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First Ave. Club

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Once Greyhound Bust Station, it has been said that several homeless people have died here. In particular, one teenage girl allegedly hanged herself in stall five of the women�s restroom. IT has been said that if one enters the stall after dark, her ghost will appear. There have also been reports of equipment being thrown off the stage during musical shows.

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mel says:

October 30, 2007, 5:14 pm

Considering that the club management used to hold regular “cleansing” rituals. Yes, I know it’s true. Oh, and because once while I was in “the” stall, the doors of the stall next to me bent back, slamming against my door blocking me in. I had to crawl out under the door to get out of the stall. Not cool. Nobody else was in there. The radiators were hissing and steam was coming out. I ran out of there and try to avoid having to use their restroom whenever I’m there.

Brittany says:

November 3, 2007, 10:51 am


loco says:

December 4, 2007, 11:54 am

First of all, this was a greyhound BUST station? Ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Your kidding! Secondly, if it was a bus station, as I believe the author meant, how the hell was musical equpitment being tossed around? And third, what’s the name of the chick that “allegedy” hung herself? And with what? Jeesh… get your FACTS straight!

Tom F says:

December 28, 2007, 9:11 am

First Ave is definately haunted, however, the original writer of this story is definately not a fact checker. In all my research of First Avenue hauntings, this is the FIRST time I’ve heard anything about a girl in bloody clothing with red eyes. The most common reports are a woman in an army jacket who walks away if approached or simply vanishes. Occasionally sound techs or DJ’s have reported really odd noises in their headsets.

I’ve been to First Avenue many times, and while I’ve sensed something amiss, I’ve never actually seen anything. I have a former friend who used to be a stage manager there back in the early to mid 80’s and he’s seen the girl in the army jacket a few times. (Mainly noticed her when the place was actually closed and he knew there shouldn’t be anyone there.)

Me says:

December 31, 2007, 3:54 pm

I’ve heard of First Ave being haunted, but I’ve never experienced anything paranormal, except during one show, my friends and I took pictures of the bands from up on second floor (in the Seventh Street Entry part) and when we got them developed there were a bunch of orbs on them.

I hate their bathrooms, anyway… the stalls don’t lock.

68 Diss says:

January 9, 2008, 3:55 pm

Has anyone ever heard of the haunting of the flying ****?? It’s really scary.

68 Diss says:

January 9, 2008, 3:55 pm

I ment the flying poop.

Ryan says:

January 30, 2008, 9:16 pm

Hello Everyone!
My name is Ryan and i am completely a big believer of the supernatural. The reason being is because i believe they are all spirits that are trying to find a proper resting place. I am currently down in Burnsville Minnesota and would love to be able to encounter supernatural force. Back in Michigan where i’m originally from i have witnessed some pretty scary moments but i would love to be able to visit them in person here in Minnesota. So if anybody has some good advice for me to look without getting into trouble for crossing private property please email me at
Thankyou Sincerely,

woowoahwa says:

March 26, 2008, 10:26 pm

that ghost sucked my **** once,true story….whoever posted all of these haunted places doesnt do their research very well,
if your looking for a haunted place ANWATIN MIDDLE SCHOOL by brymar in minneapolis
once had a none hang herself in the girls locker room and another kid drowned in the swimming pool,the simming pool is no longer there now. this is all true,even the principle says its true..alotta wierd things happen ed when i went there.
another haunted place i know of is an abandoned mill near the school or the woods behind the school…….alotta bums have died in both the woods and the old mill….

person says:

June 1, 2008, 5:55 am

If you go to First Avenue, the odds of encountering anything odd (apart from the real, living people there) is extremely low. On a crowded night, a ghost could walk through the middle of the dance floor banging a big metal drum and no one would notice.

That said, there are many accounts of strange goings-on there. These most often occur in the hours after the club closes when it is quiet and few people are there. These are sometimes in the form of a woman wandering about the club. Occasional reports of harassment in the women’s rest room (such as the woman above claiming that a stall door was held shut on her sounds to me like an occurance that has happened before).

