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Armsby Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

128 Reviews
Reviews: 128
Visits: 231
Avg: 4.61
pDev: n/a
Taps: 22
Bottles: 85
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States
phone: (508) 795-1012 | map
armsbyabbey.com

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Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Reviews: 128 | Visits: 231
Reviews by SunDevilBeer:
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.15/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of McGee666
4.69/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great food, great beer selection, and great service.

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Photo of -Rick
4.63/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

If you are in the central MA area, this is by far the best tap list in the area (maybe the state) Always a rotating tap list of rare beers from across the country, but still has the local hard to find stuff. From Hill Farmstead and Trillium IPA's, to Prairie and AleSmith stouts, you never know what you will find there. It does not hurt that their food menu is also amazing. Fresh farm to table food, always something great to try. A world class place!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

V: Space itself was pretty nice, standard and rustic but nothing crazy. Hipster vibe, but it was a chill place to take the gal out to.
Q: Everything was high quality
Ser: Our waiter was great. Laid back, cool kid, attentive and friendly but not intrusive.
Sel: How can you beat multiple Hill Farmstead, Trillium, Oxbow, and rare imported beers on TAP? Food selection was phenomenal too.
F: Food was also amazing too.

In general probably my favorite place I've been to as of late. Without a doubt will return.

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Photo of LeeeMare
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Everything you can ask for is at this spot. Beer selection on draft and in bottles is top notch, and their food offerings are just as good!

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Photo of Jauten
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of batch19
4.48/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great selection of beer with always at least 4 Hill Farmstead beers on tap.

Food is delicious, locally sourced, and the menu is always rotating. I recommend the mac and cheese (always on the menu) as well as anything else they serve. I also highly recommend their brunch on the weekends.

Service at tables can be very slow at times but service at the bar is always good.

Definitely a hipster laid back vibe.

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Photo of tylergoov
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jebburrows
4.73/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in during a day long tour of MA breweries. Excellent burger matched w the opportunity to try 5 Hill Farmstead beers; Abner, Conduct of Life, Edward, Mosaic and Harlan.

I will stop here every time I can coming through Worcester.

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Photo of Johnct
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Very pretentious crowd. Only food available on weekends is an artisanal cheese menu. That kind of place. They always have 4 or 5 Hill Farmstead taps, plus 5 to 10 others. Good quality. Great service. Expensive and snobby.

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Photo of Btip1969
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Shandycan
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of irrevjim
4.98/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

absolutely the smartest selection i've ever seen, 21 taps when you want, nay desire 19 of them is better than 100 drafts that you've had 99 of and weren't that impressed by, food is right on but a little pricey, with good reason, artisan and mostly local, this is a bar you can sit at and are sure to meet beer tourists and advocates extrordinaire, and the staff are well versed in their wares

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Photo of richobrien
4.74/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Been to Armsby several times and always love the chance to stop in. The service is fantastic and the staff really knows their stuff.

Great selection and what's better than having multiple taps of Hill Farmstead?

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Photo of MacQ67
4.01/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Armsby Abbey is a great place to get some really good beer. I went on a Saturday, the place wasn't too busy yet but the bartender was too busy putting glasses away to greet me or give me a menu. I had a couple Hill Farmsteads, never had one in a bar outside Vermont (yay!) I had a breakfast sandwich and although it was good, it definitely wasn't worth the money I spent on it, neither was the stout waffle my neighbor ordered. Definitely a good place for beer but the food is not worth the money, even though the provisions are locally sourced.

Edit: Returned on a Monday night, ordered a burger was ask "The burger is cooked medium rare, is that all right?" I said yes and was given a burger so over cooked it would have made a better hockey puck. 2 taps were Idle and I was told that the kegs had kicked early in the day. I asked what was going on in their place and was told "Nothing, we will tap more kegs tomorrow" I have NEVER seen this happen before in a place that touts it's self as a high end craft beer establishment.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of gonzo000
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of scxcrunner
4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of WasupBeerQueen
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of BenCannon171
4.68/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place with tons of craft options. Regularly has rare choices like Hill Farmstead, Maine Beer Co. and Tree House. Farm to fork style food with a relaxed atmosphere. No TV's so not a place to watch the game or anything but a lot of fun for a relaxed night out.

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Photo of CayseyW
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is near-perfect. The food and beer are at the absolute highest quality. The service is also impeccable. My only minor complaint is some of the seating is a bit too tight.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.