Located across the street from the farmer’s market in hoppin’ Lowertown, Black Dog’s warehouse space is bright and airy, with a high ceiling and lots of light.
— City Pages

A mainstay of Saint Paul and the Lowertown neighborhood, the Black Dog is an unpretentious, all-day gathering spot. Since opening its doors in 1998 as a little coffee bar, the Black Dog has continued to stretch, push, and evolve to serve the growing needs of the ever changing Lowertown community.   The café serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, beer, wine, cocktails, as well as espresso and non-alcoholic drinks.  Patio seating is available in season. The Black Dog is known for live music (Jazz, World, Roots, Bluegrass) most every night and particularly for their Saturday nights.  “Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog,” which features the best veteran Jazz musicians in the Twin Cities and special opening sets by up and coming jazz talent. 

The Black Dog is on the south east corner of the Saint Paul Farmers Market Square, two blocks east of the Union Depot Green Line Station, and one block south of CHS Field home of the Saint Paul Saints baseball.  The Black Dog is also a short walk from Mears Park, the Mississippi River, and the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary. A perfect spot to spend any part of any day...We hope you will make the Black Dog a part of your day in Saint Paul.

"A hip space?" did he ask, "An open space!" she said. 
"Organic?" did he ask, "Organic and locally grown whenever possible," she said. 

And yeah! At a time where not everything is audible and so many mouths are shut, the Black Dog has welcome poets, philosophers and have encouraged people who have something to say to do so, sometimes after a movie for debate. The St Paul Almanac lowertown reading jams presenting poets of various origins and generations takes place once a month and Rich Broderick invites every once in a while those who still believe in the idea of a Commune.