In fact, when craft beer enthusiast group CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) doles out its annual awards, two medals are automatic: the Alibi Room wins Gold for best taphouse, and co-owner Nigel Springthorpe wins Gold for best bartender. Every year.
None of this could have been predicted when Nigel and his sister-in-law Raya Audet took over ownership of the Alibi Room in 2006. Initially they didn’t plan for much of an overhaul, but Nigel was intrigued by what he saw down the street at Six Acres restaurant. “They had a really impressive beer menu. But it was all bottles and mostly European. So I thought, let’s do draught and BC."
Those were the days before the craft beer boom, however, so Nigel’s options were limited. To supplement the handful of local breweries, he also approached local brewpubs, but they weren’t set up for keg sales and were anxious about an outside vendor handling their product and presenting it to consumers. Undeterred, Nigel prevailed by going directly to the facilities and befriending the brewers themselves.
“I still remember the first brewpub to come on board.” he reminisces fondly. "Mission Springs.” Next were the Vancouver Island brewpubs. “Once a month, I’d do my milk run. First Longwood in Nanaimo, then Craig Street in Duncan, then into Victoria for Swans and Spinnakers. I’d barely be able to see over my hood on the drive home because the back of my truck was so loaded down with kegs."Read the story of Alibi Room
ALES & CIDERS LAGERS, WHEATS, EUROS, SOURS, STOUTS WINES AND COCKTAILS
Edamame with toasted sesame salt
Skinny fries with garlic chili vinegar & housemade ketchup
Free-run chicken wings with sweet chili garlic sauce & fresh cilantro
Mezze plate — white bean & green olive dip, housemade rosemary flatbread, goat feta, caponata, marinated olives
Mushroom & hazelnut pate, truffle oil, garlic confit & crostini
Charcuterie plate — daily selection, house condiments, warm breads
Cheese plate — daily selection, house condiments, warm breads
House greens - carrot, beet, cucumber, sunflower seeds, goat feta, mustard-cider vinaigrette
Beet salad - greens, chevre, pickled apple, hazelnuts, honey-ginger dressing
Warm butternut squash, winter greens, housemade bacon, pumpkin seeds, lentils, maple-dijon dressing
+ add cheddar / bacon / mushrooms for $2 each or “the works” for $4
***our Pemberton beef patty is made from fresh beef, ground daily and we cook it medium (meaning it’s pink in the middle). If you’d prefer it cooked otherwise, please let your server know when you place your order.
Housemade veggie burger — chili mayo, lettuce, house zucchini pickles. Fries & slaw
BBQ pork belly samwich — beer braised onions. Fries & jalapeno slaw
Bison cheese steak samwich — peppers, onions & cheddar. Fries & pepita slaw
Pemberton Farms all natural beef burger — lettuce, tomato & smoked onion mayo. Side pickle, fries & slaw
*Served from 5-10pm Sunday to Thursday and from 5-11pm Friday & Saturday
*fresh sheet items may be available only in limited numbers. Ask your server or bartender for availability.
Please ask your server about our ever-changing dessert specials!!!
Kentucky Beer Cheese w Housemade Crackers & Crostini
Green Chile with Fraser Valley Pork + Housemade Corn Chips
Housemade Meatballs in Tomato Sauce + Arugula Pesto & Garlic Toast
Broccoli & Mushroom Stirfry w/Spinach, Organic Tofu & Rice Noodles + Soy-Ginger Sauce
Grilled Peace Country Lamb Sirloin Chop, Pearl Couscous, Harissa & Spinach
Roasted Rossdown Farms Chicken Breast, Fingerling Potatoes, Carrots, Greens, Melted Leeks & Jus
***Alibi uses “Rabbit River Farms” organic local eggs & “Two Rivers” handmade sausages***
Big Brekky - 2 eggs, styled as you please with roasted potatoes and toast
ADD “Two Rivers” Classic Breakfast Sausage OR Back Bacon OR R&B Beer Cured Chorizo
Eggs Benny – 2 poached eggs, back bacon & hollandaise on English muffin w/roasted potatoes
Tomato & Brie Benny – 2 poached eggs, roasted roma tomato, fresh pesto & brie on English muffin w/roasted potatoes
Salmon Benny – 2 poached eggs, wild smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, capers, shaved red onion & hollandaise on English muffin w/roasted potatoes
3 EGG SCRAMBLES: 3 eggs scrambled with your choice of below (all served w/toast and roasted potatoes; sorry, no substitutions):
1.) Smoked ham, Roasted Peppers & Red Onion
2.) Chorizo, Roasted Peppers & Havarti
3.) Broccoli, Cheddar & Back Bacon
4.) Arugula, Goat Feta & Roasted Tomato
5.) Spinach, Mushrooms, and Chevre
French Toast (please ask your server for today’s feature variation)
Bacon, Fried Egg & Tomato Sandwich on toasted sourdough w/roasted potatoes & greens
House Corned Beef Hash w/spinach, red pepper, onion & potatoes + 2 poached eggs and hollandaise
Huevos Rancheros: 2 eggs styled as pleases you best, corn tortilla, chili, salsa, cheddar & guacamole
Kids Brekky: single egg, single sausage link, toast & roasted taters
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While Alibi is best known for its plethora of beer offerings, their cocktail list is equally impressive, with a range of sweet, bitter and downright dangerous – not least because of the attention to detail given to every drink. Ask for a Pimm’s Cup as part of the restaurant-bar’s summer menu and sip on their patio, should you be lucky enough to get a seat.View this Smart List
You can see the Alibi’s veggie burger coming from across the room. The eye-catching house-made patty is full of pulses, beans and wholesomeness, which offsets the mound of fries that accompany it. Each burger is served with chili mayo, lettuce, zucchini and coleslaw. Be warned: you might need two people to finish off this monstrous meal.View this Smart List
Long wooden banquet-style tables make for a communal atmosphere at the Alibi Room. Head to this Railtown favourite and saddle up to the bar with your crew to enjoy a plethora of beers on tap, rotating casks, and a select few ciders mostly from all over B.C. If beer’s not your thing, the folks behind the bar can craft you a cocktail from the well-tailored list or pour a pretty great glass of wine.View this Smart List
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