Other disturbances can be purely auditory in nature, such as a manager who was leaving the tunnels in the basement and realized that he had forgotten his keys when he heard them jingling, as if someone were reminding him that he’d left them behind.

The area of the VIP room was once much smaller, broken into a narrow hidden area referred to as “The Cave”, which was positioned between the VIP room and the womens rest room. I agree with MisstrixiB that the space there still creeps me out a little for no rational reason.

Shada says:

June 2, 2008, 4:12 pm

Just one question for the people who think this is publicity stunt. Why would one of the biggest clubs in Minnesota need it? They have more then enough publicity as it is. I’ve lived in Minneapolis and St. Paul all my life and this is the first I’ve heard of First Ave. being haunted. I’m not surprised, but I don’t think they need the publicity.

A.J. Bulpoop says:

July 2, 2008, 6:06 am

I got a free ticket to this place one night that had only “ADMIT ONE TONIGHT ONLY” with that nights date on it from a strange man on Hennipen Ave. Once in I had to take a dump. I went in the mens room and went into a stall and the smells was unreal! It smelled like rotton chicken in the sun! They seemd not to be coming from the room itself but from outside it. I held my nose and tried to make it quick as I could. The smell only got worse and then the sounds started. They were the worse things I had ever heard! I had to get out of there ASAP! The smell and sounds only got worse when I left the bathroom. Most or all the rest of the people there seemed not to notice it. The sound and smell made me leave the place. Then I saw it and it scared me! On a poster it read “Preforiming tonight PRINCE” and I had to throw-up there in the street. I have never gone back! The ghosts may be real but they have nothing on the worst thing Minnesota ever produced!

Star says:

August 6, 2008, 4:33 pm

I have used that 5th stall in the women’s room a few times, and I’ve never seen anything particularly strange in there. I have, however, seen strange things during a couple shows. Once I saw a stange light explode and shatter out, I’ve seen microphones fall over on their own, I’ve heard weird feedback over the speakers, and last time I was in the area I was outside smoking a cigarette before a Timberwolves game and my Bluetooth headset started making a loud buzzing/screaming sound inside my head. I thought my head was going to explode from the noise and there was absolutely no explaination for it because it was turned off and my friend (who has the exact same one, we bought them at the same time) heard nothing, even when I took it out and handed it to her. When I put it back on it was still making the sound. Now that I think about it, the sound was very similar to a slaughter house…and the screaming was similar to dead animals…

Cory says:

October 26, 2008, 9:16 am

I used to go to First Ave all the time and even helped out on the Weekends for about 6 months staying until 4 AM. In all my time at First Ave, I have had no feeling of a ghost or anything like it. The scariest thing there was the sticky floors. There’s NO ghosts in First Ave! Get real. It is nothing but an old Grey Hound Bus Station that has been a night club and music venue for 30+ years. It’s just a fun place to dance and hear live music… nothing more and nothing less. By the way, I do believe in ghosts, my favorite show is Ghost Hunters and I am telling you, there’s nothing scary about First Ave at all!

Nancy says:

November 8, 2008, 6:49 pm

People are not listening and if you want the real truth I will tell you, My father was a Train master at the old Grey hound in Minneapolis. He heard several stories over the years but was not the bit interested in hearing them. Yes he’ll tell you he heard weird sounds and children chanting and he even seen several things unexplained happen. But it wasn’t till the night he was loading a train and a women with 3 children noticed her little girl was missing he rushed up to the sobbing women and tried to calm her. After she explained that her little girl was missing they started to serch. This was the last train leaving for the night and only one other employee remained in the depot. Lights had already been shut down and janitors were rushing out the doors. My father happen to hear sighs coming from the corner of the depot there were benches and chairs between the bathrooms as he lead his way to the restroom were the crys were coming from a chair flee in front of his feet and he tripped and landed directly in front of the womens bathroom. He pulled his self back to a walking position and there in front of him was a white figure holding the door open and a little girl had her hand she lead the girl with her hand to the trainmaster and the door began to close as her body began to vanish behind the door. The girl took the train master hand and ask if he was ok. He shook his head and began to walk toward the exit to the bus. The little girl looked up at him and said she found me I wasn’t afraid any more. The little girl ran to her mom and was scolded. He has never told his story to anyone except his family. Him and the little girl who was on her way to Chicago are the only 2 that knew.

