US Venue Spotlight – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

Turf Club—St. Paul’s most authentic rock bar—resides in a site that is almost 100 years old. First opened in the 1940s, the venue has witnessed every type of music era from 1940s country, 60s folk, 70s dance to 80s grunge. Turf Club is a historic landmark and a leader in the live music game.

Natives and locals of St. Paul know Turf Club as a venue with an undying dedication to local musicians. In the true spirit of their no-frills approach, Turf Club visitors are told to expect flannel, beer, two-stepping, and good music—exactly what you would expect from a mid-west bar. The venue is situated away from the rest of St. Paul’s downtown bars, which adds to its local charm.

As much a good hangout spot as it is a live music venue, Turf Club carries a pinball machine, a photo booth, and an array of delicious burgers and appetizers. The venue also hosts comedy nights and poetry shows. In the basement, you can find the Clown Lounge, a cozy hideaway to chill out, watch more live music, or play your own from the Jukebox.

Acts that have played at Turf Club include Alice Glass, Sloan, Khruanghbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Hot Snakes, Pussy Riot, Nightmares on Wax, Best Coast, The War on Drugs, Pond, Beth Ditto, Biffy Clyro, and many more.

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