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The Dive Bar

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The Dive BarThe Dive Bar
BA SCORE
98
world-class

24 Reviews
Reviews: 24
Visits: 40
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 70
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

34 Green St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01604-4121
United States
phone: (508) 752-5802

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Place added by: goz on 03-02-2007

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Photo of Nichols33
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Love this place. The inside part is a hole in the wall with a 15" tube TV and is cash only. That's about the only negative to this place. The tap list is normally outstanding, pricing is pretty cheap for the quality of beers, the bartenders tend to be a bit more friendly than their mates at Armsby and the outdoor patio area is outstanding in the warm weather. (361 characters)

Photo of wfuqua
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Don't be fooled by the name or lack of signage, this is not a dive bar. It may have been at one point, but the new owners (who also happen to own Armsby Abbey) have transformed it into one of the best beer bars in Massachusetts. They have 10-15 top notch draft selections from around the country and a HUGE outdoor beer garden with hops growing around the perimeter. The hop trellises double as drink shelves. Beers are $6-$10 which is pricey for Worcester, but worth it. The only downside is that it's cash only. (513 characters)

Photo of cbutova
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. (2,134 characters)

Photo of Sarah-Jean
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!! (474 characters)

Photo of macpapi
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, authentic, old-fashioned metallic diving helmet that brings to mind an exclusionary 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. (2,876 characters)

Photo of mgmfallon
3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I have to say that the Dive is being ignored lately. I've been going there for 3 years- at least 15 times.

Take a look at the last time the online beer list has been updated (12/17)- 6 weeks!Lots of crossed-out beers on the beer list last 3 times I've visited. Seems the owner is ignoring this location in favor of the (more profitable?) downtown location at the Armsbey Abbey. Please pay more attention to the Green Street location or just close it down and be done with it.

Maybe it's all gone to his head?? (512 characters)

Photo of CristobalWJ
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A great place, certainly beats any bar in the area. Comfortable atmosphere, friendly, knowledgeable staff, and an always changing selection of great beer.

For a brew novice like me, it's the perfect place to stop by once a week and try new things at a reasonable price.

As a side note, while I was living in Montreal, my favorite bar (for the people, not the beer) was the Barfly. It was a really comfortable, laid-back place that had great bands off the musically beaten path, where the owner would drop in each night with his two old dogs who would make their way around the place checking out the sometimes packed-in crowds. The Dive Bar is the closest I've come to that in Worcester, plus awesome beer (there's even a dog in there every now and again). Can't beat that.

Again - great place, highly recommended. (817 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My first official visit to The Dive Bar and it's a shame I put it off so long. It is really the perfect place to enjoy great beer in my mind. Small but comfortable. A long bar in a dark setting with a couple of understated televisions to gaze at and a friendly bartender. The selection is really wonderful, especially for domestic micros. Many of the best brewers are represented and I believe it rotates pretty regularly. Avery's Hog Heaven, Founder's Dirty Bastard, Great Divide's Wood Aged DIPA and easily another fifteen or more beauties on tap, and very little lightweight stuff here. I was surprised at the number of high ABV selections they offered, no complaints here. Although the atmosphere is somewhat of a "dive", as the name states, it is really not at all off the charts low life. It's just comfortable, with great music playing and an amicable attitude amongst the customers and staff alike. And $6 a pint for some of this great quality brew is not bad at all these days. I hated to leave after only two pints but I will be certain to stop by regularly in the future. A new favorite stop for me! (1,110 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I really like the Dive. It's got that quaint friendly hole-in-the-wall vibe, but really is much more than that. It's got a punny dive (as in, dive into the water) theme, so there's lots of old random nautical equipment, and even a fish screensaver on the TV when there's no game on. Very friendly staff, live music frequently including live jazz on Monday from my man Big Al. The place is small but they do a good job with selection. Always some interesting draughts such as Sixpoint, Bear Republic, BBC, Stone, and always a few surprises or something I don't always see elsewhere. Bottle list is small but tight - not really any unworthy beers on there. Wish they had a cask, but like I said it's small, they probably wish they had one too. No food either, but I think you can bring in snacks. If in Worcester, definitely check out the Armsby Abbey owned by the same folks. It's bigger, more selection, and a bit more upscale, but there's something about the Dive that just can't be beat.

