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First Avenue & 7th St Entry

First Avenue & 7th St Entry

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Nightclub
Downtown West, Minneapolis
  • Has a stamp of approval from The Wall Street Journal and City Pages
    • The Wall Street Journal
    • City Pages
  • Micah S.
    "Great sight lines, even when it's packed."(3 Tips)
    Matthew S.
    "Go to Get Cryphy in the Record Room the first Friday of every month!"(3 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "My favorite place to see live music."(12 Tips)
    City Pages
    "Too Much Love"(2 Tips)
125 Tips and reviews
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  • Double J
    Double J2 weeks ago
    #1 music venue n staff hands down
  • Gina P.
    Gina PetersonAugust 27, 2017
    Great venue with a lot of history!
  • Mannesota N.
    Mannesota NatureJune 3, 2017
    Our experience with this place was absolutely one of the worst ever in any city throughout the world. No dance space available. Standing room only. Dangerous, negative and rude atomshpere.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MuellerApril 21, 2017
    Great venue for live music but it still kind of sucks that I can't take my drink to the bathroom with me.
  • Damion S.
    Damion SmithSeptember 2, 2016
    Wonderful sight lines.
  • Tom W.
    Tom WilsonJuly 16, 2016
    Rock'in it with ASID Celebration!
  • set
    setJuly 9, 2016
    Great venue to see your favorite bands.
  • Nicholas K.
    Nicholas KreidbergJune 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolutely love this venue! Chill spot, great bar access, awesome shows, fun times!
  • Debbie K.
    Debbie KuntzJune 8, 2016
    Ambience and history. Love music!!
  • Emily J.
    Emily JohnsonJanuary 21, 2016
    Awesome venue.
  • John J.
    John JohnsonNovember 19, 2015
    Nothing beats First Ave. Great place for music.
  • Abby A.
    Abby Anderson JonesSeptember 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Legendary Minnesota venue!
    Upvoted Dec 22, 2017
  • Don P.
    Don ParsonsApril 28, 2015
    Awesome sound system. Good beer selection.
  • TeeshaBozzlady M.
    TeeshaBozzlady MilesFebruary 7, 2015
    You can see the view of the club that played in, in the movie purple rain. I love that view...
  • Zachariah S.
    Zachariah SchaapDecember 23, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Best place for birthdays! Secret Deal: you +1 get into any show, even if it's sold out, plus a free bottle of champagne!
  • Leah T.
    Leah TurkNovember 18, 2014
    Great concert venue. Such a rich mix of music that flows through here.
  • Macey M.
    Macey MeyerOctober 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not a good idea to try to smoke weed in here. Security is on point and they will kick your ass out!! ...unless you are real sneaky about it
  • Amy S.
    Amy SullivanOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hanging out by the window on the second floor is kind of awesome.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HahnOctober 7, 2014
    By far one of my favorite music venues, very good atmosphere and friendly staff.
  • Vince M.
    Vince MartinezSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best rock joint, period.
  • Quinn M.
    Quinn MAugust 26, 2014
    Love the space, it's wide enough that you can see wherever you're standing and not too deep so you're always pretty close to the stage. Large bathrooms too.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RAugust 25, 2014
    My favorite place to see live music.
  • Micah S.
    Micah SpielerAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Great sight lines, even when it's packed. I like to stand stage right by the coat check if I want to hear the music but don't really care to watch the band.
  • Robbie H.
    Robbie HelzerAugust 12, 2014
    Get there early for a seat along the railing upstairs.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GutnikAugust 10, 2014
    Concerts live music
  • Sarah A.
    Sarah ArlandsonAugust 10, 2014
    Echo and the Bunnymen! (I love this place. Sooo many great memories.)
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The club's main room features national acts; the smaller 7th St. Entry hosts up-and-comers. Read more
  • City Pages
    City PagesJune 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The quintessential Twin Cities rock club. A true classic. Voted Best Concert Venue by City Pages Best of 2014!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KunkelDecember 8, 2013
    God dammit it's cold in here!