I think that there are alot of weird things at the First Ave club. I have beent here on several occassions and everytime I use the bathroom I feel my body grow warm, and chills go all over. I don’t think she is a bad spirit she is there to protect, and make sure noone else is lead down her path.

nicole thomas says:

March 27, 2009, 12:06 pm

its true you have to watch out for her i have a scar from her and i will never forget what happend you have to look out for yourself

Abigail says:

July 24, 2009, 2:28 pm

First ave does not have this reputation. I live near it and have been there numerous times. No one has said anything bad about it, it plays many successful shows. How ever, when I was in the bathroom one of the times it was just me and my good friend trying to talk on our cell phones and I felt abnormally akward in there. Just a weird sensation. Like some one might have been looking at me. And I hadn’t even known it had a reputation. But what ever.

Sheila says:

August 16, 2009, 6:51 pm

This message is for Jasmine and all others who are skeptics on the subject of paranormal phenomenon. If you think that this subject is not serious or real, then you need to hold your britches on this because some day any day/night a spirit is going to come around the corner and slap you in the face. Or cut the cheeze at you. Or grab your hair and drag you into the closet or under the bed. Just wait for it to bite you in the butt, I promise you this will happen some day. I am not kidding nor am I out of my mind.
Those of you who are skeptics, where on good God’s earth do you think spirits and the like come from? They come from each of us who lives, breathes, eats, sleeps and does all of the other things that each human being does on this earth. After you die, your spirit may stick around for a bit because it may have unfinished business. Or it may stick around because you died a sudden death and were not ready to go. Spirits and the like ARE just as real as anyone you can reach out and touch.
So to all of you skeptics, I say watch out, it is going to happen to you some day/night. Don’t be so darn surprised when it does because I warned you today August 16th of 2009. I am not necessarily trying to make believers out of you, just warn you ahead of time.
Have a great day. 🙂

nic says:

August 21, 2009, 5:52 pm

okay im doing a report on the first and if you now stuff about it tell me if you tell me what you now and i dont now it ill tell you what i now email me at

M.Black says:

October 27, 2009, 12:06 am

I have been going to First Ave for years. I have somewhat of a six sense.I was seeing a show onetime. I have alway’s felt weird upon going into the womens restroom upstairs.Onetime I was in there, I felt very cold. I came out of the stall and one stall slammed behind me. My heart just raced. I was the only one in the restroom at the time. This happened before I ever knew the club was spirit occupied. (meaning ghosts.)

lola says:

March 12, 2010, 3:27 am

i live in mpls and have seen the woman in the green jacket, she didnt have blood on her nor did she have red eyes, but i talked to the owners about her and they said that one night she showed them to where she hung herself in the 5th stall in the womens bathroom, so yes its real, and even though she didnt have blood on her or anything it was still creepy and disturbing and extremely eerie

Eeek says:

March 16, 2010, 10:38 pm

I worked at First Ave. for about five years, running from the early mid to late 80s. The subject of the ghost regularly came up, most often during one of our late night post-work employee frolics, usually where there were at least one or two new hires in attendance. Fresh ears, as it were, to this presumably long told tale in all its variations and shifting specific detail.

The first time I had the story told to me as a new hire, the ghost was that of an old women who had been found dead on one of the bus station benches. The spoor of the spooky story, melodramatic at heart, hintied heavily that she’d been waiting for someone who never arrived to meet up with her there at the depot. No clarity or clue as to whether she or the one she was waiting for was the one in transit, but a clear hinting that some level of heartbreak was involved. A lovelornâ??s simple romantic jilting? Or possibly something far more tragic? It was never made clear in my first hearing of the story. It may have been that the storyâ??s specifics, when passed along to me for the first time that night, were a bit clouded in all the pot and bottled beer through which the womanâ??s story was told and heard.