Edit: I guess I must've missed the cask, apparently they do tap one every Thursday so be sure to find out about that... (1,110 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place is a real panacea in Central Massachusetts.

From the outside it looks like the name suggests- a dive. When you get in the atmosphere is pleasant. Don't judge it by it's outside appearance. Nautical odds and ends decorate the bar to go with the name. Air conditioning and a patio outside make it comfortable.

The beer selection is great. Lots of taps, cask, and a huge bottle list. Beers were served in proper glassware. Nothing to complain about here.

Service was friendly and knowledgeable. The bartender said they are expanding with food and more space soon. Very good all around.

This is a great place. Highly reccomended. Best in place west of Boston in my opinion. (685 characters)

Photo of LoboLikesBeer
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Dive Bar is hands down the best beer bar in Worcester, although that's not really saying much as generally quality beer establishments in "Wista" are few and far between. But I can't think of a better one anywhere in Worcester County.

It's got great beer vibe, long narrow room with the bar running the length, sporting many taps, 16 I think. Nautical paraphernalia, hence the name "Dive", and craft beer signs adorn the walls. There are live bands and a cask on Thursdays, both are usually great. Also no domestic swill beer is served, which is a plus, but also there is no food at all which is kind of a bummer even a few snacks would be good between beers, no food to interfere with beer bliss I guess.

The quality is top notch, the tap beers rotate weekly so they are always fresh, unless aging is appropriate in which case the beer is cellared accordingly, not to mention the taping system is cleaned regularly. The cask is typically tapped and finished the same day and served at the appropriate temp. The glassware is impeccable, spotless and proper for the style or brand, no questions on quality here.

Service is again stellar, the bartenders are knowledgeable about the beers, answering questions with beer prowess and making poignant suggestions for the less experienced patrons as well as elaborating on the finer points for the higher beer IQ folk. Always sure to serve in the proper glassware and welcome comments and suggestions.

Selection, beer nirvana! Like 16 killer beers on tap, always rotating, just SOME that I have sampled on tap, Allagash White, Dubbel and the Black on cask, BBC Raspberry Strong ale, Imperial Stout and Cabin Fever cask, Stone Imperial Russian, Southern Tier Choklat, Ommegang Rare, Unibroue Trois Pistoles, Sixpoint Brownstone, Youngs Doubble Chocolate and Oatmeal stouts, Dogfish Chicory stout, Mayflower IPA cask (unbelievable) and several outstanding Belgians I just can't remember the names off hand. The bottle selection is also off the hook but I never seem to get there with all the taps in the way.

Ever since I walked in after the new owners took over and converted it from a real dive, I fell in love, I try to make it at least once a week, 40 minute drive for me. No disappointments here for true beer lovers, highly recommended! (2,292 characters)

Photo of Azurelimits
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I have been in Worcester since 02 and have been to many bars around the area. This place is like my own little heaven on Green Street. I don't live to far from the bar so taking a nice walk (when its not to cold) down to the dive is a good time. When I originally heard about the dive I didn't know what I was getting into. I opened the door to see a whole bunch of nautical stuff and it actually clicked... The Dive Bar, not really a dive but a dive bar it all made sense. I sat down at the far end of the bar and opened the menu. My first thought was "Wow, you don't ever see this selection of craft brews at any other bar". Then I noticed the big chalk board next to me listing off all of the beers on tap. Could that really be St. Bernardus abt 12 on tap, it was glorious.

The quality of the beer is always spectacular. I know there is always going to be a beer for everyone there to enjoy. The glasses are always clean as well as the taps and lines. When I go out to a bar I don't want piss in a cup, I actually like to taste what I am drinking. I could be in the mood for a really hopful flavor to the rich texture and complexity of a stout, I know that the dive always has something for whatever mood I am in.

