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Blackback Pub & Flyshop
Taps: 9 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1 Stowe St
phone: (802) 505-5115
(Place added by: mariano42 on 05-20-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
My friend and I Stopped in and was surprised that the pub was dead on a Saturday night, the selection was horrible, very limited craft beers, nothing that could not be had at the corner bar, our beer was served in Brandy glasses the Barmaid was rude and very terse and we spent almost forty dollars for three beers. I had heard very good things about this pub but was very let down...the kicker was the rude comments about our accents as we were leaving, didn't think I would see that kind of small mindedness in Waterbury.
11-12-2012 01:29:45 |
More by billfaulkner73
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here after my dinner at the Pig. Atmosphere was nice, it is not the biggest place in the world but I easily got a seat at the bar and was greeted by a very nice bartender. She ran me through the tap list and offered a few thoughts on some of the ones I had not tried yet which was awesome. They had a bunch of Hill Farmsteads on as well as a few Lawson's so I stuck with those. I went with the HF Simcoe single hop and the Lawson's Hunger Mountain 40th and they were both excellent and sever in the correct glasses.
My food score is not indicative of how it tasted, rather how much they offer. Food was sparse upon my visit but I hear they are upgrading the kitchen very soon so I look forward to seeing what they come up with in the future. I got the cheese plate and it was very good and totally worth the money. Overall a really awesome beer bar that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.
10-23-2012 20:47:05 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Exceptional place to have a beer. Smallish in size, but big in quality, with top notch HF and Lawson Liquid offerings. People were friendly and relaxed, its a go-to place for knowledgeable beer drinkers from the region and from Montreal. Knowledgeable includes staff. Monday nights are the new arrivals. Prices reasonable, but not cheap for HF. Only high quality offerings here.Worth going out of your way for, i.e. if you re only planning to visit Burlington.Up there as a destination, so don't miss it.
08-16-2012 18:51:51 |
More by Sammy
District of Columbia
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here on my recent trip to Vermont. I'm so glad I did.
Available on draft were pretty much all the beers on my Vermont beer wish list. Heady Topper, Double Sunshine, and nine Hill Farmstead brews, including Abner, Society and Solitude #3 and #4, Everett, Florence, Edward, What is Enlightenment?, and Harlan. Wow.
Service was excellent, as was the vibe. A small, cozy place with only a few regulars chatting and watching the Red Sox game. The bartender offered half pours, allowing me the opportunity to enjoy a few more rounds.
Overall, this was a fabulous little place. I will absolutely return here first on my next trip to the lovely state of Vermont.
07-26-2012 16:20:41 |
More by Huhzubendah
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow, what a selection. Hit all three of the nearby watering holes on the main drag of Waterbury, and I'd give Blackback the beer nod. They had five Hill-Farmstead taps (Abner, Society and Solitude 3, Florence, Edward, and Everett) and four Lawson's taps (including Double Sunshine, Knockout Blonde, Big Hapi, and Permagrin) when I stopped in today, with a bit of something for everyone. The bartender was also incredibly nice and friendly. Very much worth making your first stop if you're in the area, although it's a bummer they don't have more food.
06-08-2012 01:29:04 |
More by whartontallboy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My friend and I stopped in here after having dinner and a couple beers at the Prohibition Pig this past weekend. It's a place I've been meaning to visit for a long time.
Years ago when I was living on Mission Hill in Boston and doing my laundry in the creaky basement laundromat of a nearby triple-decker, I had a dream of a laid-back, basement bar. It was a literal dream I had in my sleep, but the idea of a hidden, dark, but welcoming bar in the basement of one of the sleepy buildings in the neighborhood was very appealing. I'm not sure what they had on-tap in the bar of that dream, but since I was 19 or so, it was probably Pilsner Urquell or something of considerably lesser quality.
Well, the Blackback seems to have been that dream come true, except that instead of pouring yellow beer, the Blackback offered six Hill Farmstead taps, a couple (I believe) Lawson's and a handful of other wonderful beers.
