Blind Tiger Ale House | New York, New York
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Blind Tiger Ale House
World Class based on 239 ratings
Type: Bar

281 Bleecker St
New York, New York United States 10014 [ print map ]
212 462 4682 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Mon - Sun 11:30 AM - 4:00 AM

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (10) | Taps: 32 | Bottles: 20

Blind Tiger Ale House

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Beer Available At Blind Tiger Ale House (arranged by most recent)
Kuka Ginger Mango IPA , Galaxy Dark Star Black Hop Ale , Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 67, Ithaca Flower Power IPA 97, Speakeasy Blind Tiger 91, Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale 98, Tröegs Master Of Pumpkins 93, Avery Pump[KY]n 97, Elysian Dark O’ The Moon Pumpkin Stout 98, Avery Rumpkin 99, Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale 73, 21st Amendment He Said (Baltic Porter) 93, Greenport Harbor Leaf Pile Pumpkin Ale 76, Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale 92, Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale 97, Southern Tier Pumking 98, Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA 98, Smuttynose Short Batch #7 Strawberry Short Weisse 97, Element Lavender Extra Special Oak (L.E.S.O.) , Almanac Saison Dolores 68
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239 reviews for Blind Tiger Ale House
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  78%
 Selection  87%
 Food  78%
 Value  75%
 Overall  84%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Chapel  (40) Levittown, New York | February 21, 2008| Updated August 22, 2010
There is a joke ancient Chinese proverb that goes something like, If man is sent to dog house, he can be found in cat house. In this case it is a big-cat house. And yes, that was a long way to go to make a joke about this place and the reason I went there.

Anyway, this is an excellent bar. The staff was very knowledgeable about beer and global politics. I have never had a conversation with a bar tender about the possibility of Castro being dead before. The bartender who was there only seemed to be happy if you were able to make a decision as she commented about how she hates when people ask, What should I have? Luckily, I am not one of those people. However, the customer base seems to be pretty friendly and the place had a real old English (not the malt liquor) feel. I will be getting in trouble to come back here soon.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Gorbalev  (57) Ontario | February 12, 2008
First weekend of February, ’08, visited on a Saturday afternoon. Like I said in my last review regarding The GingerMan, it really is all about when you stop in, especially when you are rating the place based on one visit. For us, we tried to hit the good beer bars in the ideal mid afternoon time frame, like we did here. But sometimes that does not work out. The place was packed, but we did manage to get a seat by the fireplace. Bar service only, which is just fine by me (although it makes it hard to rate service when it was this busy, as orders took a while). Tap selection very impressive, solid offerings all around, many new things for us to try, not everything listed available though. All beers served were fresh and in excellent condition. The food was 50-50 - my wife had an outstanding tomato soup and grilled cheese and I had the worst and smallest cheese plate I have ever had (for $10, I got a side plate, 3 tiny portions of ok cheese, and about 12 slices of bread?). And then the worst part, the place, which was already packed, got a huge steady influx of students and became dangerously overcrowded…it was not fun at all and it forced me to take off, as trying to get a fantastic beer was a pretty futile experience at that point. I’ll be back, it seems like a great spot, but it just wasn’t that enjoyable when I was there, even during non peak hours.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
yobdoog  (94) Woodridge NY, New York | February 5, 2008
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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 20/20
eaglefan538  (92) Wilmington, Delaware | January 18, 2008
A wonderful pub to hit while in the Big City. It is perhaps the finest bar I’ve been to, featuring excellent tap selections and an incredible bottle selection. The only downer was that I couldn’t buy some bottles and carry them out. Service is friendly and knowledgeable and the food decent. This is a must stop if you’re in this area of NYC, and do not be afraid to head across the street afterwards to John’s pizza and enjoy very fine pizza there too.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
alexanderj  (9) Branson, Missouri | December 1, 2007
Agree with golubj’s rating below. He is the one that took me here. I liked the atmosphere and the staff was knowledgable and helpful. Only ate their once, but what I had was good. Nice rotating selection. Website stays up to date on what is on tap.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
golubj  (7) San Mateo, California | November 9, 2007| Updated August 18, 2008
I go to the Blind Tiger all the time (meaning about 2 times a week), and every time I go, there are at least three good beers on draft that I really want to try. The food is excellent and the staff is highly knowledgable. Out of all the NY bars I have been to, this is my favorite. The atmosphere is non-swanky, which is often hard to find in this city. There are normally two cask beers and a gravity beer (meaning a room temperature cask), and roughly 30 taps. There is a good bottle selection as well.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Hank1980  (42) Athens, Georgia | October 31, 2007| Updated September 18, 2008
Great place in the village. Plenty of great stuff on tap, cask, and bottled. Bar staff was very friendly and helpful. Food was good. Went late during the week, so crowds were not a problem. Probably drank too much and stayed out too late, but still a great time.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
crizay  (128) Brook Park , Ohio | September 4, 2007| Updated May 15, 2008
The only place I went to twice. Awesome selection with I believe 4 casks at the time. Awesome pub atmostphere with old wood floors and seating. Real small and can be hard to get a spot but it’s worth it. Tons of bottles to choose from also but with like 300% markups which I would never pay. Food was real good mostly appetizer type of stuff but the BBQ chicken quesadilla we had both nights was awesome so was the corny russian. Good local NY selection of beers, I’ll be back for sure.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft  (113) Seattle, Washington | July 13, 2007
nhorween took me out here and it was a good time. big taplist of mostly domestic crafts, esp. northeast.. all of which were quality. they had a few cask beers but they didn’t appeal to me. there was one bartender that was a pretty big douche bag. we had some sandwiches that were decent. typical pub food. pints of sixpoint and red rocket were the same price ($6) as a miller lite that i got at some guido yankees bar. i remember at some drunken point saying "this place is fucking awesome". nick told me it would be packed when we got there and then clear out around 11. boy was he right. i was pretty buzzed by the time i got there and wasted by the time i left but i remember really liking the quaint atmosphere, sort of a hipster pub. i’d go back in a heartbeat. I’ll give the service a medium ranking only because nick’s friend worked there and he hooked him up.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
JB175  (43) Bucks County, Pennsylvania | July 12, 2007
Really cool place that was easy to find with decent food and a friendly staff. Tap selection is nice - lots of Capt. Lawrence, Sixpoint, etc. About 25-30 taps, multiple cask beers, and around 50 bottles - some of the rarest stuff around (Heavyweight Old Salty, CL Cuvee de Castleton). The downside here is price (yeah, its Manhattan) but not bad considering where you are and what they have.

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