  • Cody C.
    Cody CarpenterOctober 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Abandon all hope, ye who poop post-opening act.
  • Seth P.
    Seth PeakeOctober 5, 2013
    Sickest venue in minnesnowta.......
  • Angela N.
    Angela NielsenJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you can't see the stage check out the tv monitors, the VJ's do an excellent job.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HahnJune 8, 2013
    By far one of my favorite venues, seen some awesome band here and even met some great people too.
  • CJ S.
    CJ S.May 31, 2013
    If you have an Illinois license, bring a second form of ID with your birthdate on it. Otherwise they'll try to say it's fake and won't let you in.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    City Pages Best Rock Club - 2013
  • Brian W.
    Brian WeneApril 27, 2013
    Boo Yeah it's the Slim!!!! The Langhorne Slim!!!!
  • Chris I.
    Chris IkemanMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best seat in the house.
  • Wil E.
    Wil E.March 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My friend Zach says be wary of the smelly people there..
  • Samuel F.
    Samuel FulcoMarch 8, 2013
    Lindsey Stirling was sooooo awesome!!!!!
  • Dylan R.
    Dylan RangeloffMarch 6, 2013
    Twas ballin
  • PJ S.
    PJ StoeMarch 1, 2013
    Classic venue don't stand next to couples talking and making out.
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconFebruary 16, 2013
    best dance club ever
  • Hannah A.
    Hannah AFebruary 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    KonkreteJungle on Wednesday nights is the shiot!!!! Can't beat a 5 dolla show!!!
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    "Make sure to take a look at all the amazing poster on the walls."
  • City Pages
    City PagesDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Voted Best Dance Club by City Pages in 2012! If thinking about all of their different dance nights doesn't wear you out, congratulations; your clubbing years are not over yet.
  • James
    JamesDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There is a special place in heaven for the people who have to clean the bathrooms.
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KellNovember 26, 2012
    Ladies: use of restroom should be reserved for emergencies only. Seriously.
  • Robert D.
    Robert D.November 22, 2012
  • Eric W.
    Eric WheelerAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The headliner usually goes on around 10 p.m. Get there well before that for sold out shows for a good spot though.
  • Dan W.
    Dan WalchJuly 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Twin Cities concert venue.
  • Solange G.
    Solange GuillaumeJuly 22, 2012
    Coat check doesn't charge for bags or bike helmets.
  • Jordan I.
    Jordan IsaacsonJune 17, 2012
    Their vodka tonics are stronggggg.
  • Heidi L.
    Heidi LarsonJune 10, 2012
    Best place for a concert! I have had lots of great memories there!
  • DJ Times
    DJ TimesJune 7, 2012
    Catch 2012 America's Best DJ nominee SOVIETPANDA here on 6/2/12! VOTE in person to enter to WIN a trip for 2 to VEGAS. LIKE/FOLLOW ABDJ on Facebook/Twitter to enter to WIN prizes from Pioneer DJ! Read more
  • Last Gang E.
    Last Gang Ent.April 19, 2012
    Lindi Ortega plays here April 26 and 27 with Social Distortion! Check her out @
  • Jen P.
    Jen PetersonApril 1, 2012
    Love Nada Surf!!
  • Ell M.
    Ell MahalaMarch 30, 2012
    If you haven't been, GO NOW! FOR THE LOVE OF PETE GO NOW!
  • Katie B.
    Katie BrownMarch 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    First time taking advantage of my member sight line worth it.
  • Emily D.
    Emily DyessMarch 13, 2012
    If you are a short woman, this place is huge and tall people seem to be abundant. You will be standing for a while unless you grab a table, but if you want to see wear tall boots or heels.
  • 2 GINGERS® Whiskey
    2 GINGERS® WhiskeyFebruary 20, 2012
    Order a Big Ginger or a Skinny Ginger here!
  • Laura H.
