Barbers >The Blind Barber
339 E 10th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.727106 -73.980165
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City, Downtown
This is one of my favorite hidden bars in the city. I've been there a few times and every time I like it more. I went there last time for my birthday. Had a relatively small group for a birthday party, but big to walk in the door without calling ahead so for the 15 of us we had to buy a bottle, which, if you're going anywhere worth going in the city, really isn't a bad deal. DJ is always great, not such a crazy crowd (which I like), and the bouncers, bartenders and managers are all really nice and helpful.
Last time I lost my coat check tickets and they helped me find my coat really quickly. Other places would have made you wait all night till it was the last one left. Definitely go here
Don't have your party here! – Don't have a party here unless you want your friends to be treated rudely at the door and sent home without even stepping foot in the place. That's what happened to me last night.
When I arrived at half past midnight for a friend's birthday party, the "hostess" - that is what the Blind Barber apparently calls rude woman bouncers - told me that my friend's birthday part was "over quota" so I would not be allowed in. Apparently, my friend had told the management that a certain number of people would attend and the number of actual attendees was higher than that. As a result, no more guests would be allowed to enter.
Never mind that 5 people had just exited the club in the last 10 minutes and there was absolutely no line to get inside.
Never mind that very few people had showed up to the other birthday party taking place that night - the "hostess" told me this. To her, this did not imply that she should allow guests in freely but instead that "we need to save space" for when the guests at the other party do arrive. Did the "hostess" realize that at half past midnight, people are more likely to leave the club than show up?
Did I mention, that there was absolutely no line outside? And it was not as though I was dressed like trash, either.
The owners of this establishment would do well to fire the "hostess" that worked the door on the evening of Saturday, July 10. She was no hostess at all but a bad excuse for a poorly trained bouncer.
As someone who organizes events at bars/clubs, I was certainly convinced that the Blind Barber would never be on my list of venues to explore. Don't make the mistake of having your party here, either.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Freeman's Sporting Clubs may have innovated the barbershop as a place to hang out, shop and maybe get a haircut; The Blind Barber, with a full bar--and a doorman--takes the concept to the next level. The face of the operation is a small, handsome, traditional barbershop, with a vintage pole and two chairs manned by barbers ranging from a Chop Shop stylist to a former military shearer. A sliding door in back, however, reveals a large, parquet-floored speakeasy with 20's era couches and booths. Before 9pm, anyone's welcome to get a $30 shave or a $40 cut, which includes a drink from the bar. After that, however, that secret door has a man, who'll be making sure those who enter the saloon are up to snuff (the owners are well connected nightlife capos). Best way to make sure you make the cut? Getting one at the barbershop first is a good start.
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