Alibi's Eatery & Spirits
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
4.06/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in for a few pitchers with friends during my Alumni Weekend visit to my alma mater, Dickinson.
When I was an undergrad what was now Alibi's was a dive bar called the Blessed Oliver Plunkett or simply The Plunkett. Grimy, dark and smoke filled. Yuengling was the best beer available.
What a change Alibi's is! First of, it is smoke free which I very much enjoyed. THere's a bar up front and some restaurant seating in the back. We sat at a low table near the bar. Very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. My buddies and I were looking for some place casual to relax over a few beers and have a nice conversation. Alibi's fit the description perfectly.
Our waitress was prompt and attentive. Nothing totally out of ordinary. She was there when we needed her and not when we didn't. I guess that's a good thing.
The tap selection was good, not great, but nice for Carlisle. We got pitchers of Rogue Mom Heifeweizen and Troegs HopBack. Prices were reasonable...everything seems cheaper in central PA.
Overall, I enjoyed Alibi's and will be back whenever I find myself in town.
06-20-2012 17:07:04 | More by pburland23
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I always struggle with rating places in smaller towns. Do you rate them against all others or based on expectations for the area? Alibis is my once a week spot for a beer and wings. Neither are outstanding but normally both are rock solid good.
There are 12 or so taps but normally 3 to 5 have something interesting the others are either macro brews or played out smaller brews. Friday night saw two great selections, 21st Amendment Back in Black and Brooklyn Chocolate Stout. Most nights are not this good however. I hope the person that selects the beer steps up their game just a bit. Nice bottle selection that is heavy on PA micro brews.
Food is decent but nothing destination worthy. The wings are so so but a happy hour prices who's complaining. Next door gas much better food but at double the price.
Service is always friendly and of good quality. Recommended as a second stop in town after Cafe Bruges or Market Pub
11-07-2010 13:32:46 | More by jp11801
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Visited on a Friday night (02/01/08) at 5:00. Upon walking in, there were only two other people at the bar; happy hour is from 5-7, so I wanted to get there early. My wife later joined me. They open at 4 Monday through Saturday, and are closed on Sundays.
First of all, I'm not sure if smoking is not permitted here, but I didn't see (or smell) a single patron with a cigarette. That fact, coupled with Alibi's not-too-dark lighting and reasonably-quiet music and televisions accounts for such a high atmosphere rating. I love the overall design of the interior with the dark red and ivory walls, wainscoting, and dark brown crown molding. There are maybe 25 seats at the semi-wrap-around bar and a very nice separate dining area.
I counted 12 taps, but this is all I could remember the next day:
Clipper City Below Decks
Bell's Kalamazoo Stout
Troegs HopBack Amber
Saranac Black Diamond Bock
Blue Point Blueberry Wheat
Magic Hat Single Chair Ale
In past visits, I've seen Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, several Victory offerings, and other PA favorites. They have a Taste of PA tour, where you drink 38 different PA microbrews and you receive a T-Shirt upon completion; its nice because there is no time limit in which you need to complete the tour.
We did not order food this time, but I had in the past, and wasn't too impressed. I'd like to go for a full diner sometime, rather than just barfood; if/when we do, I'll re-review. Bartender was helpful and friendly as well.
We had three drinks and I bought a round (of liquor drinks) for two other patrons; the total bill came to $21.50, so no complaints there at all. Overall, a very nice experience and I look forward to visiting more frequently.
02-02-2008 13:24:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I finally tried Alibi's tonight for the first time, and overall, I'd have to say it was a positive experience.
Walking in, this place is completely remodeled to be a modern structure, yet still maintains that old fashioned Carlisle charm. A big bar with a relatively limited area for eating/drink gives way to a large dining room with flat screen TV's and nostalgic decor. I definitely enjoyed the atmosphere.
Despite being an old building, everything here was nice and new. The service was excellent. Our server told us straight away that it was his first day, but after that, it was as if he was on the job for years. Despite not being particularly knowledgeable on craft beers, he brought our selections from the provided bottle list without difficulty. I asked about drafts and he went to the bar to jot down the selections. I counted 11 taps at the bar (despite previous reviewers reporting 18/15 taps), and the menu states that Miller Lite and Yuengling are always available (the latter being a must for the Central PA scene).
The remaining 9 taps apparently rotate, as two were kicked during our visit. Blue Point Winter Lager was kicked and replaced by Sam Adams Winter Lager, and Lancaster Milk Stout kicked and was replaced by Clipper City/Heavy Seas Holy Sheet belgian ale. The remaining taps included selections from Magic Hat and Rogue.
