Party Earth Review Blind Tiger’s Old English style, weathered wooden furnishings, and dark dungeon lighting may make it seem like just another casual West Village bar, but when patrons see the twenty-eight beer taps and countless bottled... ... read full review
281 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
1: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South; A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street-6th Avenue
West Village, New York –
Blind Tiger’s Old English style, weathered wooden furnishings, and dark dungeon lighting may make it seem like just another casual West Village bar, but when patrons see the twenty-eight beer taps and countless bottled brews, they know they’re in for something special.
With a name harking back to the undercover dive bars of the Prohibition era, the venue is known for showcasing a wide array of craft beers and provides an ever-changing selection that keeps the neighborhood clientele coming back for more.
Weekdays after work, local young professionals gather around the jagged wraparound bar to try the newest microbrews – with free samples provided by the bartenders – while couples and groups of friends chat loudly over burgers at the thick-planked wooden tables on the tavern’s periphery.
An open, communal vibe prevails as friendly bartenders share their knowledge with the diverse mix of beer enthusiasts, which in turn opens up the floor for neighborly talk between strangers to create an overall sense of easy camaraderie.
A cluster of chalkboards and neon brewery signs give the small, boxy space a homey pub feel, while a stone fireplace only adds to the pleasantly social atmosphere.
Whether it’s a group of artists huddled around high bar tables or students hanging out by the windows, everyone shows up for the same reason: the beer. And the owners don’t disappoint – with a handpicked selection from breweries across the country, discerning customers in the market for unusual, interesting, and palate-pleasing brews will no doubt find what they’re looking for at Blind Tiger.
A mix of well-educated beer enthusiasts from artists to stock brokers, with a large contingent of young professionals, mid-20s to mid-30s.
Ambient music ranging from hardcore punk to folk. At least two special events per month, usually held on Wednesdays, featuring theme parties like Christmas in July or brewery-based events that feature a large selection of beers from one brewery. Check website for schedule.
Menu of comfort foods including deviled eggs and a chipotle chicken quesadilla. Free gourmet cheeses and baguettes at the We Cut the Cheese event Wednesdays at 6pm. Brunch Su 11am–3:30pm. Happy Hour M–F 11:30am–8pm.
Brunch $8–$12. Menu $3.50–$10.50. Beer $6.50–$7.50, wine $8–$10.
Anything goes, from jeans to suits.
Friday and Saturday nights are most crowded, though weekdays draw a lighthearted after-work clientele. Wednesdays for special events, or any afternoon or late night for more personal attention from the bartenders.
A great way to soak up those suds is with a few slices from Bleecker Street Pizza (69 7th Avenue South).