Blind Tiger

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

213 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 462-4682 | map
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 ommegangpbr
4.74/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Cheers to and from everyone regarding the birth of the Blind Tiger version 2.5. May it live long and prosper.
Location location location is excellent. The Tiger has a history of offering cheese from Murray's cheese shop and now they are literally right down the block from there. Lots of great stuff in the area. And after one has finished with the business one has had in the area, or is done with exploring, he or she can go to the Tiger for a pint or two, and quite a pint or two they will be.
The bar itself is pretty excellent. The great wood and the hooks and the bar stools and the floor... good stuff. The tall windows are great features; they allow for great textures to the lighting. When I have gone there the atmosphere has been really pleasant and inviting but I feel like the space is still too small. I can see that they may have been going for the small pub kind of feel but this is New York City. The sheer volume of foot traffic demands more space. I could easily see being near the Tiger and not wanting to try to get inside for lack of breathing room. This was an issue with the last incarnation of the Tiger (I think this space is about the same size as the last) and this will be a problem again.
Such is the price of fame.
The beer was great and the staff knowledgable. The selection was copious and accurately reflected the list shown on their meticulously updated website. I had myself a Chelsea Hop Angel IPA from a gravity keg and a Sierra Harvest ale which fully satisfied my hop craving. If I hadn't had somewhere else to go I would have had myself a Slyfox Ichor Quad... or maybe the Smuttynose Wheatwine... decisions decisions...
Seems like there's a focus on locally brewed, seasonal delicacies with some national and international offerings to round out the selection. Chelsea, Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint, Southampton as well as Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Aventinus and Rodenbach. Plenty of glassware to go with whatever is appropriate to the style. A big ol' blackboard with a big ol' list of bottles that I could barely comprehend at the time as involved as I was with the tap selection. Vintage bottles, anyone? I think I recall seeing a Heavyweight 2003 Old Salty up there.
The service was great. The prices were reasonable for the area ($6-7 pints,or 12 ounce servings for higher gravity brews), especially the dollar off on all the draft beers for happy hour.
I'm not likely to go on a Saturday night, but count me in for a Tuesday afternoon... or late Wednesday night... maybe a Thursday morning when they get their morning hours up and running... maybe I could sneak my way to the bar on a Friday night...

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Photo of Billolick
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...

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Photo of ggaughan
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

What a place. It is finally nice to be able to get to the new Blind Tiger in its new incarnation with beer...finally. I headed here tonight, the first night they were really open. I got there at 5pm and holey hell, they were busy. I was able to get to the bar and get a drink in a few minutes. Before I was able to order a beer, they opened a bottle (3 litre) of Victory 10 Year Alt, what a treat. It was given out to the bar and shared. What a great treat. I then ordered a beer...and then another and them another. what a great vibe in the bar. Everyone was friendly...met a few BA's and same some other industry folks from NY breweries. I was visited for work but will definitely get here again and again. I missed the first incarnation of the BT but will be sure to make it here again and again.

the location is great, open air windows that can be opened to given ventilation and air to the bar and the seating and bar area is really cool. The bar is an L shape starting on the right when you walk in and going back to the left. The beer and food menus are on the wall. There was a great selection of bottles, drafts and casks. I tried a bit of all.

Not that this has anything to do with the beer or food but the hand dryers in the bathrooms (WC's) are super high power and dry you really quick. Nice touch. Go here. You will have fun and drink good beer.

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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
4.39 out of 5 based on 325 ratings.
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