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Feb 23, 2010 10:00 AM

Blind Lady Ale House -- I don't get it

It's loud. It's cold. It's crowded. Service is minimal and not particularly welcoming. The salads are atrocious. The same beers can be had elsewhere, with larger pours for less money. The pizzas are unique -- but every time I eat one, I think to myself, "Brunos is better"

I don't get it. What's the draw?

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  1. By the sound of it, could the draw be the salads?

    1. For me, the draw is being able to good quality pizza with a wide selection of excellent craft beer. Seems rather straightforward not to understand.

      Do you dislike the pizza at BLAH or just like Bruno's better? You certainly cannot get the wide selection of beer that they have at Bruno, or the quality of pizza that they have at BLAH at other beer bars. While the salads were not incredible, I have never had anything there that I would describe as "atrocious" - perhaps you would care to elaborate?

      I think the temperature problem may just be you. Last time I was there I was uncomfortably hot. Wish I could disagree more about the service, which I found to be hit or miss, but generally in line with the service at the other beer bars around town.

      4 Replies
      1. re: JRSD

        I'd say the service is as good as one could expect given how busy they are. I don't know what people expect, but they don't have a huge number of employees, and it's often very busy. I also don't get the larger pours comment. The 500cL beers are fractionally larger than a pint, and since there's extra head space you actually do get a full-sized serving.

        1. re: Josh

          Yeah, less money might be true (they are on the higher end of the beer bars), but the pour size seems inline.

        2. re: JRSD

          agreed. It's more about the sum of the parts than the individual aspects. The pizza at Bruno might be slightly better (but not by a ton) and Toronado might have more beers, but the combination of the 2 is what brings the value. Nothing against Toronado or Bruno, just a slightly different niche.

          1. re: DougOLis

            I don't agree re: the pizza. I think Bruno's pizza is better by far. I wouldn't choose BLAH for the pizza, like you said I'd choose it for its unique combination.

        3. I had a friend complain about it in a similar way (I have yet to go but am eager). He was upset at the service, the crowd, and the inability to find a place to eat his pizza. My answer? You went to a bar to eat at 7pm on a Friday. what do you expect? Let's be honest...If you are looking for a nice quiet place to sit and eat your food...maybe a bar on a busy night isn't the right place. Mind you most restaurants will go on a "wait" when they get busy...not bars. It's first come first serve and the servers are spread thin.
          As well I can certainly understand how frustration can greatly hamper your mood and thus perception of the food you might otherwise enjoy.

          And the draw is the Beer and the pizza. Maybe you can find the same beers other places for less...but likely they have a crowd their too. And perhaps you can find better pizza....and Bruno's I'm sure has it's draw. But can you find both in one place...without a crowd?

          1. The draw is, you go early to grab a table and some dinner, stay late and get raucous over a pitcher and the crazy E.T. card game with your friends until they close.

            1. What draws me is great beer and great pizza. The down side is that lots of other people want great beer and pizza, and that can make it loud and not very welcoming. If the owners had a clue, they would serve lousy beer and pizza, thus reducing the crowds and making it quieter and more welcoming.