The service is always awesome, the bartenders are always nice and they know so much about what they are serving. Its always refreshing to see the owner and all of the bartenders taking pride in their knowledge and the bar itself.

The selection is great, the bottles are pretty regular but the 16 taps change from week to week. One of my favorite things to do is to get a sampler. That way you get to try 4 different beers and you don't have to worry, if you dont like it you dont have to suffer through a whole glass. If you do like it then you can order a tall one. The cask is always a good option too, bottle and tap are pretty similar but having a beer on cask is a whole new experience.

They dont have any food. (not yet anyway, I cant wait for the abby to open)

As a side note, I am a big fan of the glassware they have there too. Its nice to actually be able to drink a beer the way its ment to be consumed.

If you want to get a bud light or anything like that you should try some of the different beers that they serve. There are many more flavorful alternatives which everyone can enjoy.

Cheers (2,332 characters)

Photo of eberkman
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent little pub near downtown Worcester that specializes in craft brews and high-end imports. Located on Green Street, it definitely looks like a "dive bar" on the outside. Inside, it's a long, narrow establishment and the walls are festooned with nautical kitsch (hence the name "Dive Bar") and vintage beer ads

Nice, well-chosen selection of a couple dozen taps and a cask, plus a wide array of bottles. The night I was there, they had St. Bernardus 12 on tap, as well as its cave-aged Grottenbier, Left Hand Milk Stout, Dogfish Head Raison d'Extra, Founders Centennial IPA, and a number of other outstanding brews at reasonable prices. Loads of bottles too, from Belgian lambics, guezes and abbey ales to English bitters to German doppelbocks to double IPAs to, well, you name it. Except for, of course, Bud/Miller/Coors products. Which is a plus in my book (though if cheap fizzy watery pale lagers are your thing, they do have bottles of 'Gansett for 2 bucks a pop).

Very chill atmosphere and cool bartenders too, who tried very earnestly to be helpful to the 3 nitwits who came in demanding pitchers of Bud Light and were pretty rude about it when told there were no pitchers or Bud products. The bartender graciously tried to point them in the right direction and gave the leader a small sample of a pale ale they had on tap and he downed it like a shot, said it tastes like piss and the kids walked out. But the whole thing was taken in stride. Loud live music in a small place makes conversation a little tough at times, but whatever. With beers like that -- minus the mob scene of some of the Boston establishments -- it's a great little gem if you're passing thru Worcester or if you live in Metrowest. About 20 min from Framingham.

No kitchen here, which is a downside -- some of these beers pair so well with different kinds of food. But supposedly it's on its way?

Not cheap, but prices are very fair for these selections, especially considering all the external factors impacting the cost of beer this year. (2,031 characters)

Photo of dougnboston
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great place! Talking with the bar tender, the owners are adding taps and expanding to include food. Love it as is, but the additions will make it exceptional. By far the best beer bar in Worcester. While not the Publick House in Brookline, these guys are headed in that direction. Proper glassware, great beer selection, Cask every Thursday night and it is okay to bring your own food in.

The selection is terrific. Strong Belgian showing and many hard to find micros too.

If you are in Worcester do go. It's a must for beer lovers. Oh, and don't judge from the outside ... it's hard to see and not much to look at from the street. Don't let that fool you! (659 characters)

Photo of jeepcj85
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Ive been going to the Dive since I was 21, when it was a hole in the wall late night college bar. After a few years I grew out of it and started seeking out good beer, first at Brew City in Worcester and later in Boston at Anam Cara and the Buk in Boston.

