Alibi Room

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Type: Bar, Eatery

157 Alexander St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1B8
Canada

(604) 623-3383 | map
alibi.ca

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Added by Sammy on 05-12-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
77
pDev:
7.44%
 
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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is your "must go" Vancouver beer spot or as they call it "Modern Tavern." There are a couple other great breweries/brewpubs and plenty of good bottle shops but if you only have time for one...

Alibi Room is conveniently located in Downtown Vancouver just off the beaten path a couple blocks away from the busier portion of Gastown. Great space with high ceilings, a warm wood/brick interior and adorned with a few cool contemporary art pieces. Trains can be seen moving in the yard behind...

Boasting 50 taps roughly half land in their "LAGERS, PILSNERS, PALES, IPAS, STRONG ALES, ETC." category, the next largest category being "SAISONS, BELGIAN STYLES, WHEAT ALES & SOURS," followed by a few "STOUTS & PORTERS" and "CIDERS." It's a daunting yet well-curated menu which they keep up-to-date on their website. The bulk of the taps feature the best of the best from "local" breweries—Brassneck, Parallel 49, Dageraad, Superflux, Boombox, Moon, Fuggles & Warlock, Beere, Twin Sails, Yellow Dog... They will occasionally tap kegs from the US but they predominantly feature Vancouver/BC brews. The brews on offer are great. There are several BC breweries that do IPAs & Pales well (yes they even have great NE-Style "hazys") and Alibi has numerous to choose from. There are also great options for sours, saisons, blondes, wits. Alibi currently has four stouts on one of which is barrel aged. Again, tremendous beer menu—you should be able to find something (if not several things) that you want to try. They do offer a flight of four. Bartenders are knowledgeable and helpful.

Food is exceptional. Their motto is "Local. Free-run. Ocean-friendly. Naturally raised." and you can tell. Sophisticated (but not too fancy) takes on small plates, charcuterie, salads, sandwiches, burgers and a few "entrees" all well crafted from local, artisanal ingredients. They do brunch on the weekends but DO NOT do lunch (believe they open at 5) weekdays.

Alibi Room does have a full bar so you can tell your wine/cocktail (again mostly local, well crafted/curated) friends it's not "another beer bar."

One of the only downsides is that they do get busy (as would be expected in a place like this). If you can plan your visit I would suggest making a reservation, if you can't (and you get there at a busy time) be prepared to wait. I think there is a Vancouver (or BC) thing where every patron must have a seat... So even though it looks like there is PLENTY of standing room near the bar they won't let you in.

This place serves truly top-notch food & drink. If visiting Vancouver make sure you get here. If you don't have a lot of time, start here.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of atigerlife
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I've been to Vancouver many times over the years, and always wanted to stop by this place. Finally, on this trip, had a free couple of hours and walked on over. Glad I did.

First, I got there b before 11 a.m. on a Sunday. Many tables taken with people eating brunch. They all looked happy. I sat at the bar, about 10 chairs, which were all empty when I arrived. Relatively small place. Nice vibe. Funky.

About 40 beers on tap, mostly local. Very nice. The bar person, Francesca [I think] was exceptional. During my time there, I watched her do her job. Very professional. Very busy going around. Enjoyable to watch someone who takes pride in there work. She recommended a couple of beers, which I tried. Very nice.

Overall, a very pleasant experience. I'll definitely stop in the next time I'm in Vancouver. Worth the visit.

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Photo of surfcaster
4.98/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Can't say enough good things. Fortunate enough to go on a British Columbia takeover so everything was super local and many were things that would have taken several days in B.C. to have tried.

Beer was incredible.

Service fantastic and food was on par with beer. Just on edge of Gastown and the trains going back and forth behind just add to the character.

A must visit in Vancouver if into beer and food is top notch. A 5$ (ca) 13oz pour for most everything a bonus.

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4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

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Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Place rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 77 ratings