Blind Tiger Ale House

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Photo - Alex Hall

 A Jezza top pick A Alex top pick Full menu WiFi available Regularly has real ale

281 Bleecker Street
New York NY 10014
(Greenwich Village / SoHo)



Open 1130-0400 daily.

Handpumped Cask Beers: 2
Gravity Cask Beers: 1
Craft Keg Taps: 28
Craft Bottles/Cans: 50

Beers: Beer range varies

Nearest subway: Christopher St(1), West 4th St(A / B / C / D / E / F / M)


A very big “don’t miss!”, but time it to avoid crowds.

Directions - 1 train to Christopher Street, walk south on 7th Avenue, turn left on Bleecker Street. Alternatively, A / B / C / D / E / F / M train to West 4th Street, use the southern (West 3rd Street) exit, walk south briefly on 6th Avenue, veer to the right on Carmine Street (Father Demo Square should be on your left), turn right on Bleecker Street.

Alex says

A highly respected, well patronised, and pioneering (founded 1995 on Hudson Street) beer bar now in its second location on the corner of Bleecker and Jones Streets. There are 28 ever-changing craft beers on tap, two cask lines (and sometimes a gravity cask – however I advise that you ask for a small taste of that before ordering as I’ve noticed it sometimes gets disturbed), and a good number of eclectic bottles. Wooden panels abound to give an almost rustic atmosphere. There are weekly beer events, sometimes wacky such as “Christmas in July”. The food is extremely good also, and it gets deservedly popular though the number of tables are quite limited. The outright winner of the 2014 reality cooking show on ABC TV ‘The Taste’, Louise Leonard, left her mark on the place as she worked here for many years before moving to California. Not many places can boast a true celebrity chef who has a natural passion for craft beer and gourmet food as a major part of their history (as opposed to certain other so called ‘TV celebrity chefs’ who will remain unnamed and either drink and promote vile light lagers, or can’t even take a sip of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout without spitting it out in front of millions of TV viewers – sorry, I had to bring those two incidents up)! As for the crowds here, I recommend visiting mid-afternoon for the best experience - or you might be jostling for an inch at the bar which would be far from ideal. A ‘blind tiger’ used to be a secret sign for people to find illegal speakeasies during the Great American Mistake of the 1920s and early 1930s. All the staff and the manageress here really know their beers and beer styles, and are exceptional in their work. Absolutely don’t miss this unless you’re a big stripy pussy with a blind person’s cane. (11/2014)

Jezza says

Excellent selection in one of the best beer bars in New York. Outstanding events, nice location across the street from John's pizza. Gets incredibly busy most evenings but especially at weekends & can be very noisy. Best time to visit is weekday afternoons, when it can be very mellow. Great place though and a definite ‘don’t miss’.

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