Nigel Springthorpe | Owner & Chief Beer Selector
Raya Audet | Owner & Manager
Greg Armstrong | Chef
In the summer of 2006, after working under the previous ownership for over seven years, Nigel Springthorpe with his sister-in-law Raya Audet, decided to take the ridiculous risk of buying the Alibi Room.
They opted to keep the name, but try to re-invent the concept (Restaurant Hari Kari, many would have thought!). But after almost 4 years, the Alibi Room that used to be is a faded memory. Now, under the skilled and experienced hand of Chef Greg Armstrong, we know where we stand in the very exciting and competitive world of Vancouver restaurants. We have never tried to re-write culinary history. We just want to produce familiar, comforting dishes without cutting corners or compromising the quality of our ingredients. All of our food is prepared from scratch utilizing the local bounty of naturally raised, organic or wild proteins and produce.
And then of course there’s the beer thing. Over the past few years we have developed an excellent relationship with the BC Craft Brewing scene. We are in the very privileged position of getting some special treatment from the best of our local brewers and breweries. Most of our 25 taps and 3 beer engines pour beers available only at the Alibi Room (outside of the brewery or brew pub). We’ve put together a showcase of the best local beers from around the province.
We call ourselves a “Modern Tavern”. We feel this best sums up all the elements of the Alibi Room: a 100 year old heritage building (with trains trundling by so close to the windows you can almost reach out and touch them). Quality food. Many beers.
Camra Vancouver – Best restaurant, café or pub – silver 2008, Gold 2009, Gold 2010
Northwest Brewing News – Best Restaurant/Pub, BC – 1st Place 2009/2010
Northwest Brewing News – Nigel Springthorpe | Best Bartender, BC – 1st Place (remember its beer specific!)
Vancouver Courier “Stars of Vancouver” – Best Pub – 1st Place 2010
NBC – Official Olympic Website – Top 5 places to go in Vancouver for a beer.
Lonely Planet “Vancouver Encounters” – Alibi Room & Nigel Springthorpe, Profile & photo feature.
Lonely Planet “Pacific Northwest Journey’s” – Alibi Room & Nigel Springthorpe, Feature.
Vancouver Magazine – http://www.vanmag.com/restaurant/Alibi_Room
Westender – http://www.westender.com/articles/entry/beer-lovers-need-an-alibi/