Taps: 50 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
4.95/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I love Alibi Room. While working in Gastown, it was always a pleasure to skip over after work, knowing that something fantastic was awaiting me. Be it conversation and knowledge from the servers, to fantastic vegan falafal and of course ungodly awesome beer selection, all aspects of this place surpassed expectation.
The beer lists changed weekly, and several casks were always available. I think some would balk at the prices if from out of town an uninitiated to the world of craft beer import. We must remember that cheap products have been leaned to maximize profit, we pay for what we get.
Thanks Alibi Room, I miss you.
01-21-2012 17:10:34 | More by BasementBer
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
located a little off the beaten path of gastown, it made for a long 20 minute walk from our hotel on a pretty warm (by NW standards) day.
the alibi room had full-length windows that were wide open on this nice sunny day. there was some outdoor seating and all of the indoor seating was bright and open, with long benches and some smaller tables.
the tap selection was fabulous - well organized by style, nice amount of BC beers, Washington micros and some other primarily west-coast offerings. There were some stray Canadian sours on the menu that were really nice, along with the great hop-forward IPA's you would expect.
service was very good, above average. the food all looked great but we had dinner plans.
07-26-2011 05:05:47 | More by dirtylou
British Columbia (Canada)
4.58/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is the place in British Columbia to go for a sit-down beer. I have noticed that their selection has changed since the last time I went there, and that they have added quite a few more relatively obscure Belgian selections which is very nice. I have spoken with the owner a number of times, and he is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his establishment.
Atmosphere is good, a bit of a retro and artsy vibe to it. The crowd isn't normally pretentious, but like any place it has its moments depending on the makeup of the crowd on a particular night.
Beer quality is excellent. Casks and kegs are turned over extremely quickly so chances are if you like a beer, the next time you come it may not be on the big beer list.
Service is good, and the hardworking staff is usually run off of their feet on the weekends as it is a busy place. Bartenders and servers are not pretentious and will guide neophytes toward beers that will best suit their tastes. This is a place which offers quality beers above all else, so I have seen bartenders become annoyed by people who pick beers solely based on the alcohol content because they are looking to get wasted.
Selection is the best you will find in B.C. hands down. Local craft ale, Canadian craft ale, American craft ale, and European selections; you will find it all here. Their beer list has been grouped into different themes as well which makes it easier than it used to be for those who are less knowledgeable. For those who are knowledgeable, however, where else can you find world class beers such as Gouden Carolus Classic and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock on tap?
Food is good, and the kitchen does make good food bordering on the gourmet; but this place really isn't about food after all. And it doesn't have to be.
Value for beer is excellent. The best you'll find in terms of selection and value in British Columbia. Value for food is average.
If you are a tourist to Vancouver, come here. You won't be disappointed and friendly patrons such as myself would be happy to sit and chat over a pint.
06-04-2011 18:16:33 | More by DaftCaskBC
4.08/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Was referred to this place by a Vancouver beer geek and wasn't disappointed.
First off, don't panic if your cab driver takes you through East Hastings (like ours did) on the way there. This is the really seedy part of Van, but The Alibi Room is a few blocks from it on the outskirts of Gastown.
Housed in a really neat historic building, it has a real industrial feel to it. True to most good beer bars, the menu is nothing fancy. Just a printout that can be cheaply swapped out whenever they change their beers.
I was lucky to have my first "King Heffy" from Howe Sound brewery here at Alibi room along with a farmhouse called La Merle from North Coast Brewing. It was so good that I finished with another King Heffy.
Food is good. Really simple menu (which is always a plus at a beer joint like this) and I was led to believe that they use mostly local goods in the kitchen.
Our waitress was outstanding. She explained all the beers well and was in no hurry to rush us through the ordering process. She will have to do the same next time we go because they offer almost all local Pacific NW and W. Canada beers that I can't get here in midwest US.
Next time I go, i will bring a notebook and try to review a beer or two.
