Escape Ultralounge

★★★☆☆
  • 600 Hennepin Ave

    Minneapolis, MN 55403

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  • 612-333-8855

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There are cities in which a club such as Escape belongs--New York, London, Paris. Unfortunately, Minneapolis is not one of those cities. In an effort to act like a club that belongs in a swankier city, Escape just becomes a parody of itself. The clientele are laughable, and the staff and management take themselves far too seriously.

To enjoy a slice of genuine Minneapolis nightlife, head to the Block E bars with no cover and less pretension. Better yet, don't bother with Block E at all!

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★★☆☆☆

There are cities in which a club such as Escape belongs--New York, London, Paris. Unfortunately, Minneapolis is not one of those cities. In an effort to act like a club that belongs in a swankier city, Escape just becomes a parody of itself. The clientele are laughable, and the staff and management take themselves far too seriously.

To enjoy a slice of genuine Minneapolis nightlife, head to the Block E bars with no cover and less pretension. Better yet, don't bother with Block E at all!

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I hear the weekends are pretty dead, so head there Thursday if you like a good crowd and very, very inexpensive cover (FREE) and drinks ($1 wells). Love the hip-hop beats, and should I mention again, super cheap drinks? If you don't like a mixed crowd (all race/ethnicity), then go somewhere else, but if you don't care and just wanna have a good time, Escape is the place for Thursday nights.

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★★★★☆

I hear the weekends are pretty dead, so head there Thursday if you like a good crowd and very, very inexpensive cover (FREE) and drinks ($1 wells). Love the hip-hop beats, and should I mention again, super cheap drinks? If you don't like a mixed crowd (all race/ethnicity), then go somewhere else, but if you don't care and just wanna have a good time, Escape is the place for Thursday nights.

Pros: Drinks

Cons: Younger crowd 18-25

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We were not impressed! Staff was rude and not helpful in any way! We came to have fun and spend some money, but by the service we received I don't think they wanted us there or our money. Bathrooms were filthy, music was boring and the dance floor was sticky with broken glass in every area. Most "upscale" nightclubs that I've been to don't allow people on the dance floor with drinks.
Never will visit again!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were not impressed! Staff was rude and not helpful in any way! We came to have fun and spend some money, but by the service we received I don't think they wanted us there or our money. Bathrooms were filthy, music was boring and the dance floor was sticky with broken glass in every area. Most "upscale" nightclubs that I've been to don't allow people on the dance floor with drinks.
Never will visit again!!!

Pros: none

Cons: staff, dirty

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I always enjoyed going to Escape, but when I tried to reserve a VIP section I ran into problems over and over again. I was told a different price and policy each time I called. I was offered a deal after I explained my situation to the management. The VIP section in the bar is the only place one can really function on a Friday night without feeling like they don't have room to breathe. But, the music is great.

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★★★☆☆

I always enjoyed going to Escape, but when I tried to reserve a VIP section I ran into problems over and over again. I was told a different price and policy each time I called. I was offered a deal after I explained my situation to the management. The VIP section in the bar is the only place one can really function on a Friday night without feeling like they don't have room to breathe. But, the music is great.

Pros: Atmosphere, music

Cons: service, prices, crowded

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good, love the dance floor and selection on menu. Great parking and location. Service was great also. I would go back again and again.

2
★★★★☆

good, love the dance floor and selection on menu. Great parking and location. Service was great also. I would go back again and again.

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my birthday was reserved here.............I had the worse experience w/the managerment here that night that I almosted started to cry. First of all, when I arrived my vip section was not set up until 1hr later. Then my cake didnt even have my name on it. I had to ask for my own b-day shot out from the DJ. I had the bouncers letting in anyone in my vip section that tried to start trouble w/me because i had asked them to leave my space. I had the waitress that couldnt think for her self. this was the worse birthday and I am/was so disappointed with this place....

2
★★★★☆

my birthday was reserved here.............I had the worse experience w/the managerment here that night that I almosted started to cry. First of all, when I arrived my vip section was not set up until 1hr later. Then my cake didnt even have my name on it. I had to ask for my own b-day shot out from the DJ. I had the bouncers letting in anyone in my vip section that tried to start trouble w/me because i had asked them to leave my space. I had the waitress that couldnt think for her self. this was the worse birthday and I am/was so disappointed with this place....

Pros: nothing

Cons: expensive, boring, management

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made reservation for VIP 1mth in advance for my big day at this place. I was very excited at how they sold it to me over the phone. I mean the price was steep but what they promised made up for it. Bottom line when I got there my party section was not reserved or decorated as promised. In fact they couldn't even remember that I had one reserved even though I called the night before to confirm it. Okay everything was a go right, well wrong. everything was total disappointment. I advise to never book a party at this place. I didn't have my party setup until after I got there (I"m glad I showed up 1hr before my guest) the cake didnt even have my name on it and I had to ask for a b-day shot out from the DJ my self (how fun). not to mentioned that they had my funds tied up for 10business days after I kept calling them to tell them I have a hold on my debitcard even though the price of my party was already deducted. not by surprise no one never returned my calls. after 4 tries I said forget it. dont get me wrong the money finally came off but this was the worse birthday ever and the most I have ever paid. The music was fair, the atomosphere was boring and the waitresses was not friendly. Advise keep the money and Just go and have an okay time.

