The Alibi

Bar & Restaurant
4024 N. Interstate Ave
Portland, Oregon, United States
Ph: (503) 287-5335
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Mon-Sat 11am-2:30am
Sun 11am-1am
Opened in 1947
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
The Palms Motor Hotel, Portland 0.2 mi
0.3 km
Trader Vic's, Portland 1.8 mi
2.9 km
Hale Pele, Portland 2.4 mi
3.9 km
Munktiki, Portland 6.6 mi
10.6 km
Kapu Hut, Eugene 105.1 mi
169.2 km
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Seating area at The Alibi in Portland
June 2011, photo by GrandMarquis
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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, and has been cared for very well. The drinks tend to be on the weak and sweet side; the menu is full of newer drinks of their own creation, and DeKuyper's liqueurs are featured heavily.

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. The current lessee has been running The Alibi since 1992.

Just across the street is The Palms motor hotel. While not strictly tiki, it does have a fantastic neon sign, and is within stumbling distance.

How to find it:
The nearest cross-street is N. Shaver St. You cannot miss The Alibi, the sign is dramatic.
The Alibi has free parking in its own parking lot.
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June 9, 2009, 11:02 PM
I've been going to the Alibi for almost 8 years and I love it! The original decor is fabulous and the staff is great. I'm planning a get together with my friends there next Wednesday.
tiki kupcake is a regular at The Alibi, and is usually there Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday.

June 10, 2010, 7:25 AM
Tiki kupcake took me here as well. The decor is amazing and I like the old school, dive bar vibe of it. We had lunch and I thought the food was pretty good. Didn't get a chance to try the drinks, but am planning on going back on my next trip to Portland!
tropicalihoney has visited The Alibi.

March 6, 2012, 7:42 PM
I didn't eat here, so can't speak for the food. But the drinks were awful. My husband had a drink called something like Komoniwantolayya. It was sickeningly sweet. We asked for an extra shot of rum to try and balance it out, it didnt help much. I had a Scorpion that was simply undrinkable. The waitress, who couldn't offer any drink recommendations because she " didn't drink tiki drinks", told me the dark rum used in the drink was Cruzan blackstrap. It was gross. No wonder the waitress didn't drink the drinks there.

However, the decor was very authentic and really original looking. That was the only thing I liked about this place. Oh an the neon blinking sign out front was awesome. Very Las Vegas.

Tiki Kiki has visited The Alibi.

August 29, 2012, 12:15 AM
Have been there twice and can say that the Fish and chips are very yummy. The drinks, on the other hand are the worst tiki drinks I have ever had. Taste like licking some blacktop after you juice on it. I had a Scorpian that I quickly washed down with a PBR.
The Porkchop Express has visited The Alibi.

November 20, 2015, 9:52 PM
Alibi reminds me of the Tiki bars in Honolulu in the mid-1970's. As a result, I have a soft spot in my heart for this joint. It ain't the greatest Tiki Bar I've ever been to, but I love it. It reminds me of my young adulthood in Hawaii, and feels like a place I would have loved back then.
Shop99er is a semi-regular at The Alibi.

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