    Laura HeurungFebruary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't go to all ages shows if you are 21. They suck. If you want a drink they place you in a separate ward behind windows. Terrible sound.
  • Sadie M.
    Sadie MannFebruary 4, 2012
    fun tonight!
  • Mick Management
    Mick ManagementJanuary 31, 2012
    Be sure to check out Walk the Moon when they open for Young the Giant here on Feb 20, 2012!
  • Ross L.
    Ross LevineJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Beware of Chloe the bigred bulldog who frequents TML, she'll eat your face and ask for seconds because she's so sad and lonely.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 15, 2012
    The best music venue in all of Minneapolis.
  • Phatgoose
    PhatgooseJanuary 3, 2012
    Must Check out First Avenue!
  • Derik H.
    Derik HatlingDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't tell whoever is running the soundboard how to do their job!
  • Derik H.
    Derik HatlingDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't hang your coat on the barricade!
  • City Pages
    City PagesNovember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to take a look at all the amazing poster on the walls.
  • Leif B.
    Leif BrostromNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Do I really need to leave a tip? The best.
  • Joe S.
    Joe Speranzella SfoNovember 10, 2011
    I saw quite a few acts here! Old skool! also Prince filmed Purple Rain concert sequences here... Awesome place!
  • Derik H.
    Derik HatlingNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get a drink & tip the bartender
  • Derik H.
    Derik HatlingNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't ask me if you can go backstage!
  • Reese N.
    Reese NurmiNovember 2, 2011
    tip the wait staff
  • Billy S.
    Billy SchlotterOctober 20, 2011
    Make sure to not stand under the vents. Its a little cold.
  • Len M.
    Len MarkSeptember 3, 2011
    The one and only.. Saturday nights in the record room is where it's at..!!!
  • David B.
    David BurleySeptember 1, 2011
    #TV on the Radio
  • Sean S.
    Sean StavastAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Spot a hipster!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WatsonAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't ever go to a show here, you're missing out.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WatsonAugust 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I survived 'Anchored'
  • Iration
    IrationAugust 16, 2011
    2011-10-23 Iration's Lei'd Back Fall Tour with Tomorrows Bad Seeds and Through The Roots Read more
  • JAF
    JAFAugust 6, 2011
    Get your Pilgrim Passport at
  • City Pages
    City PagesJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Voted Best Dance Club by City Pages in 2011! From hip hop to techno, First Avenue has always been a dancing mainstay
  • Colton G.
    Colton GarciaJuly 12, 2011
    Check out F1RST Wrestling when they do a show here!
  • Ben M.
    Ben MillerJune 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Keep an eye out for Prince, who lives in a secret network of tunnels located deep beneath the stage.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DeJongMay 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't go to an all ages show. It's not worth the hassle.
  • SarahMay
    SarahMayMay 8, 2011
    awesome show last night Yelle in the Main room and Hotdish in VIP room
  • Amber
    AmberMay 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    See the bartender at the upstairs front bar (by the windows) with the white shirt and rolled up sleeves. Best bartender in the cities!!! He's amazing and reads minds. Or just KNOWS
  • SmAsH
    SmAsHMay 7, 2011
    Slightly Stoopid!
  • Tiger
    TigerApril 12, 2011
    Alex the sound chick is awesome! And big ups to the green room
  • Adam M.
    Adam MielkeApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a bottle of champagne! Only $15.
  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
    Mpls.St.Paul MagazineMarch 10, 2011
    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine March 2011 editors’ pick for best place to see a concert.
  • City Pages
    City PagesFebruary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Voted Best Dance Club by City Pages in 2010. In 2010 First Ave housed the most successful dance nights in the city. Among them: Get Cryphy, Too Much Love, Ritmo Caliente, Hot Dish, Black, and more.
  • Daneen E.
    Daneen EifflerFebruary 22, 2011
    Historically great music venue. Supposedly haunted.
  • Dayna F.
