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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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Reviews: 209 | Visits: 304
Photo of metter98
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
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. (500 characters)

Photo of KicknGuitar
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. (312 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
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. (1,669 characters)

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

This is a fairly small location and it gets really busy - pretty much every night except maybe Mondays. This is the second (or maybe third) location they have had in the city but they have likely been the best or nearly the best beer bar in NYC since the early days of craft beer. Always tough to get a spot at the bar or a table but it is one of my favorite places to go out for beers in the city.

The beers are always properly poured in the correct glassware, at the right temperature, and with the proper amount of head. These folks really know the beers, which are always super fresh, and take care while serving one to you.

The bartenders are always professional and knowledgeable and seem happy to serve you even when the place is crazy busy...

Often one of the best selections in the city (possibly not quite as good as the newly opened Torst) and they get a ton of rare and hard to find beers. The drafts are pretty much always great and they have a ton of different special events.

Never had the food other than the cheese (from Murray's) that is complementary so not going to evaluate it.

The prices are reasonable and considering the selection this place could charge just about anything. (1,205 characters)

Photo of BKBassist
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The OG of NYC craft spots.

Taplist/bottle selection is consistently excellent. Love that they break out cellared kegs with frequency. There is almost always something here that I haven't had before, or haven't seen in the city before.

Food is standard pub fare selection, but done very well. Nothing truly exceptional, but more than adequate.

Service is excellent for how consistently busy this place is. I know the staff here has a lot to do with how vibrant the craft scene in NYC is today and I appreciate that.

Atmosphere can be crazy and crowded at times, but it's generally a post grad, pretty chill crowd. It's fun and funky but never unbearable.

Pricing is within line with NYC craft spots.

Overall a great old school craft bar, great tap list, but don't be afraid to rub shoulders with your neighbor. (815 characters)

Photo of JohnW58
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is a fairly small place, not far from NYU. We arrived there in the early afternoon on a Saturday, and were able to get seats. We were lucky, because the place started to fill up quickly, and with limited table and bar seating, it became standing room only. The beer selection was adequate, but no where near as broad as Rattle N Hum or Beer Authority. The staff was helpful, but very busy keeping up with customers. I'd return again, but not during a busy time. (466 characters)

Photo of John_Schlaffer
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This is a small reputable beer bar with old world charm, from the classic chalkboard menu to the antique cash register. It only has a few stools at the bar and not much room to stand on busy nights, but this is NYC, and they care more about the beer then where to stand. I praise them for that, because at the Blind Tiger they care more about whats in your glass. They take pride in they're beer selection for good reason, having twenty-eight beers on draft, a few on cask, and a wonderful bottle selection. This is a beer bar staple and a must visit. Cheers. (559 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

From the little research I've done, this is one of THE bars for craft beer in NYC. And NYC being not too shabby for it's selection of craft stuff, this is the spot for any beer aficionado. Friendly service, cool vibe and location. Packed into the night even on a Wednesday. (273 characters)

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

A friend and I went to the MET for some school and wanted to go to a bar. Being tht barcade was our first choice, but was all the way Brooklyn. So we decided we would hit up Blind Tiger. For one, we had never been therw, and secondly we already visoted Rattle n' Hum.
Great atmosphere! People are super friendly and will move out of your way sp that you can get to the bar and have a brew or get some food. Very courteous and polite attitude here.
Beers are great, even though the selection is not huge. Its sometimes a good thing when the selection isn't too big, less confusion of what to choose from.
Service is pretty damn good for the size of the place. Cant really complain about that. When the place is packed, you'd expect to wait a while, but here you get served quickly.
The place just gives you that great beer/great people vibe and the quality of this place is really up that. I would say its better than Rattle n' Hum in that aspect.

