Aside from a few standouts like Father's Office and Britannia Pub, finding a hearty beer or a stiff cocktail on the Westside used to be an adventure. Now the other extreme is true: It's getting harder to find a good drink without pomp and circumstance. Dave Reiss' Alibi Room strikes a nice balance. Its old-timey drinks are complemented by seasonal updates such as the Breaking Bad, which features tequila, mezcal, pear, lemon and serrano chile–infused agave. Its solid draughts are joined by 30-plus bottles of the latest craft buzz-makers. Its minimal, modern interior is offset by the coziness of hardwood furnishings. And you could do worse for bar eats: The pop-up kitchen is run by Roy Choi, so it's like having a Kogi BBQ truck behind the bar. But the best thing about Alibi is the crowd. It has just the right din, as pretty young people — not too pretentious, not too Hollywood, not too drunk — mingle in the warm glow of a neighborhood bar with global DNA.
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