As the placards in the restrooms will inform you, Blind Pig referred to “an establishment used for selling and drinking alcoholic beverages” during Prohibition. Drawing inspiration from that era’s speakeasies (a copper-tiled ceiling, oak tables), this saloon strikes a perfect balance between comfort and sophistication. With its wood floors, wood tables, wood benches and wood bar, this unassuming Union Square watering hole is dressed like an old-school hideaway. But despite those trappings, it still offers modern-day amenities like flat screen TVs for game-watching and music videos coordinated with whatever’s playing through the loudspeakers.
A mixed bag of laid-back drinkers passes through in waves, encouraged to return by the bartenders who are just as likely to wing a coaster at you as one of your friends is. Swing by before 8pm any day of the week for discounts on well drinks and domestic drafts. A lengthy menu is served until 2am. Uniquely, it features a restaurant-quality fare, from appetizers and sandwiches to stuffed pig.