Blackback Pub

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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:
90
Ratings:
245
pDev:
9.78%
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Reviews by fredmugs:
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fredmugs from Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Aug 24, 2015
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

May 17, 2020
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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
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Userme59 from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Jul 28, 2019
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Apr 29, 2019
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Jan 18, 2019
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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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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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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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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
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Smirq from Vermont

4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Mar 19, 2018
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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
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AlvinLin from New York

4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Dec 28, 2017
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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
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Mattybuchs from Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Nov 28, 2017
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boogerisu from Iowa

4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Sep 19, 2017
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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
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AirBob from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Aug 09, 2017
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DanGeo from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jul 26, 2017
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zotzot from Vermont

4.41/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jul 19, 2017
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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
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edthehead from New York

4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

May 05, 2017
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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
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Soloveitchik from New York

4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Apr 08, 2017
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StoutLover14 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Dec 12, 2016
Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 245 ratings