I have been to the Rave/Eagles Club too many times to count. The last show I attended was a sold out Mac Miller show in the Eagles Ballroom. Mac himself put on a hell of a show, and I had a great time myself. I was up in the balcony, which allowed me a great view of the stage, however, pretty much wherever you stand in the ballroom you can see the stage. It was in late May, so the room became very hot and humid. Although, I was jumping around a lot so that may have been the reason for why I was so sweaty. The new ladies bathroom is wonderful. It is very nice, everything works correctly, the doors do not stick when you try to open them, and the sinks run well. When my friends and I arrived, there was a long line to get past security, however, they check you rather quickly so it moves pretty fast. It is quite simple getting up to the ballroom, following the large staircase up to the beautiful room with a large painted ceiling and wonderfully detailed trim. The room was already packed with people when we arrived. Going up one more set of stairs, we arrived in the balcony. Security checked our passes, and we were lucky to get a box pretty close to the center. When the show eventually started, Mac Miller walked out and the crowd went crazy. His performance was amazing. At one point, my friend and I got up to get a drink from the bar. The prices there are a little high, but I guess they are like that everywhere. However, the water could have been a little cheaper. I understand the Red Bull being priced high but water and soda should be a little cheaper so that people have money to buy merch and such. We took our soda up to the penthouse, which has a spectacular view over Milwaukee, with three plasma screens above the bar, so that we did not miss any part of the show. When the show was over, it took a very long time to get down to the lobby and out the door. However, I guess this is a problem at pretty much every concert venue. I was recently at Marcus Amp. for Kid Cudi and Kanye West and it took my friends and I about 30 minutes to get back to the Summerfest grounds. The only cons that I really have are: the location is not the best, but if you stay away from the West side of the building where the not so friendly neighbors live, you should be just fine. Also, everything is pretty pricey, so bring enough money to buy merch and drinks. Overall, I had a pretty good experience at the Rave. I go all the time, and I almost always have a great time there.
I have been attending concerts at The Rave for years now, and none have failed to impress me. The Rave consistently and continuously books great acts, from metal bands to hip-hop artists. The sound is always on point; there has yet to be a show that I've witnessed a malfunction of any kind. Ticket prices are never too high. The VIP Balconies, which are not unreasonably priced, offer a great view of the show without having to push and shove amongst the thousands of people on the floor. General admission is all standing, so come early for the best chances of getting your choice of standing. I've noticed many critics of the "FREE TICKET" vouchers. Personally, I use these vouchers almost every show I attend. The first time I used one, I did feel misled. I went into The Rave thinking I was getting into the concert for free, but that's not what happened. Instead, these vouchers got me a discounted ticket, and two little tickets which are redeemable for free drinks at the bar. Still a great deal worth taking advantage of. One area of disappointment is the prices of drinks. I know I'm not alone when I say that $7 for a drink is a bit pricey. Overall, I have always had pleasant experiences when I attend The Rave, and I plan on continuing to attend regularly.
My husband and I celebrated our 25th bday here back in February(our first time here) and experienced great service. We called ahead to let them know we were bringing a party of 40+. There was cover charge that night(due to the UFC fight) but our party was able to get 2 for 1 cover. When we got there, they immediately offered my husband and I a drink of our choice on them. Later that night, they gave us a complimentary bottle of Captain. I know our group gave them a lot of business, but it was awesome for them to actually give us a complimentary bottle. I would give them 5 stars if I was big into the sports theme, but I'm not...it was the hubby's idea. So they get 4 stars for great service. Did I mention Hi-Lo Martini lounge is next door? There's actually a door that connects the two venues so our group was in and out of both places....it was a blast! Everyone enjoyed theirselves. Not sure if that door is kept open at all times or if it was just opened b/c we had a big group. Not to mention, the owner/manager was super nice! He seemed more casual and laid back so it was awesome dealing w/ him. All in all, great place for a casual night and if you wanna get sophisticated, just walk next door.