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Blind Tiger

Not Rated.
Blind TigerBlind Tiger

Taps: 30 / Bottles: 53
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
97
world-class

240 Ratings
Ratings: 240
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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)
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ComicalAli

New Jersey

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.

06-15-2009 19:51:28 | More by ComicalAli
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jeffjfindley

California

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.

08-05-2007 04:16:03 | More by jeffjfindley
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.9%

10-08-2013 14:45:40 | More by mcintire78
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vickster529

Pennsylvania

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 :-)

08-29-2008 18:46:12 | More by vickster529
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cck5

New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-23-2014 03:33:20 | More by cck5
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Minnesota_beer_guy

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-15-2014 02:21:37 | More by Minnesota_beer_guy
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waltonc

Colorado

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.

11-06-2008 03:22:07 | More by waltonc
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Tschnab

New York

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.

10-28-2011 01:38:52 | More by Tschnab
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

12-07-2009 21:28:08 | More by mikesgroove
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dhartogs

Virginia

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.

05-11-2011 16:07:55 | More by dhartogs
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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
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