I was pleasantly surprised a few years back when I walked in to the Dive, thinking I was going to have to drink a New Castle, and was handed a beer menu! I ordered a La Fin du Monde (with the proper glass) and the rest was history. That was the very beginnings of their changeover. Now, the selection and quality of beer rates at the very top of the scale. Many different obscure beers, including American craft, Belgian, and others are on the menu. Some highlights on draught the other night were Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball, Southern Tier Backburner, Allagash Dubbel, and Founder's Red Rye. A cask is tapped every Thursday, never mediocre, and usually consumed in one night. This week it was Allagash Tripel. The bottle menu is also great, with almost 100 beers in stock. Most beers come in the proper glass which is always spotless.

The room feels great too...long, dark and old with candles burning, beer signs, and great tunes playing on the stereo. There is live music every Thursday on cask night, and it is always great.

The staff is efficient, knowlegable and always willing to help. Alec, the owner, is extremely detail oriented in everything he does. He set out on a mission to create a world class beer bar in Worcester and has acheived it. Im sure it will only get better from here. (1,552 characters)

Photo of mabirch
5/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Started going to the Dive Bar about a year ago and have since become a regular. Beers are reasonably priced and fresh and there's always a new selection. It's a relaxed place to go and unless you go on Thursdays (cask night!) it's usually not that crowded. Beer is served in proper glassware and at proper temperatures.

The atmosphere, in my opinion, is first rate. The music is never so loud as so you can't hear each other and there are usually lit candles behind the bar. There are never screaming drunks falling and spilling drinks everywhere like you see at other Worcester bars.

Alec and the other bartenders are the *best* around. If you're already into beer, they always have something different to try. If you're new to the beer world they'll get you set up with a nice "newbie" craft beer. (No Bud/Miller/Coors allowed.)

Although they don't serve food, they don't mind at all if you order a pizza and have it delivered. There's live music every Thursday, typically something jazzy and mellow, which adds to the atmosphere. Bathrooms are clean and there's always plenty of parking across the street.

I absolutely can't say enough about the Dive. Alec loves beer and wants you to love it too. If a distributor or brewery gives him a specialty or limited edition beer, he'll share it with you, even if he only gets one bottle.

Such a great place, familiar faces week to week, always the same staff and always a good time. If you're in Worcester, check it out, you'll definitely go back. (1,501 characters)

Photo of reginaldo
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

By far one of the best bars I've ever been to. Great selection that ranges from hard to find imports to unique American craft brews. Selection on tap is changed weekly. All beer is served in proper glassware. The tap lines are cleaned weekly ensuring that you'll be tasting the freshest beer possible. Thursday nights feature a cask offering and live music. All bartenders are extremely knowledgeable, especially the owner. He's more than happy to sit and talk beer and encourage trying new styles. If you're ever in Worcester I highly recommend a stop at the Dive Bar. (569 characters)

Photo of tprokop7
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

What a great bar... 16 draft lines cleaned weekly by Alec, and they must be nearing 100 bottles now. Prices are fair, and the pours are usually pretty generous. He also has the correct glassware for everything that isn't served in a pint glass, and takes pride in keeping it clean.

Thursday is the night to go, as they tap a Cask each week at 8 PM. BBC casks are common, but they've also had em from Allagash and Ommegang, among others. There's live music on Thursday, always great but never the same.

Some of the rarer stuff I've seen them have: DFH Worldwide, Johnny Rawton and Midas on draft, Allagash Black on Cask, BBC Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch and Rochefort 10 in Bottles... Oaked Yeti on draft... there must be more that I am not thinking of.

This place has really become something great. If you're there on a slower night, you can even order food in. No more pitchers, no more macros, and stuff that you don't see anywhere else around. (947 characters)

Photo of bjoyce12
4.58/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great little place. Waited in the Worcester Public Library up the block for the Dive to open, then stumbled in while rest of family was at the Hannah Montana concert 12/2007. Great selection, personable waitstaff. Dogfish World Wide Stout(18% ABV)on tap! Mahrs, Opa-Opa, Rogue Chocolate, a few more Dogfish, all on tap. Many Belgian bottles too. Word was they also had a Monk's Cafe keg, waiting to tap it.

