Blind Tiger


215 Reviews
Blind TigerBlind Tiger

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 462-4682 | map

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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 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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Photo of Fluffheady
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The first several times I visited Blind Tiger, I was completely convinced it was at least 25 years old. I think that is very telling. It has such a good attitude and vibe. Their draft list has a lot of variety on it, and it is very East Coast centric. It gets pretty packed, and even though the food is good, it's nearly impossible to sit down. There are plenty of restaurants nearby (it's Manhattan, of course there are) that you can hit up quickly before going to Blind Tiger if you need some food.

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Photo of KicknGuitar
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Excellent bar on the slow day otherwise expect an obnoxious crowd. It's atmosphere when slow is enchanting. You'll find young, crafty hipsters but you'll also find your uncle or grandfather having a drink too. A pretentious selection of beer with knowledgable bartenders is what set the Blind Tiger above others.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Got the chance to go during a ridiculous 2-day adventure. I came in sweating profusely and nearly dying of heat exhaustion after skating from ~50th St. or so in 90+ degree weather. It was surprisingly crowded for 5 p.m. on a Monday but I was able to snag a seat at the bar. The inside was small, but a good-sized bar and some tables. It had very wooden, almost cabin-like feel to the inside, complete with what looked like a fireplace. It felt cozy, homey.

Bartender was friendly and attentive, and the other one seemed to be as well. Due to the aforementioned near-heat stroke, a glass of ice water and a Stone RuinTen nearly made me shed tears of joy and relief. They had 28 taps I believe and 3 casks. Good selection of beers, pretty well-rounded but favoring local-ish and hoppy ales a bit. A few ciders, but not really much wasted space here. Some highlight selections other than RuinTen I can remember were Speedway Stout, Dorado, Flower Power. I was also stoked to see some Kuhnhenn and Captain Lawrence on the list since they're not available in my area. A pretty decent bottle list as well with Fantome Saison, various Allagash vintages, JW Lees, Rochefort, etc.

Got the beer-braised pull pork sandwich which was on the smaller side but very good. It came with these spicy pepper-type things and a good-ass pickle. Maybe a tad pricy but I was satisfied in the end.

Almost all of the beers on-tap were in the $6-7.50 range, a few were $8-9. I went during happy hour so all beer was $1 off - MA needs this! Bottle prices were pricy as expected from a bar, but really not nearly as bad as I've seen many other places. (You know who you are!)

Hope to go again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

This is a fairly small location and it gets really busy - pretty much every night except maybe Mondays. This is the second (or maybe third) location they have had in the city but they have likely been the best or nearly the best beer bar in NYC since the early days of craft beer. Always tough to get a spot at the bar or a table but it is one of my favorite places to go out for beers in the city.

The beers are always properly poured in the correct glassware, at the right temperature, and with the proper amount of head. These folks really know the beers, which are always super fresh, and take care while serving one to you.

The bartenders are always professional and knowledgeable and seem happy to serve you even when the place is crazy busy...

Often one of the best selections in the city (possibly not quite as good as the newly opened Torst) and they get a ton of rare and hard to find beers. The drafts are pretty much always great and they have a ton of different special events.

Never had the food other than the cheese (from Murray's) that is complementary so not going to evaluate it.

The prices are reasonable and considering the selection this place could charge just about anything.

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Photo of BKBassist
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

The OG of NYC craft spots.

Taplist/bottle selection is consistently excellent. Love that they break out cellared kegs with frequency. There is almost always something here that I haven't had before, or haven't seen in the city before.

Food is standard pub fare selection, but done very well. Nothing truly exceptional, but more than adequate.

Service is excellent for how consistently busy this place is. I know the staff here has a lot to do with how vibrant the craft scene in NYC is today and I appreciate that.

Atmosphere can be crazy and crowded at times, but it's generally a post grad, pretty chill crowd. It's fun and funky but never unbearable.

Pricing is within line with NYC craft spots.

Overall a great old school craft bar, great tap list, but don't be afraid to rub shoulders with your neighbor.

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Photo of JohnW58
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

This is a fairly small place, not far from NYU. We arrived there in the early afternoon on a Saturday, and were able to get seats. We were lucky, because the place started to fill up quickly, and with limited table and bar seating, it became standing room only. The beer selection was adequate, but no where near as broad as Rattle N Hum or Beer Authority. The staff was helpful, but very busy keeping up with customers. I'd return again, but not during a busy time.

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Photo of John_Schlaffer
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This is a small reputable beer bar with old world charm, from the classic chalkboard menu to the antique cash register. It only has a few stools at the bar and not much room to stand on busy nights, but this is NYC, and they care more about the beer then where to stand. I praise them for that, because at the Blind Tiger they care more about whats in your glass. They take pride in they're beer selection for good reason, having twenty-eight beers on draft, a few on cask, and a wonderful bottle selection. This is a beer bar staple and a must visit. Cheers.

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Photo of DavidBart
4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

From the little research I've done, this is one of THE bars for craft beer in NYC. And NYC being not too shabby for it's selection of craft stuff, this is the spot for any beer aficionado. Friendly service, cool vibe and location. Packed into the night even on a Wednesday.

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