Piano bar opens in basement of new St. Paul brewhouse

The Barrel House opened its doors on Thursday.
Publish date:

It's barely been open two months but already Birch's Lowertown in St. Paul is offering more options for its guests.

The brewpub in September became the latest venue to open in the Market House Collaborative across from CHS Field, joining the acclaimed Octo Fishbar and Salty Tart cafe.

Created by the team behind Birch's on the Lake Supperhouse and Brewhouse in Long Lake, the Lowertown location serves up beer, wine and cocktails, and offers a food menu created by the Octo Fishbar's Tim McKee and Shane Oporto, with bread and desserts coming from the Salty Tart.

Now it's expanding further thanks to the opening of The Barrel House on Thursday, which is an intimate, 50-person capacity lounge and piano bar on the lower level of Birch's.

It'll serve its own beers, spirits made by Minnesota's own Tattersall Distilling, and a selection of more than 90 whiskeys, as well as serving food from the Birch's menu from 8-10 p.m.

Follow Bring Me The News on Instagram

Seating will be first-come, first-served with the Piano Bar opening between 8 p.m.-midnight on Thursdays, and till 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Regular performers will include Erin Schwab and Jay Fuchs, who will play Thursday nights beginning Dec. 6, while well-known local musicians Jenny and Donnie La Marca will play Fridays and Saturdays between 8-11:30 p.m.

Next Up

Kevin Fiala, Jordan Greenway

Wild blanked by Blues; playoff fate is in Colorado's hands

It comes down to the final day of the regular season.

Screen Shot 2021-05-12 at 10.04.32 PM

Number of suicides in Minnesota decreased in 2020

While the number dropped, 723 people still died by suicide last year.

Vikings fans, U.S. Bank Stadium

Ranking the most difficult games in the Vikings' 2021 schedule

The Vikings have some interesting matchups on their 17-game slate.

Spencer Silver

Chemist who co-invented Post-it Notes dies at home in St. Paul

He developed an adhesive that could stick to paper – repeatedly – without damaging the paper.

Danielle Hunter

Here is the official 2021 Minnesota Vikings schedule

How does an early January game at Lambeau Field sound?

Blake Bortles

Amid Aaron Rodgers drama, Packers reportedly sign Blake Bortles

The former No. 3 overall pick is headed to Green Bay.

You Houa Thao

Missing St. Paul man found dead in wooded area

The 73-year-old was reported missing May 8.

YouTube - Jim Klobuchar

Jim Klobuchar, celebrated Minnesota columnist, dies at 93

He died Wednesday after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Jerry Burns

Former Vikings head coach Jerry Burns dies at 94

Burns spent a total of 24 seasons with the Vikings as an offensive coordinator and head coach.


Screen Shot 2019-06-01 at 9.20.30 AM

St. Paul basement jazz club to close this month

The Vieux Carre has been operating for five years.

O'Gara's Bar and Grill will not be re-opening in St. Paul

Its owners had intended to open a smaller location in the new building that replaced its original home.

Dunkin' (Donuts) opens 10th Twin Cities location

The Hastings restaurant opened its doors on Thursday.

the gnome

The Gnome will open in St. Paul on Tuesday

The restaurant will open in the former The Happy Gnome spot.

Andrew Zimmern's new Twin Cities restaurant opens next week

The Lucky Cricket in St. Louis Park opens its doors on Monday.

wa frost

St. Paul's W.A. Frost to reopen in April with new chef, new menu

The popular Cathedral Hill restaurant has been in business for more than 45 years.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 12.14.49 PM

Tori Ramen in St. Paul to close at the end of August

The Minneapolis restaurant will be staying open.