Bar itself is on the small side. Could prob get corwded during prime time. If Philly is a baby New York, then this is an teen Public House. (547 characters)

Photo of xthemystic
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

So, Worcester finally gets a place to get a good brew! Have been a couple times now after hearing that it became a decent beer bar, and it has more than exceeded my expectations. The owner has slowly switched the tap lines over from swill to top of the line brews over the past year and a half, and he is showing that he knows what he's doing.

I was informed that they clean their lines once a week, and the selection of beer constantly changes. This means that the beer here is fresh and clean, and varies in a delightful manner so as not to bore the pallet.

The atmosphere is nice enough, with a nautically themed decor. Thursday nights they have a band and a cask (more of mini keg without pumping action of most cask-style servings). Bartenders seem to know their beer, and can offer advice if needed.

The location is a bit tight and on popular nights it can be a bit tough to find seating. In addition, the setup is such that a party over 3 or 4 people becomes difficult to seat in a manner in which everyone can talk to each other.

This is definately the best selection of beer in central MA. Rivals the Dirty Truth of Northampton, Delaney's of New Haven, and The Publick House of the Boston area. Worth checking out.

Some selections they had while i was there: Allagash White, Allagsh Tripel, Left Hand Milk Stout, Dogfish 90 min, Dogfish Midas Touch, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Bernardus Abt 12, Berkshire Brewing Company Traditional Pale Ale, Hennepin Farmhouse (Saison). And many more. Also, many bottles! (1,530 characters)

Photo of Reiss
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Where else can you find high quality brew in Worcester? No where. The Dive Bar is the only destination for true craft offerings in Central Mass (as far as I know). Tap list was great, with some exotic pours at shwag prices (think Old Rasputin, Allagash Triple, DFH Peche, etc -- $4.50). Service was good for the most part, though when the bartenders changed they were accosted by the new server after asking to start a tab... Definitely a low key atmosphere with decent tunes on the rock end of things. I'd recommend the place highly to anyone who finds them self crossing the state (its close to 290) or in need of a real solid pint in Worcester. Very surprised by the selection and prices, owner was beer-centric and friendly, all in all I had a great time. GO. You'll be glad you did. (787 characters)

Photo of masterbruewer
4.21/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Hard to find but worth looking for.

An excellent selection, especially on draft.

The bartender knows his stuff and made some great recommendations.

Can't remember all the beers they had, but it's as many as I've seen in one place in a while.

No food other than chips, that's the only complaint I had.

The atmosphere was like a, well, dive bar. Nothing fancy, a bar, some signs and some room, but a great beer selection. I only had an hour or so there, but could've spent a week just trying everything. (516 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Wow, things have changed at The Dive Bar since the last time I was there.
I was in Central Mass for Easter weekend, so a few of us stopped in to check out this place based on what I've read on BA. This place used to be a frat boy Bud Light bar, but now it is completely different. They have taken this place in an entirely different direction. There's still a nautical theme here, but there are cool beer signs now dispersed throughout. They have a beer list now, showing at least 50 bottles and 10 drafts. All quality beers, I must add, and at very reasonable prices. Beers were served in pint glasses and in some cases Ommegang chalices, which was a nice upgrade. The manager/owner chatted with our group for a while after we congratulated him for opening a decent beer bar in Worcester. He said that they were in the process of adding 6 more drafts lines and a cask. Excellent news for Central Mass. He also mentioned a possible Worcester beer fest on Green Street in Sept 2007? I encourage all BAs in the area to check out the new and improved Dive Bar. Well worth a trip to Kelly Square.
P.S. Thanks to the dude in charge for the early "Christmas present". Nice addition to my collection. (1,196 characters)

Photo of goz
4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

{Update}
The Dive currently has 16 draft lines, and has greatly expanded their bottle list as well. In the process of doing so, they have also shunned all BMC products, with the only "macro" lagers offered being PBR, Narragansett, and Sol (aka "Lime Holder"). The selection gets better every time I've been there, and the quality is always top notch. They have also expanded their glassware, offering the proper glass for pretty much everything they have - maybe even for everything.

