drink. showcases the magic of the vine through 48 carefully chosen wines available at three self-service stations. Called Enomatics, the shining dispensers are essentially wine vending machines that operate via a card that you get from your server. Once you have the card in hand, the rest is up to you. Every wine is available in three pour sizes, so you can experiment with a taste, dally with a half glass or settle in with a full pour. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 5 p.m.-close.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse restaurant guide:

Knoxville’s wine scene has grown significantly in the last decade. Public wine events, in-store tastings, and thoughtful bars and restaurants have helped make responsible wine tasting and education a regular part of Knoxville’s cultural landscape. Our wine culture has grown in a remarkably unstuffy and accessible fashion to the point where wine appreciation is cool and, sometimes, a little sexy. If you have doubts about that, then obviously you haven’t been to drink.

Like a beacon for the thirsty, drink. sits on the east slope of Bearden Hill next to Bistro by the Tracks. It’s a beautiful place that features a glamorous decor that exudes elegance with a hint of decadence. But happily, it’s a style that belies the very low-key vibe of the place. drink. is one of those special spots that might inspire some women to don a party frock but allow the guys to wear their nice flip flops. The most important element here is good company and the kind of conviviality that comes in a glass.

drink. showcases the magic of the vine through 48 carefully chosen wines available at three self-service stations. Called Enomatics, the shining dispensers are essentially wine vending machines that operate via a card that you get from your server. Once you have the card in hand, the rest is up to you. Every wine is available in three pour sizes, so you can experiment with a taste, dally with a half glass or settle in with a full pour. It’s easy to enjoy the vinous bounty on your own terms.

Still, with all those options in front of you, it’s a shame not to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new—how are you ever going to become a trendsetter if you don’t? Trying new flavor sensations at drink. is not only easy, it’s pretty safe, too: All of the wines are personally chosen by manager and wine passionista Lana Shackleford, so all the choices are good ones. Longtime patrons of Bistro by the Tracks will recognize Lana as the smile and mind behind the Bistro’s excellent bar service.

Above all, drink. is a great bar—in addition to the exceptional wine selection, it features some of the finest artisan and original cocktail creations in East Tennessee and beyond. They also showcase beer of every stripe; you can have a have a Miller Lite if you want, or you can select from any number of craft beers. And you won’t find better bar snacks anywhere, whether you’re in Knoxville or New York. The menu offers gourmet bites that will tempt you to lick the plate—things like Gougeres (Gruyere cheese puffs), Buffalo Popcorn, Truffle Parmesan fries, and a riff on coffee and donuts that will make your head spin.

drink. is the very incarnation of a good time and offers the most convivial learning experience imaginable. And the name of the place says it all—when you say, “Let’s drink.” you’ll be telling your friends exactly where you’re going and precisely what you’re up to.


Hours

Day Opens Closes
Tuesday 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
Wednesday 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
Thursday 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
Friday 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
Saturday 5 p.m. 1 a.m.
Day Business Hours
Tuesday 5 p.m.
-
1 a.m.
Wednesday 5 p.m.
-
1 a.m.
Thursday 5 p.m.
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1 a.m.
Friday 5 p.m.
-
1 a.m.
Saturday 5 p.m.
-
1 a.m.

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