Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood is perpetually busy; between the numerous shops, top-notch restaurants and busy bars, this relatively small stretch of 12th Avenue is a beacon for both locals and visitors. Here, you’ll find a rundown of some of the best bars on 12 South — whether you’re looking for somewhere to spend an adventurous Friday night out or a low-key joint to grab a beer or two on a quiet weekday, 12 South has a bar for you.
While this upscale modern diner is technically a restaurant first and a bar second, The Flipside is nonetheless one of the best places to go on 12 South if you’re searching for quality drinks in an upbeat atmosphere. From the chrome finishing and the 1950s-styled television set behind the bar to the RCA Victor sign hanging from the ceiling, you will feel as though you’ve stepped back a few decades — but in the best way possible. The restaurant is well known for its chicken — it offers roughly 20 different highly inventive spins on classic breaded chicken — as well as its other twists on classic diner foods (including tater tot nachos that are every bit as good as they sound). Their drinks, too, are stellar; The Flipside offers a full menu of craft cocktails broken down by the type of liquor base and include everything, from classics like a Pimm’s Cup and a Nutty Mule (their take on the Moscow Mule) to a drink called ‘The Chubby Checker,’ a whiskey-infused twist on a root beer float.