Blind Tiger

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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 Jdizzzell
5/5  rDev +13.6%

In my top 5 bars in NYC.

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Photo of MerryTapster
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 ComicalAli
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The Blind Tiger is the gold standard for NYC beer bars. You should go here before you go anywhere else.

Why is it the best? Well, it has fewer taps than other bars, but the beer is always fresh and frequently changed. The selection is ALWAYS interesting, and of course there are plenty of bottles.

It is smaller and more cramped than other bars, but somehow I always get a seat and the service is - really - the best in the city. No matter how packed the place is I never have a problem getting served. In addition to being fast and friendly, the bartenders actually know more about beer than I do, which is how it should be (I once had to explain what a Flemish Sour Ale was to a bartender in BRUSSELS - sad).

The food is great. I've had the grilled cheese sandwich and the quesadilla, both were great. I also recommend the cheese plate from Murray's.

Maybe its the atmosphere that makes it the best. The bartenders always pick the music - and there is no rap or hip hop. This keeps the university/frat boy/idiot set out even though the bar is right near NYU. The crowd is a little older, late 20's/early 30's but unfortunately I'm in that demographic now so I can't complain.

This is the bar by which all others should be judged. There are other great beer bars in NYC, but the tiger is king.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It's taken me awhile to pen this review, probably due to my sadness that I won't be able to return for awhile. I live in Los Angeles, and this place, and a couple of others made me acutely aware of how desparately LA is in need of some decent beer bars. And a subway system. And character. Oh yeah, and a higher degree of cultural synergy. But I digress...

When I imagine the perfect beer joint, the image in my mind is almost exactly this. Very woody and homey, with big open windows right at the Bleeker St sidewalk in the incredibly hip Greenwich. Lots of locals can be found, reading the paper, talking with friends, or chatting up the charming (and very knowledgable) female bartender. A very healthy array of taps, Belgians, and bottles. In addition to this they consistently feature two beers in the cask. On this trip they had Sierra's Brown, and the less inspiring Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. In my two visits here I tried both of the casks, had several DFH 90-minutes, sampled my girlfriends Victory Witbier, and some other thing that her friend ordered, which was also lovely.

That covers the selection and quality. The only food I experienced here was a cheese platter which was paired with I can't remember what Belgian ale. It was stinky as hell, and the beer pairing was genius. Wish I could remember what it was... Oh well. Wish I could have tried more, and surely will when I return to this magical place. Until I learn otherwise, I'm giving the 5.

Over the few days I spent in the city, I learned that NYC is practically teeming with great beer joints, but not this great. It makes me appreciate Lucky Baldwin's more, since it is the lone carrier of the "cool beer joint" torch in the city of Los Angeles. A lonely job, for sure.

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Photo of botanu
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 rgirl
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mcintire78
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of vickster529
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We always visit whenever we are in NYC. It is an awesome place to sit by the window and people watch with a cold pint. The draft list is always great. I always find something I love on tap but their bottle list is equally good. The service is extremely knowledgeable and is quick to make recommendations. The bartender is usually playing their i-pod with a cool mix.

The food is also worth mentioning. Standouts include the grilled cheese, Bloody Beast, Deviled Eggs and any of the "Dips" with toast (especially the Mediterranean dip!) Also not be be missed are the cheese and beer pairings on the blackboard behind the bar. (They get all of their cheese from Murray's across the street. My favorite cheese shop in the city and a must stop if you are on Bleecker Street!)

This is my favorite bar; i just wish it was closer to home!

hs :-)

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HoppyBeerSista
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of waltonc
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped here a couple times on a work trip to NYC. The bar is not huge, seats maybe 50 - 60 people? Lots of wood, wood beams in the ceiling, a fireplace (though I have never seen it in operation), and an L-shaped bar with lots of beers on tap (about 25, it seemed). On both nights I was here, the bartenders were great. Despite being very busy, they were on top of who was next in line, were very friendly, and very prompt. My review of the selection is skewed because Blind Tiger had a Brooklyn event on my second visit, which featured 22 different Brooklyn beers, which was awesome. Brooklyn Black Ops and Barrel Aged Black Ops on cask, among other great offerings. In short, I consider Blind Tiger a must stop for anyone in New York, and would be a frequent customer if I lived here.

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Photo of Tschnab
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Blind tiger is a small, cozy place with a wooden decor, diverse tap selection, and pleasant staff. The prices are reasonable. When I was there they had an Avery tap takeover, including some aged beers from 09. I had a pour of 09 the beast, as well as a pour of rumpkin. Besides the Avery beers, there were plenty of locals like sixpoint. They also had a nice bottle selection, and 2 beers on cask. Wings were pretty good, but that's all I had to eat so I didn't get a good sense of food, though they had a grilled cheese of the day special which is pretty cool. The staff was happy to talk beer and was quite friendly. I would definetly recommend this place to any beer lover.

