Portland >Bars & Clubs > Alibi
4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9722745.552434 -122.680859
Neighborhoods: North Portland Neighborhood Services, Overlook
Love this 'dive' bar – Okay, my definition of a 'dive' bar may be different from anothers...and 'dive' bar might not be something an establishment wants to be known for but I've been here a few times and my husband & I just love it here. It's dark, fabulously decorated, the servers are a kick. This was our last stop last Thursday night because I had to have some tater tots and Jeremy did not disappoint. We sat at the bar (always do) and were entertained by his antics (a glass of our finest single serving wine). Admittedly, we don't come on the weekends but for a late weekday night, we enjoy our Alibi time.
ok karaoke, TERRIBLE service – The Alibi charged my bank card and I left cash w/ my server. I asked about getting my money back as they charged me twice. I waited on hold, was not called back, and was pretty much told "too bad". Here's some advice for next time you go to the bar- DON'T open a tab. Ridiculous.
hell yeah karaoke – totally nice place to take a date i showed up there last week with my boys and we rocked the mike and got toasty. the drinks were strong and we were the cream of the crop at the show i would give this a 5 but the food was on the expensive side so im knocking down one plus it gets real busy but its not their fault
Need an Alibi for Alibi – The dark and dreary, 70s-style tiki lounge would perhaps cause most to walk back out and head for trendier waters. Those willing to take a few more steps past the bar and up the stairs to the back room, would be happily greeted by tipsy, fun-loving, karaoke-heads singing (and screaming) their favorite karaoke tunes. The crowd? Almost 100% 20 and 30 year olds, although their song repertoire would suggest older souls. Barry Manilow, Beach Boys, Peter Gabriel were among the artists who were paid homage with performances that often included passionate jumping! The KJ (whose name escapes me) was thoroughly enthused as he called performers up to the stage. Later in the evening, he did a throwback to Meat Loaf during a down time. "And I would do anything for love, but I won't do that..." he sang with most of the crowd singing along. Sunday night at the Alibi, I give it a 4 star rating for great atmosphere, great happy hour and a top-notch KJ. A rating less than perfect because I'm not convinced that older singers would enjoy their time and importantly, the karaoke section of the bar is not wheelchair accessible.
I love The Alibi! – The Alibi is a great place to come to just have a good time. Unlike a lot of other bars, it doesn't possess the meat market atmosphere, and I've yet to see any fights, arguments, etc- so it's a nice place to go if you want to avoid drama. The atmosphere is great: there are several separate rooms to sit in, so if you're not into karaoke and you just want to chat and hang out with your friends, you can.
I love karaoke here. If you want to hear good singers, though, this is NOT the place to go. Most of the people who get up to sing goof off and don't take it seriously. I love to sing, and the Alibi totally has me covered with a HUGE selection of songs (more than I've seen at any other karaoke bars in Portland or Vancouver). Erin, the KJ, is really friendly and quick, so even if she has a ton of singers you can plan on singing. She's awesome!
The drinks are a little weak and overpriced, so order beer or a straight shot- stay away from their selection of fruity tropical drinks.
On saturday nights they have a free buffet, which is actually really good!
This place can be really crowded, especially in the karaoke area, and sometimes its hard to find a place to sit. The waiters are a little slow, too, but they have a lot of customers so cut them some slack.
Fun karaoke, mediocre service – The bar has a fun tiki theme and the karaoke 7 days a week is always a blast. But the service is always a bit slow and the drinks are a bit overpriced. Fun place to have a party though.
Great place to Karaoke! – I can?t vouch for their food but this was a cool place to Karaoke! You can?t miss their sign right off Interstate as the sign reminds me of something I?d see in Reno. Entering here, you see the bar and off to the right booths to sit in with that cheesy red leather type look to it from the 70?s. A Happy Days feel. Then towards the back it turns into a Tiki Lounge setting. They have a TON of phat songs to choose from. This place was real busy on Friday night. We put our song request in around 11pm and it took about 20 songs for ours to be called. So get your song in early and often. Fun place! They do allow smoking, however.
Awesome service, avoid weekend nights if you want to do karaoke – Went to the Alibi a couple of weeks ago for a bachelorette party and even though it was packed, we managed to grab a booth in the back for all 10 of us. Unfortunately we were told there were 40 people ahead of us for karaoke already. A few of us put songs up plus the requisite $1 each (which I only think you should have to pay when you actually sing a song) including the bride. The KJ was very nice and after slipping her a fiver, she said she would make sure the bride-to-be sang, which she did after not too long. We were also told we could only order 3 items from the menu since we got there a bit after midnight and the kitchen was closed. We ended up ordering all three items including chips and salsa, which was good, hummus with pita, which was also good, and the macaroni and cheese, which was totally AWESOME! It was made with pepperjack and other cheeses and it was honestly the best I have ever had! Our server was SO nice (I can't remember his name but he was young and cute and probably new) and he was very attentive to our needs. He wasn't rude or stressed out even though it was so packed and we had a big party.
Overall, I really liked the Alibi, although I would recommend getting there early in the evening if you want to sing or eat. I also probably wouldn't recommend it for a bachelorette party, although a birthday party would probably be fun there.
Oh yeah, their bathrooms do indeed need improvement (maybe they will be expanded in the future?), but didn't quite keep me from wanting to go back.
Cool atmosphere, weak drinks – The atmosphere is really chill and the crowd is really into the karaoke there. The drinks are weak and the list for singing is really long.....expect to wait about an hour before your name is called.
Be drunk and plan to stay drunk – I've been to the Alibi a few times, and each visit has been a memorable experience. The decor is unbeatable, the staff is friendly, and on weekends it's packed with excited karaoke fans and singers. However, this fun joint has some major flaws. It is large establishment with a sizable karaoke lounge and a sprawling dining area and bar, yet there is only one women's restroom--a sad, single-stall job consistently in disrepair (clogged toilet, broken lock, missing lock, missing DOOR, etc.). Although the staff is upbeat and hardworking, there are clearly not enough servers working on weekends. The wait staff is spread thin and service is slow, so prepare to order two of your favorite drinks at a time. And while you're at it, plan to keep downing the drinks all night long. Although this place is fun when you're appropriately boozy, the thrill wears off big time when sobriety hits. On weekends the Alibi is crowded, dirty, smokey, and home to the absolute worst karaoke crooners I've ever heard, all of which can be a real treat....if you're dunk.
A few final pros: The Cesar salad is great, and you can buy a bucket of Landsharks for $12.
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