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Jam to Justice while you read

SPECS  speakeasy style club – dark retro space behind a working barber shop
GOOD FOR  dancing – partying – singles – stiff cocktails -cuts
DANCING/CONVERSATION  dancing – DJ spins an upbeat electronic/indy mix
CROWD  trendy/hipster – singles scene – av age 25-32
ENTRY  bouncer is selective once the bar fills up – come before 11 or have a decent ratio to avoid a long wait – best nights: Thurs, Fri, Sat
MENU  bar: decent cocktail selection featuring seasonal ingredients along with beer and wine, table/bottle service available through reservations – barber shop: cut/shave/trim – complimentary cocktail with every cut  MENU 
HOURS/LOCATION  bar: Mon-Sat 6pm-4am – barber shop: Mon-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm – 339 E 10th Street between Ave A and Ave B MAP

Sitting across from the beautiful Tompkins Square Park in the East Village is an old-fashioned looking barber shop bringing you the best of both worlds. During the day, the Blind Barber is fully functional barber shop. They pay homage to the roaring twenties with a vintage look and a free cocktail with every cut. Blind Barber has created a very hip masculine ambiance that you just want to be a part of. Get a cut/cocktail then explore the hidden speakeasy style lounge to keep the buzz going. The space has a warm retro feel featuring a long bronze bar, vintage photographs, worn checkered floor and old school leather booths. Off to the back is a cozy nook appropriately dubbed “Grandpas Den”.

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Come nightfall everything changes. The barbers turn into bouncers and a DJ turns the back room into a full on hipster night club. The shop gets packed with well heeled tight jeaned scenesters and it’s a damn good party. This bar is truly fun. Masculine bartenders that look like ex-rockstars do a good job of keeping up with the crowd and mix expert cocktails at the same time. The vibe is very energetic and the DJ pumps a hip upbeat mix that keeps that crowd dancing.

There is no denying the alluring hip quality this bar has been able to create. When you boil it down and take away the gimmicks, that’s what it’s really all about. The culture of “cool” definitely thrives at the Blind Barber.

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