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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

239 Ratings
Ratings: 239
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:
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(Place added by: slander on 03-15-2007)
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DaveFL1976

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$

Entered into the Blind Tiger at 1pm on a Friday afternoon. They were moderately-busy. Not crazy or anything, just so-so buzy.

One bartender taking every food and drink order for the entire house. Dirty dishes piled up and found their way to the windowsills and outer tables as new customers made their way in.
I trudged my way to the bar and ordered two sandwiches, a St. Bernardus Christmas Ale and a Hot Chocolate for my pregnant wife. We don't want to get the baby started on beer for at least another year, you know?
Anyways, even though it was on the menu, there was no St. Bernardus Christmas Ale, and they have no hot drinks available at all. So no Hot Cocoa for my wife and no St. Berny Xmas for me. No worries. I changed my order to an Atwater Dopplebock.
As I attempted to pay for my order, the dude that ordered previously shouldered his way back into line and mentioned to the bartender that she charged him $330 for a $33 tab on his credit card (damn decimals).
This slowed things down a bit.
I paid for my sandwiches and beer and walked down the street to the coffee shop to get my wife a hot chocolate.
Then walked back to Blind Tiger and gave my wife her Hot Chocolate.
The bartender had still not poured my Atwater Dopplebock. Eight minutes have elapsed now since this beer was ordered. I'm thirsty, ya know?
Finally got my beer. My wife enjoyed her hot chocolate from up the street, while pushing aside dirty dishes and glassware. Just as we were about to leave out of aggrivation for not receiving our food (and just as Wendy, literally had $20 in her hand, ready to take it up to the pizza joint 50 yards to the North, and give up on the Tiger's food), the bartender finally called my name and our food was up. Gee, thanks.
Average pub food. Below average service, and not the beer selection that you'd expect from a 'world class' beer bar.

12-01-2009 05:26:30 | More by DaveFL1976
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$

Stopped in this past Saturday afternoon for a couple of cold ones. "S" shaped bar aloong the right/back from the right corner entrance, flanked by maybe 15 tbales, some along the windows, which were open and begged for much interesting people watching in The Village.
About 20? beers on tap, with many dozens in bottles, all craft, no BMC, which is nice. The selection included many IPA's and Stouts, a little different for a warm Saturday afternoon for me. I had a Bruery Saison followed by an Unearthly, both served in proper glassware.
We split an order of the Chicken Quesadillas, which tasted OK, but were sort of greasy.
While the 2 bartenders seemed nice, serviecf at this place, well at that time was not good at all. There was zero floor service for tables, meaning that we had to pick a spot to invade the bar and yell over others for drinks or food. I hate that. It took 5-10 minutes to do this when we arrived; very, very close to my patience threshold and us walking out. Not sure if this happens at other times, as this was my first visit.
I would say, based on the service problems we had, and the sort of IPA/Stout skewed tap list, I may not return on subsequent visits to NYC (I live in MA, so am a tourist there). Other places I've been have better service, better beer and better food, but probably not better people watching if you can get a window. Still, I enjoyed my two beers and was thankful we were not in a BMC bar...

05-27-2009 16:56:24 | More by BeTheBall
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$

Third stop on my NYC pub tour. Stopped by on a Sunday evening right after dinner around 7:30pm. Cool atmosphere, lots of wood, beer decor all around. Only one bartender behind the bar on a Sunday was odd, so it took here like 6-8 minutes to get my group's 4 beers for some reason. We grabbed a small wooden table to sit around, but it was wobbly and we almost lost all out glasses. Wiped the small mess down with a bar rag, and now our whole table smelled like wet wood and week-old beer. Great. Beer wise, they have a great tap selection, but I thought the bottle prices were super high. I went with a Sly Fox stout, which was very good. This was a nice time to visit, as there was a decent crowd, but there was enough room to enjoy a group beer. This bar was my favorite of the trip.

05-27-2008 23:15:14 | More by morebeergood
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knightlypint

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

The layout of this place is terrible, there's a chokepoint for traffic which restricts movement. The place has a certain degree of local fame attached to it, mostly earned at the original location, which draws too big a crowd for the space. As with many Village bars the customers tend to be young, rude, and boisterous so you end up with a compromised experience.

The beer quality is high at the Tiger, no doubt about it.

Service is ok.

The Tiger usually has a good selection of beers on tap, a few surprises thrown in for good measure. A good bottle selection too, even if a few are too exotic.

The food is great, usually unique sandwich combinations for a reasonable price with some standards too.

The beer and food are a good draw but be ready for a madhouse, too many people packed into a small place.

04-18-2012 21:51:55 | More by knightlypint
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david18

New York

3.66/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $

One of the better beer bars but not the best. The biggest problem is that it is always so crowded. SOmetimes it's impossible to get to the bar, muchless get a table or even a clear spot to stand.

The place has a great selection of tap and bottles and also has a number of local guest breweries who come and serve a selection of beers.

Beer is always cold and well taken care of. Prices are also reasonable.

Interesting neighborhood, with good fooderies all around. I would recommend but be warned that it can be very crowded.

07-14-2009 13:42:35 | More by david18
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Went in on a Sunday around 1:30 pm.

The bar tucked away in the right hand corner of the establishment an there are tables scattered around with a bench that lines the left hand wall of the place.

