Real Speak: Why is our cocktail scene fascinated with the “speakeasy”?

The club is swinging. Duke Ellington leads a raucous rag. Flappers kick up their heels. Champagne is flowing and the Feds are none the wiser. This is the speakeasy of our imaginations. Now it’s 2016 and Thomas has just been punched in the face. People are stealing stuff from his living room and doing cocaine in his … [ Read more]

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Silver city sounds: Venues new and old are filling St. Paul with music

In the daytime, downtown St. Paul is a rush of suits and high heels, with coffee cups everywhere and fobs flapping in the breeze. The skyways fill up during lunchtime, as do street-level restaurants like Afro Deli and Black Dog. The professionals that populate St. Paul in the daytime have traditionally left the the city … [ Read more]

Vieux Carre Opens in Former Artists’ Quarter

The Dakota Jazz Club has refurbished the beloved and defunct Artists’ Quarter, reopening the space as Vieux Carré in early July. The Star Tribune reports on the renovations, the New Orleans theme, and the legacy of live jazz in St. Paul that Vieux Carré hopes to continue.

Dakota Jazz Club opens St. Paul speakeasy Vieux Carré

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 … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20