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How to Avoid the Epic Lines at Von Trapp's

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Von Trapp's has some advice for beer-thirsty patrons whose patience for waiting in line is about as big as their bladder's capacity after a lager-filled boot. But first, some good news, pulled straight from the bier hall's Facebook page:

We will be opening up at 11:30 am on Saturday and Sunday starting on March 23, which will hopefully alleviate the mad rush!

Now, on to the advice.

If you plan on visiting us on a Friday or Saturday, we apologize in advance for any long wait that you might encounter. We have had 2000+ people turn out each weekend night thus far, which has forced us to start lines at the door as early as 6:30pm. Not something we expected to have to do with an 11,000 square foot restaurant!

Another reason for the wait: Von Trapp's says they'd rather have a reasonable amount of people inside with room to move and enjoy themselves than pack people in like sardines, so good on them.

Saturdays in particular have started out with a rush normally reserved for amusement parks or Wal-Mart on Black Friday.
For those of you that have not yet visited us, one slightly misleading thing is that our wait is based only on the 16 tables in our dining room. The 80-seat bier hall and 53 bar seats are all open seating and tend to turn faster than the dining room.

Von Trapp's says the best times to visit are Sunday through Thursday, when — just like any other restaurant — they're a bit slower. And also, if you're bummed because you can never seem to get time on the bocce courts, Von Trapp's points out that on Friday and Saturday nights, the courts are usually reserved by large groups renting one of their three event spaces.

If you do find yourself standing in line, nothing calms the beer jitters like scrolling through a beautiful photo gallery of the place you're trying to get into.

· Von Trapp's [Facebook]
· Von Trapp's [Official Site]
· All Von Trapp's Coverage [~ESEA~]

Von Trapp's

912 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 Visit Website