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Armsby Abbey

Not Rated.
Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

146 Ratings
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 6.41%
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008)
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Reviews by Jwale73:
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Jwale73, Oct 25, 2009
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I have lived in Worcester for over 12 years now and while Armsby Abbey has been open for 6 years, I had not set foot in their establishment until about 2 years ago. Every time I walk in now, I ask myself, "what took you so long?!?"

A-brick interior, inviting bar, low lighting at night, music not too intrusive, and thank heavens for no TV's!
Q-Incredibly fresh food. Period. Mussels steamed in beer finished with pork fat mayo...creative flatbreads...charcuterie slates...oxtail poutine...stout belgian waffles, sweet potato pancakes (mouth waters as I'm writing this!) and of course one of the most diverse offerings OT and in bottles I've ever come across. So, so clean too-you can tell they really pay attention to their taps and lines. Never an off pour here. I always enjoy looking at their lineup on their website and then "planning my strategy" as to which new beer I will be trying when I head in there next.
S-very knowledgeable and seasoned staff; know just when to come over and check in on you and also make great suggestions on pairing.
S- not a huge lineup for food, but everything I've tried I've been pleased with. The OT lineup occasionally has too many selections of a similar type (I'm just getting my toes wet in the pool of stouts and porters, so not as excited to go when several are OT) but bottle lineup is top notch
F-see Q.
V-some of the entrees for dinner are on the high side ($20-$25) but sometimes I go and just grab a few apps and it's affordable. Brunch is very reasonable and most OT selections are between $5-$8 for US and $7-$11 for imports.

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.