The Blind Barber

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The Blind Barber
East Village

Ella owner Joshua Boyd has teamed up with Adam Kirsch and Jeff Laub (a former manager at Ted Gibson Salon) to open this dual-purpose hair salon and lounge. In the front, an old-timey barbershop provides cuts and shaves for men; a back area is decorated with couches and a bar that serves thematically appropriate cocktails, like the Sweeney Todd (Jameson, lemon juice, honey syrup, grenadineand egg white). If you're hungry, nearby Italian restaurant Gnocco will deliver its Roman-style pizza.

Venue name: The Blind Barber
Address: 339 E 10th St
New York

Cross street: between Aves A and B
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6pm–4am, Sat noon–4am, Sun noon–8pm
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
Price: Average drink: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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Lindsey W

I'm not sure exactly what Blind Barber is trying to be, a speakeasy or just a normal "cool" bar. I'm a huge fan of speakesies, and try to go out of my way to go to them but for some reason this just didn't do it for me. I can't exactly put my finger on it but here are a few things I did  not like. 1. It was very large - most (I've only been to two) of the speakeasies I've been to are small and intimate, like you're at a party with a few of your closest friends but this was not the case and seating was scarce 2. The decor - I'm a huge fan of decor and themes, but this seemed a little scattered and discombobulated and 3. The drinks were not good, they were not original, and on top of that they were super expensive, my $15  cocktail tasted like straight vodka. 

Overall: I would skip it, unless you're strapped for a place to go.