2401 W. Wisconsin Av., Milwaukee, WI | Directions 5323343.038173 -87.943283
Neighborhoods: Avenues West
BUYER BEWARE – Went to see the killers: this venue pretty much bites, sounds horrible, was way oversold/overcrowded, the VIP balcony/lounge was not as advertised by The Rave's website AT ALL!! very few seats AND you needed a special ticket to sit in one (which is a sham cuz our tickets had "NO RESERVED SEATING" printed on them. So you have to stand 4-5 people deep to try to watch the show through other peoples bobbing heads. Didn't enjoy the venue at all.....would not go again.
Truly horrible – We had a truly horrible experience. We just saw Jason Mraz but his amazing talent was totally undone by the vile atmosphere of this place!! First off--the balcony "vip" section is a joke. Only a few seats and none of them reserved. Unlike other reviews I read, the staff was friendly and helpful enough but many people in the crowd rude and obnoxious (sorry Milwaukee!) If you enjoy a smoke-filled overheated place to stand and not even be able to see or properly hear the show then by all means go. I wish I had heeded the reviews I read and skipped it but wanted to see Jason. If you get a chance you will enjoy his show but check out the venue before plunking down your hard earned cash!
Worst venue in Milwaukee, no contest – anyone who would give this venue a good rating just doesn't have anything decent to compare it to. the sound is awful. the staff is belligerent. no beer selection--and seven bucks for a miller lite, people. be prepared for the show to be ridiculously oversold to the point of fire hazard, and expect to leave the poorly-ventilated cesspool reeking of smoke. also, keep in mind that instead of supporting local bands, this place makes THEM pay to play. don't support this place.
Pretty Sweet – The Rave is far better than any other venue in the midwest. It gets the best bands in Milwaukee and doesn't sell out as often as Chicago shows do since the building is so big.
Best venue in Milwaukee!! – I recently went to my first concert at The Rave, and it was an amazing experience. It was a bit crowded, but I forgot all about it once the show started. The acoustics in the basement are excellent, and the bar staff was incredibly friendly. I would recommended The Rave to anyone.
not much to rave about – The Rave absolutely is an awful place for music and beer. Extremely overpriced. small plastic cups of beer for $6 something? God awful sound system. The set up of the upstairs "VIP" section was horrible. I had to pay extra for it, thinking, maybe I'll get better sound and sight. I was wrong, I'ts croweded, small and every 10 feet, they had pillars that blocked a quarter of the stage. The chairs were set up so that you could possibly not see over the balcony. Terrible. Over priced, overrated venue.
Pure torture – Eagles ballroom has the worst sound of any venue I've been in. It's a big oval room with all hard surfaces, so it's like being in a big echo chamber. You have to stand near the back wall to have tolerable sound.
The Rave has OK sound, but the night I was there, it was easily 90 degrees inside, no ventilation, no AC. Granted, this the day after a heat wave, but the low the night before was in the 60's. Open a window already!
Both venues offer little seating, pack you in like cattle, and charge $6 for a beer.
For some shows to get people in they give out passes: buy two drinks up front and get in "free". They charge $20 for the two drinks.
I pity the person that buys two tickets to a show here, pays the ticketmaster extortion fees, parking, and two drinks. For two people, you're looking at $100 to see a c-list band.
O.k. Venue, rude event staff, lousy acoustics – Although the neighborhood is a little unsafe, I had no problems parking in the Rave's parking lot. It will cost you $10, but I figured it was worth it for the peace of mind. It was really refreshing to see an act in the Eagles Ballroom where everyone actually sat for the concert. Much more comfy than standing for 2.5 hours ala your typical area experience. The sound absolutley stunk as there are basically no soft surfaces in the entire place other than the crowd, so sound just bounces everywhere and it's really boomy. There were a few people smoking, but the ventilation is above average and it wasn't terribly bothersome. I will second what some other reviewers have said about the event staff. They were really unecessarily rude and hostile.
real music for real people! – If you prefer pre-fab cookie cut-out arenas, don't even THINK about stepping into this historic building/ballroom turned into a rock solid party haven! Naturally Gothic, this gorgeous mansion welcomes you with portable bars and servants at every entrance to the showroom(s). Ther'e also a regular bar the size of your average tavern, with good food & drink & great service. No air conditioning, so if you can't stand the smell of Milwaukee in Summer, don't breathe! Just go & rock & dance & sweat & experience the down & dirty side of life for once, you wimpy bastards!
Mosh Pit City – If you want the best mosh pit atmosphere around in the Wisconsin/Illinois area, this is the place to be. Every major band has played at this venue at one point in their career.
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