The Clown Lounge

Clown Lounge | Photo by Darin Kamnetz

The Clown Lounge is located in the basement level of the Turf Club on University Avenue in St. Paul. It was originally opened with the intention of featuring a collection of clown memorabilia, but eventually it morphed into a smaller, more intimate music venue than the club upstairs. Today, its wood paneling, well-worn leather booths, and taxidermied animals adorning the walls give it a unique hideaway feel. The Clown Lounge eventually started hosting some of the most experimental jazz nights in town, which featured a weekly Monday night Jazz Implosion hosted by JT Bates and his Fat Kid Wednesdays cohorts for over half a decade. The small room still hosts some various live performances that serve as a nice compliment or contrast to what is happening up on the main stage above, as well as a quiet, cozy place to get away for a bit while things are getting crazy at the Turf.