Bobcat Cafe and Brewery

Mayor: bytemesis (1) | Taps: 6-8 | Bottles: 11
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead  (67) Barre, Vermont | November 22, 2009
I have been wanting to visit here for a long time and I was not disappointed. Located right on the main "drag" in downtown Bristol. We arrived a bit before the dining room opened and were immediately "assigned" a table for when we were ready. We sat at the bar while waiting. The decor is old, warm and homey... lots of real wood everywhere. The bartender was very social and quite knowledgeable about the beer that they were serving. They had 12 taps with their own beer that night along with a small selection of "foreign" taps. I also noticed that they have a "mug club" here and the tender told us it was fully subscribed... a good sign. When we did get to dinner, I was pleasantly surprised to find more than just the standard pub fare... in fact some of their offerings were down right unusual... Vermont venison/chorizo meatloaf for example. I had a nice salad and something called a "pecora" (batter fried slivered vegetables), which were both very tasty. The business while we were there was busy (Saturday night), but the staff efficiently moved them through. As with the bartender, the wait-staff was knowledgeable and very friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will hope to get back there sometime soon.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis  (709) Sunnyvale, California | March 27, 2016
Right on the main drag in Bristol. I was able to find free street parking just up the road. Place was fairly busy on a Friday evening, but I was able to get a spot at the bar without any trouble. They had about four of their beers on tap, as well as a number of other Vermont brews, plus Sculpin. Bartender was a cool older guy, knew his shit and knew all the locals by name. Everything available as samplers for $2/each (Bobcat Beers), and $3 (others). I ordered two samples and the chili chicken wings. I thought both beers were solid (both also had to be entered into the DB), but the wings were a major disappointment. I guess I just selected wrong, cause others seem to like the food here.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
deyholla  (497) Minneapolis, Minnesota | October 2, 2015
A small little Vermont town with a small brewpub that was overall solid. A small place with nuanced rustic feel to it. Service was solid during our visit and bartender was happy to talk about beer. 6 beers on tap during our visit and samplers were available. Food was solid and prices were quite nice. A pleasant surprise for a small Vermont town.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
AdamChandler  (267) Enfield, New Hampshire | June 4, 2015
Old place, the beers are quite good. the food is outrageous and very very good. This is worth a stop if passing through. If you doít like the beer, have some wine.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 13, 2014
Bristol is a small town with a cute center typical of Vermontís nicer and larger villages. Homey and cozy feel even though itís essentially a restaurant. I would likely make the detour far more often if it opened more than for dinner. Always a nice experience though at the Bobcat, one of those brewpubs combining great food which changes all the time with a solid lineup of beers inclusing many winners, be it the Baltic Porter or the many impressive lagers. It is just too bad that itís not closer to the other top Vermont spots, but then again, it makes every visit more special.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor  (64) Quebec | August 22, 2013
The selection at the time I was there wasnít that good, but I know that sometimes it can be amazing ! The Bartender failed big time on food and drink order. Some of us ask for half pint and they received full, we ask for some specefic food and received something else. Great place anyway and weíll give an other chance next time the Brewer is in.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
mikem409  (246) bloomfield, Michigan | August 9, 2012
Cool town wild west style crowded very friendly var tender
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan  (107) Ste-Therese, Quebec | March 7, 2012
In the nice town of Bristol Vermont their is a place that most be visited and that is Bobcat Cafe. The place is small but very inviting it fills up very fast, that is because the beer is good the food is excellent, the service is friendly.You are not rushed,the regulars are fun to talk to, it is just a great place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
hbmason  (24) Shoreline, Washington | January 4, 2012
Expensive for tasters but decent beer. Cool wild west looking town. Well worth a stop in.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon  (253) Boisbriand, Quebec | August 7, 2011
July 31, 2011. Wow, a brewpub in a very small town, where Main Street only takes 5 minutes to walk. I went there at the opening and the bar section and it fills up very quickly, but the dining room that opened to 17h, was still some places when I left, maybe because it was a Sunday. The tap selection was smal at the time, but interesting, I like what I hade (Cali Com and Dennis Hopírd). Food wise, it all look good, my steak was delicious and I want to try other stuff on the menu. The place it self is very nice, wood decor and cozy, I would go back there!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor  (349) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 14, 2011
A small cozy brewpub in the small town of Bristol, VT. It has a fairly long tap list (8-10 beers) with mostly standard offerings but a few interesting beers. I was excited about the food since their menu is more upscale than most bars, but I found it was overpriced and not as good as I expected (I had a chicken tortilla soup which was super spicy). Overall, an ok place but I was slightly underwhelmed.

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