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The Supper Club Is Cool Again

Story and Photography courtesy of The Twelve Thirty Club

This origin story is rooted in friendship. In the late summer of 2017, on the eve of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, an idea was born at a barbecue in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. Sam Fox, the twelve-time James Beard Award nominee and founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, and superstar Memphis native Justin Timberlake, along with friends old and new, enjoyed a long night of storytelling, collaboration, and camaraderie. When they began to discuss the best elements in hospitality, music, design, and entertainment—and how to bring them to iconic lower Broadway in Nashville—a new destination was born within the Music City.

The result is the iconic Twelve Thirty Club, one of many innovative restaurant and hospitality concepts from Fox’s boutique brand, Author & Edit. The spirit of the original supper club idea is woven into every aspect of The Twelve Thirty Club, a multifaceted venue located at Fifth and Broadway, the crossroads of Nashville’s rustic roots and cosmopolitan style. At The Twelve Thirty Club, not only is everyone welcome, everyone is an honorary member.

The First Level bar at The Twelve Thirty Club is now open in Downtown Nashville.

A progressive three-story experience headlined by food and music, The Twelve Thirty Club now welcomes guests to The First Level with an elevated vibe, featuring live music seven nights a week. Walk up the striking staircase, and you’ll land at the intimate fifty-person cocktail lounge, aptly named Honorary Member, where killer cocktails and small shared bites delight. Then, move on to the star of the show—an iconic, four-hundred-seat, dapper-as-hell Supper Club designed to deliver an unforgettable dining and drinking experience.

Live music performances fill the room with soul, and patrons should plan for dinners here to last an entire evening.

Finally, complete the affair by taking in a commanding view of the city from the posh rooftop terrace, where lush greenery and outdoor fireplaces create the perfect spot for midnight cocktails with friends.

Food & Drink

A different menu will meet guests at every level of The Twelve Thirty Club. From playful yet refined bar fare to upscale dining with simplicity and style, expect cravings-worthy American classics with a touch of Southern influence and unexpected whimsy. While the first floor offers cold local beer and inventive cocktails, the champagne and wine program will steal the show in the Supper Club.

Cocktails, craft beers, and small bites are curated by Sam Fox and his expert culinary team.
Cocktails, craft beers, and small bites are curated by Sam Fox and his expert culinary team.

The Music

Music enlivens The Twelve Thirty Club with original performances on the massive Supper Club stage seven nights a week. Undiscovered acts, household names, DJs, or an impromptu jam can happen any night. The only standard is that the music is unforgettable, and when the talent is curated by one of Tennessee’s favorite sons—Justin Timberlake himself—you never know who might show up.

Dierks Bentley, Sam Fox, and Larry Fitzgerald at the grand opening of The First Level

Architecture & Design

For The Twelve Thirty Club’s atmosphere and interiors, Author & Edit teamed with AVRO|KO, a New York-based architecture and design company whose work is characterized by a unique convergence between the ideals of the past and an off-beat, forward-looking sensibility. It was the perfect match to realize the vision for this multilevel dining, cocktail, and music experience.

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Visit TwelveThirtyClub.com to keep your finger on the pulse of all that is happening as The Twelve Thirty Club shares the exciting news of its phased opening and lyrical awakening in Music City.

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