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
blindtigeralehouse.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.4
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
133
pDev:
7.73%
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Reviewed by 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 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.
Nov 18, 2014
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Rated by dinojrbtom from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Great small place. Excellent varied tap selection. Bartenders are attentive.
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
2021-10-12
Visited for dinner on a Tuesday. Small crowded bar vibe, though not super busy when I was there (got busier as it got later). They had I think 21 of their taps occupied at the time. Focused heavily on IPAs, but definitely had a few other styles as well. I would say the selection was pretty well curated, including having a couple solid "standard" options for those that got dragged there by people like me. Servers were friendly and mostly very attentive. Didn't have much conversation with them so I don't know much about their knowledge level.

I had a brisket sandwich for dinner with some spicy potatoes. It was good.

Overall, very good place, and well worth a visit.
Oct 13, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.53 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Aug 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.33 by rrossjets from New York

Jun 22, 2018
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.56 by DoubleDaisyCutter from District of Columbia

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.56 by EdwardAbbey from Washington

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.69 by Nrod from Argentina

Jun 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by AlvinLin from New York

Apr 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.44 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.4 by user785335 from Florida

Jan 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Beer21 from Florida

Jan 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by PhillyBoy23 from New Jersey

Jan 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.86 by jfitzbrew from Vermont

Jan 09, 2017
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Rated by JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Went here last summer and was very impressed with everything. They had a few Hill Farmstead beers on tap and a pretty good menu!
Dec 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.64 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by shoretaxi from New Jersey

Nov 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.48 by Conscious_Palate from Vermont

Nov 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.41 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Oct 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.73 by msondel from Massachusetts

Oct 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.4 by Brian29 from Ohio

Sep 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.08 by Spreetaper from New York

Sep 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.59 by ConorGolden from New York

Jul 24, 2016
 
Rated: 3.97 by StoutBoi from New York

Jun 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by Brown120 from Pennsylvania

May 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by cadaugherty from Illinois

May 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.81 by Buffbraz from Louisiana

May 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by SRBush1974 from New Jersey

Apr 08, 2016
Blind Tiger in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 355 ratings