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Blind Barber

Speakeasy, Salon / Barbershop, and Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Simon K.
    Simon KratzerDecember 25, 2016
    One of my favorite bars in East Village. There's a different DJ every day, so you don't know what to expect. But so far I wasn't disappointed.
    Upvoted Aug 12
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonovanOctober 24, 2016
    Ray Charles used to work as a barber until he developed a drinking problem and lost his sight. Blind Barber was where he got his site back and overcame alcoholism.
    Upvoted Sep 13
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    After getting a cut, trim or The Blind Barber's signature Hangover Remedy Shave, patrons are welcome to kick off a brand new hangover with a complimentary cocktail in the shop's 1920's-style speakeasy Read more
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EdwardsDecember 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best places to go in New York City. Great cocktails by awesome bartenders with a good vibe. When it's late, the DJ will get people dancing. Oh, did I mention it's an ACTUAL barbershop?
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 23, 2015
    Tried everything on the menu, all really delicious and refreshing. Highly recommend Sweeney Todd and Heirloom. Come on a weekday to avoid the crowds
  • Timelessnomad
    TimelessnomadJuly 11, 2015
    Love this place. Very chill and relaxed. Go before 9 and they have 7 dollar cocktails. Friendly waiter and nice quiet room in the back. You can actually talk here unlike most loud bars.
  • veronica r.
    veronica rodriguezJune 1, 2015
    A party and awesome atmosphere from the minute I walked in to the minute I left. The DJ is great and mixes up the music. The drinks were pricey but delicious. Can't wait to come back here!
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HoeffelSeptember 20, 2016
    Unreal hidden speakeasy with an upbeat yet chill atmosphere, awesome dance floor, and great cocktails
  • A. Can P.
    A. Can PolatkanJune 13, 2016
    just try it! 😄 I liked it a lot! 👉 here is the tip: night is still young so put your phone away, order a drink and enjoy the music! 💃
  • Adam K.
    Adam KurzawaJune 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Walk in a schlep, walk out dapper. Two chairs, two barbers at a time, speakeasy in the back...shall I go on? All the guys are rad, but Eric's my guy. Beard trims and sharp cuts are their specialty.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaMay 24, 2015
    Probably one of the cooler "speakeasy" bars I've been to in the city. The cocktails are solid. It is really a barber shop during day and bar at night. The velvet rope for "exclusivity" is a bit much.
  • Gianna N.
    Gianna NebbiaAugust 18
    Had a great time here on a Saturday night- good D.J. and atmosphere. Honestly though one bartender was so overtly rude that it’s hard to justify going back. Everything was great until that happened
  • Desirée G.
    Desirée GouldNovember 10, 2015
    An awesome speakeasy in the EV. Be sure to go early though as the line can get long. If you ball hard, get bottle service. It's well worth it here!
  • Martin S.
    Martin S.November 28, 2015
    The atmosphere is really cool. The bartenders in aprons lend an interesting air to the place. It gets really, really packed even during weekdays. Bartenders were competent making good drinks.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceDecember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't get the generally charming feel of a speakeasy because you can see right into the bar from the street and it's often a zoo on the sidewalk but stop in before 9pm and the cocktails are only $7.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Every day but Sunday: haircuts are noon to 9pm and drinks are 6pm - 4am. The sweet spot is 6pm - 9pm when you get a free cocktail with your haircut!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CheneyMay 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is still good years after opening, arrive early or with a good looking crowd. awesome drinks. they now have a nutella pizza.. what? (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Nicky D.
    Nicky DigitalNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you drink alcohol you should try a cocktail. If you don't drink alcohol you should ask for water served up in a martini glass because they make the best watertini in town!
  • Stefano C.
    Stefano CalzolariNovember 14, 2014
    Stop by during the happy hour you will get 50% off on selected beers and cocktails. Oh..and you can get a nice haircut on your way out!!
  • J.R. R.
    J.R. ReedApril 29
    Searching for a place with great cocktails and a dance vibe to round out the night? Look no further. Can get crowded around midnight but 1/2am is prime.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeldmanJune 23, 2013
    Rob is great; barely had to tell him what I wanted, and he gave me the best cut I've ever had. Already scheduled my next appointment because I was so impressed.
  • Corey K.
    Corey KellyFebruary 26, 2011
    Get a haircut then grab a drink, seriously! A barbershop with a beautifully laid out bar hidden behind a sliding door. Bartenders--make that mixologists!--mix some of the best drinks in the city.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 16, 2010
    This spot takes the drinks-and-a-cut concept to the next level, w/ a 2-seat barber shop up front & behind a sliding door, a cocktail lounge decked w/ leather-cushioned wooden booths & old-school sofas Read more
  • Grace Y.
