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Blind Tiger

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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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Photo of ComicalAli
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Blind Tiger is the gold standard for NYC beer bars. You should go here before you go anywhere else.

Why is it the best? Well, it has fewer taps than other bars, but the beer is always fresh and frequently changed. The selection is ALWAYS interesting, and of course there are plenty of bottles.

It is smaller and more cramped than other bars, but somehow I always get a seat and the service is - really - the best in the city. No matter how packed the place is I never have a problem getting served. In addition to being fast and friendly, the bartenders actually know more about beer than I do, which is how it should be (I once had to explain what a Flemish Sour Ale was to a bartender in BRUSSELS - sad).

The food is great. I've had the grilled cheese sandwich and the quesadilla, both were great. I also recommend the cheese plate from Murray's.

Maybe its the atmosphere that makes it the best. The bartenders always pick the music - and there is no rap or hip hop. This keeps the university/frat boy/idiot set out even though the bar is right near NYU. The crowd is a little older, late 20's/early 30's but unfortunately I'm in that demographic now so I can't complain.

This is the bar by which all others should be judged. There are other great beer bars in NYC, but the tiger is king. (1,303 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It's taken me awhile to pen this review, probably due to my sadness that I won't be able to return for awhile. I live in Los Angeles, and this place, and a couple of others made me acutely aware of how desparately LA is in need of some decent beer bars. And a subway system. And character. Oh yeah, and a higher degree of cultural synergy. But I digress...

When I imagine the perfect beer joint, the image in my mind is almost exactly this. Very woody and homey, with big open windows right at the Bleeker St sidewalk in the incredibly hip Greenwich. Lots of locals can be found, reading the paper, talking with friends, or chatting up the charming (and very knowledgable) female bartender. A very healthy array of taps, Belgians, and bottles. In addition to this they consistently feature two beers in the cask. On this trip they had Sierra's Brown, and the less inspiring Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. In my two visits here I tried both of the casks, had several DFH 90-minutes, sampled my girlfriends Victory Witbier, and some other thing that her friend ordered, which was also lovely.

That covers the selection and quality. The only food I experienced here was a cheese platter which was paired with I can't remember what Belgian ale. It was stinky as hell, and the beer pairing was genius. Wish I could remember what it was... Oh well. Wish I could have tried more, and surely will when I return to this magical place. Until I learn otherwise, I'm giving the 5.

Over the few days I spent in the city, I learned that NYC is practically teeming with great beer joints, but not this great. It makes me appreciate Lucky Baldwin's more, since it is the lone carrier of the "cool beer joint" torch in the city of Los Angeles. A lonely job, for sure. (1,759 characters)

Photo of vickster529
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We always visit whenever we are in NYC. It is an awesome place to sit by the window and people watch with a cold pint. The draft list is always great. I always find something I love on tap but their bottle list is equally good. The service is extremely knowledgeable and is quick to make recommendations. The bartender is usually playing their i-pod with a cool mix.

The food is also worth mentioning. Standouts include the grilled cheese, Bloody Beast, Deviled Eggs and any of the "Dips" with toast (especially the Mediterranean dip!) Also not be be missed are the cheese and beer pairings on the blackboard behind the bar. (They get all of their cheese from Murray's across the street. My favorite cheese shop in the city and a must stop if you are on Bleecker Street!)

This is my favorite bar; i just wish it was closer to home!

hs :-) (841 characters)

Photo of waltonc
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped here a couple times on a work trip to NYC. The bar is not huge, seats maybe 50 - 60 people? Lots of wood, wood beams in the ceiling, a fireplace (though I have never seen it in operation), and an L-shaped bar with lots of beers on tap (about 25, it seemed). On both nights I was here, the bartenders were great. Despite being very busy, they were on top of who was next in line, were very friendly, and very prompt. My review of the selection is skewed because Blind Tiger had a Brooklyn event on my second visit, which featured 22 different Brooklyn beers, which was awesome. Brooklyn Black Ops and Barrel Aged Black Ops on cask, among other great offerings. In short, I consider Blind Tiger a must stop for anyone in New York, and would be a frequent customer if I lived here. (786 characters)

Photo of Tschnab
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Blind tiger is a small, cozy place with a wooden decor, diverse tap selection, and pleasant staff. The prices are reasonable. When I was there they had an Avery tap takeover, including some aged beers from 09. I had a pour of 09 the beast, as well as a pour of rumpkin. Besides the Avery beers, there were plenty of locals like sixpoint. They also had a nice bottle selection, and 2 beers on cask. Wings were pretty good, but that's all I had to eat so I didn't get a good sense of food, though they had a grilled cheese of the day special which is pretty cool. The staff was happy to talk beer and was quite friendly. I would definetly recommend this place to any beer lover. (676 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.94/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First time in here and I have to say, hot damn! Chilling in the village before the show on Friday we walked in around 1 in the afternoon. Nice and about half full we walk up to the side. Nice double chalk board up in the front, browsing I find several rarities, a cask in front of me, gravity pours, the works. My kind of place for sure. Lots of speakeasy on tap, everything else was pretty random though I have to say, one of the most eclectic selections I have seen in quite some time. Ordered up a nice BA Porter and sat at the table and enjoyed. Food menu looked incredible though I had just eaten, wow. Went out and came back around dinner time and the place was packed but still the same, dark charm to it. Really just a fantastic place to go to, I will no doubt stop in here again on my next trip. (804 characters)

