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Blind Tiger

Not Rated.
Blind TigerBlind Tiger
BA SCORE
97
world-class

209 Reviews
Reviews: 209
Visits: 304
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: 53
Cask: Y
[ 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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Reviews: 209 | Visits: 304
Reviews by jim102864:
Photo of jim102864
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I had read several fellow BA's reviews of BTAH and being in the mood for something different other than my standard lower Manhattan pub, Hop Devil, I decided to stop in Wendesday night.

Before getting there, I had read they were having a Brooklyn Brewery event there so that was something to look forward to. I didn't make it there 'til about 8 pm and this tiny West Side pub was packed to the gills. Given that it was unusually muggy for November 5th in NYC, it made for a very uncomfortable experience. Still, Garrett Oliver was there along with one of the sales reps and I got a chance to talk to both. Because of the event, it was essentially all Brooklyn on tap. I decided to focus on stuff I'd never had/heard of before. The Grand Cru that the sales dude recommended was delish. I also tried a cask brew called Black Ops. Oliver himself recommended it because of the wood in which it was stored. I found it to be a disappointment. I got no sense of the oak and found it to be fairly flavorless for all he hyped it up to be. He also recommended this one off 750 bottled stuff called Dark Matter (mind you at $24 per bottle) which I shared with a local who I had been chatting with. A nice brown ale, but again, nothing special. The 2006 Monster was good.

As to the Tiger itself, if you're at all clostrophopic stay away. You will never see the word "roomy" in a review of BTAH. Fairly average looking bar with average atmosphere. Roughly 25 taps which I'm sure are typically pulling solid selections. Service from the pleasant barmaid was good even on this at times 3-deep-at-the-bar evening.

The food was a total bust. A meat sandwich that was mushy and flavorless along with buffalo wings that were ok if you like 'em firey.

All in all a place I would visit again. Hell, I'd even recommmend it, but I still think Hop Devil rules the day when it comes to Manhattan beer bars. (1,885 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of dailyminefield
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bgold86
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Man this place always has a great selection to choose from, but the space is freakin tiny and if you don't get in early it gets elbow to elbow, and good luck getting a beer with three lines of people ahead of you. Show up before the crowds or on the weekends. (259 characters)

Photo of BelgianBeerMe
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great find! Nice selection of beer, local and otherwise. The vibe is super chill, low key. I've been twice, once in the early afternoon when it was quiet yet still happening and another time just before dinner time when the place was quite full. The service was great and the people there really try to tap into your likes and dislikes. The selection was quite varied and they definitely had something for everyone. I highly recommend, plus it is right next to Murray Cheese and the pizza place at the corner was really really good! (545 characters)

Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Has a pretty decent selection - almost 30 selections on tap. Wasn't entirely impressed with the selection though. Was a little bit crowded even at 5:30. The tacos pork tacos were absolutely amazing - best tacos I've ever had. Worth checking out but a tad bit pricey. (267 characters)

Photo of VinceMig
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of richobrien
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hit Blind Tiger on a Thursday night and it didn't disappoint. Great selection on tap, service was quick despite the size of the crowd and the food was good. (157 characters)

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great spot for anyone looking to sample the best local (and not-as-local) brews. Affordable for New York or most other major cities. Service is great, and as long as you can find a seat (limited, admittedly), you're bound to enjoy stopping in. (243 characters)

Photo of Skellbop
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Nmelione
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of dgilks
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Figoeric710
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of American_Hawk
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of johnpalisi
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of benzalman
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Dirtyhands
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very rustic cozy vibe in this place. Cool fireplace. They've got tables & food.

No real comment on the staff as she was too busy dealing with the old guys hitting on her constantly, but the one guy I talked to for a second was more than helpful and friendly.

Great selection, I had to pace myself to get around to everything. Going back soon. (346 characters)

Photo of misternebbie
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I have been wanting to go to this place for a while. Overall, I'm not disappointed and I will definitely go back someday. First off, it has a great selection of brews on tap (28 I think) as well as an extensive bottle selection. At first I was unimpressed by the decor as it looked like a dive bar upon first glance. However, it grows into you and you soon realize that it is a cozy and warm place with nice wood tables and a fireplace. The crowd was young but seemingly mature and the music was not loud at all; we could hear our conversation. My only complaint about this place is the service. If you sit at a table you have to order at the bar because there are no waiters. I do not have an issue with this, however, there are no printed menus. Instead, the beer selection is written on a chalkboard behind the bar. Since it was so dark and the writing was so small I could not see from the table. I had to walk up to the crowded bar and peer over people's shoulders to study the menu. Not so comfortable.
Other than that, this place is outstanding. (1,054 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.