First Avenue & 7th Street, Minneapolis
Most happening after 11pm or whenever there's live music. Music varies depending on the night, anything from salsa to metal to techno. It's dark, the beat doesn't stop, and if nothing else it's a great place to people watch.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes - you can go from leather and studs to the typical preppy club attire.
First Avenue is most known from the Prince movie Purple Rain. It inspired the "Minneapolis music scene", a mix of funk, punk and alternative musics acts that hit national prominence in the 80's. Such acts as Prince, The Time, Vanity, Appollonia & Sheila E on the funk side. Husker Du, The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Jayhawks & The Suburbs on the punk and alternative side.
Besides local acts, First Avenue Regularly books national acts and also turns into a dance club, mostley electronic music and 1 night for Salsa and Latin music.
The 7th St. Entry, which is also apart of the club, is primarily for local and lesser known acts.
Dress Code: No dress code that I'm aware of.
Probably one of the best known nightclubs/bars in the Minneapolis area. It used to be a bus depot and it has a character of its own. It's the club you see in the movie "Purple Rain" that Prince played at.
The exterior has stars painted on it with signatures of a lot of the bands that have played there. Excellent place to see well known and local bands at.
Dress Code: None
One of my favorite nightclubs, First Avenue is well known for their eclectic selection of live music. Located in what used to be an old bus station, this is where the movie Purple Rain was filmed. First Ave is divided into 3 parts. The Mainroom, where most of the better known acts play. Seventh Street Entry, a smaller stage where smaller local acts play, and the VIP room, where a DJ is usually spinning hip-hop. Live music every night of the week, and DJ’s after the shows make this a great place to go. It is also one of the few places downtown that is open past bar time for an extra two hours for dancing. There is also a legend that woman died in the women’s bathroom, and her ghost can be seen in one of the stalls.
Dress Code: Anything goes. Depends on the night and who is playing.
It has been THE place to see live music for decades. It is an old bus depot that has been turned into a classic club. It's made its way through Punk, Heavy Metal, Grunge, Reggae, Goth, Rap, and techno and is still cranking out the best bands in the country. Just about every band has made its way through here.
The band is best known for the lacation that Prince/The artist created the movie Purple Rain.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
The 7th Street Entry
'The Entry,' as locals call it, is located inside the famed First Avenue. Unlike that club's mainroom though, the Entry is for scrappier, harder-hitting obscurata.
As seen at the end of Purple Rain, this cavernous venue is the number one place for music in the Twin Cities. An eclectic roster of punk, DJs, progressive, alternative, ska, reggae, and star gigs keeps it eternally popular.
First Avenue & 7th Street Entry (or just, 'Prince's club')
Yes, this is the club that Prince (or whatever his name is) made famous in the movie 'Purple Rain.' This is a legendary place that's been around for 30 years and it has the potential to draw all of the most famous names in the music business.
Large nightclub in the middle of Downtown Minneapolis. Music varies by night of the week and often there a live DJ's spinning the latest dance and techno. Expect a varied, and sometimes outrageous crowd.
Dress Code: No real dress code. (often the freakier the bettter)
Downtown - anywhere in the Warehouse District (around First Avenue and 4th Street). Definitely go to First Avenue (where Purple Rain was filmed)- they have great concerts there, and when there's no live gig, the place is a big nightclub. Saturday night is Danceteria, with DJs and techno type music. Stays open later than most bars, although they stop serving alcohol at 1am.
all right, first avenue nightclub is a great place for fri/sat night dancing downtown. other nights of the week you can catch touring bands as well as new and local groups (punk, reggae, techno, alt-rock...)
The atmoshere is loud and dark, abandoned werehouse feel. the crowd is young, mainly alternative (with a bit of everykind thrown in.) no dress code, strict i.d. at door.
This is a great place for live shows! Everyone who is anyone will play (and has played) at First Ave. Until they get too big for club shows and then you can catch them at Roy Wilkens Auditorium in St Paul or Target Center.
Dress Code: anything goes, but I would suggest black if you want to blend in or flannel shirts and band tshirts...