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Birchmere Music Hall

Music Venue, Concert Hall, and Lounge
Alexandria
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  • Gina R.
    "It's general admission."(4 Tips)
    Ray V.
    "One of my favorite venues.Small, intimate and the food is great!"(4 Tips)
    Anna
    "... it will be to see Kathleen Madigan :) Be sure to swing by RT's to grab a bite..."(2 Tips)
    Ron S.
    "Really liked the catfish and red beans and rice entree!"(2 Tips)
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  • Kyle O.
    Kyle OsborneSeptember 6, 2013
    Much more than a 'Rock Club,"legendary R&B, Bluegrass,Country, Folk, Jazz artists play in an intimate setting with perfect sound quality. No bad seats, but it's unreserved-get there early(doors at 6p)
  • Anna
    AnnaMarch 22, 2014
    This place Rocks! Great service. Great Pinot Grigio, by the bottle. I will definitely be back... Hopefully it will be to see Kathleen Madigan :) Be sure to swing by RT's to grab a bite afterwards!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CegielskiJuly 19, 2014
    Great, intimate setting to catch your favorite band. Get there early to get a seat close to the stage if you want as all shows are general admission, but there aren't bad seats.
  • Uber DC
    Uber DCJuly 11, 2013
    We love the Birchmere! Great for a date night or night out with friends. Even better - you can get $20 off your first ride by signing up for Uber with the promo code 'BIRCHMERE' ! #uberapproved
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Shhhhh. No talking. This is one of the best venues for the total music experience for when the musicians are playing there is no talking. It’s all about the music and I love that! Read more
  • Laura R.
    Laura RenengerApril 29, 2011
    Best live music you will EVER experience! No bad seat in the house but all the better if you can catch a booth up front, incredible acoustics and you can order food & beer while catching a show, what
  • Jason M.
    Jason MoranSeptember 16, 2010
    Best seats if u r on a date: when u first enter the Hall, take the left entrance and go toward stage. There is an isle of 2-top tables. Next best are the zebra couches. The rest are big shared tables.
  • LetTeddyWin ..
    LetTeddyWin .comJanuary 17, 2012
    Arrive early for good seats, but park far from the entrance so it's easier to get out after a show. Get a bottle of wine while you're waiting & take it in. Avoid salads (swimming in vinegar &sugar).
  • Shayne C.
    Shayne ColeFebruary 22, 2014
    Don't come expecting great good or even good service. This is a place to listen to music and perhaps drink beer if you're into it, thanks to a pretty solid variety of micros.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CarlsonOctober 14, 2013
    For the best seats, come around 4 PM. The box office opens at five. Get in line so that you can get an early number to enter and get the best seats.
  • Keith M.
    Keith MalkinOctober 21, 2011
    Get there early for parking and seating--all reasonably priced tickets are general admission. The best performers--not the latest pop flavor of the week--perform here.
  • Ray V.
    Ray VeneroJuly 14, 2013
    One of my favorite venues.Small, intimate and the food is great!
  • Pee J.
    Pee JayJuly 26, 2010
    Great place for live music, social, and food! Get there early though because it's first come first served with seating even though there aren't any bad seats in the place
  • TopGolf Bear
    TopGolf BearSeptember 28, 2011
    This place is awesome. It’s a little small, but then again, I am a 400 pound bear. After a show, I head to TopGolf to stretch my legs and swing the big stick.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AOctober 22, 2012
    Great, intimate venue. Good service and decent food. Arrive early to get good seats!
  • Metro Weekly
    Metro WeeklyDecember 18, 2011
    John Waters does an annual Xmas show here. A collection of interviews with Mr. Waters was recently published, including one in 2009 by us detailing this very event. Read more
  • Brent P.
    Brent PenningtonDecember 21, 2012
    Great venue! Get there early (or show up late) to grab awesome seats.
  • David C.
    David CheneyAugust 22, 2011
    Get there at 5:00 when they hand out the numbers that they call out at 6:00 when the music hall opens. Great live music! Read more
  • Rosalie D.
    Rosalie DechJanuary 11, 2014
    Arrive early to snag a good table. Decent on tap and bottled beer selection.
  • Pee J.
    Pee JayJuly 26, 2010
    One cool place to see a show, social, and food. But get there early due to first come first served seating even though there are really no bad seats here. Read more
  • Willette B.
    Willette BetheaSeptember 21, 2013
    The performance was excellent. The food is not so good. But it's not far from Old Town or Crystal City.
  • rukmini diane maria b.
    A great place to see world class musicians!
  • Brian R.
    Brian RoweOctober 2, 2013
    Casual place with a lot of history. Great staff. I'll be back.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SorensenNovember 14, 2014
    Parking can fill up quickly, get in and find a spot.
  • James T.
    James TaylorJanuary 27, 2016
    Good food, stage line of site is pretty good at majority of the seats/tables.
  • Tori S.
    Tori StovallFebruary 21, 2013
    Group of 3. Ordered crabby pretzels. Dicks gave us 2 pretzels. We had to math. Dicks also asked for tip when tickets purchased.
  • Stacey
    StaceyDecember 21, 2014
    amazing live performances from obscure/underground artists with niche followings.
