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Armsby Abbey

Not Rated.
Armsby AbbeyArmsby Abbey

120 Reviews
Reviews: 120
Visits: 211
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @armsbyabbey

Place added by: dougnboston on 08-02-2008

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Reviews: 120 | Visits: 211
Reviews by slander:
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4.58/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Because there was just no way I could scribble notes during ‘The Festival’ pregame; standing room only and an amped up tap list. Was just not happening. Let’s just say it’s considerably less jammin’ now, 3 months out on Monday, just after 5. Parked and meter fed until 6, and an easy jaywalk across Main Street, Worcester…

Ground floor corner of a bricky building on the strip. Past a handful of metal tables sidewalkside, and in. Front vestibule glass door with narrow windows bordering, and a wrapping iron piece over the door for the pull curtain. Corner nooks to both sides below vertical windows holding dangling ornamental stars, and horizontal windows above. Pale olivey walls & big brick, and 3 pillars down the center of the room. Slat wood floorings, and a black ceiling with matching ductwork, drop cheese wheel lamps over the front corners, and sunken & track spots about.

Wood bar with a rounded lip, panel base, & squared bar foot rail to the right; seating for a dozen and a half or so on leather swivel chairs. The barback holds a fat pillared center unit arched with panel mirrored backing over the taps from end to end below on a single row. Glassware shelved below and bottle selections housed in glass front cooler trios to each side. Tiered booze all countered up to both sides with windows above holding Belgian gnomes and mosaic glass pieced candleholders or, um, something. And then shelving units on the ends running to the ceiling; glassware glassware glassware, and display bottles & growlers along the top shelves. Clearly, some of this glassware is way out of reach and is just for show.

A bar counter wood beam with mosaic candleholders, a few stools, & piping foot rail connecting two of the center pillars, and some more bar counter space to the rear. 5 hightops on the far wall, a pair of 2-seaters between the next set of pillars, and a pair of 2-seaters in the front nooks on wraparound bench action with pillowings.

Events board on the far wall up front (movie night, shuckin’ truck raw bar), and a looong horizontal blackboard further down listing tap selections, origin, ABV & pricing. Orval & Dupont tins to both sides of that, and a doorway to the building bathrooms shared. T shirts displayed up front alongside the bar, and a single flatscreen in the rear corner.

22 tap in a row on barback center with nondescript wooden knobby handles; roughly 1/3 of them MA craft offerings (High & Mighty Sono Distrutto, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union, Cisco Grey Lady, Pretty Things Saint Botolph’s Town, Blatant Session Ale, BBC Coffeehouse Porter), another 1/3 craft offerings regional (Allagash Fluxus 2012, Maine Peeper Ale, Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weisse, Victory Prima Pils, Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter), and not so regional (Port Wipe Out, 21st Amendment Hop Crisis, Greenflash West Coast IPA), and the other 1/3 very good imports (Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blonde, Tilquin Gueuze, Jandrain VI Wheat, Djaevelbryg Schopenhauers Vilje, Mikkeller Hop Bomb Challenge, Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir, Ca L’Arenys Guineu Riner, Freigeist Abraxxxas).

Oh, I don’t know, maybe a sampler. You get 4 shorty 4oz glasses of the ‘you pick’, so I did, and then bummed samples of things, and of course, drank Phil’s beer when he went out for a smoke. Had some things I really liked (Trois Dames Fraicheur Du Soir, Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blonde, Mikkeller Hop Bomb Challenge, Blatant Session Ale, Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union).

The bottle list holds some 80 selections, of which roughly ½ of are Belgian. I like that about a 1/3 of the list overall is made up of Gueuze, Lambic, Flanders, & American wild ale entries. Does not suck. Benchmark (lovely) Orval runs $12, just on the edge of pricing sanity.

And a light bite before we get back on the road home, thinking to split a sandwich. The roast beef sandwich was under serious consideration due to its sounding of awesome, but we opted for the apple bacon grilled cheese sandwich (Tougas Farm apples, house smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, Smith’s Farm smoked gouda, & braised Swiss chard on house made honey oat bread). It was a kickin’ grilled chee, came with greens and everything.

Eriktender behind the bar. He dealt samples when I asked for them, and gave honest answers when questions asked, i.e., ‘is this any good?’, etc. Kickin’ selection, comfortable house, good crowd, fine eats. Worth the detour en route to points anywhere...

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of HopBomb515
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This place had a great atmosphere and friendly staff. I ended up at the bar one of my nights here sipping a KBS and striking up one of the best conversations I ever had with a stranger. The food I had was great, but a bit overpriced. I'd like a little wider food option. I always got served but had to wait for a beer a few times, I chalk it up to a laid back atmosphere. This is a must visit and a place I will be going back to for sure.

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

Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Stopped in here on our way back from a MA/ME Beercation for one last pour before it was back to reality. The Hill Farmstead beers were fantastic (I had Society & Solitude and Double Citra) and the food was wonderful. Knowledgable staff and ridiculous draught list.

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Photo of joeroma5
4.86/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of bostonbeans
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of rogacks
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of AirBob
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Excellent and fairly priced farm to table menu. Tried the pickle slate, heirloom tomatoes, poutine, chorizo flatbread, and blueberry crumble. The crumble was raw/underdone but everything else was great - easy to tell that everything is crafted using quality, fresh ingredients.

Beer menu is also excellent. Tons of HF and some other locals like JA and Oxbow along with some belgian and getman beer. A little heavy ipas and pilsners but the world class quality of the offerings makes up for the lack of variety. As mentioned below, I wish the style s were mentioned in the menu.

Our server was pleasant and helpful. The host and hostess were neither.

Overall one of the better tap lists in MA and outstanding food.

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Photo of bcm75
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jayhunter357
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Awesome atmosphere and only place in MA where you get Hill Farmstead on tap!

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Photo of Peter1977
4.9/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of MattOC1313
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Mikexw
4.83/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.44/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of matthewp
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of mjstern70
5/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the spot for Belgians. Such a wonderful space as well.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA
100 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.