Dakota Jazz Club opens St. Paul speakeasy Vieux Carré


The Vieux Carré is downtown St. Paul’s newest speakeasy and music venue // Photo via Vieux Carré website

Downtown St. Paul has another feather for its increasingly crowded hat.

The owners of the Dakota Jazz Club, a downtown Minneapolis music institution with roots in St. Paul, is opening a “sister location” across the river in the former home of the Artists’ Quarter. Vieux Carré (pronounced “View Kah’ray”) will have a “speakeasy vibe” and offer a light, seasonal menu with chef-made dishes, craft cocktails, affordable wines, and performances from Minnesota musicians.

Located underground in the lower level of the historic Hamm Building at 408 St. Peter Street, Vieux Carré officially opens to the public today.

“The underground dim locale and historic environment lends to the speakeasy essence,” said Operations Manager Martina Priadka in a press release. “And that’s what it is. An underground bar with passionately created cocktails, beautifully prepared food, and the talent of the rich local music scene.”

The club’s music calendar is already chock-full for July and most of August. Tonight’s act is Twin Cities vocalist Katia Cardenas.

The Vieux Carré’s signature drink carries the same name as the club (which translates to “Old Quarter” in French) and includes rye, cognac, Benedictine, sweet vermouth, and Peychaud and Angostura bitters. Its draft list includes mostly local beers from Summit, Surly, Fulton, Bad Weather, Northgate, Indeed, and even Four Daughters Loon Juice hard cider.

The club’s hours are Tuesday–Friday, 4pm–close; Saturday, 5pm–close, and closed on Sundays and Mondays. Happy hour will be Tuesdays–Fridays from 4–6pm and Saturdays from 5–7pm.

More information is available on the Vieux Carré website.


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