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Blackback Pub & Flyshop
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1 Stowe St
phone: (802) 505-5115
(Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010)
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| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a great little pub for any good craft beer fan. Their draft beer selection is not the most expansive, but it is good quality product. Quality over quantity. Good ambiance inside and a good bar tender. Had a pulled pork burrito that was really good.
Beers tried at bar: Hill Farmstead - Albert, Zero Gravity - Conehead.
11-10-2013 20:02:22 |
More by T-34-85
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Great tap list, with tons of local selections, including Hill Farmstead, Zero Gravity, and others. I had a ZG Conehead Wheat IPA, which was excellent. While they didn't have Heady Topper on tap, plenty of other local places did; that actually freed up a tap for something different, so I had no complaints. They also had two different years of SN Bigfoot - 2010 and 2009, if I recall correctly.
Food is mostly tacos and burritos. I enjoyed a Cuban sandwich that was enjoyable if not particularly remarkable. I hear the rest of the food is quite good, as well.
Pub itself has a nice enough look, with a couple of connected bar areas.
11-04-2013 00:37:20 |
More by Roguer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Went here looking for what everybody is looking for: Alchemist, Hill-Farmstead, and Lawson's. Found all were recently here but gone. If I lived in town I'd be here every day checking for the latest. Good fresh-Mex food options, and plenty of decent VT taps. Of the 3 or 4 destination pubs in Waterbury this one is the diveiest in the best sense -- nice staff, good folks hanging around. A classic beer destination in one of America's best beer states.
10-12-2013 21:00:35 |
More by easong
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Another one of the must do's when in the waterbury area. I've been to blackback a dozen times or so and the draft selection never lets you down. All the best Vt craft at this small watering hole. I went with an hf abner followed by a lawsons chinookered and double dose....need I say more!
Its a small bar and tough to get a spot at the bar on a weekend but worth the wait once you do. Once you do get that spot you can order some mad taco which is simply awesome stuff.
Blackback is an absolute must when in the area. Cheers
10-07-2013 02:53:36 |
More by sirsteve42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Stopped in at Blackback twice (one day, one night) during a weekend in Waterbury.
The atmosphere in this place is great. Really small and welcoming. Their website gives you the impression that this is more of a fishing spot than a bar, which seems incorrect. One long bar split into two rooms with two tvs showing hockey in the day and odd movies at night. There was a bit of a fight when we went at night, apparently about ice cream, but the ones involved seemed like the type to start that sort of thing. Blackback can definitely be described as cozy.
Lot's of the heavy hitters from Vermont on tap and pouring nice. Nothing was off.
Nice enough bartenders that were chatty when it was welcomed and left us alone when we were talking. They seemed to know enough about the beers they were serving, but we pretty much knew what we were getting before ordering. Glassware had lipstick on it and the problem was fixed quickly. Put on the hockey games we wanted to see.
Hill Farmstead, Lawson's, etc. Gooood stuff. Some of the more interesting brews from these guys were available and quite a few interesting taps alongside those. My only complaint is that they could have more taps, but they seem to be going for quality instead of quantity.
The food is pretty awesome here. I had two tacos which were amazing. One was kimchi and pork which blew my mind. Probably the best tacos I've ever had, and quite cheap if I remember correctly. There is also a selection of about 6-8 home made hot sauces which were all cleverly named and tasted great.
Just go to Blackback.
09-10-2013 15:15:46 |
More by tbeckett
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
They had 17 beer on tap and one on cask the last time I visited. A lot of great locals available as well as some beers from afar. They have expanded since my last visit a couple of years ago and it is helpful in finding room to settle in to try all the tasty brew. Friendly service and friendly folks drinking on all sides of me. I ordered a couple of very tasty tacos - chatted with the cook who was a cool guy. Overall a really fun experience on a Sunday afternoon.
06-08-2013 17:47:27 |
More by ThirstyBird
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I live in New Hampshire and travel up to Waterbury for cases of Heady Topper. The best thing about the trip is the ability to drive 2 miles from the Alchemist brewery and be in the middle of three bars stocked with the absolute best VT microbrews available. Blackback is the small place, but always(usually) has the some of the most interesting offerings from Lawson's and Hill Farmstead. If you are in the downtown area and don't stop in to see what they are offering on tap, poo on you. The bartenders are super nice and its just a really chill place to stop for a great beer. Highly recommended, not sure about food quality because it seems like an afterthought for them.
UPDATE: Mad Taco is there and it's great. The pork taco with kimchi was delicious. Great pairings to absorb some of the high abv DIPAs you are sure to swill.
05-11-2013 23:00:14 |
More by NHbeerfishing
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
If you're visiting the area, this is where you come for your Hill Farmstead and Lawson's fix. There is nowhere in the state where you'll find more taps from those two breweries.
The Blackback is a dive bar. It's a dark, slightly below ground space haphazardly decorated with fishing gear. There are about 20 seats at the bar which wraps through two rooms, as well as a few tables under the chalkboard and some seats along the windowsill. There are a couple of TVs, usually with something random on. You'll usually find a mix of locals and beer tourists enjoying their world-class brews and good conversation. It can get busy, especially during peak tourist times.
Despite its outward appearance, this place is a world-class beer bar. The owner cares about craft beer, only serves the best, and a proper pour of each offering comes in the appropriate glassware.
Service is excellent. There is typically only one bartender working, but I've never had to wait too long for a beer. If the owner, Ricky, is in he loves to talk beer. I've had great experiences with any of the other bartenders as well. They're attentive and friendly.
Selection is obviously why you come to the Blackback. At any given time there will be up to 6 Hill Farmstead drafts and up to 4 Lawson's drafts. It's a rare day when there's a bar anywhere serving more from those two breweries. In addition, there could be other locals like Zero Gravity, other domestic crafts like Bear Republic or Cigar City, and some interesting imports.
Food is excellent now that the Mad Taco has moved in. For a while, you'd stop into Blackback for beers and eat across the street at Reservoir or the Pig. Now you can settle in for the night at Blackback. Between the excellent Mad Taco food and the beer selection, there's no need to go anywhere else.
04-16-2013 16:42:59 |
More by MThiele360
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Nice underground pub. Not huge, but comfortable; definitely more of a bar vibe than a restaurant, but they make outstanding tacos and other Mexican food. The on-tap lineup is world-&^%ing- class! The first thing I noticed when I walked in was 4 Hill Farmstead taps all lined up, next to a Lawsons, next to a Ballast Point, next to a Bear Republic, next to a... While the atmosphere isn't perfect, it's just fine and the food is great, beer is simply spectacular!
03-17-2013 13:26:14 |
More by dougfur
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As previous reviews have indicated, this place is WAY into flyfishing; however, it is also into providing patrons with a hearty supply of Vermont craft beer.
The Blackback Pub and Flyshop is one of several excellent venues along the Main Street of Waterbury – see my review for Prohibition Pig, which is across the street. The décor is that your grandfather’s country lodge: heather green walls and vey heavy on the fishing paraphernalia, which is scattered throughout this small bar. What I liked was the availability of several Farmstead beers; this in itself makes for a worthy trip. The service was friendly and efficient. No food is served, but then you’ll probably pig out at the aforementioned Prohibition Pig prior to your visit here.
A leisurely quaff at the Blackback Pub brings to mind an old, and appropriate, adage:
“Give a Man a fish and he’ll eat for the day; teach him to fish and he’ll sit in a boat and drink beer all day.” Wise.
12-27-2012 20:08:51 |
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