The Venue

The skinny on local clubs

August 10, 2006|By MARC SHAPIRO

The Birchmere

The Birchmere offers a seated, smoke-free environment that

gives fans a chance to really focus on the music. The restaurant-style seating is set up so that there isn't a bad spot in the entire place.

scene Where -- 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.

Call -- 703-549-7500

Web site --

Notable -- The Birchmere gives out numbered tickets when the box office opens to save people the trouble of waiting in line.

Vibe -- Quiet and intimate. The Birchmere asks guests to refrain from talking and standing during the performances.

Crowd -- Baby boomers are the prime audience members, but all age groups are represented at shows.

What to wear -- Casual clothes will do, but something a little fancier would be fine.

Music -- The Birchmere caters to folk, blues, rock, funk, singer/songwriters and adult contemporary music.

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