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Armsby Abbey

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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

116 Reviews
Reviews: 116
Visits: 204
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 116 | Visits: 204
Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Armsby Abbey on 10/24/09 while in town for an Aikido Seminar. I was really excited to try this place, but have been a little put off because of the distance (close to an hour away from my house). I was really excited to find out that it was less than a mile away from where I was training (score), so I took a long lunch. I was not disappointed. Believe the hype; this place is great. Although not a large establishment, it maximizes the space it has. A large L-shaped bar, accommodates about 22 patrons. The rest of the space consists primarily of high-top tables and stools - some 2 person intimates and 6-person parties - probably serves about 50 additional patrons when packed to the gills. Lots of wood and brass. The tap list, which is comprised of about 20-22 taps is constantly rotating, so I won't go into too much detail; however, it is seems to be consistently updated and has a great balance ranging from Belgians to locals to offerings from California. Also quite a few harder to come by Germans on-tap, which was a nice bonus. The tap list is posted on a large chalkboard opposite the bar, listing not only the taps, but also the abv and price, so you know what you are getting yourself into. I didn't spend too much time perusing the bottle list, but what I can say is that it is huge. Once again, varietals from everywhere, as well as some harder to find offerings. The Abbey also offers a full range of cocktail options and wine, so it shouldn't be a hard sell to the non-beer geek. Great ambience - not really an eclectic crowd per se, but not your typical beer nerd sword fight either - couples enjoying lunch, larger mixed parties, etc. Food was absurdly good. I had the BLT which was incredible and my friend had a beautiful salad. The menu itself is pretty simple, with hardy fair, although a little pricey for Worcester in my opinion (but not exorbitantly so). What is nice, however, is that it consists of local produce and products, which are indicated on the menu. Tap pricing was reasonable - about $6.00/pint served in appropriate glassware; as previously mentioned, I didn't really look at the bottle list, so can't really comment on price. Service was excellent. Our server was prompt and attentive, without being overly intrusive, and also seemed knowledgeable about the tap list and offerings. All and all, this has to be one of the best beer bars I've visited - I really loved it. Now I just need to find more reasons to visit Worcester. If you are in the area, the Armsby Abbey is a must stop. (2,539 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of joeroma5
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of rogacks
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of AirBob
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent and fairly priced farm to table menu. Tried the pickle slate, heirloom tomatoes, poutine, chorizo flatbread, and blueberry crumble. The crumble was raw/underdone but everything else was great - easy to tell that everything is crafted using quality, fresh ingredients.

Beer menu is also excellent. Tons of HF and some other locals like JA and Oxbow along with some belgian and getman beer. A little heavy ipas and pilsners but the world class quality of the offerings makes up for the lack of variety. As mentioned below, I wish the style s were mentioned in the menu.

Our server was pleasant and helpful. The host and hostess were neither.

Overall one of the better tap lists in MA and outstanding food. (722 characters)

Photo of bcm75
4.78/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome atmosphere and only place in MA where you get Hill Farmstead on tap! (76 characters)

Photo of Peter1977
4.9/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MattOC1313
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mikexw
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of matthewp
4.45/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

For a hop head this is a great destination. From an IPA perspective this is a 5 for selection, their rotating beer selection for local (New England) beers is phenomenal. If you were going to hit one bar for great IPA's in the state I'd recommend this place. I haven't had a lot of their food (yet) but what I had was great and they have great attention to detail in ingredients and selection. (392 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Found myself in downtown Worcester, MA and after reading about the acclaimed AA, I had to visit. Long wooden bar with built beer glass shelves. All of the right styles:pint, chalice, weissbier, snifter, etc. with a nice assortment of brand names. Looking at the beer selection and it was micro beer nirvana. Five Hill Farmstead beers on tap ( only 4 servings in a tasting flight ) plus other fine selections. The HF beers alone would save at least 8 hours in my life transmitting to & from the Northeast Kingdom. Needed food to go with the tasting flight and selected the breakfast sandwich. Heartily recommended with a collection of locavore farm ingredients: egg, brisket, etc. Excellent! I now know where it is located and will make it point to head there again and again. i strongly recommend you do the same. (815 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

All-around terrific experience! Great beers on tap, great food on the plate, and exceptional service. (101 characters)

Photo of mjstern70
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the spot for Belgians. Such a wonderful space as well. (63 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Persdawg
4.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of tatooedsn
4.03/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Beer variety is kind of limited. 98% of the selections are IPAs, which is great if you are a hop head.. not so much if you're not.

A bit annoyed the beer menu doesn't list the style unless it's in the name. Even worse when I need to struggle to read someone's hand writing to Google it. Maybe I'm just too cranky to work for my beer today.

Food is kinda pricey, but it comes with the hipster territory. Nice selections of local cheeses and healthy menu items. For the adventureous there are some quirky items like pork jowl, smoked bone marrow, and a plate with beef's tongue and pig's feet.

Presentation of the food is quite impressive. A young lady was even kind enough to explain what came on my cheese plate. I kind of left feeling a little spoiled.

Overall I think it's a pretty cool establishment with a real friendly environment. I wouldn't come back for the beer, but I would for the great service and tasty food. (926 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.41/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I stopped in while passing through town based on the BA rating and the seven Hill Farmstead offerings on the tap list. I went with high hopes but it was even better than I expected.

We didn't have a lot of time so we maximized our impact with two four beer samplers. We got the seven HFs and a Maine Lunch. They were all fantastic!

The woman behind the bar was a bit rushed and unhappy. I think she was upset that the guy with her left her with too much to do. He was more outgoing and engaged. We were there very early on a Saturday and they had brunch going. We just split a yogurt parfait because we were heading to meet family for lunch. It had fruit, honey and granola and it was outstanding.

I was disappointed we had to leave without eating and drinking more. But it was a great visit and I hope to make it back soon. (846 characters)

Photo of Highbury09
4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of tvghost
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of brewmeister1984
5/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This was such an amazing experience. Only the best quality here, farm fresh ingredients and the best New England beers on tap. This is the tops when it comes to quality. Love this place (185 characters)

Photo of rocksteady726
4.28/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.