Photo of dhartogs
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow, I've been here twice and hope to go back every time I am in New York. First time there was a Heavy Seas tap take over, and about 12 other drafts. The second time was a regular run of the mill day. Interesting selection of many beers I've never had. The service both time was friendly the bar can get crowded but the staff moves quickly to serve everyone. They could use one additional bathroom, other than that it's a nice cozy pub. I love how the staff will offer you a sample of the beer of something that may be a bit strange before they pour you a full serving and charge you for it. (592 characters)

Photo of phishisphunk
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had the opportunity to spend an evening here during a recent weekend getaway to Manhattan and this is well worth seeking out if in the city. The bar sits on a corner of property in the village with accessible windows open to both Bleecker and Jones. The atmosphere is similar to that of a German style pub. Small but quaint. Great selection of indi-rock being pumped through the speakers. Because of the size and the amount of people in on a Friday evening, it was pretty loud. The owner spent a few minutes chatting with my wife and I and had a great knowledge of breweries, brewmasters, and styles. At the time, we were drinking a GI Juliet and an Avery Dépuceleuse, moments later he brought to the table a Panil Barriquee (Sour Version) to share. The selection of beer was amazing. Highlights for me included Firestone Walker 13th Anny and the Peche Mortel. I believe they had about 20+ taps and over 40 bottles. Although I did not eat, the food was typical pub fare and was very reasonably priced. Once again, well worth seeking out in in NYC. (1,050 characters)

Photo of richobrien
4.86/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hit Blind Tiger on a Thursday night and it didn't disappoint. Great selection on tap, service was quick despite the size of the crowd and the food was good. (157 characters)

Photo of paulyrimz
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (870 characters)

Photo of jp11801
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of calz4m
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After reading reviews my wife and I stopped in with a couple of friends last Friday in the afternoon. It was unseasonably warm and they had all of the windows open facing out to Bleecker. The atmosphere is great...very rustic. Beer selection amazing on draft. Bartenders very knowledgeable and willing to discuss the offerings. Good opinions on the beers and nice recommendations. I was pleased to see the Stone and Rogue draft selections. We tried to go back around 11:30 in the evening and it was packed. Try going in the late afternoon and it's fine. Awesome place. A+ (571 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)

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 TMB0424
4.83/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Damn good bar. Has a very nice "home-y" feeling to it as you walk in. All of the beers on tap are displayed directly over the bar, with the other various casked and bottled beers displayed on the opposite side. The bartender was on point and knowledgeable, offering suggestions and getting our brews pretty quickly. They had Aventinus, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, Young's Double Black Chocolate Stout, Hop Rod Rye, Brooklyn Weiss, and Ommegang Witte on tap - to name a few. Tons of others available to purchase. The food was sensational (I had the chili) and very well priced. 3 of us ate and drank for $60. Definitely recommended if you're in the area. (654 characters)

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

My favorite beer bar in Manhattan. What's there not to like? The selection itself is reason enough to drop by here, but it turns out the food is awesome. If you're there when they're serving the pulled buffalo chicken sandwich, DO NOT miss it. Last time I was there(8/24) they had more kinds of Sierra Nevada on draft than I even knew existed! They had the event 2 days earlier and damn you beer snobs like myself drank all the Vienna Lager and Oak-aged Celebration Ale! It's ok though because we had plenty of SN Kolsch and SN Schwarzbier before we left. They must have had 3 Wheats and a few IPAS too. Probabaly 15 Siera Nevadas on tap if I had to guess. Bottle list is solid and I threw down a few extra bucks for a big bottle of Nøgne Ø Winter. Pretty decent and I was surprised they had it. If you're in NYC go here, simple as that. Also, across the street is an ice cream shop that has corn ice cream(a Brazilian thing I think) that, although it sounds weird, is awesome. Not a bad date- Tiger for dinner and beer, ice cream for dessert. Did I mention the location is perfect? Blind Tiger is the shiiit. (1,111 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The Blind Tiger was my favorite NY drinking spot, and definitely the best place for a beer in Manhattan. The building itself is great, with the old wood beams and shutters. Loved the open windows in summer, nice touch. Z-shaped bar, giant blackboards, humming with people...atmosphere is a plus. Lower than perfect score due to the number of people crowded in a small room, and for closing those open-air windows (just as we snagged a window table).

