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Blind Tiger

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

259 Ratings
Ratings: 259
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
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:
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(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
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Photo of scooter231
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

Blind Tiger, re-born! Version 2.0! I was very pleased this place finally opened, I'd been looking forward to it for ages. And it didn't really disappoint!

Staff is still awesome, the selection is amazing- I often struggle with the decision of what to choose- too many choices! The decor, the bar, the little tables- very comfy, not pretentious at all, just a really good vibe.

I only have two little issues with the place- the first, size. I think this Blind Tiger is even smaller than the last one. That makes for cozy, sure, but on a busy weekend night, or even a busy weekday afternoon, the potential for crowded is ridiculous. And once it gets filled to the max, simple things like reaching for your beer through the sea of people, or trying to get to the bathroom, become difficult missions. Also, though I haven't had any of the food myself, I hear it's a bit overpriced for the quality- but I will remedy this soon enough and try it for myself.

All in all, a lovely place with a selection that never fails to be anything but awesome.

scooter231, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of joedon
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%

I visited this place today and wanted to review while the memory was still fresh.

Like most New York places rated on BA, I think the Blind Tiger is graded higher than it would be if it was located any where else. This might be related to the huge over-priced nature of everything in New York or the desperation of reviewers to feel connected to some place that they want to feel "at home" in.

The atmosphere is sort of urban-English-Pub. Very cramped and crowded. Also very noisy and difficult to get served in. A lot of competition going on for a place to stand or sit. Also the weird experience (at least for a Midwesterner) of having a total stranger ask me to "watch their stuff" while they walked up to the bar and tried to order.

The beer I had was properly served and very tasty. I had the Old Ruffian barley-wine at $7.00 for a snifter. [I had this very same beer in Baltimore last year at $4.50 for a full pint.]

Service was very hectic. I visited on a Saturday afternoon and the place was not jammed but very full. Even so, it took a long a wait at the bar to get my order in. There were only two bartenderesses on duty for the the whole place. Forget about any samples or small talk about the beers..

Selection was very impressive. Maybe 25 beers on tap from many different brewers.

I did not try any food.

It occurs to me this would be a neat place to sip a beer and read a book if it was a quiet weekday evening. At almost any other time, I would not be too impressed.

joedon, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

After a year of numerous visits to The Blind Tiger, it has easily become my favorite bar. I think to really appreciate the depth of The Tiger, it takes multiple visits.

The space is a bit cramped, but I like to go early and not during the busy times. That's the best way to avoid any packed house hassle.

Service is always good here. Easy going and on top of it.

I have seen so many unique beers here, I can't even remember them all anymore. With so many taps on and so many bottles, there is plenty of stuff to dig on. I have found that sometimes the selection is not as interesting on a regular old day as opposed to a special event. But no matter. There are so many events held at the Tiger that your chances of running into one are high.

Food is above average. I love the Bloody Beast.

If you are visiting and pass on The Blind Tiger, I think you are really missing out.

RblWthACoz, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of ohmesohoppy
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%

Went here a couple times when I was in NY, both times it was very crowded and a bit cramped. It seems to come in waves though so it is possible to grab a table and enjoy some beers. All the beer was fresh and the pours were good. Even though this place is cramped it was surprisingly easy to get a beer and the bar tenders seemed pretty friendly. The selection was also good about 30 taps a wide range of stuff but mostly american micros. They also had some 22 oz bottles that I wouldnt have expected them to have. The only thing I wouldve liked to see more of were new york beers. I dont think they had omegeng or southern tier on when I was there and the sixpoint had just kicked.

ohmesohoppy, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Stoneman78
4/5  rDev -8.9%

This was the second stop of our NYC pub crawl, and we were there for about an hour. To be honest, I wasn't blown away by Blind Tiger, but I think I had too high expectations based on the reviews. It was pretty small, almost cramped. The bar was quite crowded and the rest of the space was taken up by tables. The selection seemed decent, but the craft beers weren't much different from Ginger Man. There did seem to be quite a lot of Belgian beers. The service seemed average as did the snack food we got. I am hoping I missed out on some of the appeal of this bar, and would definitely give it a second try in the future. But for this trip, I was pretty underwhelmed.

