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Blind Tiger

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

252 Ratings
Ratings: 252
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:
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(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
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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
Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.