There’s a certain allure to hanging out in a hotel bar. And by hotel bar, we’re not talking about a Red Roof Inn off the Mass Pike. Alibi, in the swanky Liberty Hotel, is the type of bar people flock to because it’s chic without trying to be, and the line of eager patrons winding out the door proves how badly people want to get in. Housed on the first floor of the Liberty Hotel (formerly known as the Charles Street Jail), Alibi is a sleek lounge featuring a darkly lit decor of camel leather furniture and brick walls. If you ever wished to drink next to Lindsay Lohan or Bill Gates, here’s your chance. The bar has a sense of humor with its poster-sized celebrity mug shots adorning the walls. (Our personal favorite is Nick Nolte, freshly arrested for DUI and extremely disheveled, with the alibi “I was thirsty as hell”). As far as alcohol, Alibi clearly doesn’t disappoint. The wine list is plentiful, and their signature drinks are as creative as the decor. With names like “Jail Bait” or “Mr. Mojito Rising,” its hard to resist grabbing a beverage just for the sake of saying its name.
When it comes to bar food, it’s often a challenge to break away from the usual trap of burgers or nachos. However, Alibi serves delicious plates that aren’t too heavy, made by nearby Beacon Hill staple Harvard Gardens. The sesame seared veggie pot stickers are a delicious and light snack. But at the top of our list is Alibi’s pizzas, perfect for two people with the drunken munchies, or a small group looking for a light bite. Reasonably priced at $12-14 each, the pizzas are well worth it.
If you don’t plan on showing up at least once, prepare to have a solid alibi.
[Photo: Liberty Hotel]