CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong address for Savannah River Brewing Company. It is located at 813 5th St. The story has been updated.
Downtown Augusta nightlife continues to offer delicious food, drinks and entertainment. It’s welcomed some new hits like Pho-Ramen’L and Taste, but classics, like Joe’s Underground and Metro Coffee House, are still kicking. Choose from the simplicity of a tap room, the local flavors in a brewery or confections infused with booze. Here are more details on some of the downtown hotspots found along Broad Street:
For ramen with a Southern flair in a dining room with “Blade Runner” style, check out Pho-Ramen’L. It was opened Feb. 9 by Frog Hollow Hospitality Group, which started beloved Augusta eateries like Farmhaus Burgers and Frog Hollow Tavern.
The fusion concept has created some delicious recipes like bao buns with katsu fried chicken as well as coconut milk and lemongrass queso dip served with fried wonton chips. The bar also offers boba tea, cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.
Pho-Ramen’L is located at 990 Broad St. in what used to be Blue Sky Kitchen. For Masters Week, they’ve added 5-10 p.m. Tuesday to their normal hours of 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To see the full menu, go to phoramenl.com.
Taste Wine Room
Other bars offer wine, but Taste Wine Room offers a unique, wine-focused experience. Certified sommelier Mark Guillory opened the wine room March 4 with the intent of offering guests the simplicity of just enjoying a glass of wine in a relaxed, wine-cellar ambiance.
Guests can purchase full glasses as well as small two- or four-ounce pours just to try different options. The staff members have been trained to help anyone uncertain of their selections, and the wine room hosts seminars to teach guests how to properly sample wines.
Taste is located at 879 Broad St. Normally open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m., its special Masters Week hours are Monday through Saturday from noon to midnight.
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Sitting right next to Taste is Draft Society Taproom. The bar had it’s grand opening on May 8 and, like it’s neighbor, offers guests a cool sampling experience. There are over 40 craft beers on tap in a hi-tech, self-pour system, and many of the blends are from breweries in Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. The taproom also offers non-alcoholic options, wine, sodas, ciders and kombucha. Several games are available like shuffleboard, Golden Tee virtual golf, foosball and a giant Connect Four game. Draft Society is open 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.
One of Augusta’s older favorites is Stillwater Taproom, located at 974 Broad St. There are over 20 revolving drafts available, which can be enjoyed in the outdoor rocking chairs, or inside the classic-American tavern on the first or second floor. The taproom is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Vance’s Bakery Bar
For some creative combinations in cocktails and confections, check out Vance’s Bakery Bar. It opened in March 2021 and has been a hit with specials like the Moscow mule cupcakes, gin and tonic mini bundt cakes, and Baileys Oreo crust cheesecake. All of these are paired with complimentary drinks and cocktails, and it’s all enjoyed in a modern, comfortable lounge.
Vance’s also hosts a variety of events, like “Music Bingo” every Wednesday and trivia every Thursday. The bakery bar is open 3 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Friday, and noon to midnight on Saturday at 123 James Brown Boulevard.
Edgar’s Above Broad
Those wanting an awesome view of Augusta should visit the rooftop bar and restaurant Edgar’s Above Broad. It opened in September 2020 and offers a lot in the way of entertainment, like beach chairs to look at the sky, a putting green, an oversized outdoor chess/checkers board and bocce ball. Live music is scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights.
There is a huge range of drinks and varieties of wine, liquor, coffee and tea. Plus, there’s a beer station fashioned out of an Airstream trailer.
Edgar’s is affiliated with Goodwill’s Helms College, which gives culinary students a unique applied learning experience, and all of the profits are donated to Goodwill.
Edgar’s is located in the Augusta University building at 699 Broad St. Evening hours are 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday and 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. In addition to the nightlife options, breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, with menu items like tapas, sandwiches and crudités.
For Masters Week 2022, Edgar’s will be open for dinner only from 5 p.m.-midnight April 4-10 and closed the Monday and Tuesday following.
Savannah River Brewing Company is at 813 5th St. It offers a selection of beers crafted on site in a dog-friendly hangout space, with tables and chairs indoors and outdoors.
The brewery is open 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday with Beer Yoga offered Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and a Run Club on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Hours are extended for Masters Week: Monday-Thursday from noon to 10 p.m., Friday from noon to 11 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Special events will include a VIP Golf Clubhouse Experience from Golf Magazine on Tuesday and Wednesday, trivia on Wednesday, and live music on Saturday.
River Watch Brewery, at 1174 Fourth St., also offers home-crafted beer that can be enjoyed at the brewery’s indoor or outdoor hang-out areas from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 1-9 p.m. Saturday, when you can also enjoy a guided tour at 3 and 6 p.m.
For Masters Week, hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Wednesday is “Anything But Golf” Trivia Night and Thursday is Yoga Night as well as Pint Night with discounted pints.
Metro Coffeehouse and Pub
Whether it’s coffee to kick start the morning or cocktails to end the night, Metro Coffeehouse and Pub has plenty to offer. There’s seating indoors and outside, but inside is where the stage is that Metro often uses to showcase live musicians from across the area. Augustans have loved this hang out for years as it offers fun and relaxation at all hours.
Metro is located at 1054 Broad St. and is open 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
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Whiskey Bar Kitchen
Located right next to Metro is Whiskey Bar Kitchen. True to the name, over 200 whiskies are available to choose from, in addition to other alcoholic drinks. To pair with all of those beverages, there’s a menu featuring craft burgers, Japanese dishes and several appetizers. There’s plenty of seating in the rustic dining room, and outside there are sheltered, lit picnic tables.
Whiskey Bar is open all week: Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
For drinks paired with a high-end meal, check out Solé Augusta. Guests can feast on several kinds of tapas and sushi as well as sandwiches. As for the drinks, there are unique cocktails in addition to a range of wine and beer. There’s plenty of seating inside as well as outside, where there are tables, string lights and classy heaters for when it gets cold.
Solé is located at 1033 Broad St. It’s open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.
One of Augusta’s favorite dives is Joe’s Underground. Guests make their way down a colorful staircase into a classic, comfortable bar that offers full service as well as a selection of bar foods like burgers and sandwiches. Joe’s often offers various forms of entertainment, and for Masters Week 2022, has trivia on Monday night, a drag show on Wednesday, open mic night on Thursday, stand-up comedy on Friday and karaoke on Saturday.
Joe’s is located on the northeast corner of Eighth and Broad streets, alongside SRP Bank. It’s open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday and Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and from noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.