    Dayna FrankJanuary 13, 2011
    Big lines? You can also enter for Mainroom shows at the Record Room door (located on 1st Ave side).
  • Lindsey A.
    Lindsey AJanuary 9, 2011
    To the under age ladies: please wear more clothes...we don't need to see everything you have to offer.
  • Josh V.
    Josh VolkJanuary 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    dance it out. rockin venue
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuhaimeJanuary 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    18+ on Saturdays for 'Too Much Love' - downside, X's on the hands are required. :)
  • Josh R.
    Josh RitterDecember 18, 2010
    Catch Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band at First Avenue on February 19, 2011. Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit supports. Info and tickets at Read more
  • Scott S.
    Scott SmithNovember 19, 2010
    Go see a national or local band at the historical First Avenue Mainroom or the 7th Street Entry next door, and enjoy 40 years of First Avenue history.
  • Chuck P.
    Chuck PNovember 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Work your way to stage left to get an awesome view and access to the food and bar there
  • Bill K.
    Bill KinneyNovember 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you arrive late and it's packed, go to the back left corner of the 1st floor. You can usually see everything and move your way up quickly.
  • MPLSco
    MPLScoOctober 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Diamond Dog. It's a hot dog wrapped in bacon, AND it's named after a Bowie record!
  • John😎 W.
    John😎 WallaceOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Buy the mayor @JohnWallaceMPLS some #juice!
  • ±radical32
    ±radical32September 10, 2010
    Best concert venue in town. There's always a 40% chance you might see Prince here.
  • amber t.
    amber tannerSeptember 4, 2010
    have a huge beer WHooo wrist bump
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StilwellAugust 31, 2010
    Go to Get Cryphy in the Record Room the first Friday of every month!
  • kev
    kevJuly 21, 2010
    They have Surly!
  • Alicia
    AliciaJuly 14, 2010
    Best Venue in the Twin Cities Read more
  • octo f.
    octo feryJuly 7, 2010
    i want watch blink 182 !
  • Dan Z.
    Dan ZajacJune 5, 2010
    One of the best spots for Live Music in Minneapolis...this is the hot spot!! They're recently re-painting the stars (with band's names on them) on the building and limiting them from 500 stars to 400. Read more
  • Melani S.
    Melani SchwartzJune 2, 2010
    Get as close to the stage as you can. Watch out for crowd surfers.
    HISTORYMay 21, 2010
    This venue was once the Greyhound bus station, and it's alleged that ghosts of travelers and homeless people who died at the bus station now haunt First Avenue.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RossMarch 24, 2010
    Go here and use the end stall in the men's restroom. Reward yourself with Summit for bravery. Read more
  • Johnny S.
    Johnny SundahlFebruary 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best stage view at any time: Game Bar. Best service too.
  • Mallory
    MalloryJanuary 28, 2010
    Friday, Current 5th Birthday Party
  • Emel O.
    Emel OliverJanuary 24, 2010
    Go every first saturday of each month whilst Nate Lawrence is hosting the even, a guaranteed awesome time! Read more
  • Dan H.
    Dan HennenJanuary 10, 2010
    a must for any music fan...
  • Phillip K.
    Phillip KnollDecember 25, 2009
    Get a cooler booth plus-one than Kings of Leon. Is that even possible?
  • Baba O.
    Baba O'ReillyDecember 4, 2009
    Ben M is right. What better place to listen to the music than from where they are mixing it. duh!
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HansenJuly 1, 2009
    Have big beer, will travel less to bar and more to notorious bathrooms. A toss up!
  • jenni k.
    jenni konradApril 2, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    use one of the last two stalls in the women's room. you can look out on second avenue, and the people on second avenue can see you.
  • Laurel K.
    Laurel KrahnMarch 17, 2009
    Go to Boiled in Lead's annual St. Patrick's Day show at First Avenue.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MillerMarch 16, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Catch a show from right behind the sound board. Enjoy the great view, the superb mix and easy access to the back bar.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MillerMarch 13, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    Drink something that's not a tallboy
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