One of the best beer joints Iíve ever been too! Great atmosphere. Place is very small which cuts down on the ability to speak with the staff. But the atmosphere is very local and the beer offering is the best.
We chose the grilled cheese to tide us over until our next stop. Very good!
I recommend this to anyone from out of town looking to take in some City life along with a great beer!
Been my go-to bar for nearly a decade at this point, from Hudson st to Bleeker st. Ambiance is great, even when jammed full of people. Service is, somehow (remarkably, amazingly) very solid no matter how packed. The bar tenders must have a 6th, or even 7th sense, because rarely am I ever waiting long for a beer. They pour and serve very quickly and efficiently, yet are also polite. I donít know where the owner finds his employees, but they truly are the best. Food is FAR better than need be at a bar, but moreso than that itís fantastic by any objective measure.
Value - for New York, literally unbeatable. The beers they serve are in many cases unavailable for any price, yet they are generally $7-10. For rare small batch beers, I donít think I need to tell any New Yorker that thatís a steal.
In short - Awesome.
PRBeer (574) Parsippany, New Jersey | November 13, 2011| Updated May 7, 2013
This review is long overdue. The Blind Tiger has been my favorite go-to beer bar for years now...going back to their old digs on Hudson & W. 10th. There is no surpassing the quality of their beers, food, and especially people who work there. Even the well traveled craftbrew fan can miss how great this place is their first few visits. This is because what really makes this place great is how much in love with beer the owners are and how well connected and respected they have become in the craftbrew world over the years. The best way to get a sense of this is to sign up for their emails which are both funny and irreverent (informative too of course). From them you start to get a sense of the passion that drives the Tiger. Additionally, start attending their Wed night beer tastings. The Tiger is one of the few places in the country that consistently blows you away with these. Many places switch over 3-5 taps and bring in the local distributor and call it a beer tasting night. The Tiger will usually fill 10-15 and on occasion all 30 from one brewery alone (the Sierra and Rogue events are not to be missed) and bring the brewery owners in (Sam C from DFH was a recent guest). It is not uncommon for the brewery of the night to craft a beer just for the Tiger or bring several rare or long since unavailable kegs. These are the things that make The Blind Tiger great. Over time, if given the chance, you will begin to see why the Tiger is one of the top beer bars in America right up there with the Toronado in SF and other classics.
This is a must stop every time I am in NYC. No matter what area of the city I am visiting, I always find my way to the Blind Tiger. Such a great selection of beers, mixed with an Old World feel, how could you beat it?
The fireplace could be my favorite part of this bar!
Go to pub in Manhattan and my regular haunt for the 12 years I lived in NYC.
A note though on ambiance, the 5 rating is to be taken in the following context: early afternoon and non-event. The ambiance points would be lower if it was packed. That being said, go when its slow, talk up the friendly, beautiful and knowledgeable bartenders, enjoy some amazing food (the buffalo wings are the best in NYC) and people watch on Bleecker St all while enjoying the finest poured pint, in one of the finest cities, in the world.
No hyperbole: Iíve told my wife that The Tiger is one of the three pubs where I want my ashes spread when I die.
vferg (5) Livingston, New Jersey | October 27, 2009
The place is pretty small and gets really packed at peak times which is not something I enjoy when going out for craft beer. The bottle list and vintage bottle lists are very impressive most of the times but the prices can be pretty steep. Tap list is also one of the best NY has to offer at any given time. If your going for craft beer, it will be pretty hard to find anything better on any given night than at Blind Tiger. Promo nights seem to be every Wednesday and they always feature a crazy amount of beer from whoever they bring in. Every once in a while they normally get someone extremely rare in as well which I must give them points for. Bartenders are very friendly and try to serve you as quick as they can but sometimes the wait can be long since the place is normally packed... not their fault though. Overall one of the best bars in NY.
My favorite place in NYC. Even the old Tiger was my favorite hangout. The owners, managers, bar staff, everyone is a pleasure to be around and the place new and old are so comforable. Onto the new. The food is delicious and the menu changes often, courtesy of the awesome chef. The beers change all the time and you have to get them fast before they are gone especially at event time. They always host the best events and get the most rare beers you can find around. Also the bottle selection is great and the prices in general are not bad, but it is NYC. A must visit if you are in NYC.
Chalsk (41) North Caldwell, New Jersey | October 21, 2010| Updated October 31, 2010
This place is the hook up. Made the maiden voyage after getting an email that CBS, KBS, and Black Biscuit would be on tap. Small place. Fits about 15-20 people at the bar. Five regular tables with about 5-8 high top tables. And some additional space along the walls with a shelf to put your food and brews. I particularly enjoyed the wall spot because it was in front of the windows letting you look out onto Bleecker. The service was exceptional. One barkeep was able to serve the entire spot with little to no delay. And the selection was fantastic. Of course I was there when almost a dozen Founders brews were on tap. But the rest of their selection was very solid. A chill place to enjoy some tasty brews. And you can tell they care about beer as much as you do. Canít wait to go back.
The Blind Tigerís new digs are absolutely gorgeous. The expanded kitchen is turning out delicious pressed sandwiches and the coffeeís better than Starbucks (ironic because their old location has become one). However, there is a slight problem. In a State Liquor Authority-induced twist of fate, a bar that had two dozen beers on tap is now sans liquor license. Read Daveís cry to the neighborhood for help: "We still donít know when weíll be getting our liquor license, though we did find out one of the reasons itís been delayed - Deborah Glick, the assemblywoman who represents our district, wrote a letter to the State Liquor Authority saying our license should be rejected because weíre a bar rather than a restaurant, "a large bar that primarily serves beer," and that isnít what Bleecker Street needs... Ms. Glick prides herself on protecting neighborhood businesses, which is what I always thought we were. I suggested that rather than judge us without ever visiting or calling, she stop by for a coffee and a pressed sandwich. Actually, according to the State Liquor Authority, her letter and influence is the most damning thing against us.Ē You can email Ms. Glick at email@example.com. Please also take the time to sign the petition to get the Tiger a new Liquor License (www.petitiononline.com/newtiger) so we can get back the Best Beer Bar in the city.