Overall, if you are in th vicinity and don't mind a few beers or great food, drop on by. You won't regret it. You'd be stupid not to make a visit. (1,099 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Blind Tiger on a saturday at noon for lunch. Comfortable, cozy atmosphere with lots of wood. Very friendly waitstaff that was eager to answer questions. We sat down at a small table right away, but we made it just in time, as the crowd grew quickly. Selection is great and appears to rotate often. Food was also good. The chicken and chorizo tacos were fantastic. Service was quick despite the crowd. Other patrons were very friendly and we enjoyed sitting and talking with a couple visiting from France. Overall, just a great experience! This will be a regular stop for me when visiting NYC. (604 characters)

Photo of Lare453
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good daft selection, but poor bottle selection. The staff rocks. They are the nicest people and are super knowledgeable. Food is pretty good too. My biggest complaint is that it is very small and there is limited seating and limited bar space to order a beer...

I've been there a few times and I would definitely go back but during off times when I can get to the bar. The prices here are a bit high too but it's the city so it is expected...

Wile the bar is awesome, the clientele are mostly hipsters and d bags, with a few nice people mixed in.

The other plus that they usually have 2 or more cask ales which is hard to find most places. (642 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place gives Barcade a run for its money for best place I visited in NYC.

Small bar in Greenwich Village, crowded on an early Monday night, but we were able to find a seat at the bar. A couple of the patrons nearby were super friendly, and we spent quite a bit of time talking about our various backgrounds and of course... beers.

Quality was excellent, I had a smoked beer from Hill Farmstead (was stoked to see a beer from them) and I also had a Nebraska IPA which was nice and fresh.

Service was good, friendly and prompt, all I usually ask for.

Selection was quite nice. I think it was 28 taps, with great variety, 3 or 4 casks, and a lot of bottles.

Food was really tasty, I had tacos that could hold their own against most tacos in California.

Prices are a bit pricey, but ok for NYC.

Overall, an awesome spot. If going for great beer and food, I'd go here in a heartbeat. I made it here twice during my 3 days in New York. (940 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Vibe - 4 | Quality - 4.5 | Service - 4.5 | Selection - 5 | price $$

Was in the city and had some time to pass in the early afternoon and with the weather being north of 90, I figured why not cool off with a pint or a few so I headed over to Blind Tiger. Was pretty shocked to find the place bumping at around 1p, but it was a Friday in summer. I grabbed one of the two available seats at the bar and had a few drinks. I had decided to stop there since their beermenus page said that they had smuttynose's Brett & I on tap and it was updated 2 days ago. Was pretty bummed to find out that Brett & I had kicked the night it was added, which happened to be a smuttynose event so plenty of cool smuttynose one offs and oddities both on tap and on cask. Also was pleasantly surprised to get a chance to try a Kuhnhenn offering that I hadn't seen locally before. Plenty of other great standbys and lots of interesting offerings I could have easily sat there all day and night and tried tons of beers that were new to me. The service was excellent, being that I was at the bar and although semi busy, there were 3 bartenders serving it up. All brews were served in appropriate glassware and the staff knew their stuff. Prices were in line with my expecations for a bar in the city that serves up the goodies. The vibe was chill, but I could see this place packing out easily for an event, especially with the location. All in all, this is definitely one of the better spots in the city and I will be sure to add this to my list of must stops when in NYC. (1,548 characters)

Photo of maximep
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

great bar, can be too crowded and have a kind of douchy New England old prep school money crowd on the weekends, but that's The Village on the weekends for you.

great selection of beers, servers are really good at picking up on body language (as weird as that sounds) and respond really quickly when you look like you need a beer. real professionals here.

They actually mispoured a beer (gave me the wrong one) but wouldn't comp it, as I was drunk and finished half the beer before realizing that I was drinking the wrong sour. But whatever, it was my fault.