Stoneman78, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of sholland119
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Thanks to BA reviewers for this tip. We stopped in on a visit to a friend who lives in Manhattan and liked it so much we went back again the next day.

The place sits unassumingly in a great retail area in the west Village. It is rather small (about 12 stools and table seating for 25-30 more) inside but very nicely appointed. It would be easy to walk by and not know you were missing something good. And you would be...

About 30 taps, including one hand pump, with a great selection of domestic microbrews. They had recently hosted a Southern Tier event so they had about 5 of their beers on tap (including the excellent Unearthly IPA but not, unfortunately, the Chokolate Stout). Also a very nice rye beer from Sixpoint Brewery in Brooklyn (new brewery to me, very nice), Weyerbacher Simcoe, Bear Republic Racer 5, Ommegang Witte, Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy, Great Divide Titan and other good stuff.

An excellent bottle selection too. I was excited to a bottle of Old Numbskull from Alesmith, a brewery you don't see out here.

The food is very good, from the dips to the tapenade, the pressed sandwiches to the grilled cheese. Also a very nice cheese plate from the famous Murray's cheese down the street.

Knowledgable friendly service and a nice neighborhood vibe. This would be a regular spot for us if we only lived 100 miles closer...

sholland119, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of mltobin
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Some may knock The New York Times and their political leanings, however I read it daily and love it. It was an article on great beer bars in New York City, that lead me to the Blind Tiger, although I have walked by it hundreds of times over the years without stopping in.

I went there on a Saturday afternoon at about 3 in the afternoon. The place was already crowded, but I managed to sneak an elbow on the bar to order a Brooklyner Hefe-Weisse. Very nice beer, it was perfect for the middle of the afternoon. They had a good draught selection of nearly 30 taps. I did not have any bottles, but that selection was even larger. They had cards, where several customers where making tasting notes for themselves. It was evident that the Blind Tiger has many regular customers and with a great atmosphere, friendly staff and a great selection of beer it was easy to see why.

mltobin, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of marinermc
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

As part of a recent trip to NYC, I made a point to wander through the Village and hit the Blind Tiger before the New Year. I was very impressed, not only with the exceptional selection, but with the atmosphere: close, homey, and perfectly in stride with the West Village -- with a cozy fireplace to boot! The day I went, with a few friends in tow, was a bit crowded, but the barkeeps were fast and attentive.

The bar provides a rotating selection of cask beers and plenty of regular, interesting drafts. My poisons for the evening were few and included: Magic Hat #9, Ommegang Witte, and Six Point Bengali Tiger IPA (their featured cask). Beer pours were impeccable.

Prices are reasonable, taking into account not only the average prices in NYC, but in the neighborhood as well.

It certainly deserved its rating in the most recent issue of BA Mag and I would certainly go there again -- next time shelling out a little for their modest array of vintage brews!

marinermc, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%

A- This place had a great vibe. Came in out of the cold January weather into a nice cozy warm bar with a fireplace. Fairly dimly lit with candles on each table. Very cool looking.

Q- The quality was good, correct glassware, tons of beer, everything I tasted was excellent.

S- Service was a bit rushed but thats to be expected for a busy bar. Fairly average in this aspect in my opinion.

S- The selection was absolutely great. Being from San Jose i'm not used to bars with so many different taps and bottled selections. It seems like they rotate through these fairly often too.

Lothore, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Gmann
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%

I had the Blind Tiger as a place I wanted to go to for a while so when I was in the city for my birthday weekend, me and my wife decided to go and check it out. The day happen to be a Saturday, so this does reflect in my rating. When we got there no seats where available but there was comfortable standing room. The big window sills actually make for a nice sitting area, so we took advantage. The bar is a small cozy bar in Greenwich Village. It has a nice warm feel with the fireplace and comfortable setting. Being that it was a Saturday the bar quickly filled up to the point where I wanted to leave put just started a tab so I stuck with it. It was crazy for an hour or so but got back to a reasonbale state. The selection and quality are great with 3 cask offerings, around 25 beers on tap, and 50+ bottles. The menu was posted on a chalk board, which was a downer since the place was jammed packed. It was hard to read and I basically ordered what I could recognize. It is quite hard to ask questions when you are 4 rows of people back when ordering a beer. This is why I gave the service a lower rating. It wasn't their fault but it was almost impossible to scan the menu, ask questions, and get what you want. While I was there I tried the Achel Brune, a cask outmeal stout, Anchor Christmas ale, Southampton White, Brooklyner Hefe Weisse, Saison Dupont and Brooklyn One. I didn't really try their food, we had the olive plate but I don't consider that worthy enough to rate their food. All in all I enjoyed my visit though it was way too packed. I would recommend going during the afternoon.

