The Alibi Room is located in an industrial heritage space on the eastern edge of Gastown. This two level, minimalist room is owned by film types and features a diverse menu with a healthy concience.
Had never heard of the place, but went along with friends to try it out.
Huge selection (20+ ?) of beers on draught - beers/ales, lagers, porters/stouts, fruity little numbers & even a couple of ciders. You're spoilt for choice if you're a beer drinker. Excellent, with the possibility of small sample orders. A breath of fresh air, more like a traditional British pub.
But whilst the beer selection is excellent, the main course food selection is somewhat limiting (5 or 6 items ?), poor quality & poor VFM. They serve a small selection of tapas-type nibbly dishes to go with your beer, which are OK.
Service seems a little stressed & a little pushy, but that could be because they were busy. Go to the bar & order direct & browse the selections on offer. Check out the guest beers on the chalk board.
Good atmosphere & not a TV is sight, so you might be able to have a conversation with your friends !
It's located a little out of Gastown. You could quite easily walk past it, as there is no signage advertising the establishment. Great for train-spotting, as it backs onto the railyards !
I'd definitely go back.
I liked it. The decor was minimalist but not cold, especially with the exposed brick. All of the food was fabulous. Our waitress was attentive but not pushy. We shared several different dishes: yam fries, Crab and salmon cakes with an artichoke and green bean salad, basil and caper aioli, Cheese plate, and Salad of gorgonzola, roasted hazelnuts and poached pears. They were out of the veggie dumplings :( which I wanted to try - maybe next time. We also had a few martinis and mixed drinks (no beer for us). The food was absolutely delicious, worth the money and it was satisfying. The portions were not big but since we were sharing - we had enough of everything to get a good taste and not leave feeling hungry.
I would go back here again.
Been here a couple of times recently and enjoyed it a lot. Compared to the "same-old-same-old" lounges and bars, this is a fresh, fun, easy going and a good night out.
You are really coming for the beer and the ambiance. Beer selection is really good - it would be five stars if there was a rating for it. The space is exactly what it should be - open space, warehouse style, unpretentious and allows the energy and atmosphere to flow around the room.
On the down side, food is pretty but insipid. Some of the dishes look fantastic - but I'm yet to find one that you could say stands out in any other way. That being said, there is nothing terrible either. As a backdrop to the drinks, its appropriate but unexciting.
We've found the staff engaging and fun and they add to the buzz of the place and our experience is that the service has been pitch perfect for the type of venue. (I know there are lounges where the staff are more on top of the service, but then feels less relaxed and appropriate.) Its the closest thing to a European bistro/tavern vibe I've found in Vancouver.
Later in the evening it can be hard for people to get a table/seat - you can book (we did), but it does feel like it should be the sort of place you should just be able to descend upon and find a table. At the moment its probably a teeny bit oversubscribed for that to happen - but I'm sure the owners see that as the kind of problem they like.
Bottom line, wholly recommend it for a convivial night out.
The Alibi Room has the best beer selection in the city. I love to go here for group gatherings as the communal tables lend themselves well to big dinner parties. I also like to sit at the bar on my own sampling a selection of micro brews. The staff are so warm, very inviting. I never feel uncomfortable sitting by myself. I love the menu. There seems to be a local focus on ingredients which I am always in support of. If you are looking for a casual atmosphere, a great time, good food and friendly service check out the Alibi Room.
I was looking for a place for a nice quiet dinner and that was exactly what I found at the Alibi Room. The night I was there (last Thursday) it wasn't busy at all, so we got to choose our own spot to sit. Once we were seated, our waitress soon came to greet us and took our drink orders. We had the satay beef tenderloin for appetizer - $10 for 2 kabobs - which was a bit pricey but was very tasty. For the main course I had a spinach salad with goat cheese and some nuts (there were something else but I can't remember), which I enjoyed and the portion was just right for me. If there's anything I found they were short of, was that the menu selections were not as extensive as what they have on their website and I hope our beautiful waitress could've smiled a little more. But overall both my company and myself had a good time there and would love to go back to try out their brunch or late night snacks. :)