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The Alibi

Portland, OR
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4024 N. Interstate Ave
Portland, OR
Opened in 1947
Daily 11:30am-2:30am
21+ only
(503) 287-5335
Flaming pu-pu platter

Critiki ratings

The Alibi

7.8

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by 174 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 8.9
Drink Quality 7.4
Drink Selection 7.7
Food Quality 7.3
Food Selection 7.4
Mood 8
Music 5.9
Service 8.4
Tikiness 8.7
Tilt 8.4
Vibe 7.5

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Humuhumu’s description

Even through the darkest days of tikidom, The Alibi remained popular and busy—probably due to the frequent karaoke nights. The Alibi is full of beautiful lamps and decor from Oceanic Arts
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Oceanic Arts
Whittier, CA
Store
9.7
, and has been cared for very well. The drinks for many years were on the weak and sweet side; that changed when new management took over in 2017, and the menu is now solidly-constructed classic tiki drinks and originals.
The Alibi has a long history that predates tiki. It began in the late 1800s as the Chat-n-Nibble, a horse & buggy stop along a dirt road. In later days it became a tavern called Max Alibi. The third owner, Roy Ell, took over the tavern in 1947 and renamed it The Alibi. Ell had travelled to Hawaii, and is responsible for changing the decor to reflect his own Polynesian tastes. The tavern was expanded to include the restaurant in the 1950s. The Witco-inspired rails and 3D hula-girl mural were 1970s additions. In the 1980s, Ell leased The Alibi with the agreement that the decor must stay as is. From 1992 to 2017 The Alibi was run by the White family. In 2017, well-regarded local historic bar managers Marcus Archambeault and Warren Boothby took over with a light restoration and a re-focused bar and food menu, including a flaming pu-pu platter.
Just across the street is The Palms
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The Palms Motor Hotel
Portland, OR
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2.8
motor hotel. While not strictly tiki, it does have a fantastic neon sign, and is within stumbling distance.

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LilTopHat
LilTopHat has visited The Alibi.
July 13, 2020, 10:43 AM
While running such a place during Covid can be a challenge, we felt comfortable there. Staff was masked and gloved, and appropriate measures to limit contact and handling were in place. Sitting areas were also safely limited, with every other booth open. It was a great to be able to get out for a little bit.
Slowhandtikiman
Slowhandtikiman has visited The Alibi.
February 4, 2020, 5:17 PM
I stopped on a trip through Portland and thoroughly enjoyed the place. I ordered my Planters Punch OFF the menu and the bartender did a very good job.
I really like the Vintage Tiki Bar Decor and Vibe. I will definitely visit again.
June 8, 2019, 11:46 AM
I REALLY enjoyed the Alibi. I believe a significant aspect of my response had to do with my expectations, which were not high. My experience was truly marvelous and memorable however. The interior really swept me away with the wonderful tiki decor and the dark old school steak house palate on which the tiki decor was placed. I thought both were very well done, and again, I was totally swept away. The drinks and selection were really good, and we had two appetizers that were delicious. What really brought it all home for my wife and I however was Brooke, the bartender. She distinguished herself as a seasoned professional that knew her craft well and engaged us both in a way that made us both say, this place is AWESOME. We will go back today and are headed to Hale Pele for the first time today, and I'm thinking, "It is going to be hard for Hale Pele to beat our experience at The Alibi."
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