Kid-friendly places with live music (or other entertainment)
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, however and wherever you spent it.
We've enjoyed the live music at Hells Kitchen brunch and the Sunday evenings (beginning at 5pm) music at Palumbos in St. Paul. And occasionally (and randomly as far as I can tell) at Sea Salt when they were open for the season.
What other Twin Cities restaurants (or cafes, I suppose) can we take the kiddo to for live entertainment, especially music, on weekends or weekdays before 7pm? And that's the hitch, by the way, that the live music has to be available during the day or in the late afternoon/early evening before witching hour.
The Loring Pasta Bar has music on weekends starting at 6. We used to take our kids there when they were younger without problem. They loved the music and it was usually loud enough (or empty enough) when we went early so that no-one was bothered by the kid noise. They have a music schedule on their website.
Shamrocks is very kid-friendly if you get there early (so you don't have to wait for a table), and on Sundays kids eat free and the Mouldy Figs (old-timey jazz) usually play, starting at 6pm. The food has been pretty inconsistent for the past few years, but it's still a cheap and fun way to hear some live tunes with the little ones.
In summer, any outdoor festival will usually provide, but I'm sure you already know that!
GInkgo coffeeshop on Snelling in St. Paul has a live kids show at 10 am one Saturday a month. I had another venue in mind but just blanked on it. Will repost when I remember.
On Fridays during the lunch hour (noon for sure) a jazz gypsy accordionist/guitarist plays at the Russian Tea House for tips. We also go to the Coffee Grounds coffee shop in Falcon Heights for nighttime events, including a P.J. storyhour ... but their food is atrocious. Honestly, they would do a better business if their food weren't ..ick. But business I guess is okay there.