2401 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
The Rave/Eagles Club
Rave Eagles Club
Bike Parking: No
Parking: Street, Lot, Private
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Outdoor Seating: No
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I'm surprised this place isn't condemned! What a POS! Overpriced drinks, overpriced tickets (they double the prices on a lot of shows), and crappy acoustics! Not to mention it's in the ghetto of Milwaukee. Even on a regular non-show day you still have to watch your back for fear of getting shot or being mugged. And what kind of pace doesn't shovel their sidewalks? I'm pretty sure that's an ordinance violation. Overall, this place is a dump and should be shut down.
No security cameras to help me on my case when I was assaulted by a huge guy twice my size as he purposely elbowed me in my temple multiple times knocking me out cold to the floor. I did nothing to provoke this as the crowd was pushing and I said "sorry" when I was pushed into him. As my fiancee picked me up to hand me to the security guard they hit him and pushed him away not letting him explain or point out the guy who knocked me out. The security guards were not helpful and ended up kicking us out instead of the jerk who got away with it. Ended up going to the hospital with a grade 3 concussion. They need to get some security cameras focused on the crowd, so sh!t like this doesn't happen. FU*K this place and the people who work there.
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.
07/14/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The Rave/Eagles Club is a great place for anyone to go see a concert. This venue offers every imaginablbe music genre you could want. With a number of different rooms, the venue is HUGE is size. It is spacious and has a beautiful architechtual structure. Basically you can see the stage from anywhere in the room, especially the ballroom. It is very easy to find the venue and VERY easy to find the room which the band you are seeing is playing in. I would DEFFINATLY recommend ANYONE to see a show at the rave. I know I always feel safe when I am there (unless I am seeing a ghetto rap show, which the crowd itself is somewhat scary).
04/23/2011Provided by Citysearch -
My first time there was last night...and this is how it went.
Location: Okay, I heard the area is ghetto, but it wasn’t actually that bad. I mean, it’s kind of inner-city, so it’s not exactly nice, but unless you’re a moron and wander off down side streets and into sketchy alleys, you’ll be fine. Just make sure someone’s walking with you. But that’s something you do in every city.
How to get in: There’s a big front on the place, but when I went there, there was a lady standing outside telling everyone to go in the side door. Where’s that? Go on the left side of the building to a random little door. There might be a guard standing next to it, and he might not say anything to give you a clue as to whether or not you should go in this door, so just do it. Once you’re inside, congrats! It should smell like a haunted house (that’s what my friends and I thought it smelled like), and it’s a little reddish room.
Staff: Didn’t seem particularly friendly or mean. Just kind of there. Dunno about the bartenders, because I didn’t buy anything to drink, but everyone else was fine.
What to do when you’re in: When you get to the reddish room, keep walking down the ramp, and go to the big open door (there are a lot of random doors…just go through the open ones). Eventually they’ll take your ticket, and eventually you’ll get to a little room with a stage. If you’re not in a hurry, and there’s a band, stay a while! If you need to get up to the ballroom, there’s a little door in the back. It says exit on it, but it’ll take you to the ballroom. Just keep going up and up and up and up and up the stairs. When you get to the ballroom, you’ll know. It’s freaking huge.
Sound quality: Meh. It wasn’t particularly great, but I’m guessing that’s because all of the sound waves are bouncing around and echoing. I was in pretty much the middle of the room, and I could hear most of what the people on the stage were saying when they weren’t singing, but a little bit of it was kind of hard to hear. I also saw a review that said the sound quality sucked even more in the balconies, so I guess stay away from those. All in all it wasn’t that bad.
Overall quality: I didn’t have to deal with any bartenders, or the bathrooms, or anything like that, but it seems like a nice venue to me. I’m a little easy to please, but come on, this is pretty much the best review you’ll find on the place. Wish I could have found something like this yesterday when I was looking so frantically.
04/18/2011Provided by Citysearch -
been there for many many concerts they take advantage that they have a monopoly for one of the only venues for concerts in the city of milwaukee some shows are way to expensive and there is this odd fealing you cant trust security to help you out with anything when your there.
11/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been at the Rave/Eagles Club multiple times, and this is how I feel about this club overall:
*Easy to get to--only a mile from the Expressway exit ramp and is a great alternative to going to Chicago.
*Internet contest has a great chance to win shows for free.
*Numerous great acts have played here.
*The sound, especially up on the V.I.P. balcony. There are no extra speakers placed away from the stage, so all you hear is a droned echo up there. On the stage floor, it gets bad on the sides and in the back areas.
*The ""2 Drink Tickets"" are deceiving and were $10 - $15 to get in back in '97. Now they only save you a couple bucks off the full ticket price. The only good thing about them is that you get 2 free drinks at the bar.
*They are extremely lax about the ""No Smoking"" policy at shows on the Ballroom stage. Their attitude is basically ""Oh well, nothing we can do about it...""
*No re-entry. If you forget something or wish to get some food during a long concert event, you're screwed! Fork over tons o' money for their lame pizza...
*The parking prices are ridiculous. Just find a parking space on the street. If it's extremely crowded, head down to Clybourn--it never fills up, but watch for fast traffic.
*The neighborhood is ghetto. I've seen peddlers along Wisconsin Street (just like Chicago), drug deals, a cop warning me about auto theft on 22nd street, and even a frantic woman trying to get into my car many years back!
*The drink prices. Yes, come on, $7.00+ for tap beer?? $9.50 for a simple mixed drink?? Only airlines or big stadiums can get away with that! Tailgate BEFORE you go in.
*NO A/C. In the swealtering, hot summer, you just sweat your balls off here.
*The security can be major dicks here. Years back at a Sevendust show, they had a mini-balcony half-open. The security yelled at everyone on it, so we went back in. One of those people mouthed off at the security, and they yanked ALL OF US out without questioning--not just the mouthy person.
*The toilets--they're either splashed over with pee, or clogged with poop. The cleaning staff doesn't come out until the show's already over.
Overall I put up with these negatives, but if Milwaukee got another venue to replace this one, I'd happily go to it instead. The Rave--great, but could be better.
11/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Pros - good crowds
Lots of Promotions: 21+ Free ticket, and 2 drink tickets
Penthouse is nice
Neutral - Had the ballroom rented out to a 15 year old birthday party while the other room was packed to and out the exits.
Smoking Ban: Make you walk up 8 flights of stairs to the Penthouse.
Cons - Drinks Are Overpriced; $3.50 for a water
Directed us to the wrong show and took the wrong ticket
Security stole my lighter
Cramped beyond comfort levels
06/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have attended several shows here and have always appreciated the line-ups that the venue coordinates, but find the venue a bit lacking. The sound is poor no matter where you stand and the neighborhood is a bit sketchy. That being said, I would still see a great act here.