The prices were reasonable, the service friendly and attentive, the beers fresh and delicious, and the atmosphere was, dare I say it, dreamlike.
05-31-2012 18:51:29 |
More by FrankLloydMike
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Great bar in Waterbury, and part of an easy 3-part pub-crawl, also including the Reservoir and Prohibition Pig. The Blackback is in the basement of a building, rafters in plain sight, and gives off the vibe of, well, pretty much drinking in your best friend's basement, assuming your best friend keeps a bunch of great local VT beers on tap. The bar is on the smaller side, and split between two small rooms, with seats for about 15 people or so, and tables lining the walls. Not a lot of room, but that just means more intimacy. Decor includes breweriana, lots of beer trays, with somewhat of a hunter-fisher lodge feel going on. Again, 9 beers on tap, mostly good local selections (including Lawson's and Hill Farmstead), with a small but decent bottle selection as well. Food looked tasty, but I didn't get to sample it. [*Edit: as of my last visit, it looks like the food menu has disappeared. Little cheese pizzas only. What happened?] The bartender was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable; 3 for 3 there. Prices were quite reasonable.
Definitely worth a stop-in if you find yourself in town. And if you're staying in Burlington or any nearby area, you should eventually make the 30-45 minute trip to Waterbury, for this little cluster of pubs as well as the nearby Alchemist.
04-24-2012 06:52:48 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place was recommended by the good folks at The Alchemist for a good selection of locally brewed brews. (What? No Heady Topper???) Despite the obvious omission of Heady Topper, the selection was great. The bar maid was very helpful and knowledgeable. Although they did not offer any sort of taster rack, she was very accommodating with providing tastes of anything I inquired about. The Hill Farmstead APA's and IPA's really stood out to me, as being the most enjoyable. But, there is something here for any beer enthusiast (advocate). I didn't try the food (limited selection), but I highly recommend Blackback for some beers and casual conversation. The atmosphere can best be described as cozy - so arrive early if you want to get a spot.
02-02-2012 00:35:14 |
More by DWolf
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
took a trip to vt this past week and stopped in the first night to Blackback Pub. Great place, awesome service, really good sushi and calzones, and the beer selection was amazing. My girlfriend and I were in the Stowe and Waterbury area for 4 days, and 3 of the days we spent time at the Blackback. With 5-6 HF beers, Lawsons, Stillwater, Maine Beer Co, and many more this beer selection was perfect. The staff and Locals are all super nice and accomadating. For someone in the area this in my oppinion is a Must stop. You will not be disappointed.
01-18-2012 16:09:27 |
More by HopsHopenstein
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Hit this place up after the suggestion of bobv.
It took a little bit to find this place .. based on my GPS, they essentially have the same address as the wine bar that on the same corner but upstairs. Finally found it..what an odd little set up. Extended bar and almost nothing but bar that's square (though the back is against the wall). You can definitely tell where the extension was put in - it almost seems like two seperate places. All wooden bar, roughly three crammed tables that are underneath a blackboard at the far end listing their food and beer offerings. Nice selection of local beers - plenty of Lawson and Hill Farmstead which is exactly what I was looking for!
We went in hungry and ready to eat and drink... however, not a great food selection. Pizza, calzone and sushi. I don't like sushi, and the size of the bar..wasn't all that condusive to grabbing a pizza and such.
Bartender was pretty on top of things and seemed pleasant enough. We didn't spend much time interacting but our order was taken and served promptly.
The prices here are extremely high and based on the food selection, not worth it for the food. The beer is steep in price based on the pour size, however what they offering somewhat makes up for it.
My partner and I stayed for a drink, and then walked across the street to grab food. This is a place for sitting and drinking - so hit somewhere else first for food, but get there relatively early as there isn't much space and seems like it could fill up quickly.
01-18-2012 15:36:36 |
More by Jayli
Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury, VT
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