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Armsby Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

163 Ratings
Ratings: 163
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States
phone: (508) 795-1012

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @armsbyabbey

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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 103
Reviews by Jayli:
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4.22/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited Armsby on 2/13/09
From the outside, it doesn't look like much. Upon enterting, nice place - exposed brick with woodwork throughout. The walls behind the bar have extensive barware - of which the bartenders make sure that your beers are poured in the appropriate glassware. Seating is first come first serve, so luckily we hit this place up early enough on a Friday. Tap list is listed on a chalk board, and 4 page bottle menu that caters to an extensive amount of belgians. Sample of what was on tap for last Friday: Troegs Hop Back Amber, Southern Tier Back Burner, BBC Coffeehouse Porter, Boulder's Oak Aged Never Summer, Honest Town Pale Ale, Berkshire Scotch Ale, Bear Republic's Greenhouse Lager. Nice mixture! Service was pretty decent - we sat at the bar. Serving of the food was slightly slow. However, the bartenders were good at checking in on drinks (and actually to make sure the other 'tender got our foodorder). Food was FANFREAKINGTASTIC! Now - it is definitely on the pricey side, but one of the patrons advised that local markets are used for the food. OK - I can get with supporting local business'.. and I won't be hitting this place up on a frequent basis. Got a poached pear and goat cheese spinach salad - AMAZING...and pineapple and ham pizza. The food was definitely as good as the beer. If it weren't for an hour drive - I would be here more frequently.

More User Reviews:
Photo of zman_
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of WarEagleJeep
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of boredalready
3.96/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

My only real issue with Armsby is the service. It seems that every time I go the bartender is a condescending jerk. I live very close by but after a dozen or so visits over the course of a year I don't plan to go back no matter how good the beer and food. But with the selection they have they won't miss my business and people won't stop going there anyway.

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Goldfishman
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.41/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
4.91/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Strickzland
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This place is a hidden gem! If you are anywhere in the Worcester area this is a must stop! Great locally grown food, great craft selection, and great vibes! A small hole in the wall with just a great atmosphere filled with a diverse group of great people.

Photo of Roguer
4.29/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Very nice place, good size for a bar but not huge. Fairly dark interior; music was kept low enough that conversation was easy.

Great tap list from around the country, with a couple from Germany and Belgium, as well. Excellent selections across multiple styles. Very impressive bottle selection, too, mostly focused on Belgians: 3F, Cantillon, etc.

Food is very modern farm-to-table kind of fare: fancy cheeses, mushrooms, etc. They also have more traditional pub fare, like burgers and fries. What I ate (and saw) was excellent.

Service was fine and friendly on my visit.

Truly an outstanding spot.

Photo of Rideguy64
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%

Well apparently my review of Armsby was deleted or lost accidentally. Well... let's just say this is one of the best bars in the world! I've been around many places in the world, through Europe, some Asia, a little bit West coast U.S., and all over East Coast U.S., and this is def one of the best, if not The best bars I've ever been to. Many people get a pretentious beer geek vibe from it, which I can totally see, but you really have to get to know them to know that's just an external vibe. They are really great here, very knowledgeable and fun to talk to. They can pick out almost any beer to match one of their amazing locally sourced cuisines almost perfectly.

Prices are maybe the only issue... beers are decent but a bit on the high side, typical for a bar that has such an amazing selection, and the food can be pricey but is top top notch food almost all coming from a local farm too. Their selection of beers are amazing, with many taps, 8 or so always dedicated to Belgian beers, and countless amazing bottles that are constantly changing. Often I really have no idea how they can get many of the beers they do, lots of aged beers, super limited beers, and ones I had no idea existed or were only made for a specific event at Armsby.

Speaking of events, nothing compares to the Armsby events, from their Founders Breakfast, to stoutfest, their Christmas beerfest, to brewery take-overs, everything is always amazing. And now that they expanded the size it's even better so they can fit more people inside.

As a semi foodie it's also amazing. I try not to spend too much, but the food can be awesome. If you've never been, first thing to get is the mac and cheese, or bone marrow. From there is just gets better and better. Jerk food and other spicy food can be so hot even I have to take a step back. My only regret is that I can't make it there very often anymore due to family and financial obligations. Someday though I'll be back htere a couple times a week, probably with my son when he's old enough. I just hope Alec can hold out that long and keep this place as classy as it is!

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4.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Nichols33
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Tap list is one of the better ones in the area but over the past half year it's been a tad stale. If you love belgians, there is always a good selection. They tend to have the same breweries on tap (Victory, Stone, Smuttynose, Firestone, Allagash), not that those are bad ones, but if you frequent this place more than once a month, you tend to get bored waiting for new stuff. They do get Trillium and Maine Beer Co. every now and then which is always a bonus.

Most people love the food, but it's a little too out there for me (no pub cheeseburger, etc.) but the cheese slates are outstanding.

Depending on when you go, it tends to get a bit packed, therefore extremely uncomfortable unless you got a seat. But nothing beats getting one of the outdoor tables on a nice summer afternoon.

Bartenders are hit or miss. Some are extremely friendly. And some are dicks. Wish there were a few less of the later.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.92/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.