Portland >Bars & Clubs > Alibi
4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.552434 -122.680859
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook
Portland Institution - just don't eat here – I don't ever want to see this place in the light of day. I want my Alibi dark, loud, and seen through drunken eyes. I have so many great memories of this place, I can only praise it. It's Portland's original tiki bar with little pretention (hipsters have been known to frequent it), cheap watery drinks, awesome decor, karaoke (sometimes too many people though) all packaged under the best neon sign this side of the 45th parallel. The food? Don't eat here unless you have the munchies and are craving something unhealthy and fried covered in bright red sweet and sour sauce. Yuppies and families avoided it, hipsters have loved it. But over the years, it still maintains this blue collar familial feeling, dirt and all.
Lunch could be better – My spouse and I tried the Alibi for a weekday lunch. Found the drinks watery and the food mostly breaded and fried.
Hello Karaoke and Fun PooPoo! – I had a great time here twice. Hard to get a cab after hours though and the whole "pay for karaoke" situation was just about unacceptable. Several situations to experience, near bar, far from bar, back hall...a nice diversity. The crowd was eclectic: hippies, slackers, frat-crowd (but not to unbearable), our aging parental generation...all good folks. I gave it a four because of pay per play karaoke...not "kewl." All in all a favorable experience.
Best bar to watch the help – Where's Reed? They said he left?? No!!! We love to sit at the bar and just watch him work because he is one of the BEST bartenders in our fair town, I've never seen a server/bartender have so much fun and work as hard as this guy. Portland's bartenders are generally hum drum and too busy talking to pour a drink but The Alibi's bartender is a hidden gem. We love you Reed!! The other bartenders are good, too, it's a show every night so we have to say that this is one of our favorite places in town.
Tiki Bar with Interesting Atmosphere – People were having fun and the atmosphere is very funky-tiki bar decor. The music is great (lots of 80s songs I used to dance to in clubs) and the seating was great. Lots of room in this place. The service was great-our server was very attentive and helpful. The drinks were fine, a little too sweet for my taste, but the Maitai was decent. The food should be avoided; it's all heavy, breaded, deep-fried fat. The salad was nothing but ice burg lettuce coated in dressing. However, my friends and I did enjoy our drinks and sang along to the music. It's a fun place with lots of people enjoying themselves. The parking lot was great and we had no trouble finding a spot. The biggest complaint I have is the bathroom-it's horrible. The women?s' bathroom has one toilet in a closet-sized area with no proper stall door (two swinging disconnected doors that don't shut and the gap between the doors prevents any privacy).
cool place to pop in to , eat elseware – dont order food , i orderd the scallops and shrimp and i must say it was the worst i ever had , she had the steak it was a salt lick ,and the drinks are small and week , the kona beer is the best deal i had , the place is cool very tiki have dinner someware else before or after you go .
Great atmosphere. nice staff. good weeknight joint. – I came here for the birthday party of a friend of a friend. Expecting to show up and leave as soon as I spent an obligatory half hour, I ended up closing the place down and having a lot of fun. The service was efficient and i always seemed to have a drink in front of me (even if i didn't remember ordering one). That was on a weekend night and because huge flocks of college kids usually aren't my thing unless i'm totally anihalated, I now frequent the alibi on weeknights. Karaoke is avoidable if you're not into it and there are plenty of cool things to look at as well as a reasonable mixture of all sorts of portland types to talk to.
"Scurvy Sailor", please – My wife and I were there on a Saturday night for a work party and it was one of the busiest places I've ever seen. I was really amazed at the decor and atmosphere, the people were fun and the staff was just plain busy. We spent most of the night there and had a great time, though service was a bit backed up we didn't have to wait too long at all for our drinks. They could make the restrooms a bit bigger (I'm a big guy) but overall this place is amazing. I've never seen anyplace like it and the colors of the drinks were over the top. I'm not much of a karaoker but it was packed to the walls with singing and dancing, it was just fun to watch. I had a drink called a Scurvy Sailor, I don't know what was in it but I'll be back to find out. North Portland rules!
Great food, FUN karoke, GREAT drinks, awesome happy hour – I absolutely love the Alibi! The tiki decor of the place is amazing. They have great food and excellent service. I have yet to have a bad experience there. The Staff is one of a kind, very friendly and accommodating. I always have a great time there. The drinks are pretty strong and pretty easy on your wallet(2.50 for PBR)! If you go on the weekend you have to be patient becuase it can get very busy, but I have find myself still having a fabulous time. Durring the week Its different. I usually go in with groups of 6 or more for karoke on weeknights. Karoke there is a blast. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE gets way into it. Its a show in itself, great entertainment. If you have the chance check it out. The best part is that they have a free buffet on saturday nights! ANyways, I think they do a great job taking care of their clientel.
Great atmosphere but poor service while busy – I want to start out with you definitely need to go to The Alibi to experience it for yourself. I have gone there twice now, the first time was on New Years Eve and the service was awesome & couldn't have been better. The second time I went there with some co-workers I was very, very disappointed in the service. My co-workers and I got to the restaurant a little after 6:00pm on a Friday night and all was well. As soon as 9:00pm rolled around and the karaoke was getting started and the place was starting to get packed and the service went down hill. Our server totally quite stopping by our table and mind you we were on the way up to the karaoke area. When we were ready to pay our bill and leave we ended up having to ask a different server about our check. He then told our server that we'd wanted our check and he did acknowledge us and yet we waited for another 45 minutes before we decided to just walk out. I do love the atmosphere and the food was good, but if you want good service I would highly recommend going and leaving before the karaoke gets started. And just a side note...all of the comment you'll most likely end up ready online regarding the drinks being watered down...THEY ARE!!! I am a very, very light weight drinker and I had 3 drinks and not one thing felt different. Good luck and have fun with whatever you decide to do.
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