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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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slander

New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Usually, it's too elbow to elbow for me to be able to bust out the Pilot Precise Rolling Ball V5 Extra Fine Red and take notes, but I caught a light early Wednesday afternoon on Bleecker and got a-jotting. I figured I'd soon be drinking any one or more of the dozen plus Stone beers they've got on, so I should start writing while still being able to see in singular. Looking around, taking in the room, I can only think how an NYU prof would regard a "The Tiger in contrast" master's thesis, it being a local house and all (take note, liberal arts majors). From off the beaten path well worn Hudson old to in the thick of it Bleecker new, shiny and a year old already. Remember when events were like once a month? The bathrooms of scariness, toasting the sunset, anxiously awaiting the sunrise, prohibition, repeal, old familiar faces and the shift in clientele all at once...

Bustling corner location with perfect PM parking if you're there at 6 on a weeknight; on weekends, good luck (Oh my god! I've become that douche a-bag who talks about parking availability in beerflys). Entering off the corner, you've got a sort of "Z" shaped wood bar seating a dozen, with 2 towers of 14 each on brass banded wood boxes and a pair of handpumps down on the end. 5 stooled raised roundie bar tables sit in the forward area and a few square tables rest against the far wall. 3 sets of tall narrow windows opening out on both the front and side walls over bar counters below. Beigeee yellowee painted walls over wood paneled lowers, plank floors, wood beam posts and ceiling trim and cross beams, and a fireplace off the far corner, stone, with a mantle and gated, and a framed 3' x 3' mirror above. Ceiling fans above, a single mounted TV to the rear, sunken spots, mounted wall lamps, and drop lanterny coneish lamps run a "Z" above the bar. Glassware stacked and ready on the fat wood barback counter and cupboards below. A pair of long thick wood shelves above loaded with random empty bottles, gifted, their favorites and dead gones, plus some tiger pieces, a trophy, a globe, some signage and figurines and the like. A pair of long boards up top with tap selections listed in 2 rows of 7 per board, 28 taps in all, changing damn near daily and pacing the frequent events here.

On the rear wall, a mirrored archway with tiered wine below next to the entranceway to the kitchen in view back there. And just to the left, 3 shelves with all the books from the old Tiger, and a pair of narrow vertical boards listing Alan's pick of the day, specials, cask, gravity pour and wood pin selections.

3 large boards on the far wall, 2 of which list the food menu items and the 3rd listing bottled beer selections. Some 4 dozen beers listed, about a dozen and a half of them American micros rare and common and nearly just as many vintage bottles, pricey, but whatever, you've got to pay to play, deal with it.

Foodings. The only thing I'd ever etten here is the Rafael's 7 pepper chili (sirloin & pork shoulder, just excellent), one quiet just after opening two birthday bar crawls ago. But today, on Witzel's wecommendation, I opted for the Bloody Beast (killer pressed mini house roast beef, onion, cheddar, horseradish mayo & bloody mary dip). Holy crap was that good. Just bigger than an English muffin, I thought it'd be rare and bloody but it wasn't. Also had the Posole Rojo (savory pork stew with hominy and a beautiful pepper broth which Louise was good enough to describe in detail). I think I need to explore that food menu at length, yes.

Overall, the house is comfortable early on although it gets tight up around the bar, especially on event nights but it can't be helped. The kitchen is definitely a welcome addition. Good staff, I never seem to struggle to get a beer here and the selection is, well, you know, it is the Blind Tiger afterall. When in NYC...

04-20-2008 16:43:00 | More by slander
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Billolick

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Yes folks it's back and thank god, I really missed it, still in my father's neighborhood, making regular visits a reality. Only about a 5 minute walk from the old place (now housing a Starbucks!) Bathrooms are much nicer, they serve food, they have many more windows looking out and opening out when weather permits onto one of the classic Village street scenes, they even have a small outdoor eating, and drinking(?) area, this location is in the middle of a bunch of great food places including Murray's fine cheese shop and John's world class pizza across the street. (No slices) Great selections of all the types of beer you have come to expect from Alan, Dave and the crew, and the special beer events we have come to love! On my most recent visit, I enjoyed fresh Rogue 10,000. They had selections from Ommegang, Sixpoint, Captain Lawrence, Southampton, Smutty, Brooklyn's Antwerpin, Stone, Victory, Stoudt's, Southern Tier, and several others. 2 casks and a gravity keg resting on the bar. Expect to find the most interesting selections in the city (along with Ginger man and Hop Devil). Lots of rotation of the taps and beers you will not find in many places. Also an extensive and highly worthy bottle list.A must hit location if in the general NYC area. Welcome back BTAH, here's to MANY visits and years of enjoyment...

03-18-2007 17:16:31 | More by Billolick
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I love the Blind Tiger! Too bad it is impossibly crowded most always...

Living in Manhattan, this is one of the premier beer destinations for my wife and myself. Unfortunately, you ought to come here early in the afternoon to avoid the crowds- otherwise, forget about it. It is just too small of a venue, and an insanely popular one (understandably so!)

