Armsby Abbey

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Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
BA SCORE
100
world-class

115 Reviews
Reviews: 115
Visits: 193
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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Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Reviews: 115 | Visits: 193
Reviews by drinksandeats:
Photo of drinksandeats
4.78/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great little beer bar in Worcester. Stopped by here on a Saturday afternoon -- high ceilings, nice woodwork behind the bar, not too busy and customers and staff seemed to have a good rapport. Knocked back a Cisco Cherry Woods and a 668, although I was also offered samples of several other beers on tap, including Cantillon. Pat the bartender was very friendly, and when he wasn't busy he took the time to answer questions about the beer and the history of the bar. They're also a "slow food" restaurant...the mac'n'cheese took a while to prepare, but I didn't mind since I was in the midst of great beer, and the wait was worth it -- very cheesy with enough spiciness to give it a great zing, plus some of the freshest, best looking greens on the side. Will definitely hit this place up the next time I'm in Worcester. (819 characters)

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of SRBush1974
4.93/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Wish I lived near this place! Found out about it on a thread and stopped in for a pint on Friday since they had plenty of HF on tap. Could have stayed all night!!!!! Will be back again when up that way. (202 characters)

Photo of ChrisinRI
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

been going to the Armsby for several years now. I now look for even the most minute reason to go to Worcester, as it means a stop at Armsby. Overall, the place is exceptional and I recommend without hesitation. Things have changed a bit over the years. Last time I went, I ordered a flatbread and it seemed like the crust was very different. It's been forever since some of my fave brunch items have made an appearance (please bring back the Monte Christo or the Croque Madame with all due haste!) Other than a few minor, picayune complaints, the place is pretty much peerless. Go! (588 characters)

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of dan_inn
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of kevdemers
4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fantastic place! Great taps - I enjoyed a Hill Farmstead George and Tree House Double Shot. The food was also outstanding: we tried many smaller plates including the pork rinds, bagel chips with jalapeño jelly, jerk chicken wings and a cheese plate. All were very tasty.

My only nitpick is there were not a lot of low chairs, so in our case a member of my party had to streeetch a bit to get into a stool after a recent mid-section surgery. Keep that in mind and call ahead to get one of the few low tables if you have anyone mobility impaired attending. (561 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place, went frequently when it opened. Unfortunately, became overrun with scene-sters and people more interested in snapping photos of their food than eating it. However, would love to go back, just not on a weekend. (222 characters)

Photo of brunop
4.71/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

world class. well-curated selection of taps and bottles. food is very good, but the chef allows no tweaking of food. great place in wormtown. (141 characters)

Photo of MystikCelt
4.98/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been to the Extreme Beer Fest for the past three years running. But what I look forward to -most- about that is the chance to stop at Armsby for Brunch on the ride home Sunday. (181 characters)

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

I have been to the Abbey many times, and I have never left disappointed. Their beer selection is among the best I've ever seen. Their food has an incredibly short journey from farm-to-table. Their service is spectacular. I can honestly say that this might be the best spot in all of Massachusetts. (301 characters)

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Hands down the best draft list in central mass. Now they offer Hill weekly...it is ridiculous! Always have great local beers on like Treehouse and Trillium, as well as amazing belgian offerings and favorites from up and down the east coast.
Their mac and cheese is bubbly, gooey goodness that pairs perfectly with everything. They have a serious meat and cheese plate menu with awesome pairing possibilities. The staff are very knowledgeable and always super friendly. The events they have are always top notch as well. This is a great place to hang out with old friends or talk beer with new ones. They have a stellar brunch lineup as well. The only deterrent is that this is known as the hot beer bar and people flock here, so it is definitely crowded most of the time. But, that would never stop me from stopping in anytime I am near Worcester. (848 characters)

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.