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Sapphire

428 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

428 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
(865) 951-2066
Region: Downtown

In 1908, Hope Brothers Jewelers took residence at 428 South Gay Street, operating as “Dealers in Rare Things and Fine Jewelry.”



For nearly a century, Hope Brothers followed by Kimball’s Jewelers, occupied this location. Sapphire opened in 2005 with the goal of honoring the luxurious heritage of its predecessors. 



We offer a weekday Aperitivo Hour between 4:00 and 6:00, featuring amazing wines by the glass, classic French and Italian cocktails, and a specialty beer.  Weekend's at Sapphire mean DJ's spinning big city music and an amazing energy fills the room.



About Drinks:  At Sapphire, the most important cocktail ingredient is intention. Our entire Front of House staff is trained to serve with intention and empathy and each drink is made with the guest in mind. Many of our liqueurs, syrups, tinctures, bitters and garnishes are made in-house and by hand. For over a decade, we have curated numerous close relationships with distillers, winemakers, importers and distributors in order to provide a unique and well-crafted library of ingredients. Our seasonally rotating menu strives to offer a wide variety of flavor profiles and appease all palates.



About Food:  Our New American menu is created with your health in mind. We make almost everything from scratch, without additives or artificial preservatives. Our goal is to support farms, butchers and fisheries that practice sustainability. We fry with 100% NON-GMO sunflower oil.

Facility Info
  • Exhibits Space 1
  • Description Sapphire is available for rental by small or large parties. Note that weekends are considerably more expensive than weekdays. In many cases, we can facilitate large parties without being completely private.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 4000
  • Reception Capacity 120
  • Space Notes The bar and restaurant is located within the old Kimball's Jewelers space. Nearly 100 year old African Mahogany wainscoting lines the wall and many of the original jewelry store's display cases have been retrofitted for the bar.
  • Banquet Capacity 100
  • Number of Rooms 1
  • Booths 4