The Dive Bar
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
4.83/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Somehow the Dive Bar evaded me for the first 3.5 years or so of my craft beer immersion. Not until I moved recently to the Worcester area did I get around to visiting.
Inside the Dive Bar is well, like a dive bar. Plain, semi-dated decor on the inside with an atmosphere that feels like a classic dive. No fancy things to look at and focus on, just the bar and the patrons really. One TV rests above the bar on which they sometimes play movies, Pulp Fiction this past week. In the summers the atmosphere really becomes fantastic with the OUTDOOR PATIO. In caps because it is my favorite thing about this place. Tons of space and seating in a comfortable outdoor setting, hop plants cascading down the fencing. A great atmosphere for having great beer.
Quality is great. Alec runs both Dive Bar and Armsby Abbey. He knows how to pour his beers and keep everything above standard. The beers always taste fresh and the glasses always promote great head retention. I have never found anything to complain about with quality of the product.
Like the quality, the service follows suit. The bartenders usually know plenty about the beer on draft and available by bottle/can. Servers are quick to get you beer and always helpful if you are staring at the list in question. No snobbery like some similar places can convey.
Selection is always quite nice with the moderate amount of taps present. Last time I visited they had Tart of Darkness and FW Double DBA for the higher end offerings as well as super affordable locals from Jacks Abby, Hoponius Union and Copper Legend, both stupidly fresh. I always expect to find one or two limited things with a great local or solid seasonal selection supporting that.
Prices here are Central MA standards. Usually there are 5-6 beers on draft for $5-6 a pint which is always very nice. The rare and limited drafts usually run around $8-10 which is also about as good as it gets these days.
Dive Bar has become my go to beer destination on any night of the week since I live less than 10 minutes away. Probably my favorite bar in Central MA and something I will miss when I move out of this area.
09-11-2013 15:29:36 | More by cbutova
5/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Been going to The Dive for 10 years - yes 10 years. I have been there throughout the changes in the bar scene, staff and beer selections. I might be a bit biased since I am a retired bartender from The Dive but to this day I still love going there. If you want to have a good beer, in a dark spot with chill music then this is your place. The beer garden is also a great spot to just chill outside in. The staff that is there is knowledgeable and friendly. I love you guys!!
09-05-2013 20:29:54 | More by Sarah-Jean
4.5/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Dive Bar has become my destination of choice for New Year's Eve. It is typically relatively quiet, yet not dead on that day, offering a pretty laid-back environment to hang out with a few friends and enjoy quality brews (on the other hand, though, it is entirely possible-if not probable-that on other nights, particularly when live music is being played, the Dive becomes a bit more noisy and hectic.) Since I no longer live in the area, my visits here are usually limited to once a year.
The bar itself is dark and somewhat grungy. That is meant in a positive way. There is little glitz, few bells and whistles, and no plasma screen t.v.'s offering sporting events. Those drawing points belong to other places. There is, however, plenty of beer and diving paraphanalia. Most interesting, is the visually-pleasing, authenticly old-fashioned metallic diving helmet that brings to mind an excusionary expedition from an oceanic vessel straight out of Jules Verne. At the back of the establishment is a small, open area sometimes occupied by local bands plying their trade. Throughout, this single-room establishment maintains a homey environment due to a good deal of ambiance-enhancing candlelight. The bar is pretty long, seating 20-25 people, and there a few additional small tables. Overall, I'd guess seating capacity stands around 40. It is a very small place, a hole-in-the-wall so to speak, but comfortable none the less.
Selection and quality are pretty much top-notch. Beers are almost exclusively (if not exclusively) of the American craft variety. The draft list is somewhere in the range of 15-20 and offers a good representation of local breweries like BBC, Pretty Things, High and Mighty, and Mayflower, as well as national standbys such as Weyerbacher, Port Brewing, Ommegang, Smuttynose, Dogfish Head, Victory, Stone, Bear Republic, and many, many others. Bottle selection is somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-40 choices. This respectable number is peppered with high-quality standbys and a couple of legendary brews. Glassware is always chosen judiciously and beers are poured properly at appropriate temperatures.
Service is always great. Barkeeps are willing to offer sample pours, give advice, and help to liven any conversation. I have been impressed that the servers actually have remembered me on visits that were separated by a full calendar year.
The Dive Bar doesn't offer any food inside. There is, however, a sausage stand outside that will take orders and deliver their goods to your seat inside. Good drinking food, too!
Beware, the Dive does not take credit cards.
Overall, this is one of my favorite beer bars to visit. I make a point to try to stop in during holiday visits home. If you're in the area and in the mood for a relatively cheap night of good American brews in a relaxed environment, you simply must visit this place.
01-02-2011 23:41:45 | More by macpapi
The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA
98 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.