Alibi Room


28 Reviews
Alibi RoomAlibi Room

Type: Bar, Eatery

157 Alexander St
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 1B8

(604) 623-3383 | map

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Added by Sammy on 05-12-2008

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Photo of TreeTopFlyer
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of hairybeerboy
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of joshuacavett
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
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!!!

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Photo of LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of lurker18
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of henrysunset
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This establishment is genuinely top notch. It feels like a seattle brewpub with the excellent selection of beers and the great bunch selection. I'm pretty sure they don't sell any of the gross domestic swill that you can get almost anywhere in Canada. (At Steamworks brewery, half the bar was drinking kokanee.)

We had a great brunch, stuffed french toast and a fantastic bacon sandwich with well prepped potatoes and a really nice fresh greens salad.

I ordered a sampler of beers, and was blown away by two local beers from area breweries, and two others were also prety good. Their tap list is extensive and varied, with great options in the belgian styles, and lambics, sour beers, saisons, as well as a nice looking set of IPA's and other more traditional NW syles.

Highly recommended, nice staff and a great selection. the interior vibe is great too.

Iain (of Yaletown Brew Pub)- Oud Bruin Sour Belgian (FANTASTIC)

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Photo of SBinF
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I looked this place up on Beeradvocate before visiting Vancouver. It seemed to have pretty decent ratings. The joint was definitely not a disappointment. It was very close to my hotel, and I wasn't terribly frightened to walk there alone at night.

Their selection was pretty decent. I was drawn to this bar because their tap selection is exclusively BC. There was a nice variety of beer types, and compared to what I've paid at other bars, the price was pretty good considering I was getting microbrews.

The atmosphere was great. Though I am a tourist, I like to go to places that are a bit out of the way and less 'touristey'. The barkeep was knowledgeable about each of the different brews, and my glass never needed filling.

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Photo of foxbat2500
3.18/5  rDev -30.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Well it took me three visits just to be able to get in and have a drink here. On my previous 2 attempts they were closed at seemingly odd times of the day. 5pm on a Monday and Sunday. How can you not have your business hours on your door? I'ts just stupid and causes your customers to waste their time.

I trekked halfway across town on foot based on the good reviews here. The selection is excellent for Vancouver.

One thing to note is that this place is in a very bad part of town. I would not hang around at night or if you are alone.

I was very disappointed in this place.

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Photo of jeffwhit
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

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Photo of stagger
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My favourite beer room on the planet, so far.

20 (mostly) beautiful beers on tap, including selections you won't see anywhere else (current list at ). I wanted to take notes, but I was on a date & Mrs. Stagger would have clouted me. She was a little miffed at me dragging her to a beer-oriented place at a dubious address, but all that dissipated when we walked through the doors. The room is a beautifully renovated heritage building (as opposed to most of the area, which are dumpy, rundown heritage buildings) with a classy, young, urban atmosphere. But not _too_ classy, not _too_ young, and not _too too_ urban. The food was amazingly good, and not at all pricey for what we got. A decent amount of vegetarian selection, which is essential to us. I think the french fries were the best I'd ever had. Ever!

It'll be a few visits before I can settle down to a single pint here - I ordered the "frat bat" (this name being one of the low points of our visit) sampler of 4 beers, twice. The clear winner of each set was Central City's ESB, a beer I didn't even know existed until that moment (a brilliant beer, a stellar beer).

Service was friendly and reasonable. The hostess was bored out of her skull but the waitress was nice and reasonably attentive. Prices are decent. I think they've got the tone of the place just right, the perfect balance of upmarket and casual. Mrs. Stagger, not at all a beer-oriented woman, loved it as much as I did, and I can't think of any better recommendation than that.

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Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

What a fantastic little bar in Vancouver.
Visited here on a Sunday afternoon in June 2009. Sat at the bar.

It's in a neat building right alongside the railroad tracks, not far from the gaslight district. Inside is brown, wood, rusty metal combo. Like a ship's insides, but open and airy. Downstairs is like a wooden cave.

Service was glacially slow, but when we did get attention the two bartenders were friendly and talkative. Still, for 1PM on a Sunday with only about 12 people in the whole place, the pace of the two bartenders was just agonizing.

Selection was great. About 20 on tap, plus 2 on cask and 20 more in bottles. Lots of BC / Canadian / West Coast brews. I was impressed, although I'm probably biased because I certainly can't get any of the BC brews in Atlanta. Bottle selection was mostly Belgian.

Prices were about $5.75 a pint. Didn't try the food.

I would definitely recommend the Alibi room if you're in Vancouver.

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Photo of jp11801
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of mhewes
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of CBA
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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>)

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Photo of colebenoit
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A go-to place unknown to even the local beer geeks and recommended to me by Gerry of BC Creek store. They work their butt off to be friendly and accomodating here to the micro scene, with 14 taps from 13 brewerie across BC. Noone else does this and Tigglmtl and I enjoyed more than one good round. A few bottles on their list I had not seen elsewhere, including private orders. All taps fresh and extra points for style diversification. A must stopin Vancouver. Marginally seedy part of town, but parking not too difficult.

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