Armsby Abbey

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

131 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
100
Reviews:
131
Ratings:
236
Avg:
4.61
pDev:
4.99%
 
 
Taps:
22
Bottles/Cans:
85
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

144 Main St
Worcester, Massachusetts, 01608-1105
United States

(508) 795-1012 | map
armsbyabbey.com

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Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 236
Reviews by drinksandeats:
Photo of drinksandeats
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jefferson_39
4.7/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Rizzy17
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is a complete hidden gem in a town that otherwise doesn't have much of a reason to draw me to visit. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful, tap selection is outstanding, consisting of 4-5 HF taps plus other good options. The food is very good, albeit pricey!

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Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Rustic brick and wood hipster vibe...took a bit to get noticed but after that all smooth sailing. Incredible tap list, HF, Trillium, Oxbow etc. Great atmosphere, great food...a bit on the pricey side but worth it.

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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
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Everything you can ask for is at this spot. The beer selection on draft and in bottles is top notch, and their food offerings are just as good. Bard tenders are super friendly and the vibe is great!!!

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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

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.