777 Lawrence Expy, Santa Clara, CA | Directions 9505137.336562 -121.995561
good times – I'll spare you the details - lol - but I've been here a number of times and its always a good time. the music and drinks have always been good.
Very awsome venue! – i have been to quite a few shows here recently and am very impressed with what ive seen. The last show was Exodus on 9/12. I have had no problems any time i have come here. The place is set up really well, with a very nice dance floor. Everyone ive met that works there has been friendly, even the security people. i would definitly recomend this nightclub to anyone who is looking to hear some awsome live music and have a great night!
My Experience at Avalon – I arrived at Avalon sincerely excited to watch a show on 09/13/09 at 7:00PM. When I got to the front door, I was greeted by the security guard who was skeptical that I am over 21 years of age (I'm in my mid 20s) because he thought my DMV ID picture did not match my face. I gladly pulled out my government issued California identification card (another valid ID card of mine.)
The security guard then had two of my identification cards in his hand and was still skeptical. In order to convince them that it was me, I gladly smiled and pointed out my dimples. At that moment, I reached for both of my identification cards - I was then physically shoved aside, in a violated manner, as the security guard said out loud "stand to the side."
My friend, who was in line behind me, showed his ID card as he tried to convince the security guard that both of my ID pictures are in fact me and that I am definitely over 21 years of age.
After being shoved by the security guard, he turned across his right shoulder and said "Dan, could you get over here?" At that moment, a guy named Dan took both of my IDs and looked me straight in the eye and said "this isn't you, I know this is not you." However, Dan and the security guard could have easily verified my identity by checking the the guest list and verifying my identity through a mutual acquaintance at Avalon that night.
I then pulled out my credit card and asked Dan and the security guard if I could show a valid handwritten signature on paper so that I can prove that both of my IDs were in fact me. I stood to the side, for about 30 seconds, as Dan and the security guard discussed whether or not they should call the police to confiscate my IDs and charge me of identify theft.
Shortly after, Dan decided to let me through. The security guard then stamped my left wrist, with a red star, simultaneously nodding his head and said "this isn't you."
Feeling insulted after being shoved by the security guard, I walked up to the attendant at the cash register and politely asked if I could speak to the manager of the place. Suddenly, Dan turned to me and said, "yes, I am the manager."
Feeling helpless, I left the club right after my friend paid $18 dollars to get us into the door. I can only hope that whoever is reading this will not have the same experience that I had at my first time at Avalon. Bottom line: If you're looking to watch your favorite bands play here, I suggest you go somewhere else and spend a little extra money for the courtesy of professional management.
Bar Service not good – One gripe, the bartender added money to the tip which is a huge NO NO, no matter what the reason. Granted it still wasn't a big increase, it makes me suspect the integrity of the whole place. The bar was basically empty, but I had to wait a while for the bartender to acknowledge me.
Great nightclub. Comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. – My husband and I have been to many rock concert performances. We enjoy the setting at the Avalon the best, Our favorite is Ronnie Montrose. It has been always great. The stage is intimate. One can enjoy the musicians and music. The drinks were normal strength. The atmosphere was comfortable. I'd take friends and go again, anytime.
"Keeping it real" – This place used to be a cool place to chill and listen to good music and enjoy the company of friends. Not anymore my expirience recently is with rude staff, wierd tasting food and honestly the drinks are not stong. They seem to have a problem with performers cancellatons...hmm.....
A great hidden spot – Avalon is really great! We went to see Caravanseria perform and it was our first time at the club. The waitresses were VERY nice, the drinks were strong, the music was great, the people were laid back and fun, and the band was AWESOME! All that for $10 and free appetizers too!The only down fall I would say is that there are too many pillars that block the view of the stage for some of the booths but there are PLENTY of tables in the center with LOTS of room and we got lucky with one with the prefect view of the stage! The place is HUGE and the perfect place for a party! We are checking the calendar frequently now because they have some great upcoming performances too! I have already recommended this spot to at least 10 of my friends. We will be coming back, that's for sure!
Plush San Clara dance club and concert venue in the former Backbeat space. – In Short
Rich red hues comprise much of the design here, from the main lounge area to the drape-drawn bottle service sofas adjacent to the funky massive bar. A sunken hardwood dance floor is encircled by railing and presided over by a raised stage. The crowd varies depending on the lineup: Disco dance parties attract 30- and 40-somethings doing date night; live hard rock shows with bands like Puddle of Mudd bring in a much younger audience.
NYE 2003 – We went to the NYE party, too and experienced the same dinner problem...other than dinner, though, we had a great time. To Avalon's credit, the owners called and apologized for the situation..which had to do with an outside caterer and was, admittedly, out of their control. They invited us (and all the other NYE dinner guests) to a complimentary dinner and dance scheduled specifically to make up for that night. I think this says a lot about Avalon and its management. Most other places would take your money and never look back. The management at Avalon has taken the time and effort to personally contact everyone and to assure that, ultimately, their customers were compensated. I think that shows incredible class and customer service and I will definitely be coming back.
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