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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

7.9

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Everyone You
Decor 9.1
Drink Quality 7.1
Drink Selection 7.7
Food Quality 7.7
Food Selection 7.9
Mood 8.2
Music 5.5
Service 8.6
Tikiness 8.9
Tilt 8.7
Vibe 7.1

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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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3.9
motor hotel. While not strictly tiki, it does have a fantastic neon sign, and is within stumbling distance.

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KevinCrossman
KevinCrossman has visited The Alibi.
July 1, 2017, 7:08 PM
I had high hopes for the Alibi based on the bright signage outside. The decor inside is quite well done as well, with several rooms, tikis on the walls, aquariums, and even a Moai with water feature. The staff was friendly and we ordered our drinks. My Mai Tai was so-so, but my wife liked the Miami Vice (she likes slushy drinks). My Shark Attack was better but still not amazing.

This was a Monday night after dinner but the place was dead. The few other patrons didn't seems to be into the tiki scene. The music at the Alibi was 1980s pop hits. Compare to Hale Peale that we went to immediately afterward and it was packed, musically appropriate, and lively.

There is definitely a reason to visit, just wish the drinks were better and the place was more happening.
PackmanWSU01
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
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:
http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-5-alibi-portland/
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