A localised phrase from the Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard Uni Press)
Blind Tiger n. A place that sells liquor illegally,, a speakeasy. (DARE, vol 1, 285)
- 1857 Spirit of the Times ‘I see a kinder pigeon-hole cut in the side of a house and over the hole, in big writin ‘Blind Tiger: 10C a sight’.. Says I to the feller inside ‘here’s your ten cents, walk out your wild-cat’ Stranger, instead of showin’ me a wild varmint without eyes, I’ll be dod-busted if he didn’t shove out a glass of whiskey. You see that ‘blind tiger’ was an arrangement to evade the law, which wont let em sell licker there except by the gallon’
- 1951, Daniels Tar Heels, 9 – An old Negress let us watch her put the corks in blind tiger liquor bottles
Mainly S.W and S (FL, TX, MS, IN) but also along the west coast.
see also – Blind Pig (illegally made whiskey) and Blind Pigger (Person who sells illegal whiskey)