    Grace YoonAugust 17, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    for a chill night definitely come on a weeknight before 8ish for the happy hour $9 house cocktail. my favorite drink was the maybach colada <3
  • Chris C.
    Chris CostelloJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Christine has consistently given me the best haircuts I've ever had. The whole staff is friendly and they serve fantastic beverages and put on good music.
  • Willem V.
    Willem Van LanckerJune 23, 2015
    A surprisingly good barbershop turned hip and a little bro-y speakeasy nightclub on weekends. Can get a bit loud but they make a good old fashioned.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJuly 5, 2010
    Aside from cutting hair & shaving, the Blind Barber has a full-service bar with beer, wine & cocktails including the house special Sweeney Todd (whiskey, egg white, honey syrup, lemon juice). Read more
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Trendy barber shop by day and an even trendier bar by night, the Blind Barber is a place to see and be seen at all hours of the day.
  • Victoria N.
    Been here a few times...not a favorite but if you've never been you should make a point to stop by. Just one of those spots everyone has been to at least once.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinApril 2, 2017
    The hot heather is a great refreshing drink and you can reserve an awesome private room in the back like bo
  • Dens
    DensFebruary 28, 2014
    The only place I've ever seen to dare make a cocktail with Bruichladdich scotch (The Penicillin). Pretty good btw.
  • BaxterTheBoss
    BaxterTheBossJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If I ever cut my hair... It will be here... With beer, and the best bartenders.. Riv, Colin. Best DJ. NSR, and Cutest little door lady, Brian Harris. Holler at me batty boy, the hood misses you.
  • Achille K.
    Achille KollaDecember 5, 2014
    One of the best speakeasies in NYC. $7 happy hour drinks from 6-9pm on Fridays. Drinks are DELICIOUSLY STRONG.
  • Skyler D.
    Skyler DobinFebruary 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best barbers in the city. Book an appointment with Rob if you can. Oh yeah, there's also a beautiful bar in the back.
  • Jim T.
    Jim TaylorApril 9, 2015
    Dress appropriately and say all the right things to the barber shop doorman, and you will be shown out the back and through a door to a dark speakeasy. Read more
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 20, 2016
    The place feels like a bar that is growing up and becoming more sophisticated. Lack of tables means more room to dance and space to stand and drink. Whiskey cocktails are more on the fruity side.
  • Linh (Kelly) N.
    Linh (Kelly) NguyenAugust 3, 2013
    The bar is behind a barber shop. Check out the small room at the very end of the bar for the full old fashioned ambience
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoJuly 18, 2016
    Probably my favorite place to go dancing in the city! Super fun vibe. I just wish it wasn't super crowded.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BenedictoMarch 3, 2015
    Great place for a dude to get a haircut, and they'll give you advice. Plus a drink is included.
  • Derek K.
    Derek KanDecember 20, 2015
    Amazing 90's rap music. Cocktails are okay. Solid crowd of late 20's early 30's on Saturday night
  • Ngan N.
    Ngan NguyenApril 29, 2015
    Try and book the small corner room in the back for more dancing room as the crowds can get aggressive.
  • Nick E.
    Great drinks, great vibe, great atmosphere! This is a must-visit!
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a funky haircut, drink delicious cocktails and retire to the library for some light reading
  • Antonio V.
    Antonio VanegasJune 14, 2016
    Service, it's about the experience. Great conversation & who doesn't like a complementary drink?
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 3, 2010
    Old-fashioned barbershop meets vintage cocktail lounge at The Blind Barber, an East Village outpost promising hot shaves and a whole lot of hip people. Hint: try the "Sweeney Todd."
  • Ariel E.
    Ariel ElizabethDecember 29, 2012
    Friday night = frat party. Bottle service is reasonable ($500 for two bottles), but it's not worth being packed into a club like sardines with a scent of weed and beer/drinks being spilled all over.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJanuary 16, 2013
    Know before you go: Appointments are recommended, as are some of the shop's House Seasonal Cocktails.
  • Candice D.
    Candice DSouzaNovember 30, 2016
    Not a speakeasy in the sense that it can be loud, with standing room only and music blaring to the point you are shouting. However on off nights, it's quite laid back and fun.
  • Linda H.
    Everything you want in a speakeasy, but go after midnight because the dj doesn’t show up till 11:30
  • Julia L.
    Julia LuAugust 21
    Went at 10:30PM on a Friday. It was super small, dark, crowded and loud. The coolest part is the barbershop waiting area. Might be cool if you come earlier.
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