Blind Tiger


340 Ratings
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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Added by slander on 03-15-2007

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Photo of StonyB
4.74/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

ONCE UPON A TIME...there was a bar. It was a good bar, a really nice place to savor some quality brews with old friends and new ones alike. Life was good.

Unfortunately, this story has a villain. A mean old corporate landlord looked upon this oasis...and didn't get it. "Why must I support this, this watering hole, when I can put a generic, monolithic chain store there?" And thus the mean old landlord would not allow the friendly tavern to renew its lease. A plague was released o'er the land...

The keepers of the bar, Al and Dave, and their loyal bartending minions, were cast into darkness.

But their zeal for righteousness and beer (not necessarily in that order) kept the flames of hope alive. Gathering their forces at their midtown outpost, The Collins Bar, an oath was sworn to find a new location for the now homeless friendly oasis of beer.

After much searching, they were delighted to find a new fortress of beer justice, not far from their old bastion. It was 281 Bleecker Street, and it was good.

Ah, but it wasn't that simple. A new villain, perhaps more insidious than the mean old corporate landlord, arose. NIMBY was its name, and it was UGLY. "A BAR!?" the NIMBY cried. "In Manhattan? On Bleecker Street? Perish the thought!" And so NIMBY whined to the community board...and stopped the friendly tavern from opening. "No liquor license for you, demons from hell!" they said, although that may not be a direct quote...

Thinking quickly, our heroes hatched a plan...

And so the friendly beer oasis became a friendly coffee oasis. Cunningly, brilliantly, the forces of good had established their new home. It was just a matter of patience, and time...


The new Blind Tiger Ale House is indeed a fortress of beer justice. 31 taps, 2 of which are real cask engines. A great mix of locals (Brooklyn, Captain Lawrence, Chelsea, Sixpoint), regionals/nationals (Bear Republic, Rogue, Smuttynose, Stone, Victory) and imports (Aventinus, Chimay, Mahr's). Peruse the multiple blackboards or snag a beer menu to get the whole list. And if you're feeling particularly swanky, select from 45 bottles of some awe-inspiring rare and vintage beers...

As you're quaffing your chosen elixir, soak in the surroundings. Notice the classic feel, the wooden bar and tables, the browns and tans, the smartly placed windows. See how the bar seats about 10 people, while the tables comfortably handle another 40 or so. Enjoy the staff-selected music, or watch the flat screen TV. Order some food if you're hungry...sandwiches, cheese platters, healthy appetizers...and when you gotta go, marvel how (relatively) clean the bathrooms are...

While you're paying about $6 per pint, and more for the bottles, you are being served by some friendly and very knowledgable servers...

Now open from 11:30 am to 4:00 am. Every single damn day.


And everyone drank happily ever after...

**Stony's Biscuit** - In case you were wondering...NIMBY = "Not In My BackYard"...

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Photo of LineNoise
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great to see the Tiger back in action. The selection has been pretty much on the money since they came back, however the bottle list seems a touch weaker than I recall at the old place. That can probably be attributed to how high an opinion I had of the old location.

The interior is absolutely amazing. Great look to the place, and certainly different than what you are used to seeing in a bar. My only complaint is that when it gets crowded, it can be a challenege to move about and get an order in if you haven't claimed real-estate at the bar.

The bathrooms are certainly an improvement over the old ones, and make up what they lack in charcter with style. Again, my only complaint here is with the two unisex ones, it really hurts the volume that the bathrooms can handle, at least from a guy's point of view. Again, if its crowded, give yourself plenty of time to use the head.

I really cant say though how happy I am to have it back. It has been sorely missed, and the new location is about as convienent as you can get.

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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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