This place is fun. Go when it's not crowded as the space is very cozy and fun and is overall much more enjoyable when you're not getting bumped into dudes in Barbour and Burberry jackets. (750 characters)

Photo of chimay67
4.83/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Home away from home, the Tiger is one of the rare beer bars where everyone is made to feel like they are a regular. You hear it often, but the Tiger staff and it's regular patrons really are family and treat each other that way. Some of the nicest people, serving some of the finest and rarest ales in one of the warmest and welcoming settings in NYC.

I've been coming to the BT since at least 1999 when it was in it's the old location. Can't believe I had never put in a review before now. Shame on me. Even with the crazy number of taps, the turnover is extremely fast. This place moves a buttload of beer every day of the week. Regular events on Wednesday nights and most Sunday afternoons. Even if you are by yourself, you will make friends very easily here, so don't be shy about starting up a conversation. Only bar I've been in that has as friendly a crowd is Hamilton's in SD.

This place needs to be landmarked as beer bar royalty. Cheers! (950 characters)

Photo of knightlypint
3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The layout of this place is terrible, there's a chokepoint for traffic which restricts movement. The place has a certain degree of local fame attached to it, mostly earned at the original location, which draws too big a crowd for the space. As with many Village bars the customers tend to be young, rude, and boisterous so you end up with a compromised experience.

The beer quality is high at the Tiger, no doubt about it.

Service is ok.

The Tiger usually has a good selection of beers on tap, a few surprises thrown in for good measure. A good bottle selection too, even if a few are too exotic.

The food is great, usually unique sandwich combinations for a reasonable price with some standards too.

The beer and food are a good draw but be ready for a madhouse, too many people packed into a small place. (813 characters)

Photo of Homberto
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I just went here with a friend a few days ago and was highly impressed. We actually stopped by a few times before going in. It was really packed, but we finally found a couple of empty seats. The atmosphere is cool. It is a lot of raw wood, high ceilings and right on a corner on Bleeker so lots of interesting things nearby. The beer selection is really great. They had an excellent variety of styles and usually a number of types of each style. The prices weren't too bad considering the neighborhood and the popularity of the place. The average draft seemed like it was about $7-7.50, but plenty of great choices in that range. We ordered a Cheese and meat platter with three cheeses and three meats and that was $24, so the food is a little expensive, but excellent quality. The other food on the menu looked great too. I am anticipating my next trip. Too bad I live 2+ hours away. (885 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

First time here in February, stopped in the Monday after the Giants won the super bowl in the early afternoon 1:30-2:00 or so and seating around the bar was full but tables were available. I can see how this place might get packed in the evenings. 25+ taps as well as 2 casks while I was there. Fairly big bottle list that I didn't look to long at because the tap list is pretty awesome. Lots of locals on tap as well as some great beers from all over the U.S. Service was quick, we did not eat while here but the menu does look good and includes a late night menu. Would have loved to spend more time in here than I did but I will make a point next time to visit again. (670 characters)

Photo of brystmar
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A perpetual favorite of mine. The Tiger gets *extremely* crowded almost every night nowadays, though, and I really hate places that become wall-to-wall blocks of people. But good for them; I'm happy to see craft beer bars succeed.

Excellent selection with 30+ draft lines and a couple of casks. Impressive bottle list with some tasty rare and vintage items. Bottles tend to be overpriced, and the draft prices are on the higher side too (but still reasonable).

Food was surprisingly good in my experience, though I heard their food menu was shaken up recently and now gets mixed reviews.

All in all, quite happy to have a place like the Tiger nearby. (653 characters)

Photo of DaveHack
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here on the way to Blue Man Group 2/4/12.

Place was loud and packed. I didn't even want to open the door to go in...Once in, I ordered and with all the luck in the world, a couple guys got up from stools in front of us. The place was dark and had a lot of knick knacks, had a cozy feel to it. The beers were on chalkboards on the wall.
Considering the crowd, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly the bartender caught my eye and took my order. They were pretty quick on the food as well, but more on that later..
Pretty good draft selection, but nothing too out of the ordinary. The bottle selection was prett damn good. They had Cantillon Fou Foune, Mamaouche and Lou Pepe Kriek. They also had Two Brothers Askew and some other goodies. I chose a $65 bottle of Fou Foune..while a bit pricey I think it is in line with market, and its an NYC bar.
The food was really good too. We didnt get anything too fancy. I got a bacon,chicken slider and a veal meatball slider (3.50 each). My fiance had a the special which was a $10 pulled pork with kimchi and we shared a bowl of cajun mac n cheese.

