Blind Tiger

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 462-4682 | map
www.blindtigeralehouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
325
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
6.15%
 
 
Taps:
30
Bottles/Cans:
53
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 325
Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of Acredlegs
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of scottyg354
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of john0721
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of bgold86
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of SandMan00
4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
4.26/5  rDev -3%
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 there...so 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.

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Photo of Mark
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

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Photo of James_A
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place is a little heaven for craft beer drinkers. The selection is wonderful with 28 taps and two casks. I had the Left Hand Milk Stout with Mint when I was there and enjoyed it immensely. Complaints you hear about this place are accurate in that it can be difficult to find a seat or belly up to the bar. But if you are okay standing or waiting a while for a table this is a place for you. Wonderful selection and service. Even though the place was packed the bartender did a wonderful job of noticing when I was running low. I ate there and was pleased with my Mac and Cheese,

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Stopped at the Blind Tiger while walking through NYC.

The place was very crowded, even on a Monday afternoon. The place is pretty small, but has a nice cozy feel to it. The tap list was awesome, as expected- got Pretty Things Baby Tree and Green Flash Green Bullet. The bottle list was nice but didn't indulge there. The prices were high, as per most everywhere in NYC. Didn't get a chance to sit and really enjoy the beers, due to how crowded it was, but I could tell if you came at the right time, this place would be beer heaven. Recommended.

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Photo of Srkolodn
3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Blind Tiger is perfectly situated in the West Village. The vibe/appearance just works for this craft beer spot in the west village, perfect for hanging out with some friends over good beer. They have a great selection and friendly staff, all beer aficionados will be able to find something to enjoy. I went late afternoon during a weekday and it was already pretty packed. Its a small space awkwardly situated inside with not much seating. Overall good experience.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.77/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

First things first: the draft selection is not so big that it's overwhelming, but always diverse and carefully chosen, with solid American craft beers being the focus. A bit pricey, but absolutely comparable to most places in the area, especially considering the quality and selection. Never had a bad pour or a glass from a bad keg here. Also a great place to find beer from the West Coast, which is a nice change-up for us New Yorkers!

Nice, clean atmosphere, but not without some character. Yes, it's by NYU, but the crowd is eclectic and usually devoid of obnoxious drunks.

The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. And bless them: they try as hard as they can to serve the HOARDS of people packed shoulder-to-shoulder, wall-to-wall.

And that is my big qualm about this place. You are damn lucky if you can get a seat anywhere, even on a half-inch of a window ledge. You can't hear yourself or whomever you're with over the clamor of people actually willing to scream to be heard. Therefore, I actually tend to avoid this place. Which isn't really their loss, since they have plenty of other people to serve!!

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Photo of unclejazz
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This beer bar oasis is situated in the foot traffic friendly West Village. Good cheese shop, bakery, burger joints, pizza shops and froyo in the immediate vicinity. Very solid tap list that is constantly rotating list of solid beers. They focus mor on US craft and have a good number of west coast/Colorado choices. When they have events they usually blow the doors off. Highlights I have tried here include BA Peche Mortel, KBS, Kuhnhenn DRIPA, Allagash BA Black, Maine Beer Lunch. My biggest gripe is that it is SO SMALL! 40 people fill this place up. Few is good and fairly price, but remember it being better when I first went. Bottle list is very good but more pricey. Tap takeovers are great here and usually are big enough that good choices stick around for a few days.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.39/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

My favorite beer oasis when I hit the City. First time was on a rainy night after the Cream reunion concert... such a perfect spot to chill, relax with a dazzling variety of taps and bottles. Unpretentious, and open hearted place and people. I enjoy a better than typical selection of sours and other esoteric brews. Don't get it wrong...they have the big beers and the small beers from across town and across the globe. But there's a throwback to contemplative beer drinking that can really be appreciated. Maybe its the Village or maybe its the comfortable feel of the place (when not crazy busy)...but it's hard to picture a place where you can just pause and sip world class beer and drift away from the crazy world outside. Hmmm...think it's time for another trip back.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Although I have not visited The Blind Tiger at it's old location, this has been my "go-to" spot in NYC for satisfying my craft beer cravings. The building itself gives you the impression that it may have a bit of a dive crossed with gastropub vibe. Once one steps inside however it is actually revealed to be a bit more classy than that, yet still very cozy. There's a fireplace, and a mix of high and low tables in the dimly lit room. I found the service to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, however as others have said on prime times this place can get pretty packed. Best bet is to arrive early if you're going on a Saturday night. The selection is, in my experience one of the best menus in the city. On my last visit I had some excellent sours and some rare releases from the somewhat local Sixpoint Brewery. I actually never have eaten at The Blind Tiger, but every time I see someone with food there it looks delicious. As far as the pricing, we know that craft beer and bars in NYC are not inexpensive, but for all the benefits of this place I'd say it's very fair and well worth it.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: This bar is small and feels like a cozy neighborhood hangout complete with a fireplace. It has a L-shaped bar in the back, three high tables in the front and three tables along the side. I visited on a Saturday afternoon and the place was rather crowded—all of the tables and seats at the bar were occupied. The beer list is located in the corner of the bar and can be difficult to read depending upon your vantage point.

Quality: Beers are served at the proper temperature using a variety of glassware, including snifters for some beers.

Service: There were two bartenders working the small bar so service was rather quick, although this place can seem slower at nights when it gets crowded and it is difficult to make your way to the bar.

Selection: With nearly 30 beers on tap, this bar has a good selection and usually offers 1 or 2 beers that are difficult to come across.

Value: Prices seem reasonable compared to other bars in Manhattan. If you're cost-conscious, they have special prices on one or two beers.

Overall: I liked the old location of the Blind Tiger on Hudson Street a little better because it didn't seem as cramped, but I guess it's better to have a replacement Blind Tiger as opposed to no Blind Tiger. I prefer going here during the off-hours when it isn't as crowded.

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