Best Dance Club - 2012
We don't need to convince you of First Avenue's longstanding icon status in Minneapolis or that it's one of the top rock clubs in the nation. But you might not know the club has been supporting the little guy — in this case, the electronic music community — from the genre's early days when turntables weren't considered an ancient artifact and club music was on the fringe. It was Kevin Cole's now legendary Depth Probe radio broadcasts and the feel-good nights at Sunday Night Dance Party and System 33 that made way for the club's best dance nights today, and there are many: the unstoppable behemoth that is Too Much Love on Saturdays, insane rap party Get Cryphy on the first Friday of the month, Wants vs. Needs on the second Friday, Verb X's Energize classic hip-hop night on XXX, Konkrete Jungle drum 'n' bass each Wednesday, and Black techno night in the Record Room on Saturdays for the jaded old raver set. If just thinking about all that didn't tire you out, congratulations. You've got some clubbing years in you yet.