Overall, I loved it here. If I get the chance, I will be back! (1,173 characters)

Photo of KBrennan1000
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This was our first stop upon arrival in the city. We couldn't have started our trip in a better way. There was a Cigar City event including the Marshal Zhukov and their collaboration with The Bruery, Dos Costas Ouestes Saisons (aged on lemon wood/grapefruit wood/cedar). I am now extremely jealous that Cigar City doesn't distribute to MA. All the seats were taken but we were invited to sit at a table with another couple so we didn't have to stand. And even though the bar was pretty busy, our bartender made sure to take our orders right away. And upon seeing from my ID that was from out of state she welcomed us to the city and remembered our names when we ordered more drinks. The food came out quickly and was delicious. A good mix of a lot of different people here so I wouldn't think that anyone will feel out of place here. Definitely a destination for anyone visiting, I will certainly spend more time there next trip. (929 characters)

Photo of Clembo1957
4/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located in the West Village on Bleecker St. I wandered in late night after a tour around some of Manhattans bars, The Blind Tiger was fairly busy but service was good, the beer selection excellent and for Manhattan reasonably priced. I asked the bar tender what beers were on and he took the time to go through the list despite the bar being fairly busy. The crowd in the bar were fairly young and noisy.

It's well worth a trip along Bleecker St to seek out this ale house. (503 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A: Walking into a sort of smallish place with a couple tables and plenty of room at the bar. It was pretty empty, but it was also 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. Lots of wood paneling on the wall and an updated draft list on the chalk board wall. And there is a nice fire place, which adds to the ambiance...

Q: I would imagine there is significant turnover in beer, but the couple I had tasted fresh, so they do a great job cleaning the taps. All beers served in the appropriate clean glassware.

Sel: A nice amount of beers on tap and on cask. At least 30+ brews. A nice amount of NY brews, domestic craft beers and some Belgians. So many styles of beers are represented, Wild Ales, IPA's, Porters, Stouts, Pale Ales, Pils, Saisons, Barleywines...etc. Almost every beer drinker can find a style they enjoy here.

Ser: Service was fine. Sat at the bar. Bartender was prompt and efficient. We really did not have a ton of questions for him, but the services was just fine.

O: A really nice place to visit. Decor reminds me of a bad 70's sitcom, but that is part of the charm. Tons of brews, great service and a friendly atmosphere. If you can stop in here, you should. (1,168 characters)

Photo of rodney45
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Thursday Jan 12th.

Usually most places around the area are packed in with college kids on a thursday night. Even the craft beer bars. So me and a buddy were hesitent to drive into the city from queens, but we had nothing else going, and decided to make the trip. 2am we arrive, easy parking... he was DD since he doesnt drink, but likes exploring new places.

Its basically just us and the bartender and a roaring fire. Dark like I would imagine a 18th century pub being. Nice dark wooden tables overlooking the street. A real nice vibe going. No rush or push by the bartender. 30+ tap, and a few cask beers. A lot of bottles too.

I picked a cask He'brew Rye IPA, and a Anderson Valley saison. Both were expertly poured in appropriate glasses, mug, and tulip respectively. Friendly barkeep.

They had stone, smuttynose, firestone walker, cigar city, allagash, He'brew, bluepoint, river horse, speakeasy, and so many others on tap.

Check the website for up to date bottles, and cask offerings.

Really fantastic quality place. Will be back on an off hour with my notebook and 40 bucks to get some solid reviews in. (1,122 characters)

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