Blind Tiger

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Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

281 Bleecker St
New York, New York, 10014-4106
United States

(212) 462-4682 | map

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jykleo from New York

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

All the time, about 28 of Draughts and one or two CASKs.
Crowded a lot. But smooth service and great selection.
Price is quite reasonable.
Very nice bar !

Aug 11, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool vibe. On the darker and dingier side of thinks. Small amount of the space at the bar. Some tables and chairs as well, but during peak hours on Thursday - Saturday it ends up feeling a bit too small.

Quality of the beer is always perfect. Amazing selection of local and out of town beers, often those sought after by beer geeks. I was there a couple night back and had myself some Other Half, Allagash Cooship Red, and Equilibrium. Again, not stuff you expect to find on tap everyone. Also, they have a very good selection of styles.

The service is very good, but can be a bit tough when it’s crowded. That’s not a criticism of the servers. Just that’s it’s a rather small place and can take a moment to get to the bar when ordering. The servers themselves are rather attentive.

A must visit for beer bars if you’re in NY.

Apr 20, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What can I say that hasn't been said before? I've been going to Blind Tiger for over 10 years now, ever since they moved from the old location on Hudson Street. It's simply one of the best bars, in a city that has no shortage of bars.

The vibe inside is great, but it's a small space so it gets crowded easily and often. My friend and I got the last two seats at the bar during my latest visit, at 12:45pm on a Saturday in February. There are other tables scattered about, but there's a good chance you'll have to wait for one of those too.

The beer selection is always excellent. There is no need to check the tap list before you go because there will always be quality options, no matter what styles you're into. There is a focus on NY breweries, but you'll find other beers from all over the map. The beers turn over quickly and the bartenders are knowledgeable so the quality is always good.

Speaking of the bartenders, they are always attentive and friendly, even when the place is packed to the gills. 28 taps, a cask or two, and a great bottle selection await you. On my last trip I had Von Trapp Vienna Lager, Oxbow Buckwild (Biere de Garde), Harviestoun Old Engine Oil (ON CASK!) and Kelso Nut Brown Lager. The food is awesome too. The charcuterie and cheese plates take a few minutes to prepare because the kitchen "makes it nice," as told by my bartender, but they're worth it. The deviled eggs, chili, wings, grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup are all great.

You really can't go wrong here. It might get crowded but this place is a NYC institution. A must stop.

Feb 24, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Very solid bar for craft beer. Huge draft list with a lot of variety. Nice vibe with good crowd even on a Monday night. Bartenders are busy but courteous. Solid bar snacks, and a place I keep going back to over and over and over. I love it!

Nov 20, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A stone cold classic.
Dark wood laden corner bar, chalkboards and brick walls, it feels more like a living room than a bar, I think I saw a fireplace? Crowded, but not unbearable on a weekend night. Dark lighting with a sort of cozy, rustic vibe to it. We struck up a conversation right away with one of the regulars. Shout out to Nick for directing us to Lombardi’s.

Selection included Hill Farmstead, LIC, Interboro, and many more, all served in tulips. Despite the crowd, the bar service was quick and efficient. Overall i’d return here anytime, probably during off hours in the day to take it in a little more. Greenwich Village is kind of whatever, but Blind Tiger is definitely one of the standout gems there.

Jan 28, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really, really cool spot, an almost must visit, in a city full of must visit places. Lots of killer stuff on tap. Things we do not see in the Midwest. I was lucky enough to visit on Christmas weekend, so it wasn't insanely busy. The staff was great and I felt like I had really checked off a great beer spot in a great city.

Dec 23, 2017
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ikesonfire from New York

4.84/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Biggest selection of craft brew on tap I have ever seen. I had two imperial stouts after trying a few: Prairie Christmas BOMB! and Other Half: We've Been Out There In Orbit.

Cool place, wooden decor, good amount of seating. Friendly staff. I got the shrimp tacos which was one of the daily specials and I was impressed.

