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First Avenue

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Address: 701 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327
Phone Number: 612-332-1775

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Drove by to see the famous place from "Purple Rain" very cool!! Wasn't able to go inside but neat to just see it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best place to experience music in a non-arena setting and meet the band at the merch table. The music is loud and mix is more hit than miss. Arrive at doors open time and get a front row place or balcony seat (they go fast). Plenty of watering holes and be amazed by the beer man who walks around... More 

Thank Marcel D
Brownsville, Texas
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I recently took my daughter to a meet and greet event for the Dolan Twins at this venue. The staff brought out water for for the girls (mostly pre-teens and teens) who were waiting outside in the summer weather to get inside for the show. They came several times to refill as well. The staff was well organized and very... More 

Thank O9569CTmelissag
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65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Drove by to see the famous place from "Purple Rain" very cool!! Wasn't able to go inside but neat to just see it.

Thank stowellb
Memphis, Tennessee
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Very historical place to visit. The club that was featured in Purple Rain and made Prince a musical phenom. All shows were sold out during my visit, so I didn't get a chance to fully experience the club.

Thank Laquentus J
Ames, Iowa
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

The area around First Ave is really fun by itself. Target Center and Field are both easy to get to, there was a cool Irish bar we went to before our concert, and after we went walking and found a couple of really cool bars ... right downtown ! The venue itself was really cool, and seemed perfectly set up... More 

Thank Brennan R
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Cheap strong drinks. best concert place in Minnesota, can see band from most spots! not the huge stadium concerts, so you feel more connected to the band! Kinda grungy, dark and dirty but you def feel cooler just by being there! Multiple bars so you never have to wait long for a drink. great variety events and music. Many memories... More 

Thank Nightlyglo
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

I love attending shows that are at this venue! Great sound and atmosphere, I just wish there have been more shows there that I've wanted to see lately! The only part I don't like is the glass wall upstairs by the bar....makes seeing the show through it a little hard if you are in that area.

Thank Leigh W
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

When I first started going here it was great, I think the staff has ways of handling things. Overall I would recommend because the tickets are fair. Just try not to make a scene and the staff will leave you alone.

1 Thank Kaelynn K
Brainerd, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I've been to this venue 3 times. Twice someone in our group was kicked out by security. The 1st time we were here it was a great show with no issues. The 2nd time we were there, my wife was bumped into by a security guy coming down the stairs. The security guy quickly forced her out of the venue... More 

5 Thank Eric T
Elk River, Minnesota
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 via mobile

This venue is a great place to see a concert. The sightlines are great no matter where you stand. The sound system is pretty good. The place got a new ceiling and they cleaned up a bit. The beer prices do very depending on what show you see, which is really weird. Overall this is a great place to see... More 

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