T Rex Santa cup at Sapphire restaurant and bar in Knoxville, Tennessee

Over the years I’ve compiled a list of choice bars and restaurants in cities around Tennessee. I have favorites for appetizers, meals, dessert, and drinks. Given the time I could organize a Knoxville progressive dinner of sorts. While other elements of the meal would be hard to narrow down, I’ve had cocktails covered since 2012.

Sapphire is currently hosting a Christmas themed pop-up called “Miracle on Gay Street” featuring an expertly curated menu with holiday cocktails served in the most festive glasses you’ve ever seen. The former jewelry store is glittering once again with lights, garland, ornaments, and even fake snow! It looks like Kevin McCallister’s house had a baby with your favorite bar and you’ve got to see it for yourself.


SanTaRex is one of the the signature Christmas cocktails and it’s served in this ridiculously fun mug. Whiskey mixed with notes of apple and cinnamon make for the perfect sip of the season.

Sapphire should be on your short list for date night, girls night, or an after work get together. You’ve got to check out their pop-up menu and try a few drinks for yourself.

If (like me) you’re hoping for a Christmas miracle… look no further than Gay Street.

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