Taps: 22 / Bottles: 85
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 97 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
3.15/5 rDev -32.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$$
I was looking forward to trying AA after hearing all the glowing reviews. A day trip for biz put me in the Worcester area around dinner time and I was finally able to give the place a shot.
If I can sum up my opinion of this place in 1 word: PRETENTIOUS. Though the draft/bottle list seem to have alot of thought put into it, I kept thinking everything about this place was extreme overkill. The pricing for everything, from the food to the beers is overdone as well...$12 sandwiches and $15 individual pizzas give you an idea of what you can expect....for WORCESTER????
From the moment I sat down at the bar (& summarily ignored by the hipster barkeep as he chatted up a regular) to the time I left, I felt uncomfortable, like I wasn't cool enough to be there. Though the beers I had were tasty (but short-poured) and the sandwich was OK, the whole atmosphere was a turn-off.
I guess if you're a twenty-something, single hipster beer geek with unlimited disposable income, this place could be your nirvana; for me, not so much.
01-20-2011 02:37:08 | More by SunDevilBeer
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4.58/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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
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.
07-11-2014 00:08:24 | More by Robo123
Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.