2010 Edit:
Been back numerous occasions purposely during non-busy times. It really is a great place to belly up to the bar or casually sit at a table but when packed its a nightmare. The service is great when not busy.

Gmann, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Friends and I stopped here for a New Years’ Eve lunch and found a compact but comfortable setting that reminded us of a Yorkshire pub.

Upon entry, you are in a single room with a smattering of high-tops and tables; off to the side is a fireplace, very cozy on a cold winter day; a Z-shape bar, seating about 25 people, accompanies this decor. (It does appear roomier than the previous incarnation a few blocks away on Hudson Street.)

However, unlike the previous establishment, the new and improved Blind Tiger provides hot food from a very eclectic menu. I recommend the grilled cheese sandwich or the Italian sausage. During our visit, the food was ordered at the bar, though I cannot say if this is their usual procedure.

With the preliminaries finished, let me say that the beer experience here is a worthy one indeed. The Blind Tiger offers a highly representative array of draughts (including three casks) that included Lagunitas Brewing Company of California, to Colorado’s Avery, to Pennsylvania’s Sly Fox; for those in need of some regional relief, BT offers beers from Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint (the latter being represented by the malty Groundskeeper Willie Scotch Ale.

For those having some extra bucks to spend, BT has put together a jaw-dropping list of bottles, such as the delicious Cinderbock, brewed by the late and lamented Heavyweight Brewing Company. Our table witnessed the demise of Aventinius Weizzenbock, Lagunitas “Lumpy Gravy,” the aforementioned Cinderbock and Groundskeeper Willie, and the extremely satisfying Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA. (“Oh Captain, my Captain.”)

The Blind Tiger is a superb venue for any Beer Advocates in search of a pleasant afternoon in that perfect pub. Pop Quiz: Did you know that the term “blind tiger” refers to any establishment that sold illicit alcohol in 19th Century New York? Keeping this in mind, let us raise a glass to Bill the Butcher, Monk Eastman and Dead Rabbits everywhere.

jjboesen, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of cs45977
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%

I've been wanting to get over to the Blind Tiger for a while and finally made it over there last weekend and I am glad I did.
The first thing I noticed was the atmosphere, the place has a very warm old local pub feel to it. The have weathered wood all around, a good sized bar and a fireplace (a real plus for a pub in December).
The beer selection was excellent there were at least 15 taps, 3 casks and a gravity available. All of which were craft and local. It was very nice.
The service was slightly above average. The ladies behind the bar knew their beers and would pour samples on request but could have been a little more attentive to folks at the bar (my glass went dry several times).
The food selection is very limited, but of high quality. The menu was more snack food than full meals. Think light lunch.
The cost was reasonable, but remember this is New York City. What is reasonable here may not be somewhere else. If memory serves we paid $5-7 per pint.
Overall this is a great pub. In fact I've already been back once more and well be back again soon.

cs45977, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of jp11801
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

Wow what a great place.

I've been here twice in the past two weeks due to business and the holidays and this is a gem of a place.
On my first visit it was the day after the Rouge Beer event and they had a killer selection of rare Rouge beers on tap including double bastard 05 and 06 and the vertical 06 and 07. There are usually 3 casks running at anyone time and they had an Oatmeal stout that was really good the last time I was there.
The service is great, friendly staff that knows the beer and are quick to make solid recommendations and offer a taste before you commit to a pint. They also have taster glasses if you want to try alot of beers but don't want to get hammered.

The food looked great but both time I got the cheese plate that feature cheese from Murray's down the block. If you have not paired cheese with good beer I urge you to try it.

