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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010—Bar 102

Day 102—Wednesday, April 21st
The Blind Pig (Originally Scheduled For The Crocodile Lounge)

First off let me thank my co-worker and manager Decker for donating another 10 bucks to the bar crawl funds in good sweet cash as pictured below.
Decker joins Tiki Bar Susie in the elite few who have donated twice to the bar crawl. I appreciate the donations as I’m traveling around now and expenses are picking up. Thanks Decker!

In my travels a lot of people suggest bars to me and I’ve got a long list of bars stockpiled in my notes.
However the other night a woman was telling me about a bar and then uttered two magical words: Free Pizza! That’s right there’s a bar on 14th and 1st called the Crocodile Lounge that gives away free pizza when you order a drink. I don’t actually know how this whole thing works, but I’m going to find out!

Here's the Crocodile Lounge. The economy must still be in the shitter because this place is beyond packed with people eating the free pizza. it's too crowded and noisy for me to do the bar crawl thing tonight. Plus there's a guy with electric eyeballs in here. i'll come back on a Monday in the next week or two and see if things are slower then. Now time to improvise.

I passed a bar that looked good on the way here, so let's double back up on 14th Street and check that place out.

The Blind Pig. I like the name!

Okay, this is more like it, there's people in here, but it's not packed or crazy loud and there's a seat at the bar. Let the crawl begin!

And bartender MJ serves up the first beer of the evening. MJ is a 23 year long veteran New York bartender who's a great guy to drink and chat with.


This bar rules!

Part of the Blind Pig team: waitress Shannon, manager Richie and waitress Erin. Fun and friendly folks.

There's a huge beer selection available as well as an extensive wine list.

Here's Thorsten and Elkie who are stranded here from Hamburg, Germany due to the Vocano madness. They were taking refuge in the Blind Pig. Cheers to both of you and have a safe trip back!

Vintage prohibition photos adorn one wall in this modern day speakeasy.

Large wooden booths line the walls for group seating.

Josh shows off the Blind Pig menu.

Cain was enjoying a pint at the end of the bar, his brother Abel was unavailable for comment. I think he was passed out in the bathroom.

MJ saw me looking at the Blind Pig accessories available...

And comped me a free hat! Thanks MJ! Great hanging out with you and everyone, a great night out on the crawl! Goodnight everybody!

Blind Pig was a name used to refer to a Speakeasy in the Prohibition era. New York’s Blind Pig is a drink-easy saloon with a long, spacious wooden bar and wooden booths with a festive atmosphere. Rock and roll music is the background noise and the place is loaded with HD TV’s if you want to check out who’s winning the latest games. The bartenders and waitresses are friendly and fun and the clientele is a mix of NYU students and neighborhood regulars. Don’t worry about being a newbie here though, strangers are welcomed and a good time is had by all.

There’s a generous Happy Hour here from 11:00 am till 8 pm every day of the week. In addition to the full bar and nightly drink specials, The Blind Pig has a menu that includes the Blind Pig Burger which is served on a toasted English muffin, plus there’s also  wings, dumplings, fish and chips, mac and cheese and meatloaf. DJ’s spin tunes Thursday, Friday and Saturday for your dancing pleasure.

Check out this modern day speakeasy where you don’t need to know a secret knock on the door to get in.

Blind Pig
233 E. 14th St. (Near Second Ave.)

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Reader Comments (10)

Welcome to the club Decker!!

Marty, you work with some amazingly nice people. I am inpressed and very happy.

Wow what a fantastic bar! The Blind Pig indeed does rule!!

That was very nice of MJ to give you that neat looking hat.

Great bar choice Marty and your comment about the free pizza is right on...the economy is "still in the shitter."

You look cute in that hat.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

Tiki Bar Susie's right - you do look cute in that hat! But I wish MJ would've comped you one of those spaghetti strap tanks instead! HA HA HA!

The Blind Pig looks like a nice place. I love the long happy hour and the menu looks good too. I'm putting this joint on my list of places to go. And, Mr. Volcano, if you're listening...please strand me in New York City sometime. Thanks!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Regardless of the economy being in the shitter- I would never pass up FREE Pizza!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

I love the Speakeasy joints.
(and a great looking waitress staff as well!)

Speaking of accessories...
I'm working on getting the 365 Merchandise line set up
for the growing legions of 365 fans you have amassed.
T-Shirts, Coasters, Mugs etc.
I fact I already ordered myself a T Shirt to check on Quality.
Will report back.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

cool place !!! the rules are so great !! I should use them when I babysitting !!
But tomorrow I babysit for a family with 7 children, I will use my zioumpowa attitude with those rules !! haha
hey Mr volcano ! I'm taking my plane to come in New York in 10 days, so... don't fuck with me or I piss on your FIRE !!!!!!! (fire! fire! fire!)

Boris-I've got an Idea for a T shirt you might be able to design and sell to the blind pig for sale to their pizza loving customers- slogan; "When de volcano blows...when de volcano blows...I don't know where all the pizza goes when the volcano blows..."Could be worth money as a collectors item years from now when all the foreign customers look back to when they were stranded in the blind pig by that damn volcano.

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Thanks for the t-shirt work, "Boris!" It's going to be great!

April 22, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

I think with the the kind of girl's marty has been running into tank tops are a necessity..

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

I agree with Gidget! LMAO!

April 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Enjoying the crawl please be advised that your Blind Pig link actually points to nymag comments on crocodile-lounge

April 23, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

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