One of the local favourite pubs in New York, when the original Blind Tiger, on 10th Street and Hudson, was cruelly replaced by a Starbucks, the owners decided to expand their reach and sensibilities. They researched fine coffee roasting techniques, enlisted one of their bartenders – conveniently a French Culinary Institute graduate – to craft an artisanal, alcohol-friendly menu, and bought up 150-year-old farmhouse wood to trick out their new space with well-worn charm. The results were better than they could have imagined. new and improved, this Blind Tiger is one of the most comforting, well-executed pubs in the city; a café by day and microbrew paradise by night that neighbourhood characters of every stripe have embraced. The 30 drafts include many a strange brew, indeed.