  • Pamela E.
    Pamela EvonJune 2, 2012
    Be careful where you park. They will double the cars in the lot and you will be blocked in. Is that legal? Probably my last visit here.
  • Martha G.
    Martha Guinyard-ReedNovember 15, 2011
    Bring your own water because they don't offer tap : / You'll end up spending $2.50 on one bottle.
  • Robin G.
    Robin GardnerJanuary 4, 2013
    You just have to suck it up and know that you're paying for an event as much as a concert. General admission, picnic tables & overpriced food is part of the experience. Yes, charging for water sucks!
  • NDevo
    NDevoMarch 18, 2010
    The Pontani Sisters Burlesque Show was AMAZING there! Get there early, as it's general seating - food great too!
  • Biju. Z.
    Biju. Z.February 7, 2012
    Have the catfish and red beans and rice. Not kidding. Do it.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SmithOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the catfish, red beans and rice...always a treat!
  • Ron S.
    Ron ShipleyJune 20, 2014
    Really liked the catfish and red beans and rice entree!
  • Laurie M.
    Laurie MacNamaraApril 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best music around and great atmosphere!
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph SmithApril 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the catfish red beans and rice! Delicious!
  • Montaign G.
    Concerts, atmosphere, food & fun! It's all here :)
  • Rick S.
    Rick SteckerMarch 4, 2016
    Definitely looking forward to another concert at the Birchmere!
  • Keith M.
    Keith MalkinOctober 12, 2011
    Best venue for live music in the DC-Baltimore area.
  • Scot H.
    Scot H.March 25, 2012
    Great venue, but bad food. Chicken tenders are serviceable. Nachos too. Avoid chicken quesadilla.
  • Colin E.
    Colin EngerJanuary 29, 2012
    Surprising but true the Tostada is really good!
  • C. S.
    C. SOctober 21, 2009
    Great place to catch a show. Usually have to get there early to get good seats (general admission). Read more
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeJuly 14, 2011
    Gay jazz saxophonist Dave Koz brings his ‘Hello Tomorrow Tour’ this Wednesday. Koz is playing new releases and old hits. Tell us if he plays "You Make Me Smile" and "Together Again."
  • Jeffrey B.
    Jeffrey BellJuly 23, 2011
    Great food but come early to the show to get better seats
  • John B.
    John BarrettaAugust 20, 2016
    Go for the music as the food is very average and oh by the way they charge for water
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The line number ticket system is ridiculous. It's like the Southwest airline of venues.
  • JP
    JPMarch 22, 2014
    Seeing Kathleen Madigan. Great show, cool place
  • Jason M.
    Jason MoranNovember 4, 2010
    $13.95 for a chicken sandwich and they don't allow any substitutions??? C'mon fries instead of their bland homemade chips (same price as a seperate side.) What's the point of being so rigid. $13.95!!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BFebruary 29, 2012
    Great venue...just get here early!
  • Ray V.
    Ray VeneroJuly 28, 2013
    Southside Johnny makes it here twice a year!
  • Washington Blade
    Washington BladeAugust 15, 2011
    Celebrating their 30th anniversary, 10,000 Maniacs will be performing tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. See more in the Blade
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FasceskiOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    They stopped giving free refills on soda/iced tea & no longer serve tap water - only $3.50-16oz bottles. The food seems overpriced for quantity & quality as well.
  • Missy S.
    Missy SwearingenOctober 20, 2014
    Pricey!! But a really great venue
  • William W.
    William WilsonNovember 2, 2011
    You gotta try the New Orleans style food
  • Arlo G.
    Arlo GuthrieFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great venue for real music
  • Dona P.
    Dona PatrickOctober 24, 2013
    Love this place.
  • Hillel G.
    Hillel GlazerApril 7, 2013
    Report 1: Dinner special Jeanne ordered was a total rip-off. Nothing special in any way whatsoever & $17 for the privilege. My salad was a much better value. At least it wasn't supposed to be special.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziNovember 14, 2014
    Not a bad seat in the house.
  • Kathy G.
    Kathy GrannisOctober 9, 2010
    Menu is only second to performing artist, amazing
  • Gina R.
    Gina R.February 14, 2010
    Definitely get there early to grab a table in front. It's general admission.
  • Christopher C.
    Christopher ChenFebruary 17
    Been here 5+ times
    Music, burlesque, & more.
  • Terilee007
    Terilee007February 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Having 2 pay 4 water is bogus :-( & bottle H2O is bad 4 environment etc
  • Janet L.
    Janet LewisJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Hell, best music venue in the WORLD! Read more
  • Matt B.
    Matt BonnerDecember 19, 2016
    Carbon Leaf!
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DornSeptember 1, 2012
    Hanging with great friends to see Maysa
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HugoJune 1, 2010
    Get there early, lots of fun!
  • Sandy B.
    Sandy BishinsApril 28, 2013
    Carpenters shelter cook off
  • Oliver L.
    Oliver LewisJune 26, 2016
    3 Dog Night
  • Doreen
    DoreenMay 23, 2016
    Good Food.
  • Monique
    MoniqueMay 23, 2014
    Don't eat here. Both me and my date got food poisoning! :(
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