Blackback Pub

Blackback PubBlackback Pub
Blackback PubBlackback Pub
Bar, Eatery

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

(802) 505-5115 | map
theblackbackpub.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.5
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
156
pDev:
9.78%
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Rated by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Sep 22, 2018
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
Great selection of beers. Nice bar for serious drinking of fine beers. Had some decent nachos. Other food looked good too.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
Visited yesterday during a trip to the Stowe, Vermont area. Best draft list outside of Monk's that I have ever seen. Excellent service, & great food. A bit cramped, small outdoor seating area.
Aug 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 17, 2020
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Reviewed by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Sunday 7/28/19. Met my older brother who lives in Waterbury while on an extensive beer your through VT. He mentioned having to try the Ahi Tuna plate and a certain New England style IPA he had a few days previous from Quebec called Borealis! Both were exceptional!
My brother is a regular there, so obviously the service was top notch. Samples and selection ideas kept flowing. The patrons and staff made for a rather excellent time. Big number of high high quality taps and just as many cans available. I will return!!
Jul 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.74 by Userme59 from Massachusetts

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Apr 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.95 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Jan 18, 2019
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Stopped in after a brutal, 9-hour, rain-lashed drive from southern PA. Blackback is a fairly small tavern with a central bar that seats maybe 20 people, plus a mix of a dozen or so regular and high-top tables. So it's not a big place. There were quite a few open tables when we arrived, but the place filled in quickly after 7 pm. Our server said the clientele is probably 60% locals during the busy season; higher in the off-season (which I took as a pretty meaningful endorsement by the locals).
Food is not fancy nut definitely a cut above pub fare; service is excellent. Beer selection is phenomenal - probably 30 or so high-quality offerings in a variety of styles and potencies.
Definitely a must-visit if you're in the area.
May 23, 2018
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Reviewed by keith40 from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Seemed to be a fun place, busy and noisy. Relatively small space for dining with a larger bar. Exposed beams and brick. Service was very good. Large menu of local craft beers. Food was very good pub food-the Heady Dipper Pot Roast Sandwich was excellent.
Apr 20, 2018
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Rated by kfarrell7 from New York

5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Killer tap list, food, & service!
Mar 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.76 by Smirq from Vermont

Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Barbeeschu from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
It was super busy when we were there but they handled it with ease. Didn’t have to wait long. Staff made us feel welcome and at home. The food was spectacular and most importantly the beer was stellar with a great tap list. Absolute must. Worth the travel
Mar 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.98 by AlvinLin from New York

Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by bubseymour from Maryland

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
One of the best beer and food experiences in a public place. Reminded me of an old English pub with the greatness of food and Vermont beers to go with it.
Dec 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by Mattybuchs from Vermont

Nov 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.54 by boogerisu from Iowa

Sep 19, 2017
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
To my bar/restaurant with a bar that has two separate rooms with a common bar. Waitress was friendly and had suggestions on what you might like. Beer selection was unparalleled in its diversity of breweries that usually do not distribute to the area although the menu was IPA heavy. I was blind with hunger, but had dinner reservations, yet I still had a cup of Tuscon bean soup that I thought was damn good. The vibe of the place is traditional pub/rustic a very nice place.
Sep 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.49 by AirBob from Massachusetts

Aug 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.39 by DanGeo from Michigan

Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by zotzot from Vermont

Jul 19, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Great smooth steady vibe - not too loud, not too soft. Friendly bartenders. Really good amount of VT beers and other top end New England craft beers such as Foundation (ME), Schilling (NH), Jack's Abby (MA), Foolproof (RI) and Two Roads (CT) as breweries that send their beers here every so often. My bacon and sweet corn macaroni was absolutely stellar. I would literally live at this pub every day it was open if I lived in Waterbury, it's that damn good!
Jun 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.59 by edthehead from New York

May 05, 2017
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
Alas, this was our final dining stop during our (the wife and I) recent visit to the Waterbury/Stowe area. This, along with the Reservoir, were our too favorite spots. The one thing that surprised me a bit, was how small this place seemed to be. We sat in the fairly sizeable bar area to the right as you come in, but otherwise, the place seemed a bit cramped and small. The place has a very comfortable informal vibe other wise, and the bartender was quite nice and friendly. So this was yet another excellent place to hang out with a beer or three. The taplist seemed to number around 25 or 30 selections, with a decent can and bottle selection to boot. As this was to be our last stop before heading out of town, I figured I'd order a can of Heady Topper (very fresh and delicious), along with a couple tap items. As with pretty much every place in the area, the focus was largely on local and regional beers (the usual nice selection of stuff from HF, Lawson's, etc.). Service was good. There wasn't a huge crowd at the bar, and so service was quick. The bartender was quite friendly and engaging, making for an enjoyable stay in the bar area. Food was also quite good. I got the Caesar salad and the garden pasta, while my wife got the curry butternut squash. Everything was prepared well and was quite tasty

We would come back here in a heartbeat. This place is terrific.
Apr 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by Soloveitchik from New York

Apr 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by StoutLover14 from Illinois

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.81 by sploren from Maryland

Nov 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.65 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Sep 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Abbbp from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Aug 09, 2016
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Reviewed by MerkinMan from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
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.
Jul 27, 2016
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Rated by bruceb from Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
Great beer list and amazing food.
Jul 19, 2016
 
Rated: 4.65 by CityofWind_brew from Illinois

Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by PHBoiler from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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.
Jun 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4.58 by lochraneg from New Hampshire

May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by njcraftguy from New Jersey

4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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.
May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.74 by ScottP from New Hampshire

May 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.78 by SweetChicken from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2016
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Reviewed by SpoiledInVT from Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Mar 26, 2016
 
Rated: 5 by DLSheidy from Pennsylvania

Mar 12, 2016
 
Rated: 4.95 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Feb 28, 2016
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