Alibi Bar and Lounge

4.3
61 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Located in the old Charles Street Jail, transformed into the luxurious Liberty Hotel, Alibi Bar & Lounge is located on the 1st floor and is a Beacon Hill hot spot. Original bluestone floors, brick cell walls, plush couches, and dim lighting, set the scene for mingling amongst cheeky images of celebrities and their "alibis." In the summer months, Alibi offers a rare off-street outdoor patio turned garden getaway, perfect for enjoying seasonally inspired cocktails and bites.

Experiences

  • Cocktails only Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Join us for cocktails at Alibi after dinner service. Note that we will not have a food menu available after 9:30pm. We look forward to serving you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 61 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChantelD
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was great overall. There were some issues in the kitchen so minor things were missing from our order and service was slow. It took quite a bit of time to get drinks, straws and dessert. This was due to kitchen issues as the waitress told us. Music was on repeat until the DJ started and then the music was great!!! Great playlist, guests were dancing and vibing out.

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PriyankaS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor seating ambience. Beautiful place. Great service.

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vipdiner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Alibi was great as usual, can't wait for the COVID restrictions to end when it will really rock. One thing, though: before the DJ showed up the music selection was strange...

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Tyler
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Servers were rude, food was cold, calamari was not fresh. Find a locally owned place instead - they’d appreciate your business unlike Alibi.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Went with a group of friends for my birthday and had an amazing time, bouncer is awesome and the drinks are great but pricey.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding drinks and cool atmosphere!

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vipSusanE
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We were there for a retirement party. Although the food was excellent, we had to track down a server, even when we were almost the only party there. We had to go inside to get silverware, put in orders, get plates for the food etc. It was frustrating and I would never go back for an event again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, relaxed atmosphere

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JulieC
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to meet friends,talk,drink,eat and catch up! Outstanding service!

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vipsamor
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst dining experience I’ve ever had in Boston. Awful food, semi rude staff, over priced.

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vipCassandraC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The service was honestly atrocious, it took 30 minutes for each dish to come out and the waitress only stopped at our table when we sat and once to get our meal order (never asked if we wanted drink refills or how the food was). When we got our meals we asked for silverware as there was none at the table but no one brought it to the point where another table we were seated near gave us their extras. The food was also subpar (got the duck fat fries, bolognese, and arugula salad)-- definitely not worth it.

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Boston02
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The food and drinks here are great. Very creative and varied choices. I loved the decor and layout as well. However, the service was terrible for a Saturday evening on the patio. I think our order was lost because we didn't receive any drinks for 45 minutes and they only brought out 2 of the dishes when we ordered 3. To compensate, they gave us a pizza on the house ... 1.5 hours later. Unsure if I would come back here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation for outside when I arrived they put my friends and I in a corner inside so far away from any action of the restaurant or ambiance. It was so sad we were excited to check this place out. We were clearly forgotten about and felt like we were eating in a dungeon by the location they sat us in when we clearly made a reservation for outside. They say when you get there that they technically don’t have outside reservations but they should make that more clear when people are driving all the way there and expecting that.

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JayRiv
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I honestly never go on an white a bad review but given the email came my way for a review, I felt it was appropriate. Host/Hostess was hard to locate. The server arrived right away but it was ALL DOWNHILL from there. We had to chase her down for silverware, plates, and water. My guest who I invited here was thoroughly disappointed and told me so.
Visit was Wednesday, 5/23/2018

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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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MeghanS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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CaterinaM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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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vipLovetodine
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Adchck
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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vipMariaL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall3food1service3ambience3

All the appetizers were just terrible ,

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Reservation was not honored had to sit outside

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Not impressed. Food was good but service was lackluster.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2015
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2014
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2014
Overall2food1service3ambience5

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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vipOrrerrific
New England
31 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2014
Overall3food5service3ambience3

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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2happydiners
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2014
Overall2food4service3ambience1

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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vipMurphy09
New England
80 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2013
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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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vipALANT
Philadelphia
167 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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Nadalina
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2013
Overall2food4service2ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2012
Overall1food1service5ambience5

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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James
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2012
Overall1food1service2ambience2

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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vipmd7716
New England
58 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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FoodE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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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vipAndreaD
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Alibi Bar and Lounge is rated 4.3 stars by 61 OpenTable diners.

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