A Look Inside: Embers Ski Lodge

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Embers Ski Lodge, 12 South’s new neighborhood bar,¬†officially¬†opened to the public on Monday, April 20, 2015. The new bar concept is from local restaurateurs Lars Kopperud and Mike Dolan, who own and operate Mafiaoza‚Äôs, along with¬†managing partner Matt Buttel, who previously served as the opening General Manager¬†at Pinewood Social.

Embers Ski Lodge was inspired by the Ajax lift at Aspen Mountain and a spring skiing deck party at Val D’lsere. The idea is to bring the warmth and camaraderie of a real ski lodge to 12 South.¬†There’s a large bar with 25 seats and other seating for about¬†60 patrons. This is one of the few places without any TVs, so it’s good for conversation. We’re most excited about the double-decker patio that’s slated to open this summer.

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Embers Menu

Gary Hayward is heading-up the specialty cocktail menu. According to Buttel, their cocktail program will have the best aspects of the specialty cocktail scene¬†combined with efficiency. In other words, you’ll get a tasty cocktail without the long wait time. Embers is shooting to¬†have the largest selection of whiskey in Nashville, and they already have an impressive start. If a cold brew is more your pace, though, they have 12 beers on draft and 16 beers by the bottle. They also have a hefty wine menu.¬†Happy hour specials are in the works, too.

Embers’ definitely focuses on the cocktail side, but their food menu is well-rounded, too. Some options include¬†salads, soups, fish tacos, sandwiches, and sides like curried cauliflower and fried brussel sprouts. Brunch will available in late spring or early summer.

Embers Ski Lodge Details

  • Address:¬†2410 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204 (map it) (located next to Mafiaoza’s in 12 South)
  • Parking: complimentary valet in the evenings
  • Ages: all ages until early evening (~8pm) then 21+ only
  • Reservations: No — it’s first-come, first-served

To sum things up, Embers Ski Lodge is the¬†kind of place where you can cozy-up to the bar, enjoy a good conversation and keep things casual. If you’ve been looking for a neighborhood bar like the classic TV show¬†Cheers, this is a place you should check out.

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