(Visited 02/2013): 12 South Tap Room is located ironically on 12th Ave South in a cool little neighborhood in south Nashville. There is a small parking lot in front of the building.
There is a patio out front. Inside is an eclectic array of funky colors, art, and old concert hand bills. Cement floors, and stickers around a cooler behind the short bar in the center. There is a chalkboard displaying new beers behind the bar.
The beer selection consists of around 20 taps with regional brewers like Blackstone, Calfkiller, New Belgium, Schlafly, Green Man and Yazoo. Many bottles too including Brooklyn, Oskar Blues, Rogue and Butternut. A few imports as well.
Service on a relatively slow early afternoon was good. Both the bartender and server were friendly and knowledgeable.
Food at 12 South includes, sandwiches, burgers, burritos and the like. Our sandwiches were both enjoyable.
Overall this is a great little spot to hit outside the city for some good beer and food.
This is a funky little restaurant/bar. Tons of cool stickers and decor adorn nearly every inch of wall and ceiling. the food menu is solid with emphasis on locally sourced offerings. I had a delicious brisket quesadilla. There is a patio. The beer selection rotates often and covers a good spectrum of styles and regions. Expect to pay $5 to $6 for any beer. It’s a funky little eatery with lots of personality and a fresh, changing beer selection.
Visited June 2014... briefly. I had a horrible experience here. Mrs. Owl and I came in the evening time and there was loud live music playing, which was miserable. Unbearably loud. We were lucky to get a seat as it was pretty busy. It took a long time for anyone to serve us. Our hotel had accidentally kept my ID, so we were not served, but that wasn’t their fault, so I understand (despite being a 29 year old man with a 26 year old woman who did have her ID). So we go back to the hotel, get the ID, go back to 12 South, park a few blocks away, walk in the rain, get there, and have to wait for space to sit. We finally sit, wait 15+ minutes and never get served, so we left and went to Flying Saucer while starving and pissed we wasted our time at a crappy hipster dive bar. This may be an isolated event, but that was my experience and I’m telling it as is. Didn’t get to sample the food. They had a good tap list... wish I had gotten to try some.
I finally found a good opportunity to check out this place. My best friend was playing two sets here on a Tuesday night. Located in a small redevelopment area near Belmont University, amongst trendy places like Mirror and Mafiozas. While they may not have the selection of Flying Saucer, what they do have is a good local Nashville vibe. Crowd is a mix of neighboorhood folks, musicians, and students. They feature a good mix of live music throughout the week, most of which is no cover (just put money in the tip jar). There are about 20 taps, including locals from Yazoo and Blackstone. Bottle selection is mosly fairly common domestic micro session beers, but there are a few European beers as well( could use more Belgians). Nothing rare, but any beer geek should be able to find something enjoyable. I have not tried the food yet, but the fusion menu looks good. Non-smoking, and bands start at 9pm nightly. Check the web site
Went here to grab a pint of the Yazoo 5th anniversary Fresh Hop on draft. It was small, very crowded, and noisy as hell. About an hour after arriving, a shitty country band started playing (but this is nashville afterall ...), which cleared the place out a bit, but the service was still REALLY slow. But this was understandable because they only had 2 bartenders/waiters in the whole place! So cudos to them for doing a good job under the circumstances. The main draw for this place would be their (relatively) inexpensive, but delicious food. I had a terrific southwestern cobb salad and my wife had the salmon which was also great. I probably would come back, but only during the off-peak hours when there is no band.
Neighborhood hangout with kids welcome. No smoking a huge plus. Great service at the bar with samples freely poured. Nice well thought out selection of about 20 taps and 100 bottles. Food is good and all the other plates looked delicious. Parking is tight. Beats the smoking Saucer.
I really liked this place- their beer selection was big, not as big as Flying Saucer, but it had a lot more micros and special releases. The food was also very good, but a little expensive. My Hawaiian cheese steak was $13. Most of the beers on tap were only $3 on the day that I went Great place- I’ll prob be going often, especially since it’s so close to work.