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Alibi Bar and Lounge

4.1
47 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Handcrafted Cocktails
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Set in the old “drunk tank” of what was the Charles Street Jail, Alibi is a hot spot for cocktails and late night snacking. Original bluestone floors and brick cell walls set the scene for mingling amongst cheeky images of celebrities and their “alibis,” while an outdoor patio is a rare off-street locale for enjoying drinks and watching the sunset.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Nightly: 5:00pm - 2:00am Weather permitting, our patio is open at 2PM Friday-Sunday.
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Phone number
(857) 241-1144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We have the ability to host a party of 30-40 for cocktails in a semi private area.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street Parking Valet Parking Available through the Liberty Hotel -Sunday-Wednesday $25.00 -Thursday-Saturday $30.00
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Public transit
The Charles MGH stop on the Red line
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.8
food
3.5
service
4.5
ambience
3.5
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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First night was the best fish n chips I ever had. Cooked to perfection, great seasoning so I brought all the colleagues to enjoy. Unfortunately, they are not part of open table so no reservation even though I made it open table. But they fit us in. They cut down the menu on a Saturday night, just FYI. I wanted more Fish n chips, but Saturday nights flavor was gone and the fish was mushy, and fries bland and soggy. But we all still had a great time in a great environment. Festive place.

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2.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Only pizza and pasta were offered, which was okay since a salmon entree would have cost almost $40 (unnecessarily high). The waitress was nice, but extremely inattentive, especially considering it was not that crowded. I would not return.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My wife of two days had your establishment on her must see list....First off all of my reservation requests were met. Secondly, as a chef the tuna tar tar was the best I have ever had. The pairing of the ginger and wasabi are on par, but the dish was taken to a whole new level with the horseradish vinaigrette, and fresh cilantro. Well done Chef!!!! Third, and what I think most people go there for are the cocktails!!! The signature cocktails, just like the old time jail theme, are given re-birth with their amazing bar and serving staff!!! Katherine our server was amazing. Not only did she recommend a few other great stops on our Boston trip, she gave us a few inside tips to make our trip even better as well. We were well pleased on Our first stop of our honeymoon. Excellent job Alibi family.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I booked through website, and when asking for the OK to bring a cake, they didn't even answer me. I had to alert the staff that I was running late: I tried to call for an hour to the number displayed in the website/ contact phone, and nobody ever answered. I sent another mail, and of course nobody answer.
Bill payment: the bill was including a "mandatory" tip of more than 20%, but the receipt was askign for an additional tip.. What? the tip of the tip?

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food and cocktails were great. Service was awesome as well. I’d for sure go back

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

what is with the plastic plates? everything about this place was great, but plastic plates, really?? i would definitely go back...

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Amazing! Great waitress and really good drinks. A little expensive but worth the experience!

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Good, casual, fun place. I hadn't been to Alibi in years, but it was just as I remembered.

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3.0Dined on December 16, 2017

All the appetizers were just terrible ,

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Reservation was not honored had to sit outside

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3.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Not impressed. Food was good but service was lackluster.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2015

The patio makes this place, but it ends there. The food is expensive and mediocre. Cocktails are okay. Wine list is pretty good. Beer list is horrible. Service is atrocious.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2015

The waitress we had was great and super helpful! We shared an app and a small pizza. The food was delicious but there is a very limited menu. We tried the calamari and the caprese style mozzarella app. Then we had a pizza and one of the specialty breads. It was all very delicious but we wished there were more choices for apps as the menu was perfect for sharing.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2014

It was a great place for a group of girls to meet for drinks after work. The server was wonderful. A glass of wine broke, and she came over immediately to clean up the area and brought a new glass free of charge.

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2.0Dined on October 31, 2014

Trendy and cool place to get drinks, just don't go for the food if you are expecting anything great. Mediocre food and service is catered around drinks. Primarily this is a bar, not a restaurant

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2014

I've been to Alibi many times and greatly enjoyed it, but this experience was very disappointing. The waitress was annoying, our orders was mixed up and to eop it all, dispute the fact that we were four, our bill included 20% service.
Not nice, Alibi.

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2.0Dined on January 18, 2014

Having eaten lunch at the Alibi, we expected to find tables and chairs. Because it was a Saturday night we were seated at a tiny round table on low stools in a darkened room with pounding music. Not what we expected. The food was very good - small amount, and the waitstaff was attentive. We had a difficult time making ourselves heard and the tiny table barely accomodated our three small plates. Great for the young, not so great for us.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2013

This nice little nook of a bar is quiet and comfortable but the service was horrible! No one greeted us when we arrived and the bartender made us feel like we were intruding on her Christmas shopping via her iPhone. The night was rescued by going across the lobby of the Liberty Hotel to Scampo where the bartender was very nice and made the best martinis I've had in awhile.

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4.0Dined on October 27, 2013

We were there on a quiet night. It is in the Liberty Hotel and on other nights it was 'hopping' and very energetic. On a
Sunday night, not so much-which was OK for us. The flatbread, Carpaccio, arugula salad, and shrimp and mango skewers were all delicious. The berry mojitos were great. Only negative was the gratuity added to the check-seemed unusual for it to be 'auto-added' to check on a very quiet night for a party of 2 who were staying in the hotel.