2
★★★★☆

made reservation for VIP 1mth in advance for my big day at this place. I was very excited at how they sold it to me over the phone. I mean the price was steep but what they promised made up for it. Bottom line when I got there my party section was not reserved or decorated as promised. In fact they couldn't even remember that I had one reserved even though I called the night before to confirm it. Okay everything was a go right, well wrong. everything was total disappointment. I advise to never book a party at this place. I didn't have my party setup until after I got there (I"m glad I showed up 1hr before my guest) the cake didnt even have my name on it and I had to ask for a b-day shot out from the DJ my self (how fun). not to mentioned that they had my funds tied up for 10business days after I kept calling them to tell them I have a hold on my debitcard even though the price of my party was already deducted. not by surprise no one never returned my calls. after 4 tries I said forget it. dont get me wrong the money finally came off but this was the worse birthday ever and the most I have ever paid. The music was fair, the atomosphere was boring and the waitresses was not friendly. Advise keep the money and Just go and have an okay time.

Pros: location

Cons: drinks are high, space is small

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While visiting Minneapolis this establishment was recommended by a DJ friend. The environment was great but smaller than we expected. Some of the specials advertised on their web page were not offered the night we visited. However, the cover was less than we expected. The bartenders and waitresses were fabulous, very friendly and helpful. However, what proved to be the biggest dissapointment was the music. The first hour was a good mix but around 11pm the DJ started a set of almost pure rap or rap based tunes which continued uninterrupted. Many tunes were undanceable much to the annoyance of my date. By 1230am we could no longer endure the monolithic rap tunes and had to escape. It would have been tolerable if there had been some variety, but the musical transitions for which we were waiting never happened.

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★★★★☆

While visiting Minneapolis this establishment was recommended by a DJ friend. The environment was great but smaller than we expected. Some of the specials advertised on their web page were not offered the night we visited. However, the cover was less than we expected. The bartenders and waitresses were fabulous, very friendly and helpful. However, what proved to be the biggest dissapointment was the music. The first hour was a good mix but around 11pm the DJ started a set of almost pure rap or rap based tunes which continued uninterrupted. Many tunes were undanceable much to the annoyance of my date. By 1230am we could no longer endure the monolithic rap tunes and had to escape. It would have been tolerable if there had been some variety, but the musical transitions for which we were waiting never happened.

Pros: Great environment, Friendly staff, Good drinks

Cons: Crowded, Weak music

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I don't like being a snob but I paid the steep cover to get in and hated the clientele. Space was alright but...I felt like I had left Minneapolis and was in Asia somewhere. Went into VIP which was definitely better. Much better people and a great female bartender. My plastic was at home. Had my visa checkcard; which they don't take. Alright time if you want to spend One Night in Bangkok.

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★★★☆☆

I don't like being a snob but I paid the steep cover to get in and hated the clientele. Space was alright but...I felt like I had left Minneapolis and was in Asia somewhere. Went into VIP which was definitely better. Much better people and a great female bartender. My plastic was at home. Had my visa checkcard; which they don't take. Alright time if you want to spend One Night in Bangkok.

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Bouncer at 1st Ave told me to check out Escape, it was very intense and noticed a heavy amount of fine Asian girls. A lot of people on "E." Made it more interesting. Don't have to be young, but you must be trendy, and there is a mild dress code, jus dont look like a bum.

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★★★★★

Bouncer at 1st Ave told me to check out Escape, it was very intense and noticed a heavy amount of fine Asian girls. A lot of people on "E." Made it more interesting. Don't have to be young, but you must be trendy, and there is a mild dress code, jus dont look like a bum.

Pros: girls, music, girls

Cons: na, na, na

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I really liked it. Beautiful people, beautiful bar, beautiful servers. The dancers on the glass platforms really gave it the added glam most places are lacking these days. I felt safe and comfortable even though it was extremely busy. A bottle of water (small) cost $4.00. I didn't even want to ask how much a cocktail cost! Other than that it was a really great time!

2
★★★★☆

I really liked it. Beautiful people, beautiful bar, beautiful servers. The dancers on the glass platforms really gave it the added glam most places are lacking these days. I felt safe and comfortable even though it was extremely busy. A bottle of water (small) cost $4.00. I didn't even want to ask how much a cocktail cost! Other than that it was a really great time!

