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BA SCORE
98
world-class

79 Reviews
Blackback PubBlackback Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1 Stowe St
Waterbury, Vermont, 05676-1820
United States

(802) 505-5115 | map
theblackbackpub.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
223
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 223
Reviews by Jayli:
Photo of Jayli
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Hit this place up after the suggestion of bobv.

It took a little bit to find this place .. based on my GPS, they essentially have the same address as the wine bar that on the same corner but upstairs. Finally found it..what an odd little set up. Extended bar and almost nothing but bar that's square (though the back is against the wall). You can definitely tell where the extension was put in - it almost seems like two seperate places. All wooden bar, roughly three crammed tables that are underneath a blackboard at the far end listing their food and beer offerings. Nice selection of local beers - plenty of Lawson and Hill Farmstead which is exactly what I was looking for!
We went in hungry and ready to eat and drink... however, not a great food selection. Pizza, calzone and sushi. I don't like sushi, and the size of the bar..wasn't all that condusive to grabbing a pizza and such.
Bartender was pretty on top of things and seemed pleasant enough. We didn't spend much time interacting but our order was taken and served promptly.
The prices here are extremely high and based on the food selection, not worth it for the food. The beer is steep in price based on the pour size, however what they offering somewhat makes up for it.
My partner and I stayed for a drink, and then walked across the street to grab food. This is a place for sitting and drinking - so hit somewhere else first for food, but get there relatively early as there isn't much space and seems like it could fill up quickly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sploren
4.81/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Their food is farm to table fare, and seemed to be on the steep side, so I avoided it. But it's a must stop in this legendary beer town, the selection is sick, and true to form that what the warren store is for Lawson's, this Bar is certainly the same for Hill Farmstead. Very small, but not crowded at lumchish.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.66/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Comfortable beer bar in the heart of Waterbury. Great draft selection and a very helpful bartender. I would make this my first stop for beers next time in Waterbury. A much more easy-going spot than some of the others on the same street.

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Photo of bruceb
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great beer list and amazing food.

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Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of PHBoiler
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Well located property with a old world feel in downtown Waterbury. The taplist was impressive and diverse from difficult to find Vermont beers to Rodenbach Alexander on draft. The staff was very personable and knowledgeable. Relatively busy bar but conversation was available without screaming. Vibe was heavy with craft beer drinkers and tourists during June. Locals added to the vibe with warm conversation. Definitely a must stop.

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Photo of lochraneg
4.58/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of reds2harleys
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Excellent place in every way. A must stop if your in VT for a Beercation. Superb beer list. Friendly staff. Tasty food. I go on one or two beer runs to VT a year and this ( along with the Pro Pig ) are must stop.

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Photo of ScottP
4.74/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place has really turned itself around from the olden days of "drink whiskey, watch Yankees, and shut up". Beer selection features many local and delicious offerings (Hill, Lawsons, blah blah blah) as well as some great out-of-state goodies such as Almanac, Base Camp, Rodenbach, etc. Vibe is fun, tunes are great, and the décor is just wonderful. Great place to kick back and enjoy a few pints and make new friends.

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Photo of DLSheidy
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Rubin90
4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great atmosphere! Small but cozy and comfortable. The bartenders were awesome, very attentive and knowledgeable about the beer they serve. They were very generous with allowing samples. Their beer list is amazing! The best I have ever seen! I highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Waterbury.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.2/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of AMCimpi
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of junkman1
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Brian29
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of dljames10
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
3/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of indianabeerman
4.31/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
4.49 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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