Terrific beers on tap and cask. Along with some draft ales, I also got in a Bam Biere and a Storm King on draft. That's a great lineup. Everything on the big board is good to great - little filler. Multiple casks is a big plus. Service was somehow really good despite the crowd, although crowding up to the bar is a daunting task - be ready if you get a random look from a barkeep.

Didn't try the food, but it looked good. I saw someone getting a grilled cheese with tomato soup around midnight, and it looked amazing. Even for a liquid dinner (lunch), the Blind Tiger is definitely the spot. (1,046 characters)

Photo of mconstan
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here a couple weeks ago on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The location is great, right in the heart of the W Village on Bleeker and 7th. The bar itself was very comfortable, all wood and big open windows. Didn't try the food, so I cannot comment on it.

the beer selection was great, they had close to 100 beers it seems, majority in bottle. Had Stone Old Guardian, Dogfish Head 120 min, and a few others which I cannot remember off the top of my head.

All in all, was a great experience with friendly service. I recommend this place to all. (548 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 togasports
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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! (637 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

atmosphere- has that old pub feeling to it, with wood floors, tables, walls, and a fire place. Great when the weather gets nicer, there are windows that swing open with barstools next to it that overlook bleecker st.

quality/selection- outstanding, it may not have 100 taps like some places, but with the 28 they have they are not wasted and do a great job of having such a diverse selection. Always something tasty on the gravity and cask lines too. Huge bottle selection, but when i go to a place like this i stick to whats on tap.

Service- bartenders are knowledge and always willing to give you a sample before ordering a beer. Thumbs up for that

Food- not a huge food menu, mostly bar food and snacks. Sandwiches are great

Valve- most beers are $6-7 on tap and considering the location, you cant beat that, must nightclubs in the area charge $8 for a bud light. The food is reasonibility priced too.

It does get crowded often so sometimes finding a table or seat can be a challenge, probably because no one wants to leave there, but who can blame em (1,059 characters)

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

I believe that Blind Tiger is the best beer bar in the whole city.

Their tap list is always insane and they have events with the most sought after breweries and brewers in the US and Abroad. Ommegang, Du Ciel, Atwater, Founders, Hill Farmstead, the list goes on. Thier bottle list is just as impressive.

On weekends anytime after 12-1am its never crowded and always full of really cool cats who'll talk about beer and anything else. I typically strike up a convo with a stranger and make new buds or have hilarious stories every time I go there.

I'd been there several times w/o trying the food, but once I did I was pleasantly surprised.
Usually bar food isnt great but my chipotle quesadilla was delish. My wife had a panini which she said was really good too.

Never had bad service, but I tend to get there when its not very busy. Bartenders are knowlegable about suggestions and are really good at matching their current list to what beer style you fancy best.

Go for the beer, grab a bite, and fall in love with the top place for craft beer in the city.

I cant get enough of this place!

My only slight issue with this place is they charge your growlers by the pint. So if you want a pint of something that costs 7$, it would be a 28$ growler. Most places around the city max out for super high ABV or rare stuff at around 25$. So unless you really cant do without what they have on draft in a growler, you're going to have to pay more than you usually would. Personally, depending on the rarity, I would pay that much for a growler, but I just dont want to HAVE to pay it.

Blind Tiger is definitely the best beer bar in the city, no contest. (1,655 characters)

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

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. (751 characters)

Photo of excalibur
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

This place is outstanding. We stopped by around noon on Friday and it was not too crowded but all the tables were taken when we left. I suggest getting there early or after the lunch rush. Still the staff were knowledgeable and very accommodating as we had a few samples of unfamilier beers. There were about 25 drafts and 2 casks with a wide range of beers. I had the Flying Dog Double Dog IPA cask and my wife had the Smutty Nose Big A. Both were superb. The patrons were friendly and we felt welcomed. The place is cosy, not very large with alot of wood and a good feel to it. I believe all the chairs were stools without backs but we were very comfortable and certainly enjoyed our visit to this great place. This is a must stop if nearby, although we walked many blocks and are glad we did. (805 characters)

Photo of nriech
4.74/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Saturday night and we managed to squeeze in at the bar. Great atmosphere, slightly dark and music in the back ground but not too loud.

Bartenders were on top of their game checking on us when we were almost empty. They were also great on suggestions for my guests that were a bit less experienced.

I believe there are about 30 taps including a couple of cask offerings. Order by the number next to the beer. Theres also a chalkboard on the opposite side with the bottle selection including some vintage brews.

All beers were in proper glassware and clean.

Great place and I will return next time I'm in the city.

And you guys behind the bar, if you're reading this I hope you enjoyed the beers I left for you from VA! (724 characters)

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