The only caveat I have is this place gets packed fast and weekend nights or event nights can be brutal if you are not into completely packed bars.

jp11801, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of gwong
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

On nights when they're not too busy, it's a good place to grab a seat at the bar and have a few beers from the vast selection they have on tap, cask, and gravity. When they are busy, such as when they host a beer event, it's still a good place to have a few beers - you just might be doing it standing with little room to move. That's not really a complaint as it's more of a testament to the effort the staff puts into hosting these events. Their prices are at the higher end of reasonable but it's NYC so, relatively speaking, it's not too bad. The service is good, even during the sheer craziness of event nights though it may take you longer to inch your way to the bar to call out what you want. Overall, this is a great beer bar, proving that not all the great bars are in Williamsburg.

gwong, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of tyboxr
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%

A recent trip to NYC had me drinking at this plae, DBA, and the GingerMan. By far the Blind tiger is the best of the bunch. Amazing selection of great beer (Alan, the beer buyer is knowledgable and open to discussing all things beer). Louise the waitress knows her beers and is a great source of knowledge when choosing your beer and rumor has it a strong influence on the food menu as well. Which brings me to the food, being in NYC I did not want to fill up on one stop, so I got the taco and it was great! Fresh, clean, perfect for a snack between snacks.I had hung at the GM a few times but no more, this place is my new destination. Beer geeks everywhere and ready to talk beer! Make a point of checking this place out, you won't be dissapointed.

tyboxr, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

A business trip to NYC necessitated a trip to the Blind Tiger. My visit just happened to coincide with the Allagash promo night, so I had a chance to visit and rub elbows with one of my favorite breweries.

Atmosphere: The place is s amall corner bar, with one long bar and limited table seating. The walls are nicely decorated and the place has a nice vibe.

Quality: I was pleased with the overall experience. They know their beers at this joint and the sheer breadth of offerings was impressive.

Service: There was no wait service but the barkeeps were friendly and prompt and managed, despite the throng of people, to get my orders and final tab right.

Selection: It was Allagash night, so there were over 10 of their offerings on tap along with several other taps and an extensive bottle list. This place is beer heaven.

Food: My second visit included lunch during the Stone 12/12/12/12 day. My open-faced buffalo chicken sandwich was delicious, a perfect accompaniment to Stone 10th.

akorsak, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%

First stop on the 1st Annual (or biannual, or every other month) Philly Does New York BA Pub Crawl. Awesome place. I can't find a reason for never coming here before, so I will just blame my wife. Small bar, but really it's average size for NYC. Very extensive beer selection for the size of the place and most beers were around $6 or $7. And to top it all off, they had two casks and a firkin. The staff was very helpful and attentive. Allen (and Joanna) really took care of us. I had the roasted bacon, apple, onion, and cheddar sandwich which was very good. I will be back, I promise. You should go, too. One warning though...watch out for those hand dryers!

Imstillthegman, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

My First stop on mt first beer trip to NYC. Now I know the trouble to get here was worth it. Why didn't I do this before. A great feel to the pub. Wood floors and tables. For the quantity of beer they had on tap it is a really small location. WOW. I was expecting a bigger place. Still, we arrived at about noon and there was only a few other people besides the 11 BeerAdvocates who met up there. I counted about 25 beers on tap 2 casks and a firkin. STELLAR beer line up that would be ridiculous to list.the pints were $6 or $7 a pint with the exception of Cantillon Gueuze was $10. The Bar sat about 10-15 people and they had maybe 10 tall wooden tables with stools. The fireplace would have been nice but they couldn't get it to light that afternoon. I had a bloody beast sandwich that like everything else was very good, but small. and pricey. but I guess that is apropos for the location. I definitely will be back and look forward to many more beers on the next trip. If you are going on a pub crawl in the area it is certainly a must on your list. In fact, this is a place that would be worth a special trip to sit and hang out for the day. I would get there early before it gets crowed.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of paulyrimz
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%

What's there to say about this place that hasn't been said already? Top notch beer selection on tap and in the bottle. I tried a cask smoked porter from Sixpoint I believe. Outstanding. Then I had a DFH 90 Minute IPA, very fresh. I was amazed at all the West Coast micros they were able to get their hands on. From Lagunitas to Lost Abbey, this place puts most California beer bars to shame. For food, the serve a little bit smaller portions, but they adjust the prices accordingly. I loved the chorizo taco, but I was not all that impressed with the quesadilla. Though this place does not serve you at the table, there was no lag in service. The one bartender working was able to pour for the crowded bar, and give great service to my friend and I at the tables. Along with Murray's Cheese, a highly recommended stop for tourists and locals alike along Bleecker Street.

paulyrimz, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%

eeek it was so crowded the thursday evening I stopped by, I know I stopped by in the midst of the after work rush, but it just bummed me out cause it made it really hard to enjoy my brews...Had to stand almost the whole time.

service was slow, I imagine this was because of the rush, but none the less took me a while to get my first and then a while to get a second after...