A cask is tapped every Thursday night at 6PM, and they also have live entertainment to go along with this. From what I've been told, it gets crazy packed on Thursdays, but with the offerings they've had on cask, it is likely worth battling a crowd to enjoy some fresh cask beers and good funky live music.

Expansion is on the horizon, and seeing how much this place has improved since I first went about 6 months ago, I am sure that all the changes will be for the better.

{Original review from 03/02/2007 follows}

The Dive Bar is a nautically themed bar, complete with a porthole on the entrance door, a diving helmet behind the bar, and a hammerhead shark on the wall. Upon entering the long, skinny room, you see there is a long bar along the left side, and some small tables on the right. Ten draft lines at the far end of the bar, a couple of coolers for the bottled beers, and a full supply of liquor behind the bar. Lot's of diving themed stuff on the walls, as well as lot's of craft beer signage; neons, tackers and what not.

The first time I went here, it was right after 8pm, which is when they open. My buddy and I were the first patrons of the night, and the owner/bartender Alec pointed out their beer list to me as I was walking down to look at the tap handles. Along with the aforementioned 10 draft lines (which Alec cleans himself weekly), they also have an extensive bottle selection, numbering 60 or more. The beer list is broken down by category, from American Factory, Bitch "Beer" (aka AF lights), IPA...on down to CRAP (Contemporary Refreshing Adult Products, aka Malternatives). Any beer fan should easily find something they want on the list, and if you can't, then your too damn picky. They offer selections from Dogfish Head, Smuttynose, Flying Dog, Anchor, Unibroue, Magic Hat, Allagash - to name just a few. The draft list when I was there was:
Allagash White, Berkshire Raspberry Strong Ale, Left Hand Milk Stout, Rogue Chocolate Stout, Murphy's Irish Stout, Magic Hat Ravell Vanilla Porter (Mardi Gras Ale), Magic Hat Roxy Rolles, Blue Moon, #9, And Bud Light (it's still wormtown, after all).
Coming soon they have Smutty IPA and Arrogant Bastard, and he also mentioned he should be getting Mojo Risin' soon as well.

After ordering up a bottle of Boulder's Never Summer (which was fresh and tasty, and served with an unchilled glass), I chatted with Alec for a while. When I told him how surprised I was by the beer list, he said he's been slowly trying to grow the craft beer list over the last 2 years or so. He said they used to sell 2-3 barrels a week of Blue Moon, and since he brought in Allagash White, the Blue Moon is selling far less, and the Allagash is selling as much as the Blue Moon used to. Good news if you as me. He has hopes to expand the draft list to 40 beers, and also keep slowly expanding the bottle list. He also wants to have a beer festival in September, on the streets by the bar. We ordered another beer (DFH 60-minute for me, Smutty Old Brown Dog for my buddy), then made our way to the Lucky Dog for some live music. I think at this point there were maybe 2 or 3 others in the bar.

We headed back to the bar a couple hours later, bored with the band playing the Dog, and found the place pretty packed. Seems like a pretty regular crowd there, as everyone seemed to know everyone else (except me and Matt). Service was quick even with the full bar. I did make sure to ask for a room-temp glass this time, as there was a different bartender. They seem to default to chilled glasses, but had no problems getting unchilled ones. Music was a bit louder at this later hour than it was before, with an ecclectic mix of rock, pop, and some reggae thrown in if my memory serves me correctly. No food offered except small bags of Frito's, Cheeto's and Dorito's. Beer prices range from $2 for macros to $3.50 or $4 for most of the craft offerings ($5 for Berkshire Raspberry Strong),

I've babbled long enough I think. I go to Worcester quite frequently, and had always considered it a beer wasteland. Now I finally have somewhere I can stop in for a wide selection of FRESH tasty craft beer when I am in town. It may not be the best beer bar ever, but it's far and away the best offering in Worcester, and it seems like it will only get better as they expand the offerings. (4,819 characters)

The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA
98 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.