1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Blind Tiger

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

244 Ratings
Ratings: 244
Reviews: 197
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 197 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of akorsak
akorsak

Pennsylvania

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.

11-30-2007 02:35:42 | More by akorsak
Photo of Imstillthegman
Imstillthegman

Delaware

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!

11-14-2007 22:48:25 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of Phatz
Phatz

Pennsylvania

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!

11-14-2007 19:49:59 | More by Phatz
Photo of paulyrimz
paulyrimz

Nevada

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.

10-23-2007 16:24:27 | More by paulyrimz
Photo of DaggerEyes
DaggerEyes

New York

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!

10-20-2007 16:01:48 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of togasports
togasports

New York

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!

10-20-2007 12:45:31 | More by togasports
Photo of beerking1
beerking1

Virginia

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.

09-26-2007 01:53:35 | More by beerking1
Photo of beeritron
beeritron

California

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.

09-11-2007 01:43:53 | More by beeritron
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

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.

09-06-2007 20:30:10 | More by plaid75
Photo of ChowHound
ChowHound

New York

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.

09-04-2007 19:11:29 | More by ChowHound
Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.