First of all this bar is in a pretty cool but at the same time kind off touristy neighborhood. The atmosphere itself is very relaxed and informal, homey. There was no table service which was kind of odd since there were like 4 people at the bar (including myself).

The beer selection is pretty good with all domestics on tap and then a pretty big bottle selection which includes some imports. I tried teh mini-Cubano which was really good and had a lot of meat but as the name says it was mini. The beers seemed fresh and lines were pretty clean. I tried an IPA and some Wheat beers.

They had just had a Southampton so they had about 7 or so of their beers ontap but didnt try any as I figured it was left overs fromt eh event.

Overall pretty good place that will get a return visit from myself in the future.

06-01-2009 04:07:31 | More by JoEBoBpr
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jm429

Georgia

3.71/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Admittedly, I went to Blind Tiger during a Rogue Festival and saw a nice 26 different types of Rogue on draft. I got to try the relatively hard to find Chipotle Ale and a couple other delicious Rogue brews. This sorta endeared me to this bar, despite a general dislike of the crowd that was present. With so many taps, they are bound to have a pretty good selection most of the time, but they aren't consistently selective about the quality of beer that they carry. Overall the space is quite nice, the service is quick and the prices are pretty standard. Therefore, I'll be back.

03-03-2009 02:33:51 | More by jm429
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Hoppington

New York

3.73/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

Many consider the Blind Tiger to be the best beer bar in NYC - by "many" I mean mostly entrenched regulars/locals from "The Village". Yes, when the right people are behind the bar, the Blind Tiger is truly excellent. But the Blind Tiger can be very inconsistent in service on certain days during the week -which for me is a serious drawback - though the beer quality is *always* excellent.

The venue is extremely small, so if you are coming to NYC and think you will just pop by for the Blind Tiger "experience", think again. Better come earlier - timing is everything. Anything after 6:00pm and you will be lucky to get a seat...anywhere. Otherwise, enjoy that beer....standing up.

It should be noted that at the Tiger, the regulars are king - which is a good thing in practice. However, depending on your bartender, be prepared to wait several minutes (or longer) while the bartender gabs on and on with a crusty regular while you wait patiently and politely to order your beer. The good news is the food is decent and interesting and the beers perfectly served. So if you don't mind enduring the initiation process and some attitude from certain staff, you should be fine.

Overall, the Blind Tiger is quite decent, but I can't recommend it except to people working or residing in/near The Village. If you are nearby, by all means check it out. However, it can't really compete with the larger beer bars uptown (e.g. Ginger Man and Rattle-N-Hum) because they have way better service, more room and many more beer choices. Still, the Blind Tiger has an undeniable charm - if you can find a seat and get reasonably served.

Be forewarned - as can be expected in these types of venues, it all depends on *who* you get as your bartender. I went early in the week and the bartender I had was gracious, friendly and helpful - and made it an outstanding experience.

Having had an enjoyable time prior, I went again later in the week and my bartender was rude, slow and ungracious. As a rule, I treat all servers with great respect and tip well for good service. But this bartender acted like I inconvenienced her by asking her to serve me a beer. Not too smart when you make your living on gratuity. So it really all depends on when you go and who you get as your bartender.

So the beer gets an "A". But this is a venue review and you can't judge on beer alone. Tight quarters as well as unfriendly and lethargic service by certain staff bring the experience down to just above-average. In short, this place could (and should) do better to become a truly great beer venue. Note to BTAH management: service does count - I can get great beer all over town these days.

Caveat emptor!

03-15-2009 02:42:27 | More by Hoppington
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Chris_Coughlin

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

10-21-2013 14:19:57 | More by Chris_Coughlin
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jim102864

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$

I had read several fellow BA's reviews of BTAH and being in the mood for something different other than my standard lower Manhattan pub, Hop Devil, I decided to stop in Wendesday night.

Before getting there, I had read they were having a Brooklyn Brewery event there so that was something to look forward to. I didn't make it there 'til about 8 pm and this tiny West Side pub was packed to the gills. Given that it was unusually muggy for November 5th in NYC, it made for a very uncomfortable experience. Still, Garrett Oliver was there along with one of the sales reps and I got a chance to talk to both. Because of the event, it was essentially all Brooklyn on tap. I decided to focus on stuff I'd never had/heard of before. The Grand Cru that the sales dude recommended was delish. I also tried a cask brew called Black Ops. Oliver himself recommended it because of the wood in which it was stored. I found it to be a disappointment. I got no sense of the oak and found it to be fairly flavorless for all he hyped it up to be. He also recommended this one off 750 bottled stuff called Dark Matter (mind you at $24 per bottle) which I shared with a local who I had been chatting with. A nice brown ale, but again, nothing special. The 2006 Monster was good.

As to the Tiger itself, if you're at all clostrophopic stay away. You will never see the word "roomy" in a review of BTAH. Fairly average looking bar with average atmosphere. Roughly 25 taps which I'm sure are typically pulling solid selections. Service from the pleasant barmaid was good even on this at times 3-deep-at-the-bar evening.

The food was a total bust. A meat sandwich that was mushy and flavorless along with buffalo wings that were ok if you like 'em firey.

All in all a place I would visit again. Hell, I'd even recommmend it, but I still think Hop Devil rules the day when it comes to Manhattan beer bars.

11-08-2008 13:18:45 | More by jim102864
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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.