The beer selection was outstanding, the grilled cheese sandwhich with tomato and olive tapanade was one of the best grilled cheese I've ever had.

Pints ran about a dollar or two more than they do out here in brooklyn.

When I'm in the west village and looking for a brew I'm sure this is where I"ll go in the future. A good destination spot!

DaggerEyes, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of togasports
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%

This place is great, nestled in on bleecker st. , very easy to miss. So many great beers, when we went there were abou 12-15 from brooklyn, then some other great beers from victory and others. The quality of the selection was absolutel amazing. All the beer sold at the perfect temperature, in the right glass too. Prices were fairly reasonable, 6.50 for most pints, or 12oz glasses of the premium higher abv beers. We tried the cheese plate which was a great selection of cheeses. The service was xceptional the entire time, always willing to answer any questions abiut the beer, or surrounding area. Definetely a place to come back to!

togasports, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of beerking1
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%

It's a little pricey, but not really for New York City. 28 taps and 2 beer engines. Awesome selection of great beers, and a lot of unique, hard to find stuff. I found the place open and airy, but it was a mild, sunny day and the windows were all open for a nice breeze.
My first day there they had a wide variety of beers on tap. All good. The second day, I went back for a Victory tapping party. They had 16 different Victory beers on tap, more than at the brewery! Several of the Victory beers were unique and almost impossible to find outside the brewery (Sapphire Bock, Uncle Teddy, Donnybrook Stout, Abbey Single). All were served very fresh.
I highly recommend their special beer events, but realize that when they get crowded, they will stop serving half pints or tasters.

beerking1, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of beeritron
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%

We walked around trying to find this place for about an hour. Once we got there we were definitly impressed. A small establishment with big character. The pub is decorated with dark woods and brewerania. We sat at a high top table on worn wooden stools. Since it was a nice, summer day, the windows were open and a warm breeze was working its way through the bar. I was amazed to see so many beers on tap in such a small place. I was also amazed that I had only tried a few of the selections and had a lot of east coast to choose from. The place was busy at happy hour, so we didn't get the attention from the bartender like you would hope. After being there for 2+ hours, I wasn't ready to leave, but another pub was beckoning. So goes the life of a wandering beer drinker.

beeritron, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Convenient location just of Seventh Avenue.

The interior featured a Z shaped wooden bar with about a dozen stools. 6 or 7 tables filled out the rest of the area with a nice stone fireplace on the wall.

The draft list included Stone Ruination IPA, Victory Donnybrook, Sly Fox O'Neills, Allagash White, Legacy Hoptimus Prime, SN Stout, Brooklyn Weiss, a few Captain Lawrence selections, Chelsea Cream Stout and a few more. There were three cask selections and one gravity pour, as well as about 50 or so bottles.

Nice ecclectic menu and finger foods. The quesadilla was pretty good.

Update 11/19/08:

The apple, cheddar, onion and bacon pressed sandwich is the greatest thing between two pieces of bread.

I thouroughly enjoyed the Uinta, Sierra Nevada and Goose Island events.

plaid75, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of ChowHound
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%

I was fortunate to be visiting an old friend this past weekend who has been living in the West Village for some 30 years. She was showing me some of the changes around the neighborhood when lo and behold, I spotted the words "Blind Tiger" upon a sign across the street. I suggested we stop immediately for a refreshment.

Brilliantly located in one of the most heavily tourist-trafficked streets in all of Manhattan, the Blind Tiger was bustling on a lazy holiday Saturday afternoon. Rather small in size, it nonetheless evokes a sort of open air country inn feeling. Wide open windows, plenty of wood only helped to add to that effect.

Snacks are tasty here, and the beer selection is quite extensive, ranking it easily among the top five best selections in Manhattan. They really aren't missing anything, and as a whole, it is a tremendously enjoyable establishment where one can while away many a contented hour.

ChowHound, Sep 04, 2007
Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.