzle palates with the dulcet power of a roundhouse kick from Julia Child.
The Savannah Beerathon mimics a marathon with a tongue-in-cheek lineup of 26 bar hops, each location pouring a different featured craft brew. The Savannah Morning News profiled the event, which taps into the city's burgeoning craft-beer culture for an eclectic tasting tour.
Each venue boasts beer specials—though the brews themselves are not included with admission as per Georgia law. The suds range from Left Hand milk stout and Blue Point toasted lager to Sam Adams' Octoberfest. Participants meet new friends and new beers throughout the day, raising a glass to good taste and soaking up the sounds of live bands and DJs. The organizers encourage the wearing of team outfits and welcome designated drivers and sober pack-horses to join their friends at the venues.
The fruit mixers at Smooth churn out a menu loaded with vegan smoothies, hearty sandwiches, tempting snacks, and energizing coffee drinks. Daydream of jovial sitcom characters while slurping up The "Norm" for Norman, a strawberry-and-pineapple smoothie ($4.50 for 20 oz.). Georgia Peach, a hometown favorite, fills the senses with a mouthwatering marriage of strawberries and peaches ($3.50 for 12 oz.) and can build general wellness with the addition of a wheatgrass booster ($.75). Tuna-salad sandwiches ($6.95) fill up human tanks and accompany summer salad or chips, and white-chocolate mochas ($3.50 for 16 oz.) confuse the color conscious. Overcome snack cravings with soft pretzels ($2.75 each), bagels ($2.50 each), or targeted hypnosis.
For more than 40 years, British expats Wally and Doris welcomed guests into Wally’s Sixpence in Savannah, where Wally would talk their ears off and Doris would feed them with lunch she’d prepared in her home kitchen. In 1999, two men who considered Wally’s their favorite watering hole took it over. They renamed it Six Pence Pub, renovated the interior, and converted the menu to a full array of English and American comfort food. The success of bread bowls brimming with Guinness-stout-marinated beef tips and classic reuben sandwiches has enabled the duo to launch another two locations. Although each pub has its own menu, they all pay homage to the Queen’s country with steaming shepherd’s pies, bangers and mash, and more than a dozen sandwiches. On-tap brews, bourbon, or single malt scotches help evenings pass more enjoyably than a staring contest with a Kit-Kat clock.
Each location’s atmosphere is unique: in Savannah, diners can lounge among plants on the patio or perch at a glossy wood bar guarded by unfurled British flags. In Fort Mill, guests know they’re at the right place when they see the unmistakable cherry red of a British telephone booth outside.