Overall a great place if you're looking for a large quantity and high quality selection of beer. Would recommend!

Jan 06, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

My wife and I stopped in here after lunch at a vegan place down the street. Not too large, dark wood, fire in the fireplace. Very comfortable.
28 beers on tap, including three from Hill Farmstead. Two cask offerings.
We sat at the bar and had a great conversation with the guy next to us.
Service was good.

Dec 25, 2016
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cptbenjamin from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What a great bar with an awesome selection of brews! Busy all hell when we were there but the bartenders were fast and saw us thirsty! Food and vibes in this place were great.

Feb 17, 2016
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Acredlegs from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I really liked this place. I was in NYC on Holiday and searched it out while walking around Greenwich village. The beer selection was strong and plentiful. I did not have food but what I saw also looked good. The place is a bit small and crowed. It took some time to get a beer. Only two bartenders working and unless you have a seat at the bar it is a bit hard to get their attention. No late afternoon table service. Great pub feel and cozy. Quite enough for a good conversation. Also it had a great fire place that really felt great on a cold day. Being from the Mid west I loved the exploring the beer selection.

Dec 30, 2015
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MerryTapster from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Awesome place in NY. We have an apartment in Queen so everytime I am in the city this is a stop. Last time I was here they had a few Other Half and Hill Farmstead on draft. I indulged as much as possible. Staff is great and knowledgable.An OG in the game.

Dec 02, 2015
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johnInLA from California

4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I visited this place during a trip to New York. I was looking for a place with a good lineup of local beers that I can't get in California. I was not disappointed. The place was crowded but I still ended up with a seat at the bar. The crowd and the bartenders were friendly, which was nice since I was going solo. Its a good place for beer and conversation.

I didn't try the food, so no comment there.

This is definitively a place I will revisit the next time I find myself in NYC.

Nov 06, 2015
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bgold86 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Man this place always has a great selection to choose from, but the space is freakin tiny and if you don't get in early it gets elbow to elbow, and good luck getting a beer with three lines of people ahead of you. Show up before the crowds or on the weekends.

Aug 01, 2015
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

What a great find! Nice selection of beer, local and otherwise. The vibe is super chill, low key. I've been twice, once in the early afternoon when it was quiet yet still happening and another time just before dinner time when the place was quite full. The service was great and the people there really try to tap into your likes and dislikes. The selection was quite varied and they definitely had something for everyone. I highly recommend, plus it is right next to Murray Cheese and the pizza place at the corner was really really good!

Jul 26, 2015
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Has a pretty decent selection - almost 30 selections on tap. Wasn't entirely impressed with the selection though. Was a little bit crowded even at 5:30. The tacos pork tacos were absolutely amazing - best tacos I've ever had. Worth checking out but a tad bit pricey.

Jul 21, 2015
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richobrien from California

4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Jun 28, 2015
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JohnCassillo from California

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great spot for anyone looking to sample the best local (and not-as-local) brews. Affordable for New York or most other major cities. Service is great, and as long as you can find a seat (limited, admittedly), you're bound to enjoy stopping in.

Jun 25, 2015
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Very rustic cozy vibe in this place. Cool fireplace. They've got tables & food.

No real comment on the staff as she was too busy dealing with the old guys hitting on her constantly, but the one guy I talked to for a second was more than helpful and friendly.

Great selection, I had to pace myself to get around to everything. Going back soon.

Feb 05, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I have been wanting to go to this place for a while. Overall, I'm not disappointed and I will definitely go back someday. First off, it has a great selection of brews on tap (28 I think) as well as an extensive bottle selection. At first I was unimpressed by the decor as it looked like a dive bar upon first glance. However, it grows into you and you soon realize that it is a cozy and warm place with nice wood tables and a fireplace. The crowd was young but seemingly mature and the music was not loud at all; we could hear our conversation. My only complaint about this place is the service. If you sit at a table you have to order at the bar because there are no waiters. I do not have an issue with this, however, there are no printed menus. Instead, the beer selection is written on a chalkboard behind the bar. Since it was so dark and the writing was so small I could not see from the table. I had to walk up to the crowded bar and peer over people's shoulders to study the menu. Not so comfortable.
Other than that, this place is outstanding.

