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Monday, October 17, 2011

NYC's Little Secret IIII

I'm pretty sure that Monday hangover, not the one that involves alcohol, but the one you get from having an amazing weekend and suddenly find yourself in an office staring at a computer screen, has officially made it's return. I had one of those amazing weekends you never want to end. 

Just like any other weekend, the festivities started on Friday night. Sara and I headed to Webster Hall to see some friends band, Fate Strikes Twice. After a quick guilty pleasure greasy bar dinner, we headed to meet some dapper gentleman at the fourth spot on my "New York City's Hidden Little Secrets" list. 

I was extremely excited as I had never been to this little gem before. Of course I had heard about it, and have been wanting to go since I first read the Urban Daddy write up.

Luckily, we were already in the East Village so we didn't have too far to walk in our fabulous heels! We arrived early, stood outside this adorable little Barber Shop and waited for our escorts for the evening to arrive. Well, this adorable little barber shop looks like your traditional barber shop right? WRONG!

Well, technically, this really is a functioning barber shop. 

A functional barber shop where you can get a trim, hair cut, shave or bead trim Monday through Saturday from 12pm - 9pm and Sundays 12pm - 6pm.

However, most barber shops don't have a secret door which lead to a hidden bar.  Somethings, you cannot or should not judge by their appearance. Which makes this  perfectly named bar, The Blind Barber.

Every now and then, something truly magnificent happens around us.
Something without precedent, match or rival.

Something like a little storefront in the East Village called The Blind Barber, that just so happens to combine the charms of an old-fashioned barber shop with the delights of a vintage cocktail lounge, opening this weekend for those rare moments in life where you require the service of both a hot shave and a dry martini.

Like many of life's extraordinary gems, it doesn't look like much from the outside. Just a plain white door and barber pole spinning alongside. Closer inspection will reveal antique chairs, along with an old-time cash register to match the two things on the menu here—a haircut and hot-towel shave service.

But like any experience involving grooming, you've come to the Blind Barber for a party... Keep one eye on your drink and the other tightly fastened on the back wall, the one with the sliding door. At the right time, you'll want to push open that door to reveal the wonder and splendor that is an old-school cocktailing saloon, complete with brass taps, black-and-white photos, worn checkered floors and a back room dubbed "grandpa's den."

It's here that weekend days will be reserved for post-brunch revelry, and any other night of the week may or may not involve a trumpet player, a contortionist or a DJ who happens to do handstands.

As if you'd indulge any other kind of DJ.

Just like any other secret little gem, the specialty cocktails are made with tender scientific equipment, ingredients, and loving care. 

Throughout the evening the four of us managed to test the Strawberry Fields, Blackjack, Hot Heather, Batman, and the Smoke and Dagger. 

As we are now aware of their pizza menu, next time, you bet we will be indulging in some savory treats along with our sweet drinks. 

The Blind Barber is another perfect "date place," which we realized after more and more couples and rarely any single male or females were spotted. As Sara would say, there wasn't much "talent" to choose from, as they were all coupled up. Although there was a lack of talent, we still had a fantastic time dancing, singing and spending time with our lovely friends. 


  1. I love all your secret finds in NYC! I can't wait to visit!!


  2. I'll sure check your recommendations if I go to New York