The bud of the ghostly yarn was vague, but the details surrounding the haunting were delightfully crisp, as all good ghost stories have to be in order to function as good ghost stories. The focus of the haunting back then still was the womenâ??s bathroom, the more vivid and eerie accounts all involving wooden stall doors flapping and slamming well after closing time. Oddly, most if not all the strange detailed anecdotes regarding the haunting happened just after or well after close. A string of freshly laid out cleaned ashtrays flying and twirling, one by one in procession, down onto the parqueted dancefloor. Xeroxed concert bills stapled to wooden walls seemingly ripping themselves from same and then spinning dervishily atop the floor. DJâ??s watching the needle and tone arm of their Technics turntable bounce and bound crazily over a spinning record. Weird, uneartly screeching and murmuring heard through headphones by the same DJs. The bleating of sheep and instanteous chilling shifts of air temperature deep down within the bowels of the basement. Straying mute old women sighted well after close trailing amidst the pinball machines and pool tables who would never be found even after a full search was commenced.

I was never privy to stories of the girl in the army jacket who hung herself in the fifth stall. That variation was obviously something that came later well after my tenure at the club, but it too is in keeping with all good stories…especially those that are communal and are representative of their day. No doubt, the story and the details of the ghost will change in the future…as they should.

gavin says:

April 17, 2010, 8:23 pm

ooooo the place looks awsome me and me dad might go their after dark!

em says:

May 5, 2010, 1:24 am

Been there, done that. used all stalls after hours. nada. The staff likes to play poker after hours. Had my dad kill himself never saw him in our garage either.

megan says:

May 17, 2010, 3:49 pm

one day i was in my house and i heard somethign up staris so i went to look and there was a knife on the floor and my walet was opening and closing by itz self then a couple days later my cousin found died on the floor and the gost sayed *leave now and never come back or die*

Bruce Miller says:

August 16, 2011, 11:29 am

I was once at First Avenue when a spirit pulled my pants down. Very eerie.

ryan says:

July 16, 2012, 2:40 am

MN born and raised. Met and talked with Danny Stevens while working at Wells Fargo bank. Danny and his friend Alan bought the greyhound bus depot together in the late 60’s . That being said I always thought the Guy did too much acid but he told me that the place was haunted part of the reason he sold out of the ownership. Interestingly enough I worked with prince’s step brother who told me the man is a believer in the paranormal and was very superstitious this being a motivator for him to buy first Ave

J3 says:

September 21, 2012, 11:29 pm

I can’t believe no one has noticed that this story’s ‘headline’ says Greeyhound BUST Station, versus ‘bus station’!

jonihelmer says:

June 9, 2013, 7:25 am

Anyone heard anything bot this since 2006?

Beavereater says:

February 27, 2014, 2:45 am

Never seen any ghosts at First Ave. But I’ll never forget an old Victorian house over by the U.of M.. I was called in as an exterminator to check out a noise in the wall call. The place was owned by one of the students parents, all of the rooms were rented to other girls. Their descriptions of the sounds they were hearing were not your ordinary pest sounds. I proceeded to check the entire house inside and outside for any evidence of what might be causing these sounds. When I raised myself through the attic hatch in the top floor hallway ceiling, the first thing I saw was a old newspaper dated about 30 years previous to that day. I noticed someone had written in blue pen around the unused borders of the front page. It was like a diary of the house written by a family member of the past owners. The home had become theirs many years ago after it was converted from an old railroad boarding house. I can’t remember all the details, but I’ll never forget how the tone of the whole note seemed to be an introduction to the ghost of a young man who had an untimely demise. I gave the newspaper to the daughter of the owners, and told her it was the best I could come up with to explain there dilemma. I often wonder what I was dealing with at that house.

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