2029 Woodlynn Ave, Maplewood, MN | Directions 5510945.033249 -93.014916
Neighborhoods: Maplewood - Oakdale
Avoid at all costs worst major rock bar in Minneapolis – This club is horrible, over priced drinks that you have to wait 20 minutes to get (unless your best friends with the bartenders they will ignore you even if your on fire), rude door men, stupid policies (they had a 24 MANDATORY Coat check in the winter, or you had to leave your coat in the car and pay to get in AGAIN)
Sound is generally horrible, way too much highs from the deaf sound guy and booming muffled bass that blurred out everything else. Not just one time but Every time Ive been to this club, there are actually bands both national and local who now avoid this club even though its got one of the biggest stages in town.
They dont know what they want to be but they do know they want as much of your money as possible
Avoid this venue – The Rock Nightclub may offer a great variety of music but they now allow smoking throughout the entire indoor portion of the club, even though the smoking ban is in place, making it hard to breathe without inhaling a cloud of smoke. Also the sound quality is horrible. Every concert I've attended has been muffled, too loud, and not mixed well at all. I've even heard the performers complain of the horrible sound quality themselves. The drinks are expensive, the place is dirty and the people are obnoxious. Every time I go there, I see drunks yelling at the bartenders, people barely able to walk, and sometimes women wearing little to no clothing. All in all, I am not a fan of this venue at all.
THis place smells like a plugged urinal – This is the nastiest smelling bar I have ever been in. The stench clings to your clothes when you go home. I hear the bar is now doing an end-run around the state smoking ban. That's sure to make things smell better in this dive. NOT!
Great Local Music Venue – The Rock is one million times better since the smoking ban went into effect! They have a great little outdoor patio for the smokers (with heat lamps for those winter months). Inside is huge with a great sound system for the local or bigger name music acts. The strip mall location is enough to throw a person off, but it really is a great place. It's a bit of a drive if you are coming from Minneapolis, but it's wonderful for those that live out in the 'burbs. If you like rock music, check out their calendar of events and make it a point to check out some local music!!
Great sound system, great live bands, great atmosphere, great drinks, all at the end of a strip mall. – We performed at the Rock in Maplewood and just love this place. The staff is really nice and the drinks are great. This place is very roomy for a "strip mall venue". The sound system is awesome. It's clear, big, and loud. Reminds me of First Ave, or better.
Some big acts have graced that stage and it was an honor to perform there. If you haven't been to the Rock, I suggest going out to a few shows there, you'll be hooked on this place.
Smoking is allowed here, so if you don't like a smokey venue be warned, the couple of times we visited the Rock the smoke haze was pretty intense. Other than that, it's great: billiards, video games, great drinks, great live music on a stellar stage and system....this is THE place to be.
Nice Club! – Great Club, Nice Crowd, and great staff! Overall this would be a club I would recommend to all to check out!
Maplewood's chameleonic concert club changes with the music. – In Short
From the outside, few bars are more nondescript than the Rock: It almost presents a modern version of speakeasy secrecy. But the inside offers a pleasant surprise: A dark, expansive room offering good sound and sightliness for taking in the band. Those in attendance are there to hear the music, which can vary in style from the country of Chase Roberts to circa-'80s hair bands like Ratt and Loverboy.
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