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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 25
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
157 Alexander St
, V6A 1B8
phone: (604) 623-3383
(Place added by: Sammy on 05-12-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 25 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
The Alibi Room was closed on Canada Day 02 July, so went the next night, which was Friday. Bit of a walk from Gastown center. There is a small outdoor seating area, but it was night and slightly cold. Inside is very cool. Very trendy looking, but in a good beer bar kind of way. We originally were seated at the handrail near the bar with stools, but we moved to the bar when seats were freed up. Upstairs is totally different from downstairs. Upstairs, there are lots of community tables and a large bar. Downstairs, there is a small bar and lots of little tables for small groups. Our bartender was on his game, as he took the time to explain the origin of a beer's name to me, and had several conversations about beer with the gentleman besides me. Selection here was off the charts good. Every good BC brewery seemed to be represented here, plus a few WA and OR breweries and even DFH. I didn't know where to start or where to end. I went with the Tree Brewing Captivator Doppelbock and the Crannog Brewing Back Hand of God organic Stout. Both were awesome. My wife also enjoyed the two beers she had. Prices were also very reasonable, dare I say inexpensive for Vancouver. I would have expected to pay more per beer, but I was glad to not. The Alibi Room is hands down the best place that we came across to have a beer in Vancouver.
07-07-2010 23:06:06 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This establishment is genuinely top notch. It feels like a seattle brewpub with the excellent selection of beers and the great bunch selection. I'm pretty sure they don't sell any of the gross domestic swill that you can get almost anywhere in Canada. (At Steamworks brewery, half the bar was drinking kokanee.)
We had a great brunch, stuffed french toast and a fantastic bacon sandwich with well prepped potatoes and a really nice fresh greens salad.
I ordered a sampler of beers, and was blown away by two local beers from area breweries, and two others were also prety good. Their tap list is extensive and varied, with great options in the belgian styles, and lambics, sour beers, saisons, as well as a nice looking set of IPA's and other more traditional NW syles.
Highly recommended, nice staff and a great selection. the interior vibe is great too.
Iain (of Yaletown Brew Pub)- Oud Bruin Sour Belgian (FANTASTIC)
01-25-2010 01:56:58 |
More by henrysunset
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-27-2009 20:05:40 |
More by SBinF
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
Well it took me three visits just to be able to get in and have a drink here. On my previous 2 attempts they were closed at seemingly odd times of the day. 5pm on a Monday and Sunday. How can you not have your business hours on your door? I'ts just stupid and causes your customers to waste their time.
I trekked halfway across town on foot based on the good reviews here. The selection is excellent for Vancouver.
One thing to note is that this place is in a very bad part of town. I would not hang around at night or if you are alone.
I was very disappointed in this place.
09-26-2009 00:20:46 |
More by foxbat2500
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
08-08-2009 08:01:34 |
More by jeffwhit
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My favourite beer room on the planet, so far.
20 (mostly) beautiful beers on tap, including selections you won't see anywhere else (current list at http://www.alibi.ca/?q=node/5 ). I wanted to take notes, but I was on a date & Mrs. Stagger would have clouted me. She was a little miffed at me dragging her to a beer-oriented place at a dubious address, but all that dissipated when we walked through the doors. The room is a beautifully renovated heritage building (as opposed to most of the area, which are dumpy, rundown heritage buildings) with a classy, young, urban atmosphere. But not _too_ classy, not _too_ young, and not _too too_ urban. The food was amazingly good, and not at all pricey for what we got. A decent amount of vegetarian selection, which is essential to us. I think the french fries were the best I'd ever had. Ever!
It'll be a few visits before I can settle down to a single pint here - I ordered the "frat bat" (this name being one of the low points of our visit) sampler of 4 beers, twice. The clear winner of each set was Central City's ESB, a beer I didn't even know existed until that moment (a brilliant beer, a stellar beer).
Service was friendly and reasonable. The hostess was bored out of her skull but the waitress was nice and reasonably attentive. Prices are decent. I think they've got the tone of the place just right, the perfect balance of upmarket and casual. Mrs. Stagger, not at all a beer-oriented woman, loved it as much as I did, and I can't think of any better recommendation than that.
08-07-2009 17:27:38 |
More by stagger
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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.
07-15-2009 13:38:29 |
More by shivtim
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.
04-18-2009 23:23:14 |
More by jp11801
Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC, Canada
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