Interesting note here: they also have a tap labeled "Alibi's Pilsner" which our server described as "our own beer." I asked who brewed this and he quickly went back to the bar to find out. Upon return, he told me that it was brewed for them by Magic Hat. Interesting since Vermont isn't by any means nearby. As of this review, I have an email pending to Magic Hat to find out if this is just a re-named version of their 60 Winks.
Bottle selection was good, with the touted 100+ bottles, although many are standard fare and the rest are mostly from PA microbreweries like Troegs, Victory, Weyerbacher, Stoudts, Yards and Legacy (which is contract brewed by ABC out of Harrisburg). I hope that they leave room for expanding into mid-west and west-coast beers, but it's fantastic to see a local bar supporting local breweries. Way to go Alibi's!
I personally thought beer prices were a bit high, particularly for 22 oz. bombers (mostly Rogue and Victory). Then again, I'm used to going out for beer in Maryland, across state lines, and PA is notoriously repressive when it comes to beer and beer taxes. This is why I gave the $$$, which by no means reflects on the food which looked both reasonably priced and delicious. We had just finished dinner at Amy's Thai around the corner.
I will most definitely be back for dinner and more beer. I hope to see Alibi's to continue to improve their beer selection, glassware (everything's served in tumblers) and perhaps add a hand-pump, but Market Cross finally has some real competition. Highly recommended.
Edit: Magic Hat Brewery wrote me back and said that the beer being marketed as "Alibi Pilsner" is actually their Single Chair Ale which is only available at Magic Hat's Brewery and "select locations."
01-20-2008 04:38:46 | More by KFaulkner
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Voted 2008 Best New Restaurant/Bar in Central PA in the Central PA Magazine readers survey. Alibis opens at 4 PM, so it is a perfect place to visit after work, and apparently has quite the nightlife. Unfortunately, Alibis promotes the martini selection more than the beer. The beer is certainly worth advertising!
There are 15 taps which rotate regularly. Some taps are average, and others are exceptional a few macros. Generally count on products from Appalachian, Lancaster, Stouts, Troegs, Victory and Weyerbacher as well as a few imports and a few out-of-state microbrews (on a recent visit, there was Bluepoint Winter, Rogue Dead Guy and Magic Hat #9.)
This restored neighborhood bar has been thoroughly cleaned up and opened as a smoke-free facility (formerly the Blessed Oliver Plunkett, which was filthy and stinky.) Classy, clean decor.
Offers a Pennsylvania Beer Tour t-shirt program, requiring the customer to try 38 PA microbrews (no time limit) to earn a commemorative t-shirt. Hosts glass nights and meet-the-brewer nights.
The food is very good. A nice range of appetizers (mostly fried foods, but the asparagus is a nice, healthy choice), chipotle chili or soup of the day, burgers and wraps, grilled cheese sandwich with cheese from Keswick Creamery (local) gives the choice of wild (pepper cheese) or mild (jack cheese), salads, and full meals including grilled salmon and sirloin. Vidallia onion chips make a great side.
Staff are always friendly but could know more about the beer. No servings smaller than a pint, however, there is a sample flight option.
01-15-2008 05:12:32 | More by SierraGS
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to Alibi's a handful of times since it opened last year. It is a nice addition to the Carlisle area restaurant scene. The interior has a very cool old time speakeasy type of atmosphere. But best of all...to me at least is that the place is smoke free....all the time!
Service has always been spot on and courteous.
I have been impressed with the beer selection...they have over 100 labels...both in bottle and one of their 18 taps. Most of the taps are dedicated to craft beer...although they still have a few for the BMC folks. They even sponsor a PA beer tour....from the website....we offer the areas only Pennsylvania Beer Tour; 38 quality brews representing PA's great brewing heritage. Take the tour and we'll pay homage to your efforts with the gift of a commemorative shirt! The last time we were there it was IPA heaven.
The food is pub plus fare as I like to call it....very nice, well done and presented. I have not been disappointed with what I have ordered there.
This is a good place for the town....Market Cross...the old guard in town...is often overcrowded (especially on Fri / Sat nights) , has a smoking section and does not change up the majority of their taps often enough for my liking. I think if all goes well for Alibi's they will establish themselves as another quality beer establishment in Carlisle.
12-20-2007 14:55:46 | More by Deuane
Alibi's Eatery & Spirits in Carlisle, PA
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