Blackback Pub

BA SCORE
99
world-class

231 Ratings
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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Added by mariano42 on 05-20-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 82
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
4.63/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is exactly the place you want to be on a cold Vermont winter night. That atmosphere is so warm and inviting that you'll forget whatever is happening outside. Outstanding beer selection including half a dozen Hill Farmstead drafts and those other big Vermont names.

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

Photo of dgentile10
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

Photo of sunofneurot
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BranfordBound
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Went here on Saturday night, 9/26 after having dinner at Proh Pig. Just stopped by for drinks so no food rating there. Bartender and patrons were super friendly and everyone was having a good time. Beer list was solid, not as many as Proh Pig, but I think greater diversity than them when it comes to the local stuff. Had Hill Farmstead Mutual Admiration on tap since they kicked the Focal cans. Overall a cool place to stop for a drink, makes me think every place in VT serves top level beer!

Edit: 8/16/16 went back this time around and found 4 Hill Farmstead taps which was totally killer, plus Rodenbach Alexander, Sip of Sunshine, and a few other goodies. Tried the food and liked the home cooking and large portions. Prices are a little steep which bring it down a notch or two.

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

Photo of OnryAndMean
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LostHighway
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Small but nice place! Please note that I'm apparently an atypically hard grader, most of my scores for both beers and places skew negative, but this is a very good pub and I'd happily return.
The tap list isn't exceptionally long but they did have more than half-a-dozen Hill Farmstead & Grassroots offerings along with a good selection of other beers. My only criticism, and this is far from unique to the Blackback, is that the tap list was too IPA and DIPA heavy. As much as I like these styles IMO they aren't great food beers and the Blackback has a very good kitchen. There were no saisons on the tap list when I was there and few lagers and true pale ales. Weihenstephaner Vitus was as close as they came to a hefeweizen. I know the public clamors for IPA, DIPAs and Imperial Stouts but great tap list diversity is good thing as far as I'm concerned.
The food I tasted was considerably above average for pub fare.
As noted Blackback is small so it can get both crowded and noisy but it has a good convivial feel.
I've had excellent service there - knowledgeable, attentive without being obtrusive and friendly without being smarmy or overly familiar.

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Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of snansel
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SRBush1974
5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
4.49 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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