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Fun venue to watch a fun show

I went to watch my nephew play his Bass in support of Janis Joplin last Saturday night, and had a... read more

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Sarah C
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A friend and I traveled to Minneapolis to visit Paisley Park. Of course, we needed to see a... read more

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701 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327
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Reviewed yesterday

I went to watch my nephew play his Bass in support of Janis Joplin last Saturday night, and had a great time. First of all, the Happy Birthday Janis Joplin band did not disappoint, but neither did First Ave! This is a spacious venue, with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 5 days ago

A friend and I traveled to Minneapolis to visit Paisley Park. Of course, we needed to see a concert at First Avenue. We saw Lissie perform and loved the venue. It's small, but there are many great places to stand to see. Restrooms are plentiful...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tamhicks10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome concert venue! It's standing room only on the main floor (there are a few tables near the back, but you cannot see the stage from there). No need to get there super early because there's hardly a bad spot to see the stage (aside...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank msfiyah01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At first we had a hard time finding it. after a couple times around the block we figured it out. The stars names are plenty but I only was interested in the gold Prince star! We went into the bar next door. we had lunch...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a Prince fan you must stop at First Ave. so much history where the Minneapolis sound was born! You will recognize the bar, stage, balconies, etc from Purple Rain.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tifsterv
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

I adore the venue, have my whole life! And if you love Halloween/to costume watch, this is the place to go on Halloween night! Great vibes, the most out of the box, fun costumes, and awesome dance music!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

To be perfectly frank, my interest in this place begins and ends with the stars mural, the golden Prince Star, to put a finer point on it. I'm not a big fan of Prince's music, but I was glad to see this symbol honoring a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Citallwic
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Full disclosure: we did not do anything inside this venue. But I didn’t want to give a low rating for my non-participation. However, I do want to rate this in terms of a landmark. The outside of this building has painted stars for artists/performers who...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lcdemar
Reviewed October 1, 2018

I have seen many acts at First Ave. over the years from Rebelution to Mason Jennings to Umphrey's McGee and it's always a great show! The sound, the energy, the light show and the vibe all contribute to a memorable sonic experience!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank ngdscd23
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

Everything has changed around it but First Ave remains one of the best places to see live music in the Midwest in my opinion. Some of the charm is gone but theirs still good sight lines and the sound folks are pros. It's gone from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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December 1, 2018|
Response from Mike R | Reviewed this property |
Don’t know about NewYears Eve but normally jeans would be fine.
October 4, 2017|
Response from TheSheepMan28 | Reviewed this property |
I believe they are only open during shows/events. The wall of stars is on the outside of the building though so it’s still worth stopping by!
July 2, 2017|
Response from philjonesminneapolis | Reviewed this property |
First Avenue is mainly a standing room only venue. There are tables and chairs on the second floor that are reserved seats but they are very limited. The main floor consists of a large area where people stand to watch the... More