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The Blind Barber

Speakeasy, Salon / Barbershop, and Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • A. Can P.
    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! 💃
    Upvoted Sep 4
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HoeffelSeptember 20
    Unreal hidden speakeasy with an upbeat yet chill atmosphere, awesome dance floor, and great cocktails
    Upvoted Oct 4
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceDecember 14, 2014
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Desiree G.
    Desiree 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dens
    DensFebruary 28, 2014
    The only place I've ever seen to dare make a cocktail with Bruichladdich scotch (The Penicillin). Pretty good btw.
  • 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.
  • Ernesto G.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Jastine K.
    Probably my favorite place to go dancing in the city! Super fun vibe. I just wish it wasn't super crowded.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangSeptember 29, 2015
    Barber shop by day, speakeasy bar by night, get a Harvest Moon or Strawberry Fields: it will start your night off right.
  • 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.
  • Jae Y.
    Jae YiMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    You wouldn't think that the bar was as nice as it is from the outside. Make sure you get here before 11am because it gets really packed.
  • 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
  • Michael D.
    Michael DonovanOctober 24
    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 Oct 24
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Antonio V.
    Service, it's about the experience. Great conversation & who doesn't like a complementary drink?
  • 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.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 13, 2012
    Stop into the barber shop when you get a chance – not only will you get a cool cut, but also a free drink, like the aptly named ‘Sweeney Todd.' Read more
  • Sabrina S.
    Sabrina ScottJuly 31, 2011
    Not what you would expect at all. Great party, fun vibe, wicked atmosphere. You made a good choice if you're checking in here!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 21, 2012
    Get here early to enjoy the fantastic cocktails. Otherwise, you'll be waiting for 20-30 mins to order a drink.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DizonDecember 30, 2011
    Haven't been here in awhile, but try always have good music, and a cool crowd. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Harry L.
    Harry LiApril 26, 2013
    Pretty cool music they have here. Wouldn't categorize it as your traditional NYC speakeasy though. A bit too boisterous
  • Zander W.
    Dealers Choice - the only choice. Absolutely wonderful and knowledgable bartender!
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