The Dive Bar
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 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.
03-22-2008 18:19:51 | More by eberkman
More User Reviews:
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
The Dive Bar in Worcester, MA
98 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.