The Alibi

Portland, OR
Bar & Restaurant
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4024 N. Interstate Ave
Portland, OR
Opened in 1947
Daily 11am-2am
(503) 287-5335

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The Alibi



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Decor 8.9
Drink Quality 6.6
Drink Selection 7.1
Food Quality 7.5
Food Selection 7.5
Mood 8.8
Music 5.9
Service 8.8
Tikiness 8.7
Tilt 9.1
Vibe 7.3

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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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, 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
The Palms Motor Hotel
Portland, OR
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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PackmanWSU01 has visited The Alibi.
July 30, 2016, 9:55 PM
Went December 2015, food menu has the standard barfare. Regarding the drinks, they are simple but tasty...especially Neon Sign. Unfortunately no tiki mugs though.
tikiwithray is a semi-regular at The Alibi.
April 30, 2016, 11:59 PM
I think what makes the Alibi so cool is that the place has been around for a long time and you can tell. The building has been around since the turn of the century and became a Tiki bar around the 40s, 50s. Most of what you see at the Alibi has been there every since. It's always great to visit a brand new Tiki bar but there is something even cooler about a place that is worn in like the Alibi.

The drinks are more sugary than I normally like but they are still good. I think the Alibi would be a great place to introduce someone into Tiki drinks.

The Alibi does Karaoke every evening and it gets crowed and wild. I recommend going earlier when it's chill and mellow.

Here is my full review of The Alibi:
Shop99er is a semi-regular at 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.
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