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First Avenue

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Address: 701 First Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327
Phone Number: 612-332-1775
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Activities: Nightlife

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Good concert venue

We went to a concert here and had a good experience. The place was packed but that's to be expected. We really had no issues with getting a drink or using the restroom. We enjoyed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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Norwalk, Iowa, United States
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Bakersfield, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

What a great experience got to go on a back stage tour of where prince shot purple rain. Got to see original footage from the movie. Highly recommend the club it's an experience not to forget.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A friend and I spent well over $200 on tickets and travel expenses, only to be denied entrance, treated rudely, and left to stand outside in the cold. We are in the midst of taking legal action, to get all our money back but I really wish I would not have even bought tickets in the first place. I have... More 

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Norwalk, Iowa, United States
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19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to a concert here and had a good experience. The place was packed but that's to be expected. We really had no issues with getting a drink or using the restroom. We enjoyed looking at the history of the place with all the bands that had played there in the past. The band was a younger band so... More 

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

7th Street Entry was not a great place to take in a show because it was SO packed. Can't be legal to let that many people in. I haven't been to the Mainroom at First Ave before so maybe that is better? Will definitely not come to this venue again & would only do so & enjoy myself if I... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

Yeah your feet are going to stick to the dance floor on occasion and don't lean too far over that second floor balcony because the railing is pretty low. You need to go to the bathroom? Head upstairs and its a trough for the guys and based on my better half's assessment the ladies are "tolerable". And that's just fine.... More 

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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72 reviews 72 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

First off, understand that First Ave is historically a great music venue where loyal patrons abound. And I absolutely adore Jeremy Messersmith. However, many of us agreed that his most recent warm-up band was AWFUL--even the sound booth dude appeared concerned. (We had the same experience at Lykke Li & a few other concerts this year). Nonetheless (and quite randomly),... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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579 reviews 579 reviews
228 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I've been to First Avenue in the past for concerts but seeing the band Interpol here, I hate to say, was somewhat of a disappointment. I'm always surprised at how low the guardrail is on the second level at the stairway by the upstairs bar, someone will eventually tumble over that and they'll have to bring it up to code,... More 

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Virginia, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

First avenue was a perfect set up for an enjoyable concert setting everyone could see the stage really well the speakers still made you deaf but no errors. The place is very clean but drinks are very expensive but that is expected. I will definitely return for future concerts held there. They also have outside heaters for when your standing... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We rocked out to a Tom Petty cover band. Super meat establishment. Outdated everything but has history and great ambiance. We mostly stayed in the main section but did check out the other smaller stages in the complex. We enjoyed all but the techno thing...only bc it was not out thing but the other ppl seemed to be enjoying it.

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The legendary venue where Prince filmed Purple Rain. It's a fantastic large scale venue that also puts on dj nights and other shows. Great location downtown and also the smaller venue, 7th Street Entry is great so small packed sweaty punk shows!

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