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Blackback Pub

Not Rated.
Blackback PubBlackback Pub
BA SCORE
97
world-class

70 Reviews
Reviews: 70
Visits: 190
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010

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Reviews: 70 | Visits: 190
Reviews by cbeer88:
Photo of cbeer88
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I love this little bar. It's a little out of the way for non-locals, particularly with the Alchemist no longer in town. But, the drive to Waterbury is still well worth it to drown yourself in Hill Farmstead taps.

The beer: Like I said, you go here for HF beers if you are an out of towner. He tries to keep 6 on tap. The selection closely mirrors what they have on for growlers at the brewery, but not precisely the same. He aso has a couple of other high-end/rare locals like Lawson's Double Sunshine and Lawson's Maple Imperial Stout. A few non-local but interesting taps round out the list (Dogfish Head Jiahu, Life and Limb, Starrapoman, Leipzeiger Gose, etc)

Atmosphere: The place is small and the bar takes up the majority of it. There are probably 20 bar seats, and then another 8-10 against the wall. That's about it. Very little standing room. Nice wooden look, breweriana and fishing "stuff" dot the walls. Very earth smelling bathroom, which I liked.

Service: Owner/bartender is very friendly, welcoming, and chatty. Happy to throw samples at you and very attentive to an empty glass.

Food: Didn't try anything - had dinner across the street, as the menu here is very minimal.

Value: Coming from Boston I didn't really blink at the prices, but it was a smidge on the high side for the area. Beers were a bit cheaper elsewhere, and the food looked pricey.

It's definitely a locals pub, but the bartender and a few of the patrons that were there did their best to make us feel welcome. If you're in Waterbury picking up some Heady Topper, stop by here for a beer. (1,581 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of fredmugs
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of snansel
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SRBush1974
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Had a great lunch here this weekend. With 4 kids, it was no problem to sit at the bar area. Owner was our waitress/bartender. Great beer list, great food and very friendly. Would go back here in a second. Need to with the great VT beers offered. (245 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.98/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Kegatron
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of RichD
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Doug537
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Mikeynas
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Really cool spot in downtown Waterbury. Draft list is second to none and staff was friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. Nice spot to sit back relax and enjoy some world class beer with friends. Highly recommend! (213 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of esmithvt
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of tobelerone
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jhavs
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great place. The bar staff is always happy, helpful, and able to share their knowledge about their beer and the VT area.

Beer selection is top notch, vibe is easy going and relaxing. (184 characters)

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

By far my favorite bar in Waterbury. Always putting on the best of the best as far as VT beers and the staff is always a joy to hang out with. Everyone in this place is super friendly and they know what they are talking about. Love this place. (243 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Awesome service. Had some 8 or so Hill Farrmstead beers on tap, as well as Lawsons and other local stuff. Neat small little place. Definitely worth a stop in. Had the maple bacon cheesecake and it was delish. (208 characters)

Photo of CAcker
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of trevorpost
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of cp45
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of bcgeiman
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of byronic
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Having returned for a second visit a few months later my original rating is confirmed. This cozy pub has a fantastic draft list but that isn't even the best part. The service is spectacular. The place is often crowded and very busy yet the bartender still manages to be very courteous, professional and takes the time to engage the customer in conversation. Our beer and water glasses did not go empty. The selection is top notch.

Food is great as well, often the chef will come out and deliver meals himself. On our first visit the charcuterie plate came with a full explanation from the chef, a fantastic touch.

Go for the beer, stay for the food, staff and ambiance! (671 characters)

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great craft beer selection.... Wish they had flights!!! (56 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.71/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
97 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.