05-09-2011 14:31:15 | More by pioneer13
4.44/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
We stopped in here after a trip to YBC. This place is great. The beer selection was fantastic. They had a really nice selection of local Canadian, small brewery beers. The highlight of these was a 13-year old Lambic called James brewed by Storm. In addition to the local beers, they had a nice selection of U.S. beers and a fantastic vintage bottle list.
Their beer menu changes every 2-3 days...we were served off of #214.
The server was REALLY knowledgeable regarding all the beers. We may return tonight for dinner.
Overall great little place.
02-09-2011 15:55:13 | More by TreeTopFlyer
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The only place to go for any type of beer culture in Vancouver. Good service, though it's a little pricey but that's the way it is in this town and for the quality and selection of beer provided I'll accept it.
The best line up of micro BC beer (good and bad) and always happy to see some US craft beers thrown into the mix. Good place to get a hop fix. Service is attentive and your glass is never empty. Always good to finish the night on a lip puckering Storm Blackberry Lambic.
It's a little out of the way but well worth the trip.... just make sure they are open first.
10-03-2010 05:33:16 | More by hairybeerboy
4.47/5 rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This place is the best restaurant in Vancouver for craft beer. They have a great selection of draft beers 15+, two beers on cask and many cellared beers. I tried the casked beers and they were exceptional (local IPA & pale ale). I also ordered a Cantillon Gueze Bio from 2008 and it was cellared very well (on the bottle it could be cellared until 2030). My last beer was the chocolate porter which was average. The fries were great and I would highly recommend the chicken wings with cilantro and an asian sauce that was amazing! This place is a true jewel in Vancouver!!!
08-12-2010 23:06:26 | More by joshuacavett
4.8/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Summary: A must if you're in Vancouver.
I want a place like this where I live. Puts near all of the beer bars I've been to to shame. Very laid back vide. Seating is mostly at long tables. Large doors that open onto an outside patio. Located on the eastern edge of Gastown in a more industrial like neighborhood. Everything on tap is quality and 3 hand pumps to boot. About 30 choices with lots of unusual local brews (I had a Red Racer and the Insane 12 yr aged lambic). Went with three colleagues, so I got to try what they were having. Everything was extremely fresh. Staff was very beer knowledgeable. Even the regulars were quality drinkers. An SFU professor at the bar steered by to the Red Racer. Would have gone back a second time if I had more time and less liver damage. Would I go back? In a heartbeat.
08-06-2010 05:18:31 | More by LittleDon
4.44/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The Alibi Room was closed on Canada Day 02 July, so went the next night, which was Friday. Bit of a walk from Gastown center. There is a small outdoor seating area, but it was night and slightly cold. Inside is very cool. Very trendy looking, but in a good beer bar kind of way. We originally were seated at the handrail near the bar with stools, but we moved to the bar when seats were freed up. Upstairs is totally different from downstairs. Upstairs, there are lots of community tables and a large bar. Downstairs, there is a small bar and lots of little tables for small groups. Our bartender was on his game, as he took the time to explain the origin of a beer's name to me, and had several conversations about beer with the gentleman besides me. Selection here was off the charts good. Every good BC brewery seemed to be represented here, plus a few WA and OR breweries and even DFH. I didn't know where to start or where to end. I went with the Tree Brewing Captivator Doppelbock and the Crannog Brewing Back Hand of God organic Stout. Both were awesome. My wife also enjoyed the two beers she had. Prices were also very reasonable, dare I say inexpensive for Vancouver. I would have expected to pay more per beer, but I was glad to not. The Alibi Room is hands down the best place that we came across to have a beer in Vancouver.
07-07-2010 23:06:06 | More by morebeergood
4.72/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Stopped buy here after a recomendation from Patrick at the Pourhouse (also a great place, more for the fancy mixed drinks, but also a must see). The bottle selection was very impressive with a few locals, a bunch of American top beers, and some overseas imports. The tap selection was very very good, almost every style that you could think of. Nigel was behind the bar, and I was lucky enough to get some of his time after the bar slowed down a bit. He poured me a few pints, talked for a while, and got a hand pulled cask special that was found aging in a warehouse, very good.
Must return to this place next time out west.
06-15-2010 18:47:20 | More by lurker18
Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada
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