Jan 20, 2015
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SandMan00 from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Good selection, but place is usually overcrowded. Short of giving away free beer, there is not much that would make me fight through the 3-deep crowds at the bar in hopes of catching a bartenders eye. Unless you are a twenty-something lemming who actually enjoys the jam of humanity, one can do better elsewhere for ambience and service.

Jan 02, 2015
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Kappakoosh from Texas

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Update: Went back again on a Wed. night. Crowd was thick, but not so thick I couldn't get to the bar. The bar staff (or lack thereof) is really not interested in serving. They might as well have blinders on. I used to bar tend and was totally aware when people approach the bar, I would look at them and let them now I would get to them momentarily. These people were picking their nose (figuratively). If I managed this place I'd have 3 people back there knocking it out. The demand is why not supply? I brought a group with me this time and we had to split two tables because one small group of women wouldn't trade with us and let us sit together. I cannot say I have met so many rude females in one place, they literally felt like we were robbing them or something. They were so perplexed as to why we would even ask if they could take our table so we could sit closer to the rest of our party. In Texas, the girls would kiss you for asking then hold your hand there (God Bless Texas). Due to the lack of service and the snotty hookers working the table alone, I have lowered the Vibe and Service.

Packed house, miserable in getting a beer. I didn't see one waiter/waitress while I was there and I would pay good money to be taken care of in a place like this. Beer selection is top notch. I took advantage of the cask beer they had that night. Damn good. Mixed crowd of college age and blue hairs, so you don't feel out of place if you are older. Music was loud and people louder. I noticed how rude some of the people were as they wouldn't let move out of the way to let you to the restroom. They just sat there until you said "Excuse me" louder than the first time. Maybe they were just having a bad day. Where I am from you push people out of the way who don't move when you ask nicely, but I was literally going to wet my wants, so I went into overly nice mode. all in all it was a good experience, solely based on the beer selection.

Nov 18, 2014
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Mark from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

This cozy little place on Bleecker Sreet is among my three favorite beer destinations in all of NYC. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff add to the appeal of this fine little pub. Luke the manager is a great guy and always willing to talk about beer and other topics as well. He has always remembered us which I really appreciate. Jillian is a very nice member of the staff who treated us exceptionally well on our most recent visit. Excellent selection of beers which includes cask offerings and sometimes gravity. Tasty food makes this a place where before you know it multiple hours have melted away in very enjoyable fashion. Not to be missed.

Nov 16, 2014
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excalibur from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +8%

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.

Nov 10, 2014
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CHickman from New York

4.12/5  rDev -6.4%

Great place with a great selection, but the cramped quarters and thick crowds in a packed house make it a challenge to get served at times. On off nights or afternoons when you can get bar space it is one of the best beer bars in NYC.

Oct 21, 2014
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James_A from New York

3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

I've been there twice. Both times, way too crowded. You have to fight your way to the bar, not be seen by the bartenders as you're now behind a wooden cabinet that houses the beer taps. When you finally get your beer (after the awkward handing over the money, holding the beers, trying to scoop up the change off of the aforementioned beer tap cabinet, count it and leave a tip while holding beers) there is no where to sit, so you just stand in the middle of the room like an idiot, drinking your beer and waiting for someone to get up and free up a seat or bar stool, which never happens. You finish your beer and decide if it's worth it to repeat the whole process or move on to another bar.

The tap list is good, but if you're there during or in the first few days after an event, half the taps might be dedicated to a certain brewery, limiting your options.

Oct 04, 2014
Blind Tiger in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 353 ratings