1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.522800 -122.684400
It's hard to choose my favorite Crystal Ballroom memory, be it the night my best friend choked on a mouthful of red wine and sprayed it all over an already very uptight girl in a white button down, or maybe that one time we all got kicked out on New Year's Eve. The point being, this is the sort of place where you make pretty great memories.
worst venue in PDX – So I went to the Crystal Ball room the other nite to see Eric Church. Not only did I not see or hear Eric Church but I left after 30 mins because there was NOOOO air circulation and I felt like I was going to faint. I felt better the second I stepped outside, but with no remittance I just wasted 60 bucks to see barely see a 30 min performance that could have truely been anyone up there pretending to be Eric. Horrible time and never again will I attend the Crystal
All negative reviews are right on – all i can say is the reviews before me are correct. why is nothing being done to remedy this horrible place.
Crystal Ballroom is terrible for live shows – I wish some other venue would start hosting mid level touring acts - CB just gets it wrong all the time.
Went last night for a reunion show, and the audience is cut in half by plywood barriers making an aisle for some lame 'vip' (sure you're important - right.) area where they get to be near the stage and not dance. Result? The show doesn't get to catch fire with the audience. No chance to rock tfo to a band we haven't seen in 18 years.
Finally, that creepy wavy gravy bullshit hasn't cut it in over a decade. Remodel it to something respecting the original ballroom, you disgusting hippies.
Worst Place to See a Band! – I am never, ever going to see a concert at the Crystal again. I had forgotten how much it sucks. We went to a sold out show (The Swell Season) last week. We were packed in like sardines waiting and waiting. The opening act played and I never even saw him (and I'm 5'6"--average size for a woman--and was wearing boots with 2" heels)). Then we waited and waited and waited for the headlining act to go on. After 45 minutes, we just couldn't take it anymore. It was claustrophobic and we realized we wouldn't be able to see the band when they did come on. We left. We asked for our money back at the door but the people down there hemmed and hawed and said that they "it wasn't their show so there was nothing they could do." Whatever. $60 down the drain and we will never go back there again. For some reason this show is "Aladdin Theater Presents." I just wish it had been at the Aladdin, which is always a fantastic venue.
poor sound and forget bringing a bag – 1. Despite the sizable ticket price, the sound was atrocious. couldn't clearly pick out a tune even in familiar songs. to be fair, the music was loud and raucous (the jesus lizard), but it still should be tuneful.
2. No bags allowed and they do not provide a bag check option. myself and others had to return to the car (and we were lucky, at least we had a car to go to) to drop our bags and missed the first band in the process.
3.We got frisked before entering (that's always a great way to start the night) and there were lots of signs listing out what not to do. again, fun.
4.Like a number of pdx venues, the drinkers and non-drinkers are separated by an aisle for security. Here however, the security folks were constanly run up and down throughout the show, looking for ne'er-do-wells. Very distracting.
Overpriced and understaffed. NYN on NYE was the biggest ripoff! – NYN....not worth it. We spent $150 each...YES EACH for a ticket. Thinking sure....free food and drinks all night. NO. All we did was wait in line. 2 bartenders for everyone. The drinks were the weakest drinks i have ever tasted. The champagne toast was the biggest rip off ever. They didn't even have enough to go around! Instead, they served redbull! It wasn't even champagne! You'd wait in line for 40 min to get a painfully weak drink, then you'd turn around and go directly to the back of the line. Despite the fact we spent $150 to get into the venue, once we were there, we couldn't leave. IF we left, we couldn't get back in. Couldn't have a cig, couldn't go to the car, couldn't get fresh air. We were locked in like cattle.
This was not the only event that i have been to that sucked at the crystal ballroom. Halloween, same thing. cost $40 to get in. Drinks were overpriced, waited 30 min to get a drink. Wtf? If you left, you couldn't get back in.
Come on management... It's mcminnemans, you guys aren't going under... the economy is terrible and there are SO many people that are willing to have a job...HIRE MORE STAFF!
I TOTALLY VETO the Crystal Ballroom.
New years nation event TERRIBLE! – This review is for the New Years Nation event hosted at the Crystal ballroom on 12/31/2008. I don't advise this event if you expect to get a drink. We got mid level tickets for $150 expecting open bar and food all night . The food was good but when there is two bartenders for 300 people getting a drink took about and hour and then they would only give you one. People in general addmission had it even worse! No one was even dancing they were standing in line! Also, once you got in and handed your tickets over they informed you that you could not leave the building or you wouldn't get back in. We stood in line from 11:10 to 12:05 for our last drink and left to go somewhere else! WHAT A RIPOFF! When something seems to good to be true, it is!
Best Night of My Trip – We went for 80's night on Friday and it was the best! The floor was fun to dance on, bounced you a bit as you danced. Everyone was having a great time and of course the 80's music brought everyone back to good times and every song made us want to stay longer. And only $5 to get in! Highly recommend 80's night.
Great Venue! – This place is great....I'm sure it all varies depending on who you are seeing there, but for me I have always had a good time. The architecture is stunning, and the dance floor is off the chain! It is slightly soft and bouncy. The balcony is also VERY cool, giving you a view of the whole crowd and stage. The bar is a nice addition, but you will pay the price.
In conclusion...it's a venue...in the end your entertainment level rests on the show you are seeing, but I do think the crystal is superior to most venues...and they get a lot of good bands coming through.
one of the best places to see music – this place has amazing lighting and atmosphere with the moving floor that bounces...they get great acts here and great musicians...i come down from seattle because this place is so cool
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