Located in a heritage building that some say used to be a glove factory and also a law office at one time, The Alibi Room has quickly become the epicenter of the Vancouver craft beer scene. I have been coming to the bar since 2006, and for better and for worse, its popularity has exploded since then.
The bar itself is located right on the border of Gastown and the downtown east side. If tourists decide on visiting The Alibi Room, I recommend walking East down Alexander Street from the touristy side of Gastown to get to it. Walking down Main Street from the Main Street/Science World Skytrain Station would only lead a person straight into the poorest postal code in Canada past unsavory characters.
Most of the staff are friendly, and they are all knowledgeable about beer. Even craft beer novices would be in good hands if they are willing to ask questions. The food is great, but more expensive than casual pub fare. Physically, the atmosphere is brick and wood with a building neighbouring the train tracks on the North side. Whereas the crowd used to be always casual and mixed, now it can change from hipster, to pretentious, to casual and mixed depending on the night. Dates and female partners like this place as well, because there are no televisions playing sports, because female servers are dressed in their day-to-day attire, and because there are plenty of female friendly beers and cocktails options.
Be ready to wait if you show up on a Friday or Saturday evening after about 6:00 pm.
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