With the motto “eat drink kiss,” deep red walls and a vase of peacock feathers just inside the front door, the Sapphire Hotel pays homage to its sultry history as the lobby of a “turn-of-the-century seedy hotel” with rooms for rent by the hour. The Asian-themed decorations of this neighborhood cocktail bar are ornate and seductive: Oriental rugs, giant framed mirrors, a gold-toned mural and candles that glint off the liquor bottles along the back wall. The cocktails are original, creative and exceedingly tasty. The Hotel is often packed with couples on intimate dates, boisterous parties of five or six and every combination in between. CHRISTINA COOKE.
What to drink: Going Down—“whiskey, housemade pimento dram and maple syrup muddled with orange and cherry.”
Happy hour: $5-$6 food, $4 well drinks and house wines, $5 weekly drink special 4-6 pm Monday- Friday, 2-6 pm Saturday-Sunday, 10 pm until close Sunday-Thursday.
Entertainment: Live jazz 8-10 pm on Sundays (no cover).