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12 South Taproom and Grill

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

13 Reviews
12 South Taproom and Grill12 South Taproom and Grill
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2318 12th Ave S
Nashville, Tennessee, 37204-2429
United States

(615) 463-7552 | map
12southtaproom.com

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Added by FLBeerGuy on 10-20-2009

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
91
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
38
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
3.63%
 
 
Taps:
30
Bottles/Cans:
75
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by StoneTSR:
Photo of StoneTSR
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is dynamite.

Live funky blues music, great Mexican food, about 100 beers I cannot get back home in Chicago and a very knowledgeable bartender all combined to make the 12 South Taproom a great place. I have to believe that this is one of the best beer bars in Nashville, and in fact, a sign on the wall that reads "Probably the best bar in Nashville" seems to agree with me.

For what was otherwise a slow, cold and snowy Thursday night in Nashville, the Taproom was full, not crowded, but tables were tough to come by and my girlfriend and I had to wait ten minutes or so in order to snag two seats at the bar.

The tap selection was excellent, not every slot was being utilized, but it looked as though there were roughly 25 or so with a seven-foot tall, three-door, glass cooler behind the bar that housed a very large bottle selection.

Our bartender (I believe his name was Sweeney) knew his stuff and treated us like regulars even though we had never set foot in the place before.

As for the selection, I was very happy to find a nice mix of some Southeastern U.S. beers like Sweetwater 420, Highland Gaelic Ale and most of the main Yazoo line-up on tap. I was even more thrilled to find Oskar Blues on tap and in the can. Had my first Gordon Blues (yep, not G'Knight yet) and just my second Gubna ever. Other offerings included beers from Avery, Left Hand, Schlafly and Stoudt.

The food was solid. We had a very good steak burrito, some spicy and delicious green beans and the herbed chicken wings, which were a nice and unique offering in that department. It was tasty.

My hope is that I can get back to the 12 South Taproom before we leave Sunday evening, at least one more time. It was a pleasant experience and a lot of fun.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bhochman
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
3.8/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Nice hang. Relaxed out on the deck. Pretty good selection of beers, not the best, but pretty good - almost everywhere in Nashville has a pretty good selection. For me the bonus is that it's right up the street from Edley's (and a whole bunch of other places). Decent food, and I think pretty good service (but you have to keep in mind to a certain extent you bring the service to you, so if you're nice and friendly you'll probably be treated nice and friendly). Hmmm, perhaps even more important is the crowd, they're just nice normal people without prejudice. It's easy to strike up a conversation because everyone seems to be just hanging out and relaxing. I wouldn't put it at the top of my list to visit during a trip to Nashville because there are so many other specific places like Jackalope, but I'd recommend it after you've done your list.

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Photo of rcjennings
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of George1005
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dreizhen
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of IPAchris
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of pioneer13
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Found this place through Beer Advocate. On an 82 degree day in the early spring the patio was jammed and would have been worth the wait if we weren't famished. Sat inside where the vibe is really cool. As was mentioned, lots of beer signs and concert posters on the walls. Ordered a Duck Rabbit Milk Stout and it didn't disappoint. Ordered up the smoked chicken nachos as an app and these were incredible too. Draft menu was good and had some variety but lots of stuff that I can get all over the country. Only a few regional selections but maybe thats just how it is. Loved the smoked chicken so much I got the smoked chicken tacos and a few more Milk Stouts. Our server, Haley, didn't seem all that interested in us and actually appeared rude at times. I get the hipster attitude but she played it on a little thick and that was the only thing taking away from the experience. Also, the tall dude who brought our first round to the table could handle a retake of friendliness 101 class. Next time in Nashville, I will try to return and hope for a smile or two and some kind words from my server.

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Photo of baybum
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DubJ7
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of thomasarose
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JIMMER
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Jodi215
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We had lunch here while visiting Nashville. This place is in a cute little neighborhood that reminded us a lot of places we've been to in Portland, OR. Small with a large patio, decor is rustic with stickers on walls and weird art posters. Comfortable and casual. Service was friendly but reserved. Seat yourself. I had the BLT and it was really good. Others had the pulled pork burrito which was great and the Pork Bon Mei sandwich which was ok. Veggies weren't pickled. Beer selection was a strong 3.5 but could use some improvment. Value was very reasonable. I liked this place and would return.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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12 South Taproom and Grill in Nashville, TN
91 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.
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