This is a great venue for enjoying all sorts of music. All seating is at tables, so you have to turn around to see the performers from some of the seats, but this isn't a problem. We saw Tommy Emmanuel; the show was sold out--as are many of the Birchmere's shows. You don't have to eat or drink, but most of the patrons do because most people arrive prior to dinner hour. There is an extensive menu; food is surprisingly good; and the portions are more than ample. The waitstaff knows their stuff. Hints: Get on their mailing list for advance notice of who will be appearing. Reserve (buy your tickets) as early as possible. If you want to sit down front, get there when the doors open because you'll be given a number in order of when you show up; then get in line to get your ticket and find the best seat you can. (You can always leave, wander around, and come back to your seat.) There is plenty of free parking.
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