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Alibi Room

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Alibi RoomAlibi Room
BA SCORE
99
world-class

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 7.66%
Taps: 50
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

157 Alexander St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1B8
Canada
phone: (604) 623-3383

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alibiroom

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(Place added by: Sammy on 05-12-2008)
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rogerdandy, Apr 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

If you are in Vancouver and can walk through Gastown, past all of the tourist shops, until you start to see train tracks and residential neighborhoods-- keep going, you're almost there!

The Alibi Room was great! 5/5!

I stopped in a few weeks back for their Sunday brunch. I have to say, it was probably my favorite dining experience while in Vancouver.

10:00 AM and the place is about 1/3 full. I took a seat at the bar (which was empty when I arrived, but gradually filled up later) and the bartender (who I later found out was one of the owners) took my breakfast order and asked if I wanted a beer. Being from California, I asked for something I can't get in the states-- she poured me a pint of her favorite beer in the place-- a local ESB that was exceptional (don't remember the name)!

Breakfast was perfect and the beer really hit the spot. I can only imagine how packed the place is in the evenings. Halfway though my meal, another bartender came over to check on me. He and I talked beer for a little bit and he told me of a store a few blocks away with some hard to find bombers to take back to the states! How cool is that?

Really, this place left a great impression with me! Top notch service across the board--overall fantastic!

I took the skytrain to St. Augustine's later that night and the atmosphere of the two places is completely different (St. Augustine's being more of a local neighborhood sports bar). Both have nearly equal beer selections, but the Alibi Room was my favorite!

Unfortunately, I was not able to make it back there again before I had to fly back.

In Vancouver, this is (and for the most part St. Augustine's) the place with the beer selection that you are looking for-- just depends on what type of atmosphere you are into-- a winner!

TriggerFingers, May 09, 2012
Photo of mhewes
5/5  rDev +9.4%

A nice beer bar that I found in Vancouver on vacation. Their draft selection is almost exclusively British Columbia beers and there were about 20 on draft. They also had 3 locals on cask. The bartender was extremely knowledgeable about the beers and the different styles and not afraid to recommend some of the lesser common styles to people. The food menu is not huge and like they said, small kitchen, small menu. However, their food is all based on fresh and local ingredients. Everything we had was extremely delicious. The service was quick and friendly the entire time we were there.

We never go to a place twice on vacation and yet we ended up here twice. Great beer, great food, great times.

mhewes, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of BasementBer
4.95/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

BasementBer, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of colebenoit
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%

The best place around to get BC beer on tap with a huge range of local beers and breweries. At least 14 beers on tap, all BC brewed, one of the best bottled beer selections around, beer dinners and tastings, and more. They just did a chocolate and beer pairing that was a top notch experience. The owner, Nigel, is doing a lot to help beer in Vancouver which is always appreciated. I also cant forget to mention the stellar food these guys serve up! A definite must for anyone in Vancouver seeking out good beer.

colebenoit, May 13, 2008
Photo of LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +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.

LittleDon, Aug 06, 2010
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

I went into this place on a quiet Sunday afternoon and it took me a second to realize just how incredible the beer selection was. Now, if you come from Portland you might think this was an OK selction but honestly for BC this is outstanding. The owner actually drives to the island to pick up kegs from Longwood, Craig St, Spinnakers, Swans, Phillips. They also have Mt Begbie, Tin Whistle, Mission Springs, Old Yale, Steamworks, Yaletown, Crannog, R&B, Howe Sound, Tree, Rogue,Fat Cat, Lighthouse and other rotating taps. The bottle list quite extensive though all of them can be found at better Private Stores.

The food was great with large portions and fresh local ingredients.(I had an burrito). The service is friendly and helpfull. I hear it gets quite busy on Friday and Saturday nights but the always changing beer selection makes this a must stop in Vancouver. (If you are not visiting Victoria you will find many Island beers on tap>)

canucklehead, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of jeffwhit
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%

Best beer selection on tap west of Toronto. Loved that they have engines, and the focus on local beer AND food. (The Charcouterie platter, though a bit pricey ($16, was fantastic.) Servers knew what they were doing and loved the atmosphere, modern and airy, but very comfortable, a nice change from the dark typical theme pubs.
I had the Red Racer Pale Ale, the ESB also from Central City Brewing (fantastic) Brutal Bitter (YES!) and a Chocolate Porter from Victoria (Spinnakers? I was a little too into my beer to remember exactly.) Also had the beef dip, which was great, and came with killer, killer fries.
I will be back many times. This is exactly what we need here in Calgary

jeffwhit, Aug 08, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

cbnz, Sep 19, 2014
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KStark, May 13, 2014
Photo of lurker18
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

lurker18, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of CBA
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%

Has to easily be the best spot in Vancouver for great beer, excellent food, and knowledgeable staff. It shows these guys love beer with thoughtful attention paid to both local beer and regionally sourced food. Three rotating import guest taps (they had Rogue Dry Hopped Red, Anderson Hop Ottin, and North Coast Red Seal) and the ability to order a flight (4 samples) of any of their 19 taps.

Only caveat: Do not walk two blocks south after an evening of extended pints as you'll wander into Main & East Hastings where you're liable to end up in a dumpster never to be heard from again...just sayin'

Definitely spend your money here next time you're in Vancouver.

CBA, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of jp11801
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

Spent my first night in town at the Alibi Room. Great beer selection with three casks on, two were IPAs and a Porter. All beers are well selected and were local to B.C. for the most part. All tasted great and the bartenders know there stuff and offered great suggestions.

The space is outstanding, get a seat near the end of the bar for a great view of the mountains just outside the city.

I has the cheese plate and again it was well done with three Canadian cheeses. The people next to me had an olive app that was really good as well.

If you are a local this should be your go to spot and if you are a visitor it should be tops on your list. Prices are higher than average but worth it.

jp11801, Apr 19, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

I've been to the Alibi room about 5 times now, so I thought it was time for a review as I don't even see any from 2013 yet. I live about an hour out of Vancouver, so a trip in (usually before a Canucks game or concert) is always a treat. The bottom line - in a city with a number of bars and places to eat, this place is simply tough to beat.

Selection of local craft brew (almost every new brewery/brewer around has something on tap) as well as others mainly from the West Coast (Washington, Oregon, and California) is amazing. Though most beer styles are very well represented, hopheads will be very pleased. The beer menu is always loaded with lots of hoppy choices.

The place is usually quite busy and can be downright packed if there is some sort of special event, but there always seems to be a place to sit and grab some great beer. The beer menu is so large, it's almost always best to try as many different beer you can with a flight.

I've always been impressed with the service and the food is solid.

The Alibi room is a must stop for anyone coming into Vancouver and looking for a great experience.

bumchilly25, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 04, 2011
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Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada
99 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.