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Armsby Abbey

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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey

156 Ratings
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.69
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

Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Reviews by Jwale73:
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4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.56/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NateF90
4.91/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Strickzland
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -8.5%
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 +1.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.9/5  rDev +4.5%

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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Photo of Nichols33
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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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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.