Cocktails and Kogi: Alibi Room
Drinks & Bites
By now, the Roy Choi and Kogi BBQ name take residence in households across LA. After all, who can resist the salty, sweet, spicy, tangy taste of their Korean BBQ meets LA-Mexican fusion? First, the spark flinted from college student word-of-mouth. Then Angelenos of all stripes lined Los Angeles streets for the buzzed about food truck—today, dozens of Kogi trucks dot LA. Blog entries for weeks, then multiple mentions on TV food shows. Then arriving on CNN in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown: Koreatown, the Kogi name reached global orbit. Thus, they need no alibi, but they will associate with one: Alibi Room, Culver City.
To know 2Sense-LA, is to know we CAN resist food trucks…Long lines and crowds to eat gourmet food on a curb? Not really our cup of tea…however, we recently became hip to Alibi Room in Culver City—a Kogi (AND cocktail) game changer. Alibi Room struggled early on in the saturated Los Angeles bar scene. Yet, they did not hesitate to make a move to compete a couple years back. Bringing in Kogi BBQ to take care of the food! Kogi short rib sliders… Sweet-chili chicken quesadillas… at the bar…Boom!
Dark and casual, Alibi’s seats and bar stools began to fill the small, airy space nestled beside an Auto body shop. And while Kogi BBQ’s only brick and mortar draws em’ in, the libations equally fill the house. A lengthy specialty cocktail list shakes up well-balanced drinks, utilizing fresh ingredients and perfectly pairing with the super savory eats.
Alongside your GIANT spicy pork burrito, enjoy the Goldrush (Bourbon, lemon, honey). Sip on the citrusy Lemongrass Caipirinha while you nosh on the “off the menu” short rib cheesy fries dunked in a ketchup-sriracha dip…a must! And no alibi is believable without “Breaking Bad” (Tequila, Meszcal, pear, fresh lemon and Serrano chile)—yet another a true hit!