2401 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Fax: (414) 342-0359
TollFree: (855) 704-8976
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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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.
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.
02/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I've been going to The Rave since they opened it with that name. I was at the ""grand opening"" night with Ugly Kid Joe as the act (yeah I know). Hanging out with Laser Bob who was working on lighting. I've been to countless shows, and the place just gets worse and worse.
Some of these problems were always there (outrageous drink prices, poor ventilation, horrible bathroom conditions) but it has gotten to be a joke.
How many times have we heard bands come back to Milwaukee and make fun of their time playing at The Rave and Eagles ballroom? The sound in the Ballroom is horrible, but at least you can have some room in that venue.
The last show I was at, DRI a couple nights ago, they had us packed in the bar of the Rave. 2 bartenders, 1 bathroom, and enough smoke to make my money still smell like smoke 2 days later. Inconsistent drink prices depending on the bartender and even then sometimes the prices aren't the same.
So as DRI was ending I was standing by the broken glass by the doors that exit the bar to the foyer thinking that I would rather be in a hole then ever see a show there again. It's too bad because the people are fun and the bands are good.
12/04/2009Provided by Citysearch -
They book some good acts and you can experience some real crowd energy here sometimes but the way they pack in the crowd brings out the worst in people
Never had any problems with the staff, they've always been decent if you don't give them an attitude, although some of the bartenders are off in their own little world sometimes.
To park in their lot they want $25. Don't do it. There are private side lots a block away for $10. Safe? Don't wander drunkenly down dark side streets after the show lets out at midnight and you'll be fine. If you want beer, they ask $7.50 for a small plastic cup. Outrageous but I guess it keeps the drunk population down. Which is good because they oversell and pack people in like sardines here. Be prepared for a lot of shoving/posturing/whining from idiots who think they should be able to see the band clearly from the back of the room. At least since there's no assigned seating you can always go to another part of the hall if you are surrounded by obnoxious a-holes. Which never seem to be in short supply of at this place unfortunately. Too bad.
08/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We just saw Social Distortion last night at the Eagles / Rave in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Having never been there, I read a few reviews that had been posted. Many claimed it was a Bad Neighborhood. These people are so ignorant. I guess if you see a few Black People your in a Bad Neighborhood.
My Wife and I were not scared at all, this area is very nice, the buildings are well maintained. Marquette University and the Pabst Mansion are just down the block.
The Venue itself is just fine for a Rock Show. Yes the Drinks are overpriced. What Venue like this has Cheap Drinks? Get your Drink on before the show, have one or two at the show, then Drink more somewhere else later!
If you have trouble seeing the show because there is a column in your way, get up and move! It is a GA Show.
The Staff are not rude to you if you are not a Idiot. If you throw drinks and act like a idiot, be ready to be dealt with.
The Sound is just fine. I hate everyone that acts like they are some kind of Audio Genius. It is a Live Rock Show! If you don't like the sound, stay at home and listen to a CD!
I had a Blast at this Venue. For the rest of you that hate it, you don't have to go. Stay at home and Cry on your Computer!
05/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Went to see the killers: this venue pretty much bites, sounds horrible, was way oversold/overcrowded, the VIP balcony/lounge was not as advertised by The Rave's website AT ALL!! very few seats AND you needed a special ticket to sit in one (which is a sham cuz our tickets had ""NO RESERVED SEATING"" printed on them. So you have to stand 4-5 people deep to try to watch the show through other peoples bobbing heads. Didn't enjoy the venue at all.....would not go again.
11/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had a truly horrible experience. We just saw Jason Mraz but his amazing talent was totally undone by the vile atmosphere of this place!! First off--the balcony ""vip"" section is a joke. Only a few seats and none of them reserved. Unlike other reviews I read, the staff was friendly and helpful enough but many people in the crowd rude and obnoxious (sorry Milwaukee!) If you enjoy a smoke-filled overheated place to stand and not even be able to see or properly hear the show then by all means go. I wish I had heeded the reviews I read and skipped it but wanted to see Jason. If you get a chance you will enjoy his show but check out the venue before plunking down your hard earned cash!
09/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
anyone who would give this venue a good rating just doesn't have anything decent to compare it to. the sound is awful. the staff is belligerent. no beer selection--and seven bucks for a miller lite, people. be prepared for the show to be ridiculously oversold to the point of fire hazard, and expect to leave the poorly-ventilated cesspool reeking of smoke. also, keep in mind that instead of supporting local bands, this place makes THEM pay to play. don't support this place.
04/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently went to my first concert at The Rave, and it was an amazing experience. It was a bit crowded, but I forgot all about it once the show started. The acoustics in the basement are excellent, and the bar staff was incredibly friendly. I would recommended The Rave to anyone.
10/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The Rave absolutely is an awful place for music and beer. Extremely overpriced. small plastic cups of beer for $6 something? God awful sound system. The set up of the upstairs ""VIP"" section was horrible. I had to pay extra for it, thinking, maybe I'll get better sound and sight. I was wrong, I'ts croweded, small and every 10 feet, they had pillars that blocked a quarter of the stage. The chairs were set up so that you could possibly not see over the balcony. Terrible. Over priced, overrated venue.
05/25/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Although the neighborhood is a little unsafe, I had no problems parking in the Rave's parking lot. It will cost you $10, but I figured it was worth it for the peace of mind. It was really refreshing to see an act in the Eagles Ballroom where everyone actually sat for the concert. Much more comfy than standing for 2.5 hours ala your typical area experience. The sound absolutley stunk as there are basically no soft surfaces in the entire place other than the crowd, so sound just bounces everywhere and it's really boomy. There were a few people smoking, but the ventilation is above average and it wasn't terribly bothersome. I will second what some other reviewers have said about the event staff. They were really unecessarily rude and hostile.
09/04/2005Provided by Citysearch -
If you prefer pre-fab cookie cut-out arenas, don't even THINK about stepping into this historic building/ballroom turned into a rock solid party haven! Naturally Gothic, this gorgeous mansion welcomes you with portable bars and servants at every entrance to the showroom(s). Ther'e also a regular bar the size of your average tavern, with good food & drink & great service. No air conditioning, so if you can't stand the smell of Milwaukee in Summer, don't breathe! Just go & rock & dance & sweat & experience the down & dirty side of life for once, you wimpy bastards!
09/10/2002Provided by Citysearch -
The neighborhood may not be the greatest/safest, but once you get inside the building you'll forget about outside. It's not your typical US Cellular Arena with seats but that's what makes it so neat. If a good band is playing at the Rave/Eagles Ballroom then by all means go. Great place.
09/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Eagles ballroom has the worst sound of any venue I've been in. It's a big oval room with all hard surfaces, so it's like being in a big echo chamber. You have to stand near the back wall to have tolerable sound.
The Rave has OK sound, but the night I was there, it was easily 90 degrees inside, no ventilation, no AC. Granted, this the day after a heat wave, but the low the night before was in the 60's. Open a window already!
Both venues offer little seating, pack you in like cattle, and charge $6 for a beer.
For some shows to get people in they give out passes: buy two drinks up front and get in ""free"". They charge $20 for the two drinks.
I pity the person that buys two tickets to a show here, pays the ticketmaster extortion fees, parking, and two drinks. For two people, you're looking at $100 to see a c-list band.