Blackback Pub

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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
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
238
pDev:
10%
 
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of kfarrell7
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Killer tap list, food, & service!

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

Photo of Barbeeschu
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

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

Photo of bubseymour
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.

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

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

Photo of SomethingClever
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.

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

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

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
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!

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

Photo of John_M
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.

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

Photo of StoutLover14
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of sploren
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Abbbp
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.

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Photo of MerkinMan
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.

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Photo of bruceb
4.95/5  rDev +10%
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 +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of PHBoiler
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.

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

Photo of njcraftguy
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.

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Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 238 ratings