Vieux Carré, (pronounced View- Kah’ray) earns its name from the French translation of "Old Quarter and a love for the spirit of New Orleans’ rich food and music scene. Located in the heart of downtown St. Paul, in the lower level of the Historic Hamm Building, Vieux Carré offers a speakeasy atmosphere highlighting well crafted, quick cocktails, an affordable, imaginative wine and beer list, a delicious creole inspired menu, and music by Minnesota musicians.


Join Vieux Carré for Restaurant Week!

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU EXTENDED THROUGH SAT ONLY AT VIEUX CARRÉ! Enjoy our Restaurant Week special 3-course menu now through Saturday! Most restaurants are ending their specials on Friday, making us the only game in town for this fantastic deal on Saturday. The word is getting out about our fantastic food, delicious drinks, and wonderful music! Come visit us for a mid-week bite and some fun tunes, or make a night of it with one of our later shows. Every night…

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Olympic Gold Medalists Visit Vieux Carré!

We partnered with Visit Saint Paul to bring Olympic Gold Medalists Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano, and Meryl Davis into Vieux Carré! They sampled our featured dish and enjoyed some live music. Check out the video! Also make sure to head over to Visit Saint Paul for more awesome St. Paul news and events.

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Vieux Carre hopes to connect New Orleans to St. Paul

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St. Paul and New Orleans are connected by the Mississippi River and now a new jazz spot in the saintly city hopes to bring a bit of that “Nawlins” flavor up north. Newly opened Vieux Carre, 408 St. Peter, is the latest incarnation of Dakota Jazz Club owner, Lowell Pickett. The intimate spot in the lower level of the Hamm Building was once the well-known Artists Quarter. According to Pickett, Vieux Carre pays tribute to both New Orleans and the…

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Jazz returns to former Artists’ Quarter space in St. Paul’s Hamm Building

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Affordable and approachable are two key words Lowell Pickett uses to describe Vieux Carre, the new club that opens Tuesday in the former Artists’ Quarter space in the basement of St. Paul’s Hamm Building. “The cover charge will be $10 or lower because it was important for us to be affordable,” said Pickett, co-owner of Minneapolis’ Dakota Jazz Club, which is running Vieux Carre. “We wanted it to be approachable and comfortable, a place where people can hang out. It…

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Artists’ Quarter reborn as Vieux Carré

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After sitting empty for a year, downtown St. Paul jazz venue the Artists’ Quarter has reopened its doors under the new name Vieux Carre. It is now owned and operated by Minneapolis’s Dakota Jazz Club. The beloved basement club was named after New Orleans’s historic French Quarter; the name is meant to translate to “old quarter” in honor of the club’s past. It opened on New Year’s Eve with a New-Orleans-style jazz performance by local ensemble the Southside Aces. Last week’s debut event was the first of…

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Sneak Peek: Vieux Carré

Posted By Mpls St Paul Magazine

I got this text last night: Why does everything close early on Wed? Need a St. Paul late night cool place and there is NOTHING. I giggled because I got this text when I was driving home from a sneak peek of St. Paul’s new jazz club that was certainly still hopping when I left. Or should I say “newish?” Vieux Carré is the reincarnation of downtown’s The Artists’ Quarter, which closed a bit back. This new version is brought to…

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Vieux Carré revives an old St. Paul jazz haven with a new New Orleans twist

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This weekend at Vieux Carré, Bobby Commodore echoed words said by many a Twin Cities jazz lover in recent weeks. “It’s nice to be back over here in St. Paul,” the veteran drummer said. “It’s been a while.” To be exact, it’s been a year and seven months since St. Paul lost the Artists’ Quarter, its locally beloved, nationally reputed but never very prosperous basement jazz haven. The club’s cozy, dark space at the bottom of downtown’s 100-year-old Hamm Building…

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