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Blind Tiger

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

260 Ratings
Ratings: 260
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 7.99%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 53
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: 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

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
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Reviews by ommegangpbr:
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%

Cheers to and from everyone regarding the birth of the Blind Tiger version 2.5. May it live long and prosper.
Location location location is excellent. The Tiger has a history of offering cheese from Murray's cheese shop and now they are literally right down the block from there. Lots of great stuff in the area. And after one has finished with the business one has had in the area, or is done with exploring, he or she can go to the Tiger for a pint or two, and quite a pint or two they will be.
The bar itself is pretty excellent. The great wood and the hooks and the bar stools and the floor... good stuff. The tall windows are great features; they allow for great textures to the lighting. When I have gone there the atmosphere has been really pleasant and inviting but I feel like the space is still too small. I can see that they may have been going for the small pub kind of feel but this is New York City. The sheer volume of foot traffic demands more space. I could easily see being near the Tiger and not wanting to try to get inside for lack of breathing room. This was an issue with the last incarnation of the Tiger (I think this space is about the same size as the last) and this will be a problem again.
Such is the price of fame.
The beer was great and the staff knowledgable. The selection was copious and accurately reflected the list shown on their meticulously updated website. I had myself a Chelsea Hop Angel IPA from a gravity keg and a Sierra Harvest ale which fully satisfied my hop craving. If I hadn't had somewhere else to go I would have had myself a Slyfox Ichor Quad... or maybe the Smuttynose Wheatwine... decisions decisions...
Seems like there's a focus on locally brewed, seasonal delicacies with some national and international offerings to round out the selection. Chelsea, Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint, Southampton as well as Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Aventinus and Rodenbach. Plenty of glassware to go with whatever is appropriate to the style. A big ol' blackboard with a big ol' list of bottles that I could barely comprehend at the time as involved as I was with the tap selection. Vintage bottles, anyone? I think I recall seeing a Heavyweight 2003 Old Salty up there.
The service was great. The prices were reasonable for the area ($6-7 pints,or 12 ounce servings for higher gravity brews), especially the dollar off on all the draft beers for happy hour.
I'm not likely to go on a Saturday night, but count me in for a Tuesday afternoon... or late Wednesday night... maybe a Thursday morning when they get their morning hours up and running... maybe I could sneak my way to the bar on a Friday night...

ommegangpbr, Mar 29, 2007
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2.48/5  rDev -43.4%

bobwallace, Yesterday at 02:31 PM
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4.12/5  rDev -5.9%

Great place with a great selection, but the cramped quarters and thick crowds in a packed house make it a challenge to get served at times. On off nights or afternoons when you can get bar space it is one of the best beer bars in NYC.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

I've been there twice. Both times, way too crowded. You have to fight your way to the bar, not be seen by the bartenders as you're now behind a wooden cabinet that houses the beer taps. When you finally get your beer (after the awkward handing over the money, holding the beers, trying to scoop up the change off of the aforementioned beer tap cabinet, count it and leave a tip while holding beers) there is no where to sit, so you just stand in the middle of the room like an idiot, drinking your beer and waiting for someone to get up and free up a seat or bar stool, which never happens. You finish your beer and decide if it's worth it to repeat the whole process or move on to another bar.

The tap list is good, but if you're there during or in the first few days after an event, half the taps might be dedicated to a certain brewery, limiting your options.

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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.