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Blind Tiger

Blind TigerBlind Tiger

Taps: 30 / Bottles: 53
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
97
world-class

214 Ratings
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

281 Bleecker St
New York, New York, 10014-4106
United States
phone: (212) 462-4682

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @blindtigernyc

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(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

Stopped at the Blind Tiger while walking through NYC.

The place was very crowded, even on a Monday afternoon. The place is pretty small, but has a nice cozy feel to it. The tap list was awesome, as expected- got Pretty Things Baby Tree and Green Flash Green Bullet. The bottle list was nice but didn't indulge there. The prices were high, as per most everywhere in NYC. Didn't get a chance to sit and really enjoy the beers, due to how crowded it was, but I could tell if you came at the right time, this place would be beer heaven. Recommended.

01-24-2014 21:20:55 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Srkolodn

New York

3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Blind Tiger is perfectly situated in the West Village. The vibe/appearance just works for this craft beer spot in the west village, perfect for hanging out with some friends over good beer. They have a great selection and friendly staff, all beer aficionados will be able to find something to enjoy. I went late afternoon during a weekday and it was already pretty packed. Its a small space awkwardly situated inside with not much seating. Overall good experience.

01-05-2014 20:30:12 | More by Srkolodn
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$$

First things first: the draft selection is not so big that it's overwhelming, but always diverse and carefully chosen, with solid American craft beers being the focus. A bit pricey, but absolutely comparable to most places in the area, especially considering the quality and selection. Never had a bad pour or a glass from a bad keg here. Also a great place to find beer from the West Coast, which is a nice change-up for us New Yorkers!

Nice, clean atmosphere, but not without some character. Yes, it's by NYU, but the crowd is eclectic and usually devoid of obnoxious drunks.

The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. And bless them: they try as hard as they can to serve the HOARDS of people packed shoulder-to-shoulder, wall-to-wall.

And that is my big qualm about this place. You are damn lucky if you can get a seat anywhere, even on a half-inch of a window ledge. You can't hear yourself or whomever you're with over the clamor of people actually willing to scream to be heard. Therefore, I actually tend to avoid this place. Which isn't really their loss, since they have plenty of other people to serve!!

11-02-2013 14:55:55 | More by BethanyB
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unclejazz

New York

4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

This beer bar oasis is situated in the foot traffic friendly West Village. Good cheese shop, bakery, burger joints, pizza shops and froyo in the immediate vicinity. Very solid tap list that is constantly rotating list of solid beers. They focus mor on US craft and have a good number of west coast/Colorado choices. When they have events they usually blow the doors off. Highlights I have tried here include BA Peche Mortel, KBS, Kuhnhenn DRIPA, Allagash BA Black, Maine Beer Lunch. My biggest gripe is that it is SO SMALL! 40 people fill this place up. Few is good and fairly price, but remember it being better when I first went. Bottle list is very good but more pricey. Tap takeovers are great here and usually are big enough that good choices stick around for a few days.

10-21-2013 14:44:12 | More by unclejazz
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

My favorite beer oasis when I hit the City. First time was on a rainy night after the Cream reunion concert... such a perfect spot to chill, relax with a dazzling variety of taps and bottles. Unpretentious, and open hearted place and people. I enjoy a better than typical selection of sours and other esoteric brews. Don't get it wrong...they have the big beers and the small beers from across town and across the globe. But there's a throwback to contemplative beer drinking that can really be appreciated. Maybe its the Village or maybe its the comfortable feel of the place (when not crazy busy)...but it's hard to picture a place where you can just pause and sip world class beer and drift away from the crazy world outside. Hmmm...think it's time for another trip back.

10-04-2013 02:52:54 | More by BillRoth
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Although I have not visited The Blind Tiger at it's old location, this has been my "go-to" spot in NYC for satisfying my craft beer cravings. The building itself gives you the impression that it may have a bit of a dive crossed with gastropub vibe. Once one steps inside however it is actually revealed to be a bit more classy than that, yet still very cozy. There's a fireplace, and a mix of high and low tables in the dimly lit room. I found the service to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, however as others have said on prime times this place can get pretty packed. Best bet is to arrive early if you're going on a Saturday night. The selection is, in my experience one of the best menus in the city. On my last visit I had some excellent sours and some rare releases from the somewhat local Sixpoint Brewery. I actually never have eaten at The Blind Tiger, but every time I see someone with food there it looks delicious. As far as the pricing, we know that craft beer and bars in NYC are not inexpensive, but for all the benefits of this place I'd say it's very fair and well worth it.

