Alibi Room

Alibi RoomAlibi Room
BA SCORE
4.57/5
75 Ratings
Alibi RoomAlibi Room
PLACE INFO

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:
28
Ratings:
75
pDev:
7.66%
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of morebeergood
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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 barleywinefiend
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: My wife, mom in law and myself strolled in here after leaving Gastown around 1PM on a Saturday, Parked on the street(by thge way, meters are broken and steal your money). We walked in met by a host and seated. The place is setup much like biergarden or haus with pseudo long tables which you may be sharing with other patrons. There were about 50 people here on this day. A mixed crowd but it seemed more popular with the young mid 20 to 30 crowd, seemed somewhat of a "place to be". Everyone sordove in clicks and keeping to themselves. The bathroom downstairs revealed another bar area and the bar upstairs had maybe a dozen seats to it right next to the door.

Q: All of the beer on the menu was quality stuff. I had two beers and all seemed nice, clean and infection free

S: The service was nice, not really outgoing but prompt. My only issue was this; after I finished my first beer, the waitress picked up my glass and never asked me if I wanted another. I sat for another 30 minutes and flagged her down for another.

S: The selection was great! I had a Thor's Hammer barleywine with my brunch and a Two Trees Double Hophead IIPA which was less than stellar. I spotted some Odin Brewing courtesy of Seattle, lots of BC brewries including Fat Tug on draft plus some Rogue Old Crusty 2001

F: Food was PHENOM! They serve brunch on Saturdays until dinner and wow. We were all impressed on the portion and quality.

My only issue is $7.50 beers, especially whe the beer is below average.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of shivtim
3.95/5  rDev -13.6%
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 Kurmaraja
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of Beervana
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bumchilly25
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.8/5  rDev +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 buschbeer
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I stumbled across this place in an article when researching my trip to Vancouver, and am I ever glad that I did. I had the opportunity to go on a Friday evening. The place was packed. There were three bars in here and my friend and I were lucky enough to find a couple seats.

The beer menu was phenomenal. It was tough to select a few beers to try. My palate had grown weary of the IPA's, amber ale, and pale ales that were prevalent in the Pacific Northwest. I was happy to see a wide variety of styles. I had a porter, pumpkin stout, barrel aged wheat wine, a Flanders red. They were all great. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable.

The only drawback to the experience was the guy I sat next to. He seemed mentally unstable. When he went to the restroom one of the bartenders asked if he was bugging me and offered to remove him from the premises. I was having such a great time trying the beers that he was merely a minor annoyance to my evening.

I ordered the bison cheese steak sandwich. I'm not gonna lie. I don't remember how it tasted. It just soaked up some of the fantastic beers that I was trying. But it's probably safe to say that it was great considering how awesome everything else was.

I really liked this place and wish I would have had a couple nights to sit in this place and try more of the beer and food. I would go back any chance that I had. It was THE highlight of my trip to the northwest.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bylerteck
4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.35/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of anteater
4.36/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of johnyb
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of strongaf
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Place rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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