215 E 5th St, Royal Oak, MI | Directions 4806742.486463 -83.142782
Monday - Sunday: 5pm-2am
5th Avenue has a RACIAL QUOTA!
5th Avenue is listed as a sports bar, pub, pool hall. They do have an upstairs that resembles more of a club atmosphere. They also serve food until close most nights they're open. This review isn't covering any of those aspects of this establishment, this is to address the blatant racial singling out by the bouncers.
Unfortunately this was not one isolated incident. There is 3-4 bouncers at 5th ave running the door and one of them usually walks down the line to let people know if they are doing something that will prevent them from getting in e.g., being too drunk.
The first time we encountered a problem was a few months back and we were in a larger mixed group of people (white, black, girls and guys). We had 3 guys with us and they were all wearing v-neck shirts. One of the guys who is black (will refer to him as PATRON Y) was wearing a hat. The bouncer came up and said he wouldn't be let in wearing a hat so he took it off. We looked in the window of the bar and there was quite a few people wearing hats. Once we got in he put it back on and no one said anything else about it.
The second time we had a problem was last night while we (2 girls and 1 guy-PATRON Y) were in line the bouncer came by and said they wouldn't let PATRON Y in because he was wearing a hat. Once again plenty of people wearing hats inside but he said no problem and he took it off. Then the bouncer immediately follows that up with "they won't let you in because your wearing a V-neck".
I should mention there was a guy 5 people ahead of us in line drinking a pint of fireball. This gentleman was white (will refer to him as PATRON Z) and was wearing a black v-neck. The bouncer spoke to him moments before PATRON Y and said that he couldnt have the open container. He let him get out of line throw it out and get back in line with no mention of his shirt.
We decided to stay in line because they couldn't let in PATRON Z and not let in PATRON Y, Right? WRONG! Because the bouncers did exactly that and then tried to claim that they didn't. It was shocking to say the least. They proceeded to lift the rope and we got out of line. Infuriating! Hurtful! Embarrassing! Wrong! Infuriating!
I really hope the owner(s) of this business aren't instructing their staff to do such a disgusting thing. I would like to say I have no problem with dress codes and rules but it is unethical to only apply rules to a specific groups of people to keep them out. I'm fully aware discrimination exists and I'm glad I got to see it at 5th avenue because I will not be going back to this establishment. Discrimination doesn't just hurt the person your doing it to, it hurts everyone.
SO apparently you CANNOT BE BLACK going to 5th Avenue Billiards in Royal Oak bc you will get turned away wearing the same thing as the rest of the "crowd" bc the color of your skin! We had 20 ppl & the bouncer "decides" we dont "fit the description".... REALLY??!! Thats fine! We will blow money somewhere else!
I heard Terry Foster talking about this place on the radio but always knew this bar as a club, not a sports bar - it's been around for a long time. I decided to check it out and it looks like they have new owners who are gearing it more toward sports fans as well. Great move because it is built for it. Food was really good, service was outstanding, and the servers were VERY easy on the eyes! Bonus that's it's right downtown in Royal Oak. I will be watching a lot of Tigers games here this summer.
Thanks SportsFan313 for the great review!! Keep in mind we also have some great live entertainment by the Killer Flamingos on Thursday nights! Be sure to stop up and check out the entertainment aspect of Fifth Avenue!!
One of the worse bars I have ever been in.Bouncers were on a power trip, They threw me out-I was not drinking because I was the DD. And I'm not some young 25-35 year old. Just because I knew the person they were kicking out. I watched while they took him down on the cement twice and he was just standing there, saying this is uncalled for. Their drinks are expensive in small glasses. The bathroom was filthy. One of the worse I've ever seen. Poorly run. Bad management. If you wanted to leave to feed the meter, they made you wait back in line which was a 1/2 hr to 45 min wait. Bunch of jerks, Staff was bad/
Fun! – My friends and I decided to check out this bar. I was a bit reluctant because I wasn't in the best of moods. When we arrived we were greeted by an EXTREMELY friend staff. Not to mention, the drinks are awesome. So, I truly recommend this place.
The New Fifth Ave!!! – Come by and check out the NEW FIFTH AVENUE!!! All new bar downstairs!!!
Great times to be had here! This is the hot spot to be! Now with 20 draft beers and nightly specials! Live bands and Djs on weekends! Great food menu too!!
The Staff is GREAT! Very Outgoing and friendly! Theres always a familiar face!!!
Nothing But Good Times @ Fifth Avenue – In response to Hello77.....well, looks like you didn't do a good enough job planning your sister's "surprise" party. First of all, how are they suppose to know who your sister is, and secondly, nothing in this world is free.....cover is ONLY $5, c'mon! If you can't pay $5, then you shouldn't go out!
As for Fifth Avenue, we have been going there for years and have had nothing but wonderful service and great times. The clienteles' ages range from mid-twenties to thirties, the staff is very outgoing and friendly and the live bands and DJs make for a perfect night!
I highly recommend this bar to everyone. If you want to have a great time, Fifth Avenue is the place to go!!!!
Never have an event at this bar – I recently had planned a surprise B-Day party for my sister. I was exctied that 5th ave was going to reserve tables and comp cover charge for a group of 50-60 people. After informing everyone of the location and details about not having to pay cover it turned out that 5th Ave charged everyone who came to the party. The Bouncer Rachel ruined the surprise making the B-day girl pay cover and telling her about her surprise party. I will NEVER NEVER plan an event at this bar again. They also did not have enough bar staff and everyone was waiting for drinks all night. I was very disappointed and would advise you never to plan an event with this business!!!!!
Nineteen pool tables, drinks, live music and people dressed to dance the night away. – The Scene
Those who dress to be noticed will be surrounded by many of the same ilk at this upscale pool parlor. In front of the dance floor, a stage provides a venue to show off. The first floor is the best place to play some pool. As the night goes on the area overflows with people. Live entertainment is a staple here, with blues music dominating the schedule. Otherwise, electronica, dance hall and house trade DJ nights.
RECOMMENDED!!! – Fifth Avenue Billiards always brings back good memories whenever I went there and I still do. I love the "Sugar Hiccup" show every Wednesday nights. I highly recommend this place for everyone.
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