10-01-2013 09:37:20 | More by Neorebel
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metter98

New York

4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Vibe: This bar is small and feels like a cozy neighborhood hangout complete with a fireplace. It has a L-shaped bar in the back, three high tables in the front and three tables along the side. I visited on a Saturday afternoon and the place was rather crowded—all of the tables and seats at the bar were occupied. The beer list is located in the corner of the bar and can be difficult to read depending upon your vantage point.

Quality: Beers are served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware, including snifters for some beers.

Service: There were two bartenders working the small bar so service was rather quick, although this place can seem slower at nights when it gets crowded and it is difficult to make your way to the bar.

Selection: With nearly 30 beers on tap, this bar has a good selection and usually offers 1 or 2 beers that are difficult to come across.

Value: Prices seem reasonable compared to other bars in Manhattan. If you're cost-conscious, they have special prices on one or two beers.

Overall: I liked the old location of the Blind Tiger on Hudson Street a little better because it didn't seem as cramped, but I guess it's better to have a replacement Blind Tiger as opposed to no Blind Tiger. I prefer going here during the off-hours when it isn't as crowded.

08-20-2013 01:13:59 | More by metter98
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Fluffheady

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The first several times I visited Blind Tiger, I was completely convinced it was at least 25 years old. I think that is very telling. It has such a good attitude and vibe. Their draft list has a lot of variety on it, and it is very East Coast centric. It gets pretty packed, and even though the food is good, it's nearly impossible to sit down. There are plenty of restaurants nearby (it's Manhattan, of course there are) that you can hit up quickly before going to Blind Tiger if you need some food.

08-05-2013 02:42:27 | More by Fluffheady
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KicknGuitar

Antarctica

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Excellent bar on the slow day otherwise expect an obnoxious crowd. It's atmosphere when slow is enchanting. You'll find young, crafty hipsters but you'll also find your uncle or grandfather having a drink too. A pretentious selection of beer with knowledgable bartenders is what set the Blind Tiger above others.

07-15-2013 19:59:36 | More by KicknGuitar
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

Got the chance to go during a ridiculous 2-day adventure. I came in sweating profusely and nearly dying of heat exhaustion after skating from ~50th St. or so in 90+ degree weather. It was surprisingly crowded for 5 p.m. on a Monday but I was able to snag a seat at the bar. The inside was small, but a good-sized bar and some tables. It had very wooden, almost cabin-like feel to the inside, complete with what looked like a fireplace. It felt cozy, homey.

Bartender was friendly and attentive, and the other one seemed to be as well. Due to the aforementioned near-heat stroke, a glass of ice water and a Stone RuinTen nearly made me shed tears of joy and relief. They had 28 taps I believe and 3 casks. Good selection of beers, pretty well-rounded but favoring local-ish and hoppy ales a bit. A few ciders, but not really much wasted space here. Some highlight selections other than RuinTen I can remember were Speedway Stout, Dorado, Flower Power. I was also stoked to see some Kuhnhenn and Captain Lawrence on the list since they're not available in my area. A pretty decent bottle list as well with Fantome Saison, various Allagash vintages, JW Lees, Rochefort, etc.

Got the beer-braised pull pork sandwich which was on the smaller side but very good. It came with these spicy pepper-type things and a good-ass pickle. Maybe a tad pricy but I was satisfied in the end.

Almost all of the beers on-tap were in the $6-7.50 range, a few were $8-9. I went during happy hour so all beer was $1 off - MA needs this! Bottle prices were pricy as expected from a bar, but really not nearly as bad as I've seen many other places. (You know who you are!)

Hope to go again.

06-25-2013 22:36:37 | More by Chico1985
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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.