The Blind Barber

Bar / Barber Shop / Lounge / Speakeasy
The Blind Barber Hip patrons in need of a haircut and a drink should head to The Blind Barber, an old-school barbershop that transforms into an exclusive speakeasy by night. New York United States 40.7271054 -73.9801646
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The Blind Barber - Bar | Barber Shop | Lounge | Speakeasy in New York.
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Party Earth Review Hip patrons in need of a haircut and a drink should head to The Blind Barber, an old-school barbershop that transforms into an exclusive speakeasy by night. Although clients who opt for an afternoon straight-razor shave... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Bar: M–Sa 6pm–4am
    Barber Shop: Tu–F noon–9pm, Sa 11am–9pm, Su 10am–6pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Blind Barber Review

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Hip patrons in need of a haircut and a drink should head to The Blind Barber, an old-school barbershop that transforms into an exclusive speakeasy by night.

Hip patrons in need of a haircut and a drink should head to The Blind Barber, an old-school barbershop that transforms into an exclusive speakeasy by night.

Although clients who opt for an afternoon straight-razor shave at the tiny whitewashed shop will be treated to a complimentary drink, the real scene happens once the barber puts down his scissors for the night and the shop becomes the entrance to a sultry 1920s-inspired drinking lair.

Shaped like a top hat, the venue consists of two small nooks on either side of a dark wood bar, where affluent hipsters and young professionals gather in the amber glow for specialty cocktails and conversation.

Sepia walls, vintage photos, and candlelight create a warm atmosphere for the creative types lounging on velvet settees and leather banquettes, while a cozy back nook known as Grandpa’s Den offers a bit of privacy for new acquaintances.

Mellow and relaxing in the early evenings, the vibe gets progressively rowdy later on when popular local DJs spin everything from doo-wop to indie tunes.

The door can be too picky and the crowd too self-consciously hip, but Blind Barber is still a hotspot for trendy singles looking to mingle with their own.

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Tip from Jonah:

Stop into the barber shop when you get a chance – not only will you get a cool cut, but also a free drink, like the aptly named ‘Sweeney Todd.’

  • Crowd

    A wide mix of hipsters, NYU students, young professionals, musicians, actors, creative types, and trendy trust-funders, 25+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Omri DJs East Side Social Club doo-wop party on Tuesdays from 9pm, various veteran DJs on Wednesdays, Manhattan native James Cruickshank and several popular DJs on Thursdays, DJ Shady Shane on Fridays, DJ Arq on Saturdays. Otherwise, Pandora streams.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Limited pizza menu from neighboring restaurant Gnocco available until 11pm.

  • Prices

    Pizza $14–$20. Beer $6+, wine $6+, cocktails $12, bottle service $125–$600, table reservation $500. Haircuts $40, shaves $30.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual chic: vintage t-shirts or button-downs and skinny ties for men, trendy blouses and vintage dresses for women. No flip-flops or popped collars.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for the likeliest chance of getting in, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for a consistently packed scene.

  • Close By

    Beauty Bar (231 East 14th Street) is a good place to get a manicure and a martini after having a haircut and a cocktail at Blind Barber.

The Blind Barber User Reviews

Average rating:
Hipster chic, friendly crowd
Sanam S. Oct 29, 2013
Another of NY's popular speakeasies, The Blind Barber is always a good time. If you happen to find yourself in the LES and are too casually dressed for other bars, head over here! It's a relatively small bar, behind an even smaller barber shop, but the music is brilliant, and there's always a little room to dance if you feel like it. We went in on a Wednesday night, and it was quite busy by 1030pm! The cocktails are a standard price, and the bartenders know their stuff. The music is fairly loud though, so if you want to hold a conversation, you'll probably be shouting at your friends. There are a couple of booths along the wall and a few chairs around the bar, but most of the crowd was standing and mingling. This is a really friendly place, so expect to meet new people!
Cool Vibe, But Not So Cool Bouncers
Mei Lin N. May 14, 2013
This speak-easy-esque bar has tasty drinks and a cool vibe. That is, once you get inside. After receiving a recommendation from a friend, I took some visiting friends to this bar. The authentic barber shop front is a fun for guests from out of town. A couple friends and I got there early. However, the other half of our party arrived shortly after us and were rudely refused by the bouncers. When I tried to stick my head out to see what the problem was, I was yelled at by several different doorman and ushered (more like gently pushed) out the door. After having our party so abruptly broken up, we left and went to a near by bar called The Library.
never a bad time
Nicole H. Oct 8, 2012
I've been to the Blind Barber a handful of times now, and have never been let down. It was first introduced to me by a friend who's a native New Yorker. The majority of patrons are locals, which really gives this place character. The good news is that people are always partying at the Blind Barber, but the line is short and moves quickly. The bad news is that the place is packed, so be prepared to be pushed and shoved. The music is different each time I've been. One night it was top 20s, another night it was hip hop. When you're in the LES and want to party past midnight, the Blind Barber is a sure bet.
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