12 South Neighborhood Bar

Inspired by the après-ski scene at Aspen Mountain and a spring deck party at Val D’Isere, Embers Ski Lodge will convey the warmth and camaraderie of a ski lodge right in the heart of Nashville.  Embers Ski Lodge will feature  inventive cocktails, menu inspired by the Pacific Northwest, and the largest selection of whiskey in Nashville.

“A great neighborhood bar for a great Nashville neighborhood”





Embers Ski Lodge is a great neighborhood bar for a great Nashville neighborhood.

Lars Kopperud and Mike Dolan, the owners of Mafiaoza’s, have been an integral part of 12 South for thirteen years. When the corner space next to them became available, they decided to create a neighborhood bar that would serve as a gathering spot and anchor for residents and guests.

There’s nothing better than the last run of the day down the mountain. When you come over the final slope and see the fire pits in the distance, hear the music pumping, and smell the grill, you know what’s waiting for you at the bottom.

People from all over the world come together in the lodge to enjoy the company of old mates and meet new friends. It is this feeling of warmth, camaraderie, and conviviality that we are recreating in the heart of Tennessee. Embers ski lodge is a valentine to the après-ski scene at the Ajax lift of Aspen Mountain, crossed with a springtime deck party at the summit of Val D’Isere in the French Alps.

Featuring an innovative cocktail menu designed by international cocktail expert Gary Hayward, Embers Ski Lodge will take the expertise of the finest cocktail bars and infuse them with the warmth and approachability of the neighborhood tavern. Embers staff will be experts in recognizing their guests’ needs, and will provide a memorable experience every time whether it’s for a first-time guest or our most valued regular. Our service team is led by decorated industry veterans Matt Buttel (Managing Partner) and Chantel Laughlin (Assistant GM).

Embers Ski Lodge features a from-scratch, seasonally influenced gastropub menu inspired by Lars’ travels to ski resorts in the Pacific Northwest and around the country. Lunch and dinner is available seven days a week, with brunch service slated to commence in May.


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Create the warmth, and camaraderie of a ski lodge in the heart of Tennessee.


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Great news! Embers Ski Lodge is nominated for “Best Local Bar”, “Best Lunch”, “Best Happy Hour”, “Best Bartender” and “Best Burger” in The Tennessean’s Toast of Music City Reader’s Choice Awards 2016. Voting has just started and…

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It’s Negroni Week: Get Ember’s Negroni Recipe

Negroni week is held as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails, the Negroni – a strong and powerful blend of gin, vermouth and Italian herb liqueur Campari. This event was launched by Campari in partnership with…

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16 Must Try Punch Drinks for Summer

Cool down this summer by enjoying this 16 must try punch drinks picked by Liquor.com with the help of the top bartenders around the country. Featured in the article is Ember’s Alaskan Fishbowl, a cocktail drink introduced this spring…

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Gary Howard of Embers bags top prize in Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience

After winning the local and regional bartending match, Howard of Embers Ski Lodge once again brought home the bacon by winning in the 2016 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience.

The Tennessean recently published a piece about Howard showcasing his…

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Bar is open until 2am 7 days a week

Kitchen hours:
11am-10pm Monday through Thursday
11am-11pm Friday
10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday, brunch menu 10am-3pm

Brunch served Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm

Valet Parking from 5pm onward 7 days a week

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Currently we are not taking reservations. Seating is first come first serve.  Please email or call us if you need anything!








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