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Photo of cam477
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

First time in here and I have to say, hot damn! Chilling in the village before the show on Friday we walked in around 1 in the afternoon. Nice and about half full we walk up to the side. Nice double chalk board up in the front, browsing I find several rarities, a cask in front of me, gravity pours, the works. My kind of place for sure. Lots of speakeasy on tap, everything else was pretty random though I have to say, one of the most eclectic selections I have seen in quite some time. Ordered up a nice BA Porter and sat at the table and enjoyed. Food menu looked incredible though I had just eaten, wow. Went out and came back around dinner time and the place was packed but still the same, dark charm to it. Really just a fantastic place to go to, I will no doubt stop in here again on my next trip.

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Photo of dhartogs
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow, I've been here twice and hope to go back every time I am in New York. First time there was a Heavy Seas tap take over, and about 12 other drafts. The second time was a regular run of the mill day. Interesting selection of many beers I've never had. The service both time was friendly the bar can get crowded but the staff moves quickly to serve everyone. They could use one additional bathroom, other than that it's a nice cozy pub. I love how the staff will offer you a sample of the beer of something that may be a bit strange before they pour you a full serving and charge you for it.

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Photo of phishisphunk
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had the opportunity to spend an evening here during a recent weekend getaway to Manhattan and this is well worth seeking out if in the city. The bar sits on a corner of property in the village with accessible windows open to both Bleecker and Jones. The atmosphere is similar to that of a German style pub. Small but quaint. Great selection of indi-rock being pumped through the speakers. Because of the size and the amount of people in on a Friday evening, it was pretty loud. The owner spent a few minutes chatting with my wife and I and had a great knowledge of breweries, brewmasters, and styles. At the time, we were drinking a GI Juliet and an Avery Dépuceleuse, moments later he brought to the table a Panil Barriquee (Sour Version) to share. The selection of beer was amazing. Highlights for me included Firestone Walker 13th Anny and the Peche Mortel. I believe they had about 20+ taps and over 40 bottles. Although I did not eat, the food was typical pub fare and was very reasonably priced. Once again, well worth seeking out in in NYC.

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Photo of jfitzbrew
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of richobrien
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
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 paulyrimz
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What's there to say about this place that hasn't been said already? Top notch beer selection on tap and in the bottle. I tried a cask smoked porter from Sixpoint I believe. Outstanding. Then I had a DFH 90 Minute IPA, very fresh. I was amazed at all the West Coast micros they were able to get their hands on. From Lagunitas to Lost Abbey, this place puts most California beer bars to shame. For food, the serve a little bit smaller portions, but they adjust the prices accordingly. I loved the chorizo taco, but I was not all that impressed with the quesadilla. Though this place does not serve you at the table, there was no lag in service. The one bartender working was able to pour for the crowded bar, and give great service to my friend and I at the tables. Along with Murray's Cheese, a highly recommended stop for tourists and locals alike along Bleecker Street.

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Photo of johnpalisi
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of jp11801
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow what a great place.

I've been here twice in the past two weeks due to business and the holidays and this is a gem of a place.
On my first visit it was the day after the Rouge Beer event and they had a killer selection of rare Rouge beers on tap including double bastard 05 and 06 and the vertical 06 and 07. There are usually 3 casks running at anyone time and they had an Oatmeal stout that was really good the last time I was there.
The service is great, friendly staff that knows the beer and are quick to make solid recommendations and offer a taste before you commit to a pint. They also have taster glasses if you want to try alot of beers but don't want to get hammered.

The food looked great but both time I got the cheese plate that feature cheese from Murray's down the block. If you have not paired cheese with good beer I urge you to try it.

The only caveat I have is this place gets packed fast and weekend nights or event nights can be brutal if you are not into completely packed bars.

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Photo of calz4m
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After reading reviews my wife and I stopped in with a couple of friends last Friday in the afternoon. It was unseasonably warm and they had all of the windows open facing out to Bleecker. The atmosphere is great...very rustic. Beer selection amazing on draft. Bartenders very knowledgeable and willing to discuss the offerings. Good opinions on the beers and nice recommendations. I was pleased to see the Stone and Rogue draft selections. We tried to go back around 11:30 in the evening and it was packed. Try going in the late afternoon and it's fine. Awesome place. A+

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Blind Tiger in New York, NY
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