281 Bleecker St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731837 -74.003389
Monday To Sunday From 11:30 AM To 04:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Great beer, avoid nights – I've been a patron of the BT since its first year. I'm pleased it has reopened. The beers are great and the selection is even more impressive then the previous incarnation. But it's best to be visited during daylight hours when it's quieter and you can enjoy the superior ales. Unfortunately. the kids are out at night and the place loses all its charm. But during the day, when you can have an actual conversation, or read a book while sipping a great Belgian ale, that's when the Tiger is special.
Still the Best – Blind Tiger was my favorite bar for the longest time. The Hudson Street location was a perfect spot and the place had a great vibe to it. After too long an absence, I'm glad to say that I really like the new location as well. Once you step inside, you'll get that old Tiger feeling back. I didn't think it was possible, but the beer selection is even better than before. You can not find 3/4 of the draft beers here at any area bar, plus the handpump ales are awesome. Oh yeah, they serve some good chow here now unlike the former location.
Good to have it back – Good to have this place back after their long absence. Not quite the same down-n-dirty, low key vibe as the old location but they make up for it with even more excellent tap selections. Good to have the Tiger back.
Awesome beer selection, exclusive in some cases, but please bring back the sandwich variety! – We never knew Blind Tiger in its original location. We found what became for us a cozy lunch spot with the most addictive pressed sandwiches, one of the best chili con carnes I've ever eaten and a warm and friendly atmosphere and staff. We sorely missed them when they closed, we understood due to the costs of operating without their liquor license in an expensive neighborhood. We truly started craving their grilled veggie sandwich for lunch (so good you _really_ didn't miss meat) and had walked from our home in the LES to feed the craving when they were open.
So we were anxious for them to reopen. And reopen they did; and so successful was their first day, we couldn't get in. We watched forlornly from across the street at John's pizza; sitting at the window counting the one or two people who would leave and the four or five who would squeeze in after them. (though we thoroughly enjoyed our John's pizza and pitcher of Sierra Nevada!)
We went the next evening and experienced heaven: a cup of beloved chili with a glass of Chimay, sitting next to the working fireplace as we watched a light snow storm blanket Bleecker Street outside. But the crowd was still there. As they were the following Saturday. It's a good problem to have in a way but instead of our food coming to us someone has to shout our name for us to go to the bar to get it. I won't call that bad service because it really isn't service at all. And the menu has changed and for now they open at 4 pm (though that might have changed since week one) so no walking over for a veggie sandwich lunch to enjoy in tranquility.
There are probably going to be two camps; those who don't mind crowding for exclusive beers and the apparently much fewer of us for whom this place was new at the current location and now have to figure out if the crowd permanently ruins it. But please bring back the pressed sandwiches and we'll take our time deciding...
Next to the Tiger, DBA is DOA – What's not to love! The Blind Tiger is back! After a completely packed first night - 1,200 people signed the petition for the Tiger to be granted a license, and I think they all turned up at the same time - things have returned to normal, it feels like the new BT has been home for years, Wednesday is free cheese night, Kate and Dermot are back behind the bar, and the tap selection offers the freshest, most eclectic, recondite and just damn fantastic beer selection in NY. Three cask ales on at the moment, and it just doesn't get better than this. The Blind Tiger really is, once again, the gold standard for beer bars in Manhattan.
Both neighborhood corner bar and serious beer spot, this West Village ale house is a long-standing favorite. – In Short
There's not a spec of sawdust or a creak in the floorboards, but at this well-loved beer bar, it sure feels like there should be. Wood from a 19th century farmhouse was used for the ceiling beams, flooring and counter--all the better to soak up the suds from 28 colorful taps and two casks--and a large brick fireplace warms one side of the room. Along with the microbrews, a food menu is pored over by old friends of the original location and new inductees.
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