Some guys just really like their Brooklyn Smoked Dunkel.
A line of roughly 15 men had gathered outside the Blind Tiger in Greenwich Village at 4:01 p.m. on Thursday, when the renowned beer-lover’s mecca finally reopened its doors–this time, with actual beer.
“People have been waiting for, like, a year for this,” noted the last guy in line, who added that he’d taken the day off from work.
After 10 years at Hudson and 10th streets, the much beloved Tiger was forced to move in late 2005 in order to make way for a new Starbucks.
Perhaps taking a hint from the Seattle caffeine giant, the venue reopened last fall at the corner of Bleecker and Jones–primarily as a coffee bar, however, on account of a little liquor-license brouhaha with neighborhood politico Deb Glick.
As boozehounds waited patiently for the true Tiger’s second-coming on Thursday, Eater provided constant updates.
Earlier this month, the bar finally got its license to swill. Ale aficionados turned out pronto.
By 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, the crowd inside easily exceeded 50–predominantly made up of burly-looking dudes, but at least three females were present.
– Chris Shott