To all of the accolades that are piling up for the venerable New York City beer bar Blind Tiger since they moved into their new digs, add now the Cheers Benchmark Award for Best Beer Bar in America.
This is an annual award that must be applied for, either by the bar itself or a media or other expert acting on its behalf, but that in no way diminishes the honour for Blind Tiger. I paid my first visit to the new location late last year and was thoroughly impressed. It is indeed a worthy victor.
Other awards went to Ottimista Enoteca-Cafe in San Francisco for Best Wine Bar and Sepia in Chicago for Best Cocktail Lounge.