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Blackback Pub & Flyshop

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Blackback Pub & FlyshopBlackback Pub & Flyshop
BA SCORE
98
world-class

162 Ratings
Ratings: 162
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1 Stowe St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1820
United States
phone: (802) 505-5115

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Reviews by Billolick:
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4.2/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Place is tiny, in a BA quality beer rich little town. Fishing stuff all over the ceiling and scattered around the place. When you go to the Alchemist, this spot is just about a block away and well worth stopping in for a visit.

We were treated to several quality tap selections from places like Trapp, Hill Farmstead, DFH and high quality others. Quality is the operative word here. Boutigue beers in a tiny bar setting. Toss in an outgoing and entertaining, bartender/owner and you have a highly enjoyable and worthy place for a beer or two, either before or after the Alchemist.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bevdaddy
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

First time being back since the new ownership took over in May 2014.

Great draft list - as good as the other two in the "Big 3 of Waterbury". Like any of them - it all depends on your timing. Plenty of Heady cans, HFB and Lawsons on tap as well as other VT and global beers.

The new crew has expanded the kitchen, now there is a menu full of nachos and chili, etc. They are not trying to be the places across the street and the vibe/menu go well together.

A "must hit" when in town. But you already knew that.

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Deggar
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Schmuckles
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Macsimus
4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Loved this place. Went several times while enjoying a two night stay in town.

GREAT draft selection and loved the atmosphere : ) Great patrons too!!

Photo of TBonez477
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of cptbenjamin
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of yarnbomb
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of woodchip
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Killer small place with an awesome vibe. I didn't eat any of the food because I already ate at the Reservoir. The taplist is not huge but the beers are! Dig this place, and is another must if in the area.

Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%

My favorite places are the ones where when I first go in it seems like the people don't like me but then after a few minutes they figure out I'm cool and treat me real good. This was one of those places, but my enjoyment of it was very particular to me. If you are a not an abrasive, "love him or hate him"-style weirdo like myself, then this joint might not work for you. If you are, well, welcome to a real nice joint, friend.

The tap selection was limited, but everything was Capital-G good, and frankly I'd prefer that to 25 taps where everything is just lower-g good.

The vibe was an entrancing mix of the vibrant and the dingy. The walls were green. Lots of bottles and piping and old plastic buckets all covered in dust with basement cobwebs clumped in the uppermost corners of walls. The dude behind the bar had a conversation with us about god remembers what. It was a very nice place and I hope someday to go back there again.

Photo of Pawoto
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Blackback Pub is my favorite place on earth. I live in Southern, NH and a few times a year make the drive to Waterbury to spend the night drinking amazing craft beer at Blackback Pub. I was a little worried about the new owners - they cleaned the place up, added tvs, and added their own kitchen (instead of mad taco) - but its still a little slice of heaven.

Check their facebook page for updates on the draftlist - usually you'll find a couple of Hill Farmstead offerings, cans of Heady Topper, and a Lawson's beer. They also have cantillon on tap more than any bar in the area.

The perfect VT trip...arrive at HF right as they open, fill growlers and then head up to Parker Pie for lunch. From Parker Pie head down to Waterbury, stop to try to buy Heady Topper at CBC and the little gas station just near the highway, then check in at The Old Stagecoach Inn. Spend a couple of hours at Blackback and then head over to Prohibition Pig for delicious BBQ. Check out Reservoir and then immediately leave because it sucks. Hang with Lauren at Blackback until they kick you out! Get up in the morning and scarf down the breakfast at The Old Stagecoach Inn. On the way home stop at The Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier to spend any money you have leftover on underpriced Bruery offerings...

Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Visiting Blackback was a great way to try a few different offerings from Hill Farmstead without driving all the way to the brewery and waiting in a ridiculous line. Very good service and tasty food. The selection of brews on tap was heavily geared toward local, which was nice to see. A must visit when in Waterbury.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of meb3476
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mrlatini
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jvodom
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Great small bar in downtown Waterbury. The draft selection was great. They will do 1/2 pours if you ask. My brother and I went there after dinner at The Reservoir. It was game 6 of the World Series and the bartender, Eric I think, had his SF jersey on. I was rooting for KC. We had fun drinking the great VT beers and watching the game.
The place is small, but we got a seat at the bar on the right side of the building. It was a little weird looking since they expanded into the place next door. You almost feel like it is separate bars.
Definitely worth stopping here. All the people we met were very friendly.

Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of hockeypuck
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of xJMFCx
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury, VT
98 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.