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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Last Orders at The Blind Tiger Ale House

The Blind Tiger Ale House, one of my favorite bars in New York, is closing. I confirmed this fact last night after work when I stopped in for a quick beer with Seth.

I wrote a small item about the Blind Tiger's fate for Gridskipper today, and you can find it here.

I only posted one photo on Gridskipper so here are some more. This next shot features Seth on the right and Kate behind the bar.

And this last picture is of me!

The Blind Tiger will be open until 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27. It's located on Hudson and 10th in the West Village.


Anonymous Carla said...

NOOOOOO! I love that place too. Can't believe all these great old places with character are closing. Why? sigh. Have one for me Vic. Cheers to a great old place.

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be hitting that place up at least a few more times over the next couple of weeks. Hope we can do the 20th too! Any beer snob or mourners of the Blind Tiger in midtown should also try out Collins Bar on 44th and 8th(right across from McHales and their massive delicious burgers). Blind Tiger owners have that one as well. Even so it is a loss to the neighborhood, this little bar that meant so much to us for..what, 9-10 years? Cheers Blind Tiger, may you re-open again soon!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Ted Madsen said...

That sux... I was hoping to see some mad snow pictures and instead I find that this cool bar is closing? Guess before I ask here I'll look at Gridskipper to see if the reasons are listed there...

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Blind Tiger has reopened!! It's new digs at 281 Bleeker (corner of Jones St.) and are absolutely gorgeous. The expanded kitchen is turning out delicious pressed sandwiches and the coffee’s better than Starbucks (ironic because their old location has become one).
However, there is a slight problem. In an State Liquor Authority-induced twist of fate, a bar once known for having two dozen beers on tap and for being an extremely serviceable local watering hole is now sans liquor license. Read Dave's cry to the neighborhood for help:
"We still don't know when we'll be getting our liquor license, though we did find out one of the reasons it's been delayed - Deborah Glick, the assemblywoman who represents our district, wrote a letter to the State Liquor Authority saying our license should be rejected because we're a bar rather than a restaurant, "a large bar that primarily serves beer," and that isn't what Bleecker Street needs. I wrote her a nice letter explaining how we actually have an excellent kitchen and that we're opening as an espresso bar and cafe. Ms. Glick prides herself on protecting neighborhood businesses, which is what I always thought we were. I suggested that rather than judge us without ever visiting or calling, she stop by for a coffee and a pressed sandwich. Actually, according to the State Liquor Authority, her letter and influence is the most damning thing against us. I was wondering whether you might visit her website and write her a note explaining that we're actually a quality place that happens to cater to a lot of her constituents. You can email her at I'm sure she would enjoy hearing from you."
Please also take the time to sign the petition ( to get the Tiger a new Liquor License. Let’s show Assemblywoman Glick that the Tiger brings many people from all over to spend money and get a quiet drink in her district so the Tiger can once again be the Best Beer Bar in the city.

5:01 PM  

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