The Van Buren

The Van Buren, Phoenix: Address, Phone Number, The Van Buren Reviews: 3.5/5

The Van Buren
3.5
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The Van Buren is a state-of-the-art concert venue in downtown Phoenix presenting acts of all genres including indie rock, hip-hop, country, metal, reggae, EDM and more.
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More than 3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Central City
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3.5
19 reviews
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gavin
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
Abusive security
Sep 2021 • Friends
Security staff literally DRAGGED me out of the bathroom and onto the floor, ripped my shirt, cracked my phone and busted my knees open In front of everyone. all because of a misunderstanding with me trying to help my partner with the broken bathroom stall door, and the security guards didn't know how to control their anger. This is NOT how you treat paying costumers
Written 13 September 2021
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DJ Brooklyn Johnny
Phoenix, AZ85 contributions
NYE 2020 Party at the Van Buren was sub par at best!
Jan 2020 • Couples
NYE 2020 70's Party at the Van Buren was sub par at best! The four DJ's on the stage were terrible and it was like amateur night! Poor track transitions and the 70's albums they were playing was Euro trash and not the 70's we grew up with. It appears The Van Buren hires just about anyone that calls themselves Disc Jockeys. When I tried to suggest some music to.play (since I myself am a DJ), the DJ was rude and yelled at me to "get away". Definitely ruined my wife and I Need Year's Eve experience due to.sub par DJ's ...Ha what a joke this was! We should have gone to one of the other venues in the area. This venue is NOT Recommended!
Written 2 September 2020
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Scenic618469
3 contributions
Concert visit
Jan 2020 • Couples
Nice spot with the exception of having to walk from one end to the other to pick tickets up and then enter. Bleachers are a nice touch to allow seating - wish the food counter was inside and offered a few more finger foods. All in all a nice spot.
Written 11 February 2020
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JBJUNIOR
1 contribution
Poor Security at Door (RUDE)
Dec 2019
On 12/21/19 several of us like 15 went to the Selena/90's Night and the door guy was rude and very restricted on who he decided can attend even with us having prepaid tickets in hand. I personally was not let in for no apparent reason and was not even given an answer as to why. I asked him what seemed to be the problem and he just looked at me and did not even answer. So much for looking forward to attending this event. I will be requesting a refund due to this. Some of us were let in but left us out in limbo. I have heard of this happening to several people that have tried to attend events there. I doubt that I will ever return and will warn others about the unprofessionalism with the door staff. It is a pleasant place yet some of the staff act like it is a club right out of New York or something.
Written 24 December 2019
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MuddBee
1 contribution
Could have been great
Oct 2019
Went for the first time to this venue to see one of my favorite artists, Tyler Childers, last night and was really looking forward to it. We had purchased the 'premium' seating, so expedited entry, servers come to you, designated seats mezzanine level, somewhat restricted area. Crowd was great, fans were into it! Musicians were amazing from what I could see. But what the actuall hell was up with the sound system. Terrible, painful, and not sure if it was the equipment, the mixer, a missed sound check, the rafters or a combination but it was so very bad. Glad we already new the artists' music or we would have been very unimpressed. Feel bad for the opening act. Her sound quality was even worse. Sounded like blown speakers that someone was still trying to blast, and they had the treble wide open but didn't take out any of the static. the artist seemed frustrated too. Doubt we would go back to this venue. Plus the premium seating is anything but. No truth in advertising here! We still had a good time because we were determined to do so.
Written 15 October 2019
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Robert F
Chandler7 contributions
80s night was awesome, but closed at midnight?!?!?!
Aug 2019
Went for the 80s night they just had. Venue has a cool set up, nice bars and drinks, and a good crowd having a great time. Loved the whole night, but then they suddenly shut down at midnight on a Saturday night? That sucked.
Written 12 August 2019
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ktopher79
Tucson, AZ3 contributions
Concert venue
Aug 2019 • Friends
I recently went to the Van Buren to see the Carley Rae Jepsen concert. Beautiful space! Super clean & the staff were amazing & attentive!
Written 8 August 2019
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Marty M
Phoenix, AZ30 contributions
Great place for live music!
May 2019 • Couples
Recently saw Little Feat at the Van Buren.
Beyond the great show, the venue itself is great for live music. Only about 1600 approximate seating.
One of the best smaller live music venues I’ve ever been to.
If your band or event is here, expect a great experience.
Parking can be iffy. Uber if you can.
Very open.
Good drinks, good snacks.
Written 28 May 2019
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Erin
1 contribution
Horrible Security
May 2019 • Friends
The security is extremely rude and kicked out multiple people who paid money to be at the venue. Even some of the people playing at the venue that the people paid to see refunded the people that got kicked out due to this venues awful security.
Written 6 May 2019
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NotLettingLifePassBy
Long Beach, CA24 contributions
Pretty cool
Apr 2019 • Solo
This venue is pretty cool. I came from California just to see a concert here. It was easy to go through security. They start checking tickets before door time. You get in pretty easy. Great bathroom. Many stalls for women. I never had to wait in line. Well lit too. I was at the barrier for the band I wanted to see, but then moved to the side for other bands. It was still a great view from where I was standing. All the staff at the bar were really nice too. I would definitely travel to see another concert here.
Written 5 May 2019
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