The beer list here is very, very good. Not as extensive as The Ginger Man or Rattle 'N' Hum in Midtown, but very focused and high-quality. Right now, for example, January 17, you will find Avery Czar and North Coast Old Stock- two rare beers in Manhattan (on draft). There are always a bunch of IPA's and DIPA's, at least one or two barleywines and Imperial Stouts, some Belgians... something for everyone indeed.

Also, their casks are always top-notch. And their bottle selection, with some good sale-priced items to boot.

The ambience is nice, before it gets crowded. Cozy and warm in the winter, with the fireplace and the wood and the shit. Nice in the summer, with the open windows looking out to Bleecker street. Even when it's busy, it never gets crazy loud.

Service is very good. Bartenders know their craft shit, are nice and will remember faces. I'm not a regular but they always greet me by name. Sure, you will have to wait a bit and it will be a pain having to make your way to the bar for a beer, but it's never too bad. And it's always worth!

I love the food. Some people here have said "it is just bar food". Not so. It looks like it, but it goes way beyond. No nachos and crap here. How many bars have chicken-liver-and-bacon pate?? Or a Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwich??

My two favorite food items are the simple-but-heavenly apple-bacon-cheddar melt/sandwich and the classic pimento-cheese spread. YUM!!!

Prices aren't bad. They look pricey, but then happy hour goes on, like, forever, and I have never left the Tiger feeling I paid a million bucks (unlike at The Ginger Man or Rattle).

If they had a bigger, less crowded location, I'd come here every other day, I swear.

01-17-2011 06:15:38 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I have to say that I was initially a little disappointed with the look of the "new", "freshly painted" Tiger, but I guess that's to be expected. It just doesn't have the charm of the old place (it's got bathrooms on the first floor for Christ's sake!!!), but that's not their fault. And, apart from that it feels just like the old place. Same crowd, same servers, same great REAL pub food (pressed sandwiches!!!, soups, tacos, Murray's cheese plate!), same great selection at reasonable prices (28 out of 28 great beers on tap, and hell, some bottled beers are even a steal!). And don't forget the cask beers! Ahhhh, I love it! In addition, I think it might even be a little bit bigger space, and the open windows really help when it's crowded. Go with friends. Have fun!

07-03-2007 22:39:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

This re-opened place (I do not know myself how it was before) is in a corner of Greenwich Village near some other clubs. It is a standout craft beer pub. Room to stand around or socialize around a basic table, with an alert bartender Lol, and rapidly changing taps. I think there were 20 taps and 2 useable casks. There was also a top notch bottle selection, though nothing I could not buy much cheaper at a good store. I was comfortable here, and the beer was served fresh and right. Manhaten prices.

05-01-2007 14:58:50 | More by Sammy
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Walked in on a Friday evening after a late dinner at Buddakan and the place was packed. Luckily the wife and I were able to locate 2 stools by the window. As I gazed throughout the room, there were no other seats to be had so we were lucky. Nice view of Bleecker Street provides a great spot for people watching if you are into that. Typical dark pub atmosphere.

The place is loud with hearty conversations and music. Definitely a younger laid back crowd here. The bar is small and it was very difficult to get to it to place an order. I waited a few minutes to get my order placed. A blackboard behind the bar has the tap offerings (about 25-30). A wide variety of beers are here to satisfy any tastes.

I only had time for one beer but it was very fresh. Service was decent but a bit harried with the crowd.

A definite stop for any BA in NYC, but I seem to prefer The Ginger Man since it is a roomier place.

02-19-2008 12:55:00 | More by Gavage
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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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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I stopped here with a friend while in town in July 2007. I knew we'd be in the Greenwich Village area, so I beerfly'd and here we were.

There were about 20-25 taps and 2-3 casks, maybe also bottles but I didn't see the bottles list. The taps included mostly USA microbrews (Smuttynose, DogFishHead, Brooklyn, etc) and the casks were Brooklyn Brown and some local IPA. The beers were generally high enough quality to satisfy anyone but weren't rare enough to make you seek the place out. Anyway it's a decent stop. If anything it's a little smallish, with seating for 40 and was totally packed on a Sunday night.

07-24-2007 02:55:43 | More by TurdFurgison
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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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GJ40

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I stopped by while in NYC on business based on the BA reviews. The Blind Tiger is my kind of place. It's small but it has a nice layout and some great woods throughout. It's comfortable, authentic, well worn and unassuming. It's exactly the feel I'd want if I had a bar. I especially liked the way the windows open up to the street outside. We had a perfect day for it. And the crowd was pretty lively at only 4 PM on a Tuesday. It seemed like locals that truly appreciate good beer.

The fresh beer selection is solid with over 20 on tap and 3 on cask (including one gravity). Most were from the northeast. They must have had a recent Smuttynose event because they had several from them. They also have quite a few bottles including some vintage stuff. I went with an Ommagang BPA and a Chelsea Hop Angel (gravity).

The bartender was outgoing and helpful. She really took her time with you and seemed very genuine with her suggestions.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Blind Tiger and highly recommend it. It's all about good beer.

04-28-2010 14:19:59 | More by GJ40
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