Birch Road Cellar was born out of a desire to get away from the bar scene for a night out. Where do you go when all you want is to open a nice bottle of wine and talk all night? Watch our one-minute video to hear the founders, Kim Bosse & Sharon Provins, tell how they were inspired to create the first Birch Road Cellar.

Meet the Founders

Kim Bosse
Kim BosseChief Conversation Officer
Kim is co-founder and head of the Chicago branch of Birch Road Cellar. Kim is a Columbia University grad, mom of two great kids, lover of red wine and good conversation.
Sharon Provins
Sharon ProvinsChief Bevvie Officer
Sharon is co-founder and head of the west coast branch of Birch Road Cellar. A Chicago-native, Sharon graduated from Boston College and currently lives in Seattle with her husband and dog, Vader.

We can talk all day about Birch Road Cellar, but we’d rather share what other people have to say about us. | Birch Road Cellar rethinks the private club

Nov 9, 2019 – Fortune/Naomi Tomky. Accessibility is hardly the word that most often comes to mind when discussing private clubs, but Sharon Provins and Kim Bosse, founders of the five-year-old Birch Road Cellar, aren’t shying away from it as a goal.

Tossing out the old models that excluded members on the base of class, race, religion, or gender, and rejecting the idea that there needs to be a shared professional goal, the two women started the company to serve a personal need they had identified: a better place to drink…. read more

Seattle Magazine | Seattle’s First BYOB Members Club Opens on First Hill

December, 2019 – In a First Hill carriage house, built in 1901 and once part of the Stimson-Green Mansion, discerning Seattleites can now scan their fingerprints for entrée into a new private social club and bottle cellar, Birch Road Cellar. read more

GeekWire | Inside Birch Road Cellar, a new Seattle club where you bring your own booze and scan a finger to enter

May 19, 2019 – The location is the third for Birch Road Cellar and first outside of Chicago. The bring-your-own-booze club is intended to give people a new option for gathering with friends that gets them out of the house but away from traditional bar settings — “your best night out that feels like the perfect night in,” reads a tagline on the club’s website. read more

Whisky Advocate | Take your whiskey club out on the town

March 24, 2020 – For clubs that wish for maximum free rein, establishments like Birch Road Cellar—a BYOB members-only club with locations in Chicago and Seattle—may be a great option. read more

King5 Evening News | Step inside Seattle’s first BYOB private club

June 18, 2019 – “Most traditional private clubs have been rooted in tradition around status or what you do for a living. We’re a little bit different in that we have no dress code, we like our members to come as they are,” said Sharon Provins, co-founder of Birch Road Cellar. “Our members truly feel like it’s an extension of their home and a place where they can be themselves.” read more

Historic Seattle | Stimson-Green Carriage House Lives on as Birch Road Cellar

June 11, 2020 – …the Chicago-based Birch Road Cellar leased the carriage house with a vision to build community through providing space for members to entertain guests outside of their homes, securely store spirits and wine in a climate-controlled cellar in a self-service environment… read more

Seattle Refined | Cheers! Raise a Glass to Seattle’s First BYOB Club

July 13, 2020 – Remember the days you used to be able to sit in a bar or restaurant and linger for hours and hours over your favorite drink? Those times may be on pause for now, but there is an awesome alternative read more

Crain’s Chicago | A private social club, minus the big fees

Jun 25, 2014 – A nondescript door buzzer on an Armitage Avenue office in Lincoln Park holds the name of a new private social club: Birch Road Cellar. Members bring the booze, which they can store in a private oak locker in the temperature-controlled … read more