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First Avenue

Map & Directions 701 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Wifi Access
  • Full bar
  • Garage, Street


City Pages' Description

The club known worldwide thanks to 'Purple Rain' is a national treasure to Twin Cities music fans, who can catch anyone from local favorites to internationally-touring veterans at this former bus depot. A spacious dance floor and a balcony with great sightlines make even the most packed shows worthwhile experiences.

Member Reviews

  • rrsiteman wrote a review for First Avenue
    on 10/27/12

    Love The Wallflowers! Everyone who has seen them live says its a great performance so I'm stoked to check it out first hand. Hope they play a lot of songs off Glad All Over.

  • I know stuff wrote a review for First Avenue
    on 07/27/10

    Enjoy going to shows there except for all ages shows then I get stuck upstairs so that I don't have to hang out with little kids.

  • Niki54 wrote a review for First Avenue
    on 07/10/10

    good music, sometimes crank it REALLY loud. Classic "Minneapolis" venue, many great acts come through First Ave. think about ear plugs if you're going to see rock...

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  • HISTORY on 05/21/10

    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.

  • Mpls.St.Paul Magazine on 03/10/11

    Mpls.St.Paul Magazine March 2011 editors’ pick for best place to see a concert.

  • Charles E. on 01/14/12

    The best music venue in all of Minneapolis.

  • City Pages on 02/24/11

    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.

  • Ben M. on 03/16/09

    Catch a show from right behind the sound board. Enjoy the great view, the superb mix and easy access to the back bar.

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Reviews and News

  • Against Me!

    Against Me!, as the name implies, are both a confrontational and personal band. At times, their bark has been louder than their bite, but on... More on First Avenue »

  • Drive-By Truckers / Blitzen Trapper

    After essentially putting out an album annually since the late '90s, Southern gothic rockers Drive-By Truckers (pictured) took three years... More on First Avenue »

  • Warpaint

    These days, Los Angeles four-piece rockers Warpaint have become more textural and impressionistic than they let on in their debut, 2010's The... More on First Avenue »

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Upcoming Events Here

  • Recommended
    8:00 p.m. April 24

    With Drowners, Two Harbors. 18+.

  • 8:00 p.m. April 25


  • 8:00 p.m. April 26

    With Storyman, the Alternate Routes. 18+.

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