According to a Facebook post on June 24, Bar Bill in East Aurora is now accepting reservations! Only took a pandemic to make it happen.
If you are unfamiliar with eating at Bar Bill, you might be wondering what the big deal is. If you’ve ever visited during a peak time – or lets be honest, almost any time, you know that they have never taken reservations, causing very long wait times to get seated in the somewhat small space.
You used to have to flag down the bartender to get your name on the list – easier said than done with an always backed place. Then, in the past few years they added a designated hostess at the door – the keeper of the list. If you were visiting Bar Bill, you pretty much had to build a serious wait time into your plans unless you were going at the *most* low-key times, like 3pm on a Tuesday or something.
Now starting today, June 29, you can head to the Bar Bill website to make a reservation for the first time in Bar Bill history. Can you even believe it?
“📢 WE’VE GOT NEWS 📢 Though we know you all love rolling up to Bar-Bill with a 100 person wait in front of you, sadly that will be no more 😆,” the beloved wing and weck spot announced on Facebook.
“As of today, Bar Bill Tavern and Bar-Bill North will be accepting online reservations through our website for dates beginning on Monday, June 29th and beyond 💯 Place your reservation for lunch or dinner, seven days a week (yes we will be open on Mondays again 👏🏽).
There will be new policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees and guests, but we cannot wait to see all of our amazing customers again!! Head to our website at barbill.com to book your table 😎 We back baby!”
You can still grab Bar Bill take out or stroll up to the bar without a reservation, but the question begs – other than for social distancing purposes (which we totally respect), why would you? The wings are best served freshly painted. The weck is better carved feet away. The smell is better wafted straight from the kitchen. And the beer is better served in a mug club glass.
I’ll definitely miss scoring a short wait like a Bar Bill pro and heading over to Aurora Brew Works when my luck doesn’t work out so well, but overall I think this is a win for Western New York.