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First Avenue

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

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Concert Night

It was cool reading all of the artists on the side of the building as we waited for our show to open up. I thought the level of security was appropriate. The bartenders were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 January 2017
Jeff B
Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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113 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

It was cool reading all of the artists on the side of the building as we waited for our show to open up. I thought the level of security was appropriate. The bartenders were fast and responsive. Not the greatest beer selection, but not bad either. We had a good view of the artists and sound was clear. My biggest... More 

Thank Jeff B
Asheville, North Carolina
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57 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We went just to see the outside and go to the restaurant next door. I am a huge Prince fan and it's a must. So many amazing people have been here. Cool place. Get a tshirt at the restaurant and see the pictures inside. The do tours of First Avenue now...

Thank lesliekjack
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Purple Passion right off the plane to rental car, strait downtown MLPS , would have been the same if I was driving. Great Place to get into the Music Vibes and many destinations near by to visit. Had to see Prince golden star and feel wear parts of Purple Rain was filmed.

Thank Noe G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Traveled to Minneapolis to visit this famous spot where Prince filmed many Purple Rain scenes. Didn't realize Prince had a GOLD star so that was a pleasant surprise! Also amazing to see the numerous other stars on the wall representing the great artists who have performed there. Went here during the day to take great outdoor pics of the venue,... More 

Thank 1999Talia
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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9 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Being a huge Prince fan for 30+ years, First Avenue was always a place that I wanted to see. I was blessed to see Prince perform there on 7/7/2007. In September 2016, I got to see The Revolution reunite to honor Prince. First Avenue is a great venue, as a club and a live music venue. The staff is very... More 

Thank Patricia W
Vancouver, Washington
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

My sole purpose for going here was to see where Prince started his career, to see where Purple Rain was filmed and to see Princes Gold Star. I didn't go in to see a concert or the venue though I would love to. I hope to on my next trip back to Minneapolis. This was definitely one of my favorite... More 

Thank Christina K
New York City, New York
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83 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I finally got to see the venue in which Purple Rain was filmed! The history here is palpable. The energy was just adrenaline inducing. I was fortunate enough to get tickets for one of The Revolution's Prince Tribute Show. It looked pretty much just like it did in the movie. The general admission main floor has no seating, so if... More 

Thank Ashley C
New York, New York, United States
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22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This place has tons of rock history especially with Prince and The Replacements. However, it's still relevant today with new bands at the main room and 7th St. Entry.

Thank Nycdlm
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Of course, the past few times I have been here have all been related to Prince events but this past weekend I saw The Revolution in concert and I am so impressed with the whole event, from checking ID while in line, to the pat downs and purse checks. I always felt safe and secure. Not to mention, the energy,... More 

Thank Jennifer S
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Sure, I could write a one-star review of the 7th Street Entry. GG Allin in the 80's, a surly bartender in the 90's--but nothing equals this Midwestern Mecca for live music venues. First Ave has endured for decades and hopefully shall continue. Great sound system. The Entry--a great armpit for amazing shows. This is like reviewing the Grand Canyon. It's... More 

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