I've been visiting the Birchmere for years. You sure can't beat the variety of the entertainment. If you are new to the Birchmere scene, you should know that the earlier you arrive (doors open at 5:00) the better chance you will have to score a great table near the stage. When you pick up your tickets, you will receive a number which will determine your place in line to get into the theater (opens at 6:00). As long as one person in your group has a number, the rest, no matter how late they arrive, can follow you in. Since the ordinary food (although the pizza isn't bad) is so overpriced in the theater, I recommend that you order appetizers and drinks at the outer bar while you wait for the theater doors to open. Get there early, however, as the lines at the bar are rediculous. I don't recall this being the norm or perhaps they were short staffed when I visited this past Friday. In this case, there were only two bartenders handling the long lines for drinks. It's not all bad though... in addition to the variety of the talent, the venue itself is intimate due to its size, the Birchmere staff is very friendly and the restrooms are sparkling clean.
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