Blind Tiger Ale House

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Blind Tiger Ale House 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... New York United States 40.7317278 -74.0032458
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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

  • Subway:

    1: Christopher Street-Sheridan Square-7th Avenue South; A, B, C, D, E, F, M: West 4th Street-6th Avenue

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  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Blind Tiger Ale House Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

Definitely talk to the bartenders and tell them what kind of beer you’re into. They’ll give you free samples and help you find your new favorite brew.

  • Crowd

    A mix of well-educated beer enthusiasts from artists to stock brokers, with a large contingent of young professionals, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Brunch $8–$12. Menu $3.50–$10.50. Beer $6.50–$7.50, wine $8–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes, from jeans to suits.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    A great way to soak up those suds is with a few slices from Bleecker Street Pizza (69 7th Avenue South).

Blind Tiger Ale House User Reviews

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Blind Tiger Earns Its Stripes
Kristin K. Mar 31, 2013
Around the corner from the Christopher Street 1 train stop, Bleecker Street buzzes in the evenings with the usual tourists, NYU students and after-work crowd darting between the restaurants, jazz clubs, coffee shops and bars in the Village. With a simple black awning and orange lettering, it's easy to walk straight by the Blind Tiger and never have any clue what you're missing. The minute you step in you get the sense that you're the only one who didn't get the memo- it's wall-to-wall crowds and bustling, lively staff attending to the waving hands and orders of beer and food coming at them from every corner. Mixed crowds and small premises make for a perfect mix that gets everyone talking to one another; it's impossible to spend anytime here without making a friend or two. The American gastropub of Blind Tiger emanates something of a European countryside feel with the wooden interior and blazing fireplace, which always makes it hard to leave despite the crowds. The real claim to fame is the ever-changing endless list of draught beers, which are constantly rotated on their menus. From Brooklyn to Belgium, all the bases are covered and there's sure to be something you've never tried before. The staff is well-versed and friendly, so if you've got the game to ask, you'll likely get in a great conversation about your own likes and tastes and come away with your new favorite beer. The menu is crafted to supplement many of the brews served, from snacks to entrees, individual to table sharing. Be sure to look out for the upcoming events where Blind Tiger brings in local brewhouses to share and mix on-site. If that doesn't show their dedication to the art of beer and enjoying it, nothing does. You don't have to be a beer aficionado to enjoy the place- but it certainly doesn't hurt.
Love is Blind
Jeffrey K. Mar 30, 2013
Bars in New York City may be a dime a dozen, but QUALITY bars--well, there may only BE a few dozen! If you're reading this, though, then you have just found one of them. Blind Tiger is one of those joints that instantly make you feel at home, like you've been a regular there for years. For beer lovers, this place is a slice of heaven dropped smack in the middle of the west village. Seriously, where else are you going to find drinks from breweries like Stone, Victory, and Founder's all on tap, under one roof, for under $10 a glass? I would spend half of my paycheck here on a weekly basis if I had any less self control. Not only are beer enthusiasts going to be impressed by the selection here, but foodies as well; the kitchen here rivals the tap. With a menu ranging from twists on classics like the BLT (with slab bacon, yes SLAB bacon) to house concoctions like Potato Beer Cheese Soup (which blends infinitely more well than it sounds like it would), there is little to no room left for disappointment. To make this long story short, this is the place to be. Whether you want to spend your Saturday night here working on a high quality buzz or go out for a delicious and laid back Wednesday dinner, Blind Tiger will satisfy all of your needs. The only thing it is missing are complimentary wheelchairs to get patrons home after an inevitable gorging.
Blind Tiger Food and Brew are Tops
Anna G. Feb 20, 2013
Though this cozy pub has a tendency to get a little too snug at happy hour, braving the crowds are definitely worth your while for the food alone, to say nothing of the beer selection. There's not one other old school pub in NYC with this quality level, food-wise -- from the made-from-scratch hummus to the delicately seasoned banh mi, even the wildest expectations are sure to be surpassed. Again, though they're clearly a beer bar with a consistently amazing selection, I almost always pick to hang at this place solely for the food. Seriously, even being elbow-to-elbow with the less-than-savory men of the finance crowd is completely worth it. Blind Tigers's mac and cheese can (and totally will) serve as your crankiness buffer.
Great beer, but can get too crowded
Jonathan K. Oct 5, 2012
One of my favorite bars in the west village. The main reason to go there is the excellent beer selection on tap. They probably have about 20-30 craft beers at a time on tap, and they rotate pretty frequently. Unfortunately, sometimes it can get pretty crowded and business-fratty. I've had to spend way too much time trying to box-out other people in the hopes of being the lucky chosen one to actually gain the barkeep's attention. They usually have two people behind the bar, but they could definitely use another. If it's really busy, I'll usually go somewhere else. But if you can get a table, it's a great spot to hang out and drink some good beer.
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