Pros: Beautiful, Comfortable seating, Big dancefloor

Cons: , Crowded

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Stopped by on a lark and discovered that Timo Maas was DJing. Read elsewhere that Miguel Migs has DJ'd. These are two of the top ten DJs on the planet, so if this is a trend, it's very positive. A woman grabbed me to dance, so that was nice. Better dance floor than the Lounge; comparable clientele. Still pumping with a good mix of people from it's newness; we'll see how it goes if the area's attitudinally impaired look-gooders take over.

2
★★★★☆

Stopped by on a lark and discovered that Timo Maas was DJing. Read elsewhere that Miguel Migs has DJ'd. These are two of the top ten DJs on the planet, so if this is a trend, it's very positive. A woman grabbed me to dance, so that was nice. Better dance floor than the Lounge; comparable clientele. Still pumping with a good mix of people from it's newness; we'll see how it goes if the area's attitudinally impaired look-gooders take over.

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If you want to a place that you never know who might be there from your best friend to a celeb, this is your place. Ultra class and fine treatment. VIP to casual is accepted. Great girls night out!

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★★★★★

If you want to a place that you never know who might be there from your best friend to a celeb, this is your place. Ultra class and fine treatment. VIP to casual is accepted. Great girls night out!

Pros: Skyway walk from ramp, VIP rooms, Strong drinks

Cons: Cover

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As being a person who is pretty familiar with the Latin Dance night venues, I was initially excited about a new club offering a Latin Dance night. I was sorely disappointed. The band was probably of the poorest quality I have yet to see in the Twin Cities, the atmosphere was bland, and the place was filled with dance class students who only danced with each other. There was not much in the way of seating or even small tables to set your drink on. They did have half of the place closed off, I suppose, to make it seem like it was crowded. The drinks were very overpriced. I truly felt I wasted my time and a lot of money and got nothing in return.

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★☆☆☆☆

As being a person who is pretty familiar with the Latin Dance night venues, I was initially excited about a new club offering a Latin Dance night. I was sorely disappointed. The band was probably of the poorest quality I have yet to see in the Twin Cities, the atmosphere was bland, and the place was filled with dance class students who only danced with each other. There was not much in the way of seating or even small tables to set your drink on. They did have half of the place closed off, I suppose, to make it seem like it was crowded. The drinks were very overpriced. I truly felt I wasted my time and a lot of money and got nothing in return.

Pros: Location-downtown

Cons: Expensive, Bland, Very little seating

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No doubt, the club looks good - not great. The management has a tough road ahead of them. The location is poor. Read: Block E . The entry criteria is odd. I have seen people turned away that looked like they belonged inside, yet shorts/flip/flops were allowed in. The music is poor - not trance, not house, not d&b. Create music theme nights, please! Bring in some world-class DJs. Create an atmosphere, there is none now. Don't repeat South Beach guys.

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★★★☆☆

No doubt, the club looks good - not great. The management has a tough road ahead of them. The location is poor. Read: Block E . The entry criteria is odd. I have seen people turned away that looked like they belonged inside, yet shorts/flip/flops were allowed in. The music is poor - not trance, not house, not d&b. Create music theme nights, please! Bring in some world-class DJs. Create an atmosphere, there is none now. Don't repeat South Beach guys.

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The music was average. The club as a whole was not that exciting and finally left because I was bored. Too much space with not enough going on. Security skills were lacking. Hopefully they will step up the excitement quotient, instead of just relying on a semi-upscale atmosphere. Saturday was seriously lacking, maybe Friday will be a better choice. Also, bartendars knowledge of drinks was below average, they did not even have a decent suggestion when asked. In addition, dress code was loosely enforced.

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★★★☆☆

The music was average. The club as a whole was not that exciting and finally left because I was bored. Too much space with not enough going on. Security skills were lacking. Hopefully they will step up the excitement quotient, instead of just relying on a semi-upscale atmosphere. Saturday was seriously lacking, maybe Friday will be a better choice. Also, bartendars knowledge of drinks was below average, they did not even have a decent suggestion when asked. In addition, dress code was loosely enforced.

Pros: Decor, Space/Size, Air conditioning

Cons: Music, Service, Dress code

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One of the best clubs I have been to in a long time. It is like a Vegas or Manhattan Club. Good times, the question will be if they can maintain the great customers in the club? Hopefully they will keep a high cover and strong dress codes. Keep up the good work.

2
★★★★★

One of the best clubs I have been to in a long time. It is like a Vegas or Manhattan Club. Good times, the question will be if they can maintain the great customers in the club? Hopefully they will keep a high cover and strong dress codes. Keep up the good work.

Pros: brand new, awesome customers, great atmosphere

Cons: expensive $$$$

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Shimmering lights fade from amber to yellow to deep gold, bathing the crowd in a warm glow. Polished woodwork, sumptuous leather furniture and a sultry global soundtrack complete the club's upscale look. A steep cover…

 

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