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2.0Dined on September 26, 2013

Any reservations made after work are limited to three hours. I totally get this and have no problem. However, the staff seems a bit anxious in making sure we knew we had a limited time slot. A full hour and half before the next reservation she takes off our reservation slip and replaces it with the next. She literally had to interrupt conversations to place the slip. Then, she began removing glasses regardless if we were still drinking from them or not. Alibi is a great place to lounge. So if I'm sipping on my drink, no I don't want my check-it means I'm enjoying it. If you seem ok interrupting every conversation-then don't slip pieces of paper on the table with your secret messages. Stop hovering and let us drink in peace.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2013

The service at this bar is terrible. The hostess couldn't be bothered to even say hello to me when I came in. This is my third time there and the service was terrible every time. The cocktail waitresses looked annoy when you order. I keep hoping it would get better because it's a nice-looking bar with a nice ambiance. But three strikes, well, you get it. I won't be going back.

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1.0Dined on December 21, 2012

Reserved for dinner. It wasn't even lite bites and we were seated in an area without a table. They should not accept reservations for dinner. We went elsewhere.

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1.0Dined on November 3, 2012

I expected an unique atomosphere. But that was all.
French fries, pizza,.... All foods were lukewarm.
In addition, as soon as we had seats, they placed a next customers reservation sign on our table, which Looked to tell us to go out within the time limit.
Moreover, they forced us to pay 20% chip even if their service was ordinary!
(20% chip had already included in the bill before we paid)

I chose this bar for our wedding aniversary. But we were totally disappointed.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2012

Everything was really good. Only minor knock would be the limited menu. However, they do a great job with what is on the menu and it is great option if you're looking for an energetic bar scene with some good eats.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2012

Good: Alibi is my FAVORITE place in Boston. If you want to mix with the affluent, have divine drinks and munch on tasty delights, lounge at the Alibi.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2012

The service was wonderful. A group of us went there and two of us had food sensitivities, which can be challenging, but they took care of us with excellence and good cheer! The staff were friendly and bent over backwards to make our experience delightful.
Fun atmosphere!

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2012

We went for a friend's birthday. The ambiance and service were great and the drinks were superb! The food was good. Just wish our table was bigger. Ideal place if you're just going for drinks.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2012

We started off with drinks at Alibi, and then because there was 4 us, we ended up going over to Scampo (also in the Hotel), where there were larger tables to sit at. Alibi staff was fabulous, and it would be great for 2, but a bit on the small side for 4 to eat at the table the way they have it set up. Scampo was fantastic as well, great waitstaff.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2012

I took a group of coworkers here after a very long week of meetings, representing Finland, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, St. Louis, Atlanta and Philadelphia. What a great piece of local history to share with them. The cocktails and bar food (while pricey) were enjoyed by all.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2012

Servce was great, drinks as well and the food was excellent.Had reservations, sat at a very comfortable area in a corner with high back seats. Our waitress was great, great skewars of lamb, beef and chick with great sauces, and a great salad topped off with grilled duck.....We did not want this big sit down dinner, so this really fit the bill. We would return. After we went up stairs to the lobby in the Liberty, we were delighted to just chill, sip a cocktail and listen to the live music from students attending Berkley....

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2012

The staff was so accommodating and the service was great. I love the atmosphere and will definitely be back.

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1.0Dined on November 11, 2011

Terrible option for 'dining' - we left. It is a bar, a nice bar, but over the top noise levels and very limited 'bar' menu. The staff was very nice, didn't try the food - we were looking for a place to sit, talk and eat - this didn't fit the bill.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2011

Great atmosphere for after-dinner drinks (although somewhat pretentious), limited food menu, great cocktail list. Overall it was a great time

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2011

The drinks and food were great but the service was poor. We stood waiting for the hostess for 5 minutes without acknowledgment. Then after getting seated at a table that we reserved we watched everyone around us, that got seated after us, get their drinks. Our food came before our drinks and got cold while we waited for something to wash it down. The rest of our visit was consistently disappointing.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2011

The food and service was great. The menu is very limited and portions are small. The group next to us was very loud and made it difficult to have a conversation but after they left the experience was great.

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4.0Dined on January 8, 2011

Great food. A bit pricey especially the cocktails. Somewhat noisey toward 9 o'clock. Overall good experience. Loved the celebrity mugshots!

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2010

Awesome, friendly service & drinks that will knock your socks off! We got there at 8pm and it was quite loud, not what I had imagined (I am used to a European definition of "lounge") but the bar was hoppin and the place had a very positive vibe and we had a great time!
The food had highs and lows - kabobs were awesome and worth coming back for, but the dessert left much to be desired. I will definitely be returning with friends for drinks and a good time.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2010

I had a large group here for a birthday party last spring and was disappointed because we were asked to leave as our table was reserved for another group. Of course I understand, but still feel that they could've arranged another table for the next party considering how much money we were spending. I swore I would ever go back but I do like the service here and it's a nice space. I will probably not do another party (by the way, I did have an anniversary party at the Liberty Ballroom and that was an excellent experience!!!) but will go occasionally for a drink with a couple of friends. I recommend going to Asana at the Madarin Oriental for your party. Excellent food, service and the M Bar is fun place with friends.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2010

Alibi is a ton of fun - great atmosphere, delicious bar food from Scampo, and strong drinks. Guaranteed fun for a group or a date.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2010

The drinks and the food were all good. The decor was interesting and we actually "toured" the bar and lounge on our way out. I would say the lighting got a little dim when it came to trying to read the menu and the tables are small if you are going to order more than one food